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Basic Biographical Details

Name: Hugh Stewart Robertson
Designation: Architect
Born: 1917
Died: 30 June 1996
Bio Notes: Hugh Stewart Robertson was born in Coatbridge in 1917 and completed his primary education there. In 1928 he moved with his family to Hill of Nigg, Easter Ross where his father became a crofter. Hugh’s secondary education was at Tain Royal Academy, to which he cycled eleven miles there and back each day. He returned to Coatbridge to the office of James Davidson for his apprenticeship. He enrolled at the Glasgow School of Art to study architecture but this was interrupted by war service. He enlisted in 1940 serving as a Lieutenant, later rising to the rank of Major, with the 51st Division Highland Division of the 5th Seaforth and was awarded the MC for gallantry in the Middle East. After the cease of hostilities he returned to complete his studies and thereafter to the office of James Davidson. He was admitted ARIBA in 1948. About this time he took a post with the Airdrie Town Planning Department and remained there for several years. In 1951 he married and moved to Garrowhill in Glasgow. The couple had three daughters. In 1957 he joined Wylie Shanks & Partners moving to Thomas Cordiner Cunningham & Partners but he returned to Wylie Shanks as an associate in 1968 and remained with this practice (which subsequently became known as the Cunningham Glass Partnership) until his retirement in 1982. Hugh specialised in work on special needs facilities and was particularly involved with the work at St Philip’s and St John’s School in the east end of Glasgow.

For many years Hugh served as an elder in the Presbytery of Hamilton. His professional expertise was put at the disposal of the property committee. The highlight of his work for the Presbytery was the restoration of Coatbridge Parish which had been damaged by fire.

Hugh died after a long illness on 30 June 1996, survived by his wife Jean Hood and two daughters. His daughter, Linda, recalls (2009): 'He loved architecture with a passion, and installed in me an awareness of what men could achieve. Real thought, good design, fabulous engraving simply thrilled him. The modern blocks with their utilitarian specifications, simply left him cold. He therefore did quite a lot of sympathetic restructuring and worked frequently for the Church of Scotland and other religious orders. He was in essence a teacher'.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 5Coatbridge, Lanarkshire, ScotlandPrivate/business   
Item 2 of 5Whitelaw Road, Baillieston, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate 1996 
Item 3 of 5Royal Terrace/17, Ralston Street, Airdrie, Lanarkshire, ScotlandPrivate/businessBefore 1948 *After 1950 
Item 4 of 54, Weirwood Gardens, Garrowhill, Baillieston, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1953 *  
Item 5 of 518, Whirlow Road, Garrowhill, Baillieston, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1965 *After 1970 

* 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 4James Davidsonc. 1936 Apprentice 
Item 2 of 4Wylie, Shanks & Wylie1957 Assistant 
Item 3 of 4Thomas Cordiner, Cunningham & Partners1960s(?) Assistant 
Item 4 of 4Wylie Shanks & Partners1968 ArchitectAssociate

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 4 Ballikinrain CastleBalfron StirlingshireScotlandAlterations? Restoration?
Item 2 of 41960sThyne's Factory, Sighthill Industrial EstateSighthill EdinburghScotlandAlterations or new build? - probably as associate with Wylie Shanks & Partners.
Item 3 of 41961Pollokshaws CDA Unit 1 Area BPollokshaws GlasgowScotlandAs assistant
Item 4 of 41970Coats Parish ChurchCoatbridge LanarkshireScotlandReconstruction.


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 4RIBA1948The RIBA Kalendar 1948-1949 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 2 of 4RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 3 of 4RIBA1965The RIBA Kalendar   
Item 4 of 4RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1RIAS Chartered ArchitectNovember 1996v7, no9 Check date

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1Information courtesy of Robertson's daughter, Linda McLeanInformation sent to DSA website Sent 2009.


© All rights reserved. © and courtesy of Linda Robertson 

© All rights reserved. © and courtesy of Linda Robertson

© All rights reserved. © and courtesy of Linda Robertson 

© All rights reserved. © and courtesy of Linda Robertson