Basic Biographical Details

Name: Douglas Beaton
Designation: Architect
Born: 30 March 1912
Died: November 1998
Bio Notes: Douglas Beaton was born on 30 March 1912, in Torphins, Kincardine O'Neil, the son of Farquhar Beaton, foreman baker, and his wife, Isabella Forbes Singer who had married in Inverurie in 1894. . He was articled to Edwin L Williamson from 1 July 1930 to 20 August 1933, attending part-time classes in the School of Architecture, Robert Gordon's College, Aberdeen. He continued his studied for three years full-time, travelling in Derbyshire in the 1934 vacation and working in Williamson's office in the academic holidays of 1936. In the latter year he obtained his diploma, and on 25 January 1937 he commenced as an assistant in the officew of J L Denman & Son of Brighton. He was admitted ARIBA on 12 April that year, his proposers being R Leslie Rollo, Alexander George Robertson Mackenzie and John Gibb Marr.

Beaton remained in England thereafter, working as a 'provincial architect' until his retirement in 1977, at which time he was based in Winchester. His death was registered in November 1998.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 310, North Street, Inverness, ScotlandPrivate1937 *  
Item 2 of 374, Mickleton Road, Coventry, EnglandPrivateBefore 195 *After 1960 
Item 3 of 34, Fordington Avenue, Winchester, Hampshire, EnglandPrivateBefore 1965 *1977 

* 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 3Edwin L Williamson1 July 193020 August 1933Apprentice 
Item 2 of 3Edwin L WilliamsonMid 1936Mid 1936Assistant(?) 
Item 3 of 3J L Denman & Son25 January 1937 Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Alexander George Robertson Mackenzie12 April 1937for Associateship
Item 2 of 3John Gibb Marr12 April 1937for Associateship
Item 3 of 3Robert Leslie Rollo12 April 1937for Associateship


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 1RIBA RIBA Directories   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2National Archives (via Scotlands People)Statutory births  
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A no6382 (combined box 135)