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Basic Biographical Details

Name: Ian McKerron Begg
Designation: Architect
Born: 23 June 1925
Died: 26 November 2017
Bio Notes: Ian McKerron Begg studied for the diploma in architecture at Edinburgh and was elected ARIBA in 1951. He worked for Williamson & Hubbard from the late 1940s and after qualification worked as an assistant with Neil & Hurd. He was a partner in the firm after it became associated with L A Rolland & Partners. Begg became interim director of Edinburgh New Town Conservation Committee around 1971/72. He retired in December 2009.

Begg was elected FRIAS before 1984.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 2Edinburgh, ScotlandBusiness   
Item 2 of 27, Malta Terrace, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate1955 *After 1960 

* 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 6William WilliamsonAfter 1945Before 1951Assistant 
Item 2 of 6Robert Philip Andrew Hurd19501953Assistant 
Item 3 of 6Neil & HurdJuly 1951 Assistant 
Item 4 of 6Robert Hurd & Partners (or R A Hurd & Partners)1953(?)After 198Partner 
Item 5 of 6L A Rolland & Partners1970 *After 1975PartnerListed in 1970 RIBA directory
Item 6 of 6Ian Begg Architects1990s Partner 

* earliest date known from documented sources.

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 104 23-24 Fettes Row  EdinburghScotlandRestoration
Item 2 of 104c. 1946EasterheughsBurntisland FifeScotlandPrepared the drawings as an assistant in the office of Williamson
Item 3 of 1041950sBlocks of housingOld Aberdeen AberdeenScotlandRestoration of several blocks of 18th and 19th century houses. Partner in charge in charge with James Shepherd
Item 4 of 1041952Development, Chessels Court & Morocco LandRoyal Mile EdinburghScotlandRedevelopment
Item 5 of 1041953Tolbooth Area redevelopment  EdinburghScotlandAs assistant?
Item 6 of 104After 1953Sandford CottageWormit FifeScotlandNW extension
Item 7 of 1041954Culross Abbey HouseCulross FifeScotlandRestoration
Item 8 of 1041954House of Nisbet of Dirleton, Canongate  EdinburghScotlandRebuilding
Item 9 of 1041955Tenement, 246 -248 Canongate  EdinburghScotlandRestoration
Item 10 of 1041955Tenement, 250-254 Canongate  EdinburghScotlandRestoration
Item 11 of 104c. 1955Prinlaws, CottagesLeslie FifeScotlandImprovements - as assistant in Williamson's office
Item 12 of 104c. 1955Strathendry Estate, cottage  FifeScotlandImprovements - as assistant in the office of Williamson
Item 13 of 1041956Bible LandRoyal Mile EdinburghScotlandRestoration
Item 14 of 1041956Library and Village CentreSkelmorlie  Scotland 
Item 15 of 1041956Shoemaker's Land  EdinburghScotlandReconstruction
Item 16 of 1041957Emmanuel CollegeCambridge CambridgeshireEnglandNew kitchens and dining hall and restoration and reconstruction.
Item 17 of 1041957Tenements, 189-191 Canongate  EdinburghScotlandRestoration
Item 18 of 1041958202-254 Canongate  EdinburghScotlandRestoration
Item 19 of 1041958Aigas Hydro-electric Power Station and DamBeauly Inverness-shireScotlandAs partner? Given as architect by Glendinning and Gifford
Item 20 of 1041958Chessel's Court Redevelopment  EdinburghScotlandRestoration
Item 21 of 1041958Kilmorack Hydro-Electric Power Station (Combined Dam and Power House)  Inverness-shireScotlandGiven as architect by Glendinning
Item 22 of 1041958Tenement, 191 Canongate  EdinburghScotland 
Item 23 of 1041959Kyle of Lochalsh Primary SchoolKyle of Lochalsh Ross and CromartyScotlandAs partner?
Item 24 of 1041959Lamb's HouseLeith EdinburghScotlandRestoration completed
Item 25 of 1041959Newtonmill House  AngusScotlandRestoration
Item 26 of 1041960s29 houses and schoolKyle of Lochalsh Ross and CromartyScotland 
Item 27 of 104c. 1960Surgeons' Hall  EdinburghScotlandCouncil room flush-panelled.
Item 28 of 1041963Chessel's Court Redevelopment  EdinburghScotlandNorth block restoration
