Harold Ogle Tarbolton FRIBA (1869–1947) was a 19th/20th century British architect, mainly working in Scotland. He was affectionately known as Tarrybreeks. In later life he went into partnership with Sir Matthew Ochterlony to create Tarbolton & Ochterlony.
He was involved in electricity schemes from at least 1902, and ended his career overseeing several hydro-electric schemes in Scotland.
He was articled to train as an architect with George Thomas Hine around 1885. After training he joined the office of Gerald Horsley in London. Here he was able to also study at the Royal Academy Schools from 1893 to 1895. He appears to have also spent some time during the same period at the University of Bonn in Germany.
In 1895 he set up practice at 7 Frederick Street in Edinburgh with Sydney Tugwell who had worked with him in London. The partnership ended by 1897 and he then was asked to join the office at John Kinross to help with work at Manderston House.
In 1900 he moved residence to 39 Northumberland Street in Edinburgh's Second New Town. In 1907 he replaced Henderson in the firm of Henderson & Hay. He was elected RIBA in 1904. He was a Governor of the Edinburgh School of Art and of Heriot-Watt College.
In 1923 he employed Lawrence Harrower Smart to represent the firm as job architect on site for Bermuda Cathedral.
In 1926 the Edinburgh office relocated to 4 St Colme Street on the Moray Estate in the west end of the city.
In 1944 Tarbolton & Ochterlony became architectural advisors to the Scottish Hydro Electric Board. They created the schemes for Loch Sloy, Pitlochry, Loch Faskally and Tummel-Garry. Ochterlony died before the schemes were begun. Tarbolton saw the schemes built but did not live to their being commissioned.
- St Peter's Episcopal Church, Torry near Aberdeen (1897)
- Internal refurbishment and new outbuildings at Manderston House (1900) in office of John Kinross
- Altyre House electricity generating house (1902)
- Penicuik Co-operative Emporium (1904)
- "The Peel", Clovenfords (1904) in office of John Kinross
- Buckhaven Co-operative Stores (1905)
- Internal remodelling of Kincardine-in-Menteith Church, near Blair Drummond (1907)
- Remodelling of Gardyne Castle (1910)
- Pattishall House (1910)
- Memorial to David Livingstone, St Michael and All Saints Church, Blantyre, Malawi (1913)
- Major remodelling, St Bride's Episcopal Church, Glasgow (1915)
- Western House, Ayr (1919)
- Paisley War Memorial (1920) with sculpture by Alice Meredith Williams
- Elsie Inglis Memorial Hospital (1923)
- Warrior's Chapel, Old St. Paul's, Edinburgh (1924)
- Bangour Village Church (1924)
- Church of the Ascension (Episcopal), Glasgow (1925)
- Remodelling of Holy Trinity Cathedral, Hamilton, Bermuda (1926)
- Bank of Scotland, Duns (1928)
- 9 Easter Belmont Road (1933) with Ochterlony
- British Linen Bank, Dumfries (1933)
- Remodelling of Chalmers Hospital, Edinburgh (1933)
- Old Sailor's Ark, Canongate, Edinburgh (1934)
- Remodelling of Dalzell House, Motherwell (1935)
- Mathers Bar, Queensferry Street, Edinburgh (1938) now a listed building
- St David's Episcopal Church, Pilton, Edinburgh (1939) opened 1941
- Westering, Inverleith Grove, Edinburgh (1939)
- St Salvador's Episcopal Church, Saughton Main Street, Edinburgh (1939) now a listed building
- St Fillan's Episcopal Church, Buckstone, Edinburgh (1940)
- Loch Sloy Hydro Electric Scheme (1947)
- Tummel-Garry Hydro Electric Scheme (1947)
- Loch Faskally Hydro Electric Scheme (1947)
- Aldour Bridge, Pitlochry (1949) posthumously, work executed by Sir Alexander Gibb
- ODNB: Harold Tarbolton
- Edinburgh Post Office Directory 1900
- Who Was Who: Harold Tarbolton
- Buildings of Scotland: Perth & Kinross, John Gifford
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