Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Architect, of Dublin and Cork. Noel Edmund Scott, the seventh and youngest son of Thomas and Elizabeth Scott of Fortfield Villas, Dartry Road, Dublin, was born at Monasterevin, Co. Kildare, on 24 December 1892. On leaving school he first entered the office of a quantity surveyor, George Metcalfe, but after a year decided on a career in architecture and became apprenticed to EDWIN BRADBURY  EDWIN BRADBURY in 1909. He remained in Bradbury's office, first as a pupil and then as an assistant until 1914. From 1911 until 1914 he also attended the Metropolitan School of Art, where he won a first prize for architectural drawing and design.(1) On leaving Bradbury's office in July 1914, he spent a short time with MCDONNELL & MCDONNELL & amp; REID, before moving to Cork to work for SAMUEL F. HYNES SAMUEL F. HYNES . After war had been declared, he volunteered and eventually received a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the West Lancashire Division of the Royal Engineers in October 1915. In July 1916 he was sent to France. After surviving the battle of the Somme and being recommended for bravery, he was shot in the head by a sniper near Ypres on 20 September 1917 and died the following day.(2) He was buried in Mendinghem military cemetery.

Jones, apparently writing from his own experience, describes a vital personality: 'Whatever Noel Scott took up he attacked with the utmost vigour. He set out to become a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects and he worked early, late, and all the time until he had passed the Prelimnary and Intermediate Examinations of the body, and had he been spared his energy would have forced him through the Final in good timeā€¦His character may be expressed by the word "Energy"; in his work, in his walk, in his talk, he was full of push; withal of an affectionate disposition.'

AAI: elected member, 1913.
RIBA: probationer, 1913; (RIBAJ 20  RIBAJ 20 (1912-13), 650); student, 1914.(RIBAJ 22  RIBAJ 22 (1914-15), 119.)


All information in this entry not otherwise accounted for is from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website http://www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=87264 (2008) and from the obituaries of Scott in  Irish Times, 1 Oct 1917,  IB 69, 13 Oct 1917, 525, and AAI Green Book (1917), 6-7, which is accompanied by a portrait photograph. His death is also noted in RIBAJ (1919-20), 206.

(1) Measured drawings by him of No. 4 Upper Merrion Street were exhibited at the School's annual exhibition of students' work in Dec 1915, see Irish Times, 27 Dec 1915.
(2) AAI Green Book (1918), 14.
(2) Biographical notes by Jones in Jones file S21.