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Papers of George Hay, architect, Edinburgh, Scotland

551 95

Description Papers of George Hay, architect, Edinburgh, Scotland

Collection Papers of George Hay, architect, Edinburgh, Scotland

Catalogue Number 551 95

Category All Other

Scope and Content Manuscript copy of 'Scottish Architectural Woodwork of the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries', submitted as thesis for RIBA final examination, 1936; illustrated with photographs and measured drawings. Survey plans of Scottish Churches prepared for the figures in Hay's 'The Architecture of Scottish Post-Reformation Churches', 1957. Collection of negatives illustrating Scotland's architecture, 1930s and 1940's (only partially catalogued). Photographic prints of Scottish architecture (these may correspond to the collection of negatives).

Archive History Prior to the adoption of the formal accession-numbering system, in 1947 Dr Hay donated a collection of photographic prints of buildings to the Scottish National Buildings Record. Later material deposited with RCAHMS by Dr Hay includes: Acc No 1981/9, Drawings for Architecture of Scottish Post-Reformation Churches; the copy of his thesis does not appear to have been formally accessioned. Additional material (negatives, Acc No 1991/27) was deposited by his family after his death.

Access Conditions Open, but note that the collection has been only partially catalogued, and also that access may be subject to provisions outlined in the Data Protection Act and conservation requirements. Please contact the archive to confirm access in advance of a visit.

Administrative History George Hay, architect (1911-86). Born in Edinburgh, Hay began his working career in 1926 as an apprentice draughtsman with Scott Morton and Company, before transferring to Lorimer and Matthew as an architectural apprentice. On completing this in 1933, he moved to HM Office of Works. He was admitted ARIBA in 1937, and joined the architectural practice of Orphoot, Whiting and Lindsay, of which, following war service, he became a partner between 1952 and 1960. Hay had a broad interest in Scotland’s architectural and cultural history, and its links with Europe. His thesis for his RIBA final examination was on the subject of Scottish Architectural Woodwork of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, and in 1957 he published his best known work, ‘The Architecture of Scottish Post-Reformation Churches’. In the preface Hay states that this built upon earlier work by John Bryce Duncan, the brother of Hay's friend Walter Duncan of Newlands (see Anthony Curtis Wolffe Collection). For a detailed account of his career, see

Accruals No accruals are anticipated.


Collection Hierarchy - Collection Level

Collection Level (551 95) Papers of George Hay, architect, Edinburgh, Scotland

Preview Category Catalogue Number Title Date Level
All Other 551 95/2 Drawings prepared for 'The Architecture of Scottish Post-Reformation Churches' 1957 Group Level
All Other 551 95/1 Photographs by George Hay 1934-47, SNBR accession 1934 Group Level
All Other 551 95/3 Photographs by George Hay accession 1991/27 Group Level

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