Robert Scott

Measurer

Robert Scott ('& Son' after 1904; born c. 1848–1905), a measurer (quantity surveyor) in Glasgow, was the son of an established builder in Milngavie, just north of the city. 1 Probably because three older brothers were already working with their father, Scott instead became a 'house measurer' and valuator in Townhead in the early 1870s. 2 By 1875, he had offices at 115 Wellington Street and later in West George Street in the city centre, and moved with his young family to 'Bardowie Villa' (named after a castle near Milngavie), in middle-class Pollokshields. 3

Scott was a founder-member of the Glasgow Institute of Measurers in 1881, (adding 'I.M.' after his name), and was elected treasurer and secretary that year. 4 He joined the existing firm of [George] Binnie & [John] Murray, renamed 'Binnie, Murray & Scott', around 1886, but left after five years. 5 He also served as Collector of the prestigious Incorporation of Masons (1888), and president of the Glasgow Institute of Measurers (1890), and as their professional accounts auditor (1893). 6

Scott reported on the tenders for the new Greenock Municipal Buildings (1884) and priced John McKissack's competition entry for the City Improvement Trust (1893), acting as measurer when the tenements were eventually constructed at King and Osborne Streets, off Trongate. 7 He also prepared specifications for Rothesay's new Post Office (1895). 8 James Pollock Scott (c. 1879–1913), became a partner (hence '& Son'), in 1904 and, after his father's death in 1905, continued the firm with younger brother Thomas Scott, F.F.S. (Fellow of the Faculty of Architects and Surveyors; born c. 1889). 9 Surveyor Robert Stevenson, F.F.S. became a partner in 1914, and on Thomas Scott's retiral in 1928, continued the business at 115 Wellington Street. 10

Notes:

1: Census Data, www.ancestry.co.uk; Death Date, www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk [accessed 29 July 2013]; Glasgow Herald, 28 October 1905, p. 1.

2: Census Data, www.ancestry.co.uk [accessed 29 July 2013]; Glasgow Post Office Directory 1873–4, p. 345.

3: Glasgow Post Office Directory 1875–6, p. 345; 1878–9, p. 428; 1879–80, p. 439; Glasgow Herald, 22 January 1881, p. 8; Census Data, www.ancestry.co.uk [accessed 29 July 2013].

4: Glasgow Herald, 6 October 1881, p. 4; Glasgow Post Office Directory 1884–5, p. 536.

5: Glasgow Post Office Directory 1886–7, pp. 135, 538; 1890–1, pp. 139, 536; 1891–2, pp. 137, 537.

6: Scotsman, 22 September 1888, p. 6; Glasgow Herald, 7 October 1890, p. 3; 3 October 1893, p. 4.

7: Glasgow Herald, 4 January 1884, p. 7; 25 April 1893, p. 6; 18 May 1893, p. 4.

8: Glasgow Herald, 10 July 1895, p. 1.

9: Census Data, www.ancestry.co.uk; Death Date, www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk [accessed 29 July 2013]; Glasgow Post Office Directory 1904–5, pp. 559–60; 1913–14, p. 589.

10: Edinburgh Gazette, 3 November 1914, p. 1294; 8 June 1928, p. 695.