Basic Biographical Details

Name: David Matheson Cuthbert
Designation: Architect
Born: 1880
Died: 1927
Bio Notes: David Matheson Cuthbert was born in 1880 and articled to George Penrose Kennedy Young of Perth from 1896, remaining as junior assistant for a short time in 1900 before being appointed assistant in the Survey Department of Condie, Mackenzie and Co of Perth under Alexander Buttar. He left in 1901 to move to Calcutta as assistant to J S Macdonald, architect and surveyor, (RIBA obituary claims that he worked for Mackintosh Burn & Co in Calcutta as assistant architect and surveyor) and spent four years there before returning to Perth in 1905 and resuming his position as Buttar's assistant.

In 1912 he took up an appointment in the Lands Valuation Department of the Inland Revenue in Perth and remained there until February 1915 when he joined the Highland Fife Heavy Battery, serving in France from 1918 to 1919. He was elected LRIBA in the mass intake of 20 July 1911, proposed by William Fleming Wilkie and the Dundee Institute of Architects. In 1919 he received an appointment in the War Valuation Department at Perth, where he remained until 1920 when he was appointed to the staff of the Town Engineer's Office, Lagos, Nigeria as Senior Assistant Engineer.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 373, George Street, Perth, Perthshire, ScotlandBusiness1911 *  
Item 2 of 3Stormont House, Perth, Perthshire, ScotlandPrivate1911 *  
Item 3 of 3Blackfriars House, Perth, Perthshire, ScotlandPrivate/business1914 *  

* earliest date known from documented sources.


Employment and Training

Employers

The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 8George Penrose Kennedy Young18961900Apprentice 
Item 2 of 8George Penrose Kennedy Young19001900Junior Assistant 
Item 3 of 8Alexander Buttar19001901Assistant 
Item 4 of 8Condie & Co / Condie, Mackenzie19001901AssistantUnder Alexander Buttar
Item 5 of 8J S MacDonald19011905Assistant 
Item 6 of 8Alexander Buttar19051911 or 1912Assistant 
Item 7 of 8Condie & Co / Condie, Mackenzie19051911 or 1912AssistantUnder Alexander Buttar
Item 8 of 8Town Engineer's Office, Lagos1920 Senior Assistant 

RIBA

RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 1William Fleming Wilkie20 July 1911for Licentiateship - as President of the Dundee Institute of Architects

Buildings and Designs

This architect was involved with the following buildings or structures from the date specified (click on an item to view details):
 Date startedBuilding nameTown, district or villageIslandCity or countyCountryNotes
Item 1 of 131898Head Office of the General Accident, Fire and Life Assurance Corporation LtdPerth PerthshireScotlandAs assistant to George Penrose Kennedy Young - High Street frontage extended by 2 bays and made symmetrical
Item 2 of 131898Premises for W B & J B DeasPerth PerthshireScotlandAs apprentice/assistant to George Penrose Kennedy Young
Item 3 of 131899Southern District SchoolPerth PerthshireScotlandReconstruction - as apprentice/assistant to George Penrose Kennedy Young
Item 4 of 131900Central District SchoolPerth PerthshireScotlandAs assistant to George Penrose Kennedy Young
Item 5 of 131901Huntingtower House  PerthshireScotlandAdditions and lodge gateway - as assistant to Alexander Buttar/Condie & Co
Item 6 of 13After 1901Ezra Buildings  CalcuttaIndiaAs assistant to J S Macdonald
Item 7 of 13After 1901National Bank of India  CalcuttaIndiaAs assistant to J S Macdonald
Item 8 of 13After 1901United Service Club  CalcuttaIndiaAs assistant to J S Macdonald
Item 9 of 13After 1901Young Men's Christian Association Buildings  CalcuttaIndiaAs assistant to J S Macdonald
Item 10 of 131905Barcaldine Castle  ArgyllScotlandRestoration including re-roofing and extensive internal work - as assistant to Alexander Buttar/Condie & Co
Item 11 of 13After 1905Forgandenny ManseForgandenny PerthshireScotlandAs assistant to Alexander Buttar/Condie & Co - additions
Item 12 of 13After 1905Path of Condie SchoolPath of Condie/Pathstruie PerthshireScotlandAs assistant to Alexander Buttar/Condie & Co
Item 13 of 131907Dron SchoolDron PerthshireScotlandRecast and extended - as assistant to Alexander Buttar/Condie & Co

References

Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
 Author(s)DateTitlePartPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Who's Who in Architecture1914    

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1RIBA Journal11 February 1928 London: Royal Institute of British Architectsp238 Obituary

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L v17 no 1213