Basic Biographical Details

Name: John Ellis
Designation: Architect
Born: 10 June 1874
Died: 17 August 1929
Bio Notes: John Ellis was born in Stonehaven on 10 June 1874, the son of John Ellis, shoemaker, and his wife Barbara, dressmaker. He was articled to Matthews and Mackenzie in Aberdeen from 1890 to 1895, remaining as assistant for a further year. He commenced independent practice in Stonehaven in 1897 but almost immediately thereafter he emigrated to South Africa. Within the next two years he built up a considerable practice in Pretoria, designing and building a range of buildings including villas in the suburb of Arcadia. His practice was ended by the outbreak of the South African War in October 1899. He returned home late that year or early the next to recommence practice in Stonehaven, with an address at 29 Ann Street. He returned to South Africa about 1903 'on commission' and may have remained there until about 1908. The 'Stonehaven Journal' of 23 July 1908 reports that he had 'lately returned from Pretoria'. He was admitted LRIBA in the mass intake of 20 July 1911, his proposers being Alexander Marshall Mackenzie, George Sutherland and George Watt.

Ellis died on 17 August 1929.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 3Barclay Street, Fetteresso, Kincardineshire, ScotlandPrivate1891 Home of his parents. Returned there in by 1901.
Item 2 of 329, Ann Street, Stonehaven, Kincardineshire, ScotlandPrivate1899 or 1900  
Item 3 of 321, Ann Street, Stonehaven, Kincardineshire, ScotlandPrivate1911 *  

* 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 2Matthews & Mackenzie18901895Apprentice 
Item 2 of 2Matthews & Mackenzie18951896Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Alexander Marshall Mackenzie20 July 1911for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3George Sutherland20 July 1911for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3George Watt20 July 1911for Licentiateship

Buildings and Designs

This architect was involved with the following buildings or structures from the date specified (click on an item to view details):
 Date startedBuilding nameTown, district or villageIslandCity or countyCountryNotes
Item 1 of 181890Free South Church  AberdeenScotlandAs apprentice/assistant to Matthews & Mackenzie
Item 2 of 181891Aberdeen University, Marischal College  AberdeenScotlandRebuilding - as apprentice/assistant to Matthews & Mackenzie
Item 3 of 181891Grand Hotel  AberdeenScotlandAdditions - as apprentice to Matthews & Mackenzie
Item 4 of 181891Pratt & Keith warehouse  AberdeenScotlandFurther additions - as apprentice/assistant to Matthews & Mackenzie
Item 5 of 181897School Board Offices  AberdeenScotlandAs apprentice/assistant to Matthews & Mackenzie
Item 6 of 18After 1897Crows Buildings  PretoriaSouth Africa 
Item 7 of 18After 1897Saxon Buildings  PretoriaSouth Africa 
Item 8 of 18After 1897Villa for D Cooper Bootle EsqStonehaven KincardineshireScotlandDesigned, scheduled and superintended.
Item 9 of 18Before 1899Victoria Hospital  PretoriaSouth Africa 
Item 10 of 181901ClaremontStonehaven KincardineshireScotland 
Item 11 of 181903Royal HotelStonehaven KincardineshireScotlandDesigned and scheduled.
Item 12 of 181904Tudor Buildings  PretoriaSouth Africa 
Item 13 of 181908Proposed House for A Ross at Robert StreetStonehaven KincardineshireScotland 
Item 14 of 181908Two houses for William Ramsay, draperStonehaven KincardineshireScotland 
Item 15 of 181913Shops, 12-15 Market SquareStonehaven KincardineshireScotlandAlterations to form one continuous shop out of three shops.
Item 16 of 181914Malcolm's MountStonehaven KincardineshireScotlandWorkshop
Item 17 of 181921Black Hill War MemorialDunnoltar KincardineshireScotland 
Item 18 of 181921Mackie AcademyStonehaven KincardineshireScotlandSchool war memorial


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 2British Architectural Library, RIBA2001Directory of British Architects 1834-1914   
Item 2 of 2Who's Who in Architecture1914    

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 3Builder25 October 1929   
Item 2 of 3RIBA Journal19 October 1929 London: Royal Institute of British Architectsp800
Item 3 of 3Stonehaven Journal10 August 1911   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2Census records onlineCensuses  
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L v17 no1245