Mr Robert Stodart Lorimer

Sir Robert Stodart Lorimer was an architect active, both in the UK and abroad, in the late-19th and early-20th centuries. He was born in Edinburgh, Scotland on 4 November 1864, the son of James Lorimer, Regius Professor of Public Law at Edinburgh University, and Hannah Stodart.

Lorimer had a strong interest in gardens. This, it is said, he had gained from an introduction he had in 1898 to Gertrude Jekyll while at work on one of his many English commissions, Whinfold in Surrey.

Despite a number of English commissions, Lorimer had no London offices. His architectural practices were based in Edinburgh, Scotland.

In addition to gardens, Lorimer also had a strong interest in antique furniture. This was supposedly gained from the Glasgow shipowner William Burrell whom he had met while working at Earlshall in Fife, Scotland.

Lorimer died on 13 September 1929. His ashes were buried at Newburn Churchyard in Fife, Scotland along with those of his parents.

Bibliography

Dictionary of Scottish Architects, 'Sir Robert Stodart Lorimer', DSA Architect Biography Report <http://www.codexgeo.co.uk/dsa/architect_full.php?id=M000052> [accessed 16 February 2008]

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