Basic Biographical Details

Name: William James Geddes
Designation: Architect
Born: 29 November 1911
Died: 29 September 1937
Bio Notes: William James Geddes was born on 29 November 1911, the son of John Malcolm Geddes, joiner, and his wife, Lilly Flett. He was articled to R M Fulton of Buckie for three years from July 1927. He then studied full-time at Aberdeen School of Architecture, Robert Gordon's College, obtaining his diploma on 30 June 1931 and an endorsement of his diploma on 30 June 1933 and passing the Professional Practice exam in July 1933. In the same year he entered the office of Robert Baillie Pratt of Elgin, where he remained for nine months, subsequently spending six months as Clerk of Works under D McAlpine, Seafield Estates Architect in Cullen. He was admitted ARIBA on 14 January 1935, his proposers being Robert Leslie Rollo, John Gibb Marr and James Wood, Banffshire County Architect, whom he had known since 1920. His nomination papers give no business address but give his private address as 9A Station Road, Portessie, Buckie, Banffshire.

Geddes died aged 25 on 29 September 1937 at his home in Portlessie. He was survived by his wife Isobel Stephen.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 211, Strait Path, Banff, Banffshire, ScotlandPrivate1911  
Item 2 of 2Binach/9A, Station Road, Portessie, Buckie, Banffshire, ScotlandPrivate1935 *  

* earliest date known from documented sources.

Employment and Training


The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 4Robert McFie FultonJuly 19271930Apprentice 
Item 2 of 4Roy Meldrum1930(?)1931Apprentice 
Item 3 of 4Robert Baillie Pratt19331933AssistantFor 9 months
Item 4 of 4D McAlpine19341934AssistantFor 6 months


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3John Gibb Marr14 January 1935for Associateship
Item 2 of 3Robert Leslie Rollo14 January 1935for Associateship
Item 3 of 3James Wood14 January 1935for Associateship


Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2H M Register HouseDeath Register  
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A no5612 (combined box 90)