Ian Begg

1925 - 2017

Architect. Born in Kirkcaldy, Begg's training at the Edinburgh College of Art was interrupted by the Second World War. He undertook his apprenticeship with Harry Hubbard of Williamson and Hubbard Architects in Kirkcaldy, who had assisted Sir Robert Lorimer (1864 - 1929). In 1951, Begg joined Neil and Hurd architects in Edinburgh becoming sole partner on Robert Hurd's death in 1963. Noted for his work in the vernacular style, Begg has also been responsible for the conservation and refurbishment of numerous historic buildings. His new buildings includes St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art in Glasgow and the Radisson SAS Hotel in Edinburgh, while his restorations include Couston, Law and Rossend Castles. He was also involved in the conservation of Edinburgh's New Town.

Begg retired to his own tower-house near Plockton in the West Highlands. He died at his home Ravens' Craig Tower and lies buried in Balmacara Cemetery.

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