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Lorimer, Sir Robert Stodart, 1864-1929 (Architect)



  • Existence: 1864 - 1929


The architect Robert Stodart Lorimer, the son of Professor James Lorimer, Edinburgh University, was born in Edinburgh, 4 November 1864. He was raised in a Georgian townhouse in Edinburgh's New Town and was educated at Edinburgh Academy and Edinburgh University.

In 1885 he started his career in architecture with the practice of Sir Robert Rowand Anderson in Edinburgh, and he served there for four and a half years. After travelling in England, he entered the London office of G. F. Bodley, R.A., where he remained for eighteen months before returning to Edinburgh.

During his career, Lorimer became interested in the Arts and Crafts Movement and in Scottish Vernacular architecture. These interests led Lorimer to undertake the Thistle Chapel in the High Kirk of St. Giles, Edinburgh, in 1909 (the chapel of the Knights of the Thistle). Over the years he also remodelled suburban villas and built cottages in various parts of the city. Another major project was the Scottish National War Memorial within Edinburgh Castle. He also created similar memorials in Italy, Egypt and in Greece. Towards the end of his career he restored Paisley Abbey. Sir Robert Lorimer died in 1929.

He married Violet Alicia Wyld (1875-1940) in 1903. The couple had four children: Christopher Lorimer (1904-1991), Hew Lorimer (1907-1993), Daphne Lorimer (1907-1974), and Michael Lorimer (1912-1991).

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

Coll-27 (MS.2484.2): Lorimer/Dods correspondence, f.14v
Coll-27 (MS.2484.2): Lorimer/Dods correspo...

Papers of Sir Robert Stodart Lorimer

 Fonds — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Coll-27
Scope and Contents The Lorimer Papers (office letters) have been sorted and numbered with a full inventory on typed sheets. The Papers relate to projects in Edinburgh and all over Scotland, and elsewhere in the United Kingdom. There are some plans of buildings and building details. Material in some boxes have been sorted but not numbered. Some Papers are still in bundles with only rudimentary sorting.An interim handlist is available ...
Dates: 1901-1949

Photograph of the Dowden Memorial, designed by Sir Robert Lorimer, c 1910

 Item — Box CLX-A-355
Identifier: Coll-1847/17-0218
Scope and Contents

One photograph of the Dowden Memorial, modelled by Louis R. Deuchars and designed by Sir Robert Lorimer. It is now in St Mary's Cathedral.

Dates: c 1910