Basic Biographical Details

Name: Benjamin Valentine Ingram Yellowlees
Designation: Architect
Born: 12 April 1914
Died: May 1996
Bio Notes: Benjamin Valentine Ingram Yellowlees was born at Laurel Bank, Colinton, Edinburgh on 12 April 1914, the son of James Ingram Yellowlees, jewellery salesman (who later becmae a heating engineer) and his wife Jessie Lethbridge.

He studied architecture at Edinburgh College of Art from 1931, graduating with a Certificate in Architecture in 1936, and being certified ARIAS in the same year.

He was a student member of the RIBA from 1937 and a member of the Edinburgh Architectural Association in 1939-40. At that date his address was 18 Braidburn Terrace. He was still a student member in 1954 but is no longer listed in 1960.

Upon graduating he worked as Assistant Architect for the Burgh of Dunfermline, followed by the same post for Midlothian County Council.

During the Second World War, he trained to be an Officer, becoming a Lieutenant in the Royal Engineers, serving in Persia and Iraq and rising to the rank of Major. After the War he returned to Midlothian County Council as Chief Assistant Architect.

In 1960 he became a partner in a practice before setting up his own practice in 1962. In 1965 he moved to Tasmania, accepting the post of Project Architect with the Tasmanian Public Works Department where his projects included the north-east wing of the Royal Hobart Hospital, which opened in 1970, and became the Architect at Tasmania's Department of Public Works in 1974.

He married Marjory Naomi Rosie, a telephone operator, on 11 February 1961 in Edinburgh. This was his second marriage as he and his first wife had divorced.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 218, Braidburn Terrace, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate/business1939 *  
Item 2 of 27, Glenlee Gardens, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate1948 *After 1961 

* 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 5J M Dick Peddie & Walker Todd19311936PupilArticuled Pupil and Assistant
Item 2 of 5Dunfermline Burgh Council Architect's Department19361937Assistant Architect 
Item 3 of 5Midlothian County Council Architect's Department19371939Assistant Architect 
Item 4 of 5Midlothian County Council Architect's Department19451960Chief Assistant 
Item 5 of 5Tasmanian Public Works Department19651974ArchitectProject Architect


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 5RIBA1939The RIBA Kalendar 1939-1940 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 2 of 5RIBA1948The RIBA Kalendar 1948-1949 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 3 of 5RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 4 of 5RIBA1954RIBA Kalendar 1953-54   
Item 5 of 5RIBA1961Kalendar 1960-61   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2GROSRecords of Marriages  
Item 2 of 2National Archives (via Scotlands People)Statutory births