Basic Biographical Details

Name: Ronald McPherson Watson Young
Designation: Architect
Born: 28 June 1909
Died: 26 February 2003
Bio Notes: Ronald McPherson Watson Young was born on 28 June 1909, the son of James Taylor Young, cabinetmaker and his wife. He was articled to John Rutherford Johnstone of Troon for four years from May 1925, studying at Glasgow School of Art from c.1926. On completion of his apprenticeship in May 1929 he joined the office of Keppie & Henderson in Glasgow as junior draughtsman, and in August 1931 transferred to the firm of Gillespie, Kidd & Coia where he spent four years as senior and head draughtsman. Whilst in that office he travelled in France in June 1932 and obtained his course certificate from the Glasgow School of Art in June 1933.

Young travelled to Belgium in July 1935 and passed the RIBA final exam in Edinburgh in December 1935 of that year. He was admitted ARIBA on 9 March 1936, his proposers being Thomas Harold Hughes, William James Smith and Andrew Graham Henderson. By that time he had secured a post in the Glasgow Corporation Education Offices and was living at 'Coniston', 4 Morven Drive, Troon. He was elected FRIAS in 1954

He resigned his RIBA membership in December 1974. He died on 26 February 2003 at Strachan House, Craigcrook Road, Edinburgh. He was predeceased by his wife, Margaret Henderson McGeachie Rock and survived by his son.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 2Coniston/4, Morven Drive, Troon, Ayrshire, ScotlandPrivate1936 *  
Item 2 of 230, West Craigs Crescent, Corstorphine, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate(?)1950 *2003 

* earliest date known from documented sources.

Employment and Training


The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 4John Rutherford JohnstoneMay 1925Before May 1929Apprentice 
Item 2 of 4Keppie & HendersonMay 1929Before August 1931DraughtsmanJunior Draughtsman
Item 3 of 4Gillespie Kidd & CoiaAugust 19311935Chief Draughtsman 
Item 4 of 4Glasgow Corporation Education Office1935 or early 1936   


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Andrew Graham Henderson9 March 1936for Associateship
Item 2 of 3Thomas Harold Hughes9 March 1936for Associateship
Item 3 of 3(Professor) William James Smith9 March 1936for Associateship


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 1RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 3H M Register HouseDeath Register  
Item 2 of 3RIAS, Rutland SquareRecords of membership  
Item 3 of 3RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A no6019 (combined box 114)