Basic Biographical Details

Name: Arthur Hay Livingstone Mackinnon
Designation: Architect
Born: 22 April 1870
Died: 3 November 1937
Bio Notes: Arthur Hay Livingstone Mackinnon was born in Aberdeen on 22 April 1870, the son of Lachlan Mackinnon, advocate, Aberdeen, and his wife Margaret Blaikie. He was educated at Aberdeen Collegiate School. He attended Gray's School of Art from 1886-1889and was articled to Matthews and Mackenzie in August 1887, moving to London as an improver with Col Sir Robert William Edis in September 1890 and subsequently being promoted to assistant. In 1893 he made a study tour of Italy and Greece and returned to commence practice at 75 Union Street Aberdeen in October the same year. He passed the qualifying exam in London in 1894 and was admitted ARIBA on 11 June, his proposers being Edis, Arthur Cates, and Lacy William Ridge. Early in his career he secured the business of the Clydesdale Bank in north-east Scotland, providing him with a fairly steady stream of business. By 1907 he had moved to 245 Union Street which remained his office until his death in 1937; his house was at 8 Rubislaw Den South. He was admitted FRIBA in early 1932, proposed by James Brown Nicol, Robert Gordon Wilson and Alexander Marshall Mackenzie.

Mackinnon served as Secretary of the Aberdeen Society of Architects from 1898 until 1913 and as President from 1914 to 1915 and from 1931 to 1932.

Mackinnon died on 3 November 1937, leaving moveable estate of 22,867 6s 8d. He was an architect of considerable refinement but was never aggressive about securing business, perhaps because in later years at least he was rather well off. He was remembered as having a very engaging self-deprecatory personality. Of his best house, Kippie Lodge, he observed ' Oh no, nothing to it at all: just a box designed around their carpets'. His wife, Eliza Thomson Henderson, the eldest daughter of John Henderson, manager of the North of Scotland Bank, Aberdeen, whom he married in 1904 had predeceased him.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 375, Union Street, Aberdeen, ScotlandBusiness1893Before 1907 
Item 2 of 3245, Union Street, Aberdeen, ScotlandBusinessBefore 19071937 
Item 3 of 38, Rubislaw Den South, Aberdeen, ScotlandPrivateBefore 19141937 

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 & MackenzieAugust 1887September 1890Apprentice 
Item 2 of 2(Sir) Robert William EdisSeptember 1890April 1893Improver 

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 17Alexander Robert Meldrum18941899Apprentice 
Item 2 of 17Robert Moir Gibson18971902Apprentice 
Item 3 of 17James Alexander Mitchell Hunter18981904Apprentice 
Item 4 of 17Alexander Robert Meldrum18991900Assistant 
Item 5 of 17Joseph Anderson Allan19001905Apprentice 
Item 6 of 17Robert Moir Gibson19021903Assistant 
Item 7 of 17Kenneth Henderson BrownSeptember 19111921ApprenticeWith the exception of war service, Sept 1914 to June 1919
Item 8 of 17Donald Cameron Rae19121915Apprentice 
Item 9 of 17William Peter (junior)19141921Apprenticewith the exception of war service, 1918-19
Item 10 of 17Donald Cameron Rae19191920Assistant 
Item 11 of 17William Alexander Wood19201923Apprentice 
Item 12 of 17Robert Stuart Stephen MackayMay 1920 Assistant 
Item 13 of 17Dorothy Elizabeth SoperAugust 1921July 1924Assistant(?) 
Item 14 of 17Francis DurwardSeptember 1921September 1924Apprentice 
Item 15 of 17Stephen SutherlandSeptember 1923September 1926Apprentice 
Item 16 of 17Robert Muil BremnerJuly 1925c. July 1928Apprentice 
Item 17 of 17Stephen SutherlandSeptember 1926March 1927Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 6Arthur Cates11 June 1894for Associateship
Item 2 of 6(Sir) Robert William Edis11 June 1894for Associateship
Item 3 of 6Alexander Marshall MackenzieEarly 1932for Fellowship
Item 4 of 6James Brown NicolEarly 1932for Fellowship
Item 5 of 6Lacy William Ridge11 June 1894for Associateship
Item 6 of 6Robert Gordon Wilson (junior)Early 1932for Fellowship

