Isobel Hogg Kerr Beattie

(25 August 1900 – 13 July 1970)

Isobel Hogg Kerr Beattie was possibly the first woman in Scotland to practice architecture on a regular basis.

Beattie was born in 1900 to Lewis and Alice Beattie who were farmers. After graduating from the Edinburgh College of Art (1921-1926), she worked for a time in an office before practising independently from 1928 to 1929. She then returned to the College of Art where she obtained a further diploma. She was admitted as an Associate of the Royal Institute of British Architects in 1931 while she was working in Edinburgh with the firm, Jamieson & Arnott. She later moved to Dumfries, probably working there independently. She died in Applegarth in 1970 after an illness.