Craigie joined the Glasgow architects
Clarke & Bell
as their Chief Draughtsman around 1890,
after travelling in Italy on an
He became George Bell II's partner in 1906, after R A
Bryden's death, and eventually took the firm over in 1915,
after Bell's death.
His important work includes the attic additions to the Grosvenor
Building, 72-80 Gordon Street (1907); the reconstruction of the Justiciary
Courthouse, Jocelyn Square (1910-13); and St Mary's Parish Church,
His additions to the Grosvenor Building included the insertion of a magnificent marble staircase by
Galbraith & Winton, which featured relief panels by
, who also produced plaster caryatids
for the building's new ballroom. Craigie's interiors were destroyed by fire in 1973.
Craigie's reconstruction of the Justiciary Courthouse involved the removal of the magnificent heraldic group from
the tympanum of the building's pediment and carved details from the metopes below it, together with the destruction of
copies of panels from
's Trial By Jury frieze in the building's interior.
The latter were copied in plaster by
Archibald Macfarlane Shannan
in 1911, before their destruction, and exhibited at
prior to being installed in the new buiding.
Prior to World War I he was active in the volunteer movement,
becoming an officer in the 7th Battallion, Highland Light Infantry,
and served as a Captain of Royal Engineers during the war.