Basic Biographical Details

Name: Robert Henderson Taylor
Designation: Architect
Born: 25 February 1915
Died: 21 August 1992
Bio Notes: Robert Henderson Taylor was born on 25 February 1915, the son of William Henderson Taylor, publican and his wife, Georgina Slattie. From Septemebr 1930 to 1935 he served his articles with Charles Edward Tweedie & Son and at the same time from 1930-34 attended classes at Edinburgh College of Art and Heriot Watt College. For three successive years he received a first prize and in his fourth year he was awarded a medal. He was also successful in gaining prizes in the student architectural competitions run by the RIAS (3rd prize in his first year, and first prizes in his 2nd and 3rd years. He was also a medallist in the measured drawing competition.

In February 1937 he was elected ARIAS and was a member of the Edinburgh Architectural Association in 1939-40.

He remained as assistant with Charles Edward Tweedie after the completion of his articles until 1940 and from 1936 to 1940 also assisted teaching a variety of subjects including building construction and plumbing at evening classes at Heriot Watt, four evenings a week. In 1940 he moved to a post as assistant to the Regional Technical Advice Home Officer of Scotland.

In November 1940 he joined HM Forces and served as War Office clerk of works and chief draughtsman in the Royal Engineers. He was demobilised in September 1946.

From May to September 1946 he had a post as assistant architect, Grade A, with Midlothian County Council Architects Department but was then appointed on the staff of the County Council Evening School to teach technical classes. He was admitted LRIBA in 1947, proposed by John Ross McKay, Alfred Hugh Mottram and James Davidson Cairns.

In 1950 he was living at 26 Avondale Place, Edinburgh.

Taylor died of a cerebrovascular accident on 21 August 1992, survived by his wife, Harriet Gullen Archibald and at least one son.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 468, Christie Miller Avenue, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate 1992 
Item 2 of 451, Easter Road, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate/business(?)1939 *  
Item 3 of 46, Rintoul Place, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate1947  
Item 4 of 426, Avondale Place, Edinburgh, Scotland 1950  

* 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 4Charles E Tweedie & SonSeptember 19301935Apprentice 
Item 2 of 4Charles E Tweedie & Son19351940Assistant 
Item 3 of 4Midlothian County Council Architect's DepartmentMay 1946September 1946Assistant 
Item 4 of 4Midlothian County Council Architect's DepartmentSeptember 1946 ArchitectOn staff of Evening School


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3James Davidson Cairns14 October 1947For Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3John Ross McKay14 October 1947For Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3Alfred Hugh Mottram14 October 1947For 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 21950Episcopal Church, OxgangsOxgangs EdinburghScotland 
Item 2 of 21952St Ninian's Episcopal ChurchComely Bank EdinburghScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 2RIBA1939The RIBA Kalendar 1939-1940 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 2 of 2RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Builder7 April 1950  p472

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2H M Register HouseDeath Register  
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L No 6162 (Combined box 123)