Robert James Naismith

1916 - 2004

Architect and town planner. Born in Edinburgh, Naismith trained at Edinburgh College of Art and entered the architectural practice of Sir Frank Mears in the early 1940s. He served as Burgh Architect of Dalkeith and Penicuik for over 30 years, and acted as architectural and planning advisor to Haddington, Hawick, Inverkeithing, Inverness, Johnstone, Lanark, Perth, Selkirk and Stirling, as well as the cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow. Naismith was also known as a conservation architect, completing Mears's work in the restoration of the Old Town of Stirling in the 1950s and 60s. He published two books: Buildings of the Scottish Countryside (1985) and The Story of Scotland's Towns (1989).

Naismith died in Edinburgh and gave his flat in Ramsay Garden, which was once the home of Sir Patrick Geddes (1854 - 1932), to the National Trust for Scotland.

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