Gallie, Charles Robertson

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Charles Robertson Gallie was born in in Inverness in 1897, one of three children of Jessie R Gallie (née Dunlop) and Charles A Gallie (Snr.), a master plasterer. Charles attended the Inverness School of Art and was articled to the architectural firm of Alexander Ross & Son in January 1912.

During the First World War, Charles served as a gunner (Gunner number 298) in in the Royal Horse Artillery regiment (regiment number 600069).

According to, "The RHA was responsible for light, mobile guns that provided firepower in support of the cavalry. It was the senior arm of the artillery, but the one that developed and grew least during the Great War. In 1914 the establishment was one battery to each Brigade of Cavalry. A battery had six 13-pounder field guns, and included 5 officers and 200 men. "

After the war, he returned to working at Alexander Ross & Son, where he became chief assistant, before going on to study at the Aberdeen School of Art; achieving both the diploma and the post-diploma.

In July 1921, he travelled to London where he passed the qualifying exam and was admitted to ARIBA a little later that year. His nomination papers noted Ardconnel Terrace West, Inverness, as his home and business address. However, as the declaration was signed & witnessed by John Alistair Ross, this suggests he may have still been working at Alexander Ross & Son.

Charles married Veronica Kate Burdett at Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, in December 1925. Towards the end of his life, he resided at Ettingshall Lodge, Ettingshall Road, Wolverhampton. He died on 24th February 1965 at New Cross Hospital, Wolverhampton.

Although, we are currently unable to verify Charles Robertson Gallie's attendance at the Glasgow School of Art, he is commemorated on The Glasgow School of Art's First World War Roll of Honour.

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Sources: the Dictionary of Scottish Architects:; Scotland's People:;; The Long Long Trail:


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