Basic Biographical Details

Name: Gilbert Telfer Scott
Designation: Architect
Born: 1878
Bio Notes: Gilbert Telfer Scott was born in 1878 and articled to John Hall of Galashiels from 1893, studying at local art classes. On completion of his apprenticeship in 1898 he obtained a place with James Cowie in Motherwell, which enabled him to study at Glasgow School of Art. He moved to Carlisle in 1902 as an assistant in the office of Oliver & Dodgshun and to Hull in the following year as assistant to Gelder & Kitchen, returning to Scotland in 1905 as assistant to James Davidson in Coatbridge. He commenced practice on his own account in Inverkeithing in 1909 and was admitted LRIBA on 19 December 1910, his proposers being Davidson, George Sinclair and Llewellyn Kitchen.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 35, Church Street, Inverkeithing, Fife, Scotland November 1909 As given in the Builder
Item 2 of 316, High Street, Inverkeithing, Fife, ScotlandBusiness1910 *After 1911 
Item 3 of 336, Preston Crescent, Inverkeithing, Fife, ScotlandPrivate1911 * Listed as a lodger at this address in 1911-12 voters' roll

* 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 5John Hall18931898Apprentice 
Item 2 of 5James Grant Cowie18981902Assistant 
Item 3 of 5Oliver & Dodgshun19021903Assistant 
Item 4 of 5Gelder & Kitchen19031905Assistant 
Item 5 of 5James Davidson19051908Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3James Davidson19 December 1910for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3Llewellyn Kitchen19 December 1910for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3George Sinclair19 December 1910for Licentiateship

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 26After 1898Baptist Institute Buildings  EdinburghScotlandCompetition design
Item 2 of 26After 1898Bellshill Parish Council BuildingsBellshill LanarkshireScotlandCompetition design
Item 3 of 26After 1898Bellshill SchoolBellshill LanarkshireScotlandCompetition design
Item 4 of 26After 1898Beltanefoot SchoolWishaw LanarkshireScotlandAs assistant to James Cowie
Item 5 of 26After 1898Business premises and hallWishaw LanarkshireScotlandAs assistant to James Cowie
Item 6 of 26After 1898Electric Power Station  Lanarkshire?ScotlandAs assistant, seemingly to James Cowie but possibly to James Davidson (LRIBA nomination paper is ambiguous)
Item 7 of 26After 1898Middlesbrough LibraryMiddlesbrough YorkshireEnglandCompetition design
Item 8 of 26After 1898Mortons HouseWishaw LanarkshireScotlandAs assistant to James Cowie
Item 9 of 26After 1898Motherwell SchoolMotherwell LanarkshireScotlandAs assistant to James Cowie
Item 10 of 26After 1898Yorkshire Urban District Council Buildings  YorkshireEnglandCompetition design
Item 11 of 261902Cumberland County AsylumCarlisle (near) CumberlandEnglandExtension plans - as assistant to Oliver & Dodgshun
Item 12 of 261903Carnegie Public LibraryMotherwell LanarkshireScotlandCompetition design - not successful
Item 13 of 26After 1903Cottingham Wesleyan HallHull YorkshireEnglandAs assistant to Gelder & Kitchen
Item 14 of 26After 1903Shops and officesHull YorkshireEnglandAs assistant to Gelder & Kitchen
Item 15 of 261903 or 1904St George's Road Methodist ChapelHull YorkshireEnglandAs assistant to Gelder & Kitchen
Item 16 of 261905Gartsherrie SchoolGartsherrie LanarkshireScotlandAs assistant to James Davidson
Item 17 of 261905(?)Moffat Cottage HospitalMoffat DumfriesshireScotlandCompetition design (unclear whether on own account or as assistant to Gelder & Kitchen or James Davidson)
Item 18 of 26c. 1906Parkhead LibraryParkhead GlasgowScotlandCompetition design - not successful
Item 19 of 261907Calderbank Parish ChurchCalderbank LanarkshireScotlandAddition of transepts - as assistant to James Davidson
Item 20 of 261907LibraryDunblane PerthshireScotlandAs assistant to James Davidson
Item 21 of 261907(?)Perth Town HallPerth PerthshireScotlandCompetition design - unsuccessful (unclear whether on own account or as assistant to James Davidson)
Item 22 of 261908Clydesdale InstituteMossend LanarkshireScotlandAs assistant to James Davidson
Item 23 of 261909Blackpool Central Library and Art GalleryBlackpool LancashireEnglandUnsuccessful competition entry
Item 24 of 261909Lumphinnans SchoolCowdenbeath FifeScotlandAddition
Item 25 of 261909Lumphinnans School, headmaster's house and janitor's houseLumphinnans FifeScotlandExtension
Item 26 of 261909 or 1910Inverkeithing Composite SchoolInverkeithing FifeScotlandMaster's House extension


Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2 Inverkeithing voters' roll 1911-1912  
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L v6 no387 (microfilm reel 31)