Basic Biographical Details
|Name: ||John Buchan Hall |
|Designation: ||Architect |
|Born: ||9 August 1915 |
|Died: ||27 February 1978 |
|Bio Notes: ||John Buchan Hall was born on 9 August 1915, the son of John Campbell Hall, architect, of J & J Hall, Galashiels and his wife Mary. He served his apprenticeship with J & J Hall from October 1931, and on completion of it on 1 October 1935 he commenced day classes for the diploma course at Edinburgh College of Art, continuing to assist in his father's firm as and when he could. He won the RIBA Archibald Dawney Scholarship in 1938, passed the intermediate exam in June the same year (and was admitted ARIAS that November - this conflicts with information from RIAS archives which state 1956 as the year of his election to the RIAS). |
Having joined the Territorial Army in 1936, he was commissioned in the Royal Engineers in 1937. He served with them from May 1939, spending the war years with the Indian Army and from 1941 to 1945 he was with the 4th Corps of the 14th Army in Burma, gaining the Territorial Decoration. He was demobilised in January 1946, having reached the rank of Captain.
The following month he resumed his ECA studies, and he received his diploma on 28 June that year. He was admitted ARIBA on 10 December the same year, his proposers being John Ross McKay, Leslie Grahame Thomson and Reginald Fairlie. It appears that he was then immediately taken into partnership by his father. He also studied fior the diploma in town planning at Edinburgh College of Art.
Hall succeeded to the practice on his father's death in 1965. He also succeeded him as County Architect of Selkirk, becoming County Planning Officer as well. He was also architect to the joint Berwick, Roxburgh and Selkirk Police Board, but all these appointments were to end with the reorganisation of local government in 1975.
He was elected FRIBA on 5 June 1968, proposed by James Dunbar Nasmith, Eric Hall, and Robert Hogg Matthew, a friend since student days. His nomination papers give an extensive list of types of work carried out and costs of contracts - such as a new dyehouse associated with a woollen mill, a skin tannery, offices and shops, housing schemes for the Local Authority, old peoples houses, police stations, schools, and the modernisation of farms and cottages - but name relatively few specific buildings.
Hall died at his home, The Hawthorns, in Galashiels on 27 February 1978. He was survived by his widow, Mona Islay Mason MacFarlane, three sons and a daughter.
Private and Business Addresses
|The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:|
| ||Address||Type||Date from||Date to||Notes|
|Ladhope Vale, Galashiels, Selkirkshire, Scotland||Business||Before 1939||After 1968|| |
|Marmuran, Galashiels, Selkirkshire, Scotland||Private||1946 *|| || |
|The Hawthorns, Galashiels, Selkirkshire, Scotland(?)||Private||1968 *|| || |
* 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):|
| ||Name||Date from||Date to||Position||Notes|
|J & J Hall||October 1931||1 October 1935||Apprentice|| |
|J & J Hall||1965|| ||Partner|| |
Buildings and Designs
|The following books contain references to this architect:|
|RIBA||1939||The RIBA Kalendar 1939-1940|| ||London: Royal Institute of British Architects|| |
|RIBA||1950||The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951|| ||London: Royal Institute of British Architects|| |
|RIBA||1970||RIBA Directory 1970|| || || |
|The following periodicals contain references to this architect:|
| ||Periodical Name||Date||Edition||Publisher||Notes|
|RIBA Journal||July 1978||v85||London: Royal Institute of British Architects||p303|
|The following archives hold material relating to this architect:|
| ||Source||Archive Name||Source Catalogue No.||Notes|
|RIAS, Rutland Square||Records of membership|| || |
|RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert Museum||RIBA Nomination Papers|| ||A no8805 (stored under F6020); F no6020 (combined box 114)|