Basic Biographical Details

Name: Robert Jamieson Troup
Designation: Architect
Born: 6 June 1893
Died: 10 December 1959
Bio Notes: Robert Jamieson Troup was born on 6 June 1893, the son of Francis William Troup's farmer brother Robert, who had served in the Gordon Highlanders and ended the war with serious health and psychological problems. He studied for an MA at the University of Aberdeen from 1911 to 1914 before joining the British Expeditionary Force for military service in France and Belgium, retiring with the rank of Major in 1920. In that year he entered his uncle's office as a pupil or assistant and began two years' study at the Architectural Association Schools, after which he worked in association with his uncle, acting as the latter's deputy in his capacity as technical adviser to the Home Office on police buildings. He was elected FRIBA in early 1929, his proposers being his uncle, Henry Martineau Fletcher and Arnold Dunbar Smith, and his nomination papers state that he had been responsible for architectural stage sets and designs as well as various buildings. He continued to work with his uncle until 1936 when he withdrew to return to Huntly where he had a desultory architectural practice.

After the Second World War Robert Troup was largely supported by Alexander George Robertson Mackenzie who entrusted him with the listing of buildings of architectural and historic interest in the Huntly area. The arrangement was not without difficulties ('Dear Troup, I have your account but I do not seem to have your list, Yours AGRM') but it lasted until Robert Troup's death on 10 December 1959.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 314, Gray's Inn Square, London, EnglandBusinessBefore 1920After 1929 
Item 2 of 32, The Old Drive, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, EnglandPrivate1929 *  
Item 3 of 3The Farm, Huntly, Aberdeenshire, ScotlandPrivate/business1936After 1951 

* 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 2Francis William Troup19201922Apprentice(?) 
Item 2 of 2Francis William Troup19221936Architect(?)Working in association; it is unclear whether he was officially a partner


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Henry Martineau FletcherEarly 1929for Fellowship
Item 2 of 3Arnold Dunbar SmithEarly 1929for Fellowship
Item 3 of 3Francis William TroupEarly 1929for Fellowship


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 2Entwhistle, Peter1983Edinburgh in the Antipodes: Victorian Architecture in Dunedin, New Zealand Country Life, 13 January 1983, pp90-94 
Item 2 of 2RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2Professor David M Walker personal archiveProfessor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material Personal recollections of the late Mr & Mrs A G R Mackenzie; Mackenzie's letter book, now no longer extant
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers F no2695 (box 10)