Item 29 of 1041963CraigPlockton (near) Ross and CromartyScotland 
Item 30 of 1041963DrumkilboMeigle PerthshireScotlandRestoration
Item 31 of 1041965202-204 Canongate  EdinburghScotland 
Item 32 of 1041965Dalry House  EdinburghScotlandRestoration
Item 33 of 1041966Ashintully Castle  PerthshireScotlandRestoration
Item 34 of 1041966Housing development for Lord BruceLimekilns FifeScotland 
Item 35 of 1041966The Plock HousingKyle of Lochalsh Ross and CromartyScotland 
Item 36 of 10419681-11 Charlotte Square  EdinburghScotlandRestoration of 1 and 2 Charlotte Square
Item 37 of 1041968Ard LamraigSleatSkyeInverness-shireScotland 
Item 38 of 104197048 Queen Street  EdinburghScotlandRestoration
Item 39 of 104197211-15 Canongate  Edinburgh  
Item 40 of 1041972King's WarkLeith EdinburghScotlandRestoration.
Item 41 of 1041972Robertson's Court  EdinburghScotlandGables of nos 11-15 restored
Item 42 of 1041973DuncanslandStockbridge EdinburghScotlandRestoration, conversion to flats and restaurant
Item 43 of 1041973St Andrew's Parish Church  EdinburghScotlandConversion of cellar to undercroft
Item 44 of 1041974Aboyne CastleAboyne AberdeenshireScotlandRestoration. Partner in charge.
Item 45 of 1041974Fettes Row  EdinburghScotlandW pavilion refaced
Item 46 of 1041974First New Town, Charlotte Square, George Street, St Andrew Square  EdinburghScotlandRestoration
Item 47 of 1041974Rapid Housing Programme HousingKyle of Lochalsh Ross and CromartyScotland 
Item 48 of 1041974Rapid Housing Programme HousingErbusaig Ross and CromartyScotlandPlanned
Item 49 of 1041974Rapid Housing Programme HousingRattagan Ross and CromartyScotlandPlanned
Item 50 of 1041974Stockbridge House Day CentreStockbridge EdinburghScotland 
Item 51 of 104c. 19741, 2 MidshoreSt Monans FifeScotlandRestoration
Item 52 of 1041975Aswanley House  AberdeenshireScotlandWest range taken down and reconstructed in its present form
Item 53 of 1041975Bank of Scotland, New Town Branch  EdinburghScotlandInterior decoration and expansion of space to include adjacent properties. Restoration of bank and development of offices.
Item 54 of 1041975Clarence Street corner block  EdinburghScotlandRestoration.
Item 55 of 1041975Skye & Lochalsh Housing Scheme, BalmacaraBalmacara Ross and CromartyScotland 
Item 56 of 1041975Skye & Lochalsh Housing Scheme, DornieDornie Ross and CromartyScotland 
Item 57 of 1041975Skye & Lochalsh Housing Scheme, DunveganDunvegan Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 58 of 1041975Skye & Lochalsh Housing Scheme, KyleakinKyleakin Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 59 of 1041975Skye & Lochalsh Housing Scheme, PlocktonPlockton Ross and CromartyScotland 
Item 60 of 1041975Skye and Lochalsh Housing Scheme, UigUig Ross and CromartyScotland 
Item 61 of 104Before 1975Local Authority HousingBiggar LanarkshireScotland 
Item 62 of 104c. 1975CadbollHilton of Cadboll Ross and CromartyScotlandExtension of S wing
Item 63 of 104c. 1975Dalry House  EdinburghScotlandReconstruction for Old People's Welfare Council
Item 64 of 104c. 1975Lamb's HouseLeith EdinburghScotlandReconstruction for Old People's Welfare Council
Item 65 of 1041976Ardvasor, InnSleatSkyeInverness-shireScotlandExtension
Item 66 of 1041976Buildings, 1-8 Baxter's Place and Greenside Lane  EdinburghScotlandRestoration and office development 1-3 Baxter's Place.
Item 67 of 1041976Hotel Eilean IarmainIsleornsaySkyeInverness-shireScotlandRear extension
Item 68 of 1041976Russell House, 3 Canongate  EdinburghScotlandRestoration
Item 69 of 1041978Kyle of Lochalsh Primary SchoolKyle of Lochalsh Ross and CromartyScotlandAlterations and additons?
Item 70 of 1041978Muckrach Castle  MorayshireScotlandReconstruction of ruinous building. Partner and job architect.
Item 71 of 104197916-18 Calton Hill and end house  EdinburghScotland 
