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BEGG, John

Born: 1866 09 20
Died: 1937 02 23


ARIBA 1891; FRIBA 1907

Was born in Scotland and entered the office of Hippolyte Blanc in Edinburgh in 1884. While an articled pupil he studied at the Heriot Watt School of Arts, at the Architectural Association classes held in Edinburgh and at the School of Design in Edinburgh. Begg remained in Blanc's office for five years; he won the Pugin Studentship in 1890 and made a study tour of Northamptonshire. He won the Ashpital Prize in 1891 and in 1894 was an Institute Medallist for essays. At some stage he spent eighteen months in (Alfred?) Waterhouse's office in London and studied at the Royal Academy Schools. Around 1897/8 Begg came to Johannesburg where his address was given as c/o Real Estate Corporation. Two buildings by him have been recorded so far in South Africa, carried out in 1897 and 1898 in Johannesburg. He returned to Edinburgh in 1900.

It was probably about this time that he was recommended by Phene Spiers to Colonel Edis who appointed him chief draughtsman to the Bombay government. Begg went to India around 1900, the first holder of the permanent post of consulting architect to the government of Bombay.

There is also a listing of this practitioner on the Dictionary of Scottish Architects.

Publ: 'Architecture in the Transvaal' RIBA Jnl 1899-1900:81-6.

(ARIBA nom papers (1891); Building News, 1 Oct 1920; FRIBA nom papers (1907) 7; Longland's Tvl & Rhod dir 1903)

All truncated references not fully cited in 'References' are those of Joanna Walker's original text and cited in full in the 'Bibliography' entry of the Lexicon.

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Penlan House: 1897. Johannesburg, Gauteng - Architect
York Buildings: 1898. Johannesburg, Gauteng - Architect

Books citing BEGG

Brown, SM. 1969. Architects and others: an annotated list of people of South African interest appearing in the RIBA Journal 1880-1925. Johannesburg: Unpublished dissertation, University of the Witwatersrand. pp

Davies, Philip. 1985. Splendours of the Raj : British architecture in India, 1660-1947. London: J Murray. pp

Gray, Alexander Stuart, Breach, Nicholas. 1985. Edwardian architecture: a biographical dictionary. London: Duckworth. pp 102-103

Irving, Robert Grant. 1981. Indian summer : Lutyens, Baker and Imperial Delhi. London: Yale University Press. pp