James Beattie Michie

1891 - 1959

Architect and artist. Born in Inverness, Michie trained in Hawick. He fought in the First World War. He was appointed an architect with the Imperial War Graves Commission in 1920, and moved to France with his wife, the artist Anne Redpath (1895 - 1965). There he laid out military cemeteries with the noted architect Edward Lutyens. He painted fine murals in the Chapelle Sainte-Roseline, part of the Carthusian Monastery at Méounes-lès-Montrieux. The stockmarket crash brought an end to his work in France and in 1934 he went to work designing hospitals in London, while his wife returned to Scotland. Michie enlisted on the outbreak of the Second World War and was posted to Galashiels where he requisitioned accommodation for the troops training in the Scottish Borders. After the war he became a lecturer at the School of Architecture at the Royal West of England Academy in Bath. He died in Bristol.

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