Item 72 of 1041979Cramond TowerCramond EdinburghScotlandRestoration and conversion to house.
Item 73 of 1041979National Portrait Gallery and Museum of Antiquities  EdinburghScotlandRestoration. Joint job architect.
Item 74 of 104Late 1970s40 houses for Burgh of BiggarBiggar LanarkshireScotland 
Item 75 of 1041980sPitcullo CastleDairsie FifeScotlandRestoration
Item 76 of 104198093 George Street  EdinburghScotlandRestoration of lower section and removal of MacNaughtan's portico.
Item 77 of 1041980Brodie Castle  MorayshireScotlandRestoration. Job architect and partner in charge .
Item 78 of 1041980Tillycairn Castle  AberdeenshireScotlandRestoration
Item 79 of 104c. 1980Kinnettles  AngusScotlandRestoration
Item 80 of 1041981Malta Green HouseStockbridge Edinburgh Restoration and new housing grouped around house. May not be involved.
Item 81 of 104Before 1981Anstruther Easter Town HallAnstruther Easter FifeScotlandRestoration
Item 82 of 104Before 1981Pittenweem Town HallPittenweem FifeScotlandRestoration
Item 83 of 104Before 1981Town HouseAuchtermuchty FifeScotlandRestoration
Item 84 of 1041982Beldorney CastleGlass AberdeenshireScotlandRestoration with Alistair Urquhart as master mason
Item 85 of 1041982John Knox House  EdinburghScotlandRestoration. Partner in charge.
Item 86 of 1041983Acheson House  EdinburghScotlandRepairs and restoration. Partner in charge..
Item 87 of 1041983No 2 Luib SkyeInverness-shireScotlandRestoration - joint job architect.
Item 88 of 1041984Jane Welsh Carlyle Museum and Warden's HouseHaddington East LothianScotlandConversion to Museum and Warden's House.
Item 89 of 1041985St Mary and St Finnan RC ChurchGlenfinnan Inverness-shireScotlandActed as Consultant.
Item 90 of 1041986Couston CastleAberdour FifeScotlandRestoration after vandalism
Item 91 of 1041986Lauriston Castle  KincardineshireScotlandRestoration and reconstruction
Item 92 of 1041987Ravens' CraigPlockton Ross and CromartyScotland 
Item 93 of 1041988Carrick Castle  ArgyllScotlandInternal reconstruction
Item 94 of 1041988Housing, Langlands TerraceKyle of Lochalsh Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 95 of 1041988Scandic Crown HotelHigh Street EdinburghScotland 
Item 96 of 1041990sDunduff CastleFisherton (near) AyrshireScotlandRestoration - comissioned by Dr Ferguson
Item 97 of 1041990sLaw CastleWest Kilbride AyrshireScotlandRestoration
Item 98 of 1041990Abbot's TowerNew Abbey KirkcudbrightshireScotlandReconstruction
Item 99 of 1041991Caber FeidhBroadfordSkyeInverness-shireScotlandInitial concept
Item 100 of 1041993Dairsie CastleDairsie  FifeScotlandProvided drawings for restoration
Item 101 of 1041993Housing, Balmacara SquareKyle of Lochalsh Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 102 of 1041997Lynedale SkyeInverness-shireScotlandRestoration
Item 103 of 1042000Wildlife hide Eilean BanInverness-shireScotland 
Item 104 of 1042003CrionachLoch SnizortSkyeInverness-shireScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 8Gifford, John1992Highland and Islands (The Buildings of Scotland) Penguin Booksp549
Item 2 of 8Glendinning, Miles1997Rebuilding Scotland: The Postwar Vision, 1945-75  Tuckwell Press Ltdp7 Tolbooth Area Redevelopment; Morocco Land; Chessel's Court
p8 Image of Chessel's Court when newly completed in 1966
p160-1 Chessel's Court
Item 3 of 8Glendinning, Miles2008Modern architect: the life and times of Robert Matthew RIBA Publishingp475
Item 4 of 8RIBA1961Kalendar 1960-61   
Item 5 of 8RIBA1965The RIBA Kalendar   
Item 6 of 8RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   
Item 7 of 8RIBA1979Directory of members   
Item 8 of 8RIBA1984RIBA Directory of members   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1Professor David M Walker personal archiveProfessor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material Letter from Ian Begg, 20 January 2005


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