RIBA Proposals

This architect proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 18Joseph Anderson Allan3 December 1934for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 18John George Davidson8 January 1934for Associateship
Item 3 of 18William Campbell Davidson1910for Licentiateship
Item 4 of 18Alexander Ellis Diack4 December 1911for Licentiateship
Item 5 of 18William Liddle Duncan20 July 1911for Licentiateship
Item 6 of 18Lake Falconer (junior)24 June 1912for Licentiateship
Item 7 of 18John Findlay2 December 1935for Licentiateship
Item 8 of 18William Gibson Henderson3 December 1934for Associateship
Item 9 of 18James Lowson4 December 1911for Licentiateship
Item 10 of 18John Gibb MarrLate 1933for Fellowship
Item 11 of 18Alexander Robert Meldrum24 June 1912for Licentiateship
Item 12 of 18Harvey Mennie4 July 1910for Licentiateship
Item 13 of 18Frederick William Morgan11 March 1935for Associateship
Item 14 of 18William Peter (junior)Mid 1933for Licentiateship
Item 15 of 18James Augustus SouttarLate 1910for Licentiateship
Item 16 of 18George Dudley Stalker3 December 1934for Associateship
Item 17 of 18William John TaylorLate 1928for Fellowship
Item 18 of 18George Watt4 March 1907for Fellowship

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 57 Cottage at Cruden BayCruden Bay AberdeenshireScotlandDate unknown
Item 2 of 57After 1893Aberdeen Combworks offices, workshops and warehouses  AberdeenScotland 
Item 3 of 57After 1893Aberdeen Ironworks Company offices, workshops and warehouses  AberdeenScotland 
Item 4 of 57After 1893Aberdeen Journal Office  AberdeenScotlandAlterations
Item 5 of 57After 1893Aberdeen Steam Navigation Company offices, workshops and warehouses  AberdeenScotland 
Item 6 of 57After 1893Auchterless Parish ChurchAuchterless AberdeenshireScotlandNew spire and alterations to church
Item 7 of 57After 1893Clydesdale Bank  AberdeenScotland 
Item 8 of 57After 1893Clydesdale BankElgin MorayshireScotland 
Item 9 of 57After 1893Clydesdale BankFraserburgh AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 10 of 57After 1893Clydesdale BankBuckie BanffshireScotland 
Item 11 of 57After 1893Clydesdale BankInverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 12 of 57After 1893Clydesdale BankInvergordon Ross and CromartyScotland 
Item 13 of 57After 1893North British and Mercantile Insurance Company office  AberdeenScotland 
Item 14 of 57After 1893North of Scotland Colour Works offices, warehouses and workshops  AberdeenScotland 
Item 15 of 57After 1893Orkney & Shetland Steam Navigation Company offices, workshops and warehouses  AberdeenScotland 
Item 16 of 57After 1893Royal Aberdeen Golf Clubhouse  AberdeenScotland 
Item 17 of 57After 1893Tor-na-Coille HotelBanchory Aberdeenshire/KincardineshireScotland 
Item 18 of 571894Premises at Waterloo Quay  AberdeenScotland 
Item 19 of 571896Central Fire Station  AberdeenScotlandWon competition to secure job (prize 50)
Item 20 of 571896House and shops, St Clement Street  AberdeenScotland 
Item 21 of 571896House for W Mackinnon  AberdeenScotland 
Item 22 of 571896House, Leadside Road  AberdeenScotland 
Item 23 of 571897Tramway Depot  AberdeenScotland 
Item 24 of 571897Union Club  AberdeenScotland 
Item 25 of 571897Unionist Clubhouse and Hall  AberdeenScotland 
Item 26 of 571898Premises for P Lewis, Dunbar Street  AberdeenScotland 
Item 27 of 571898Prince Regent Hotel  AberdeenScotlandRemodelling
Item 28 of 571898St Fittick's ChurchTorry AberdeenScotland 
Item 29 of 571898Two houses, West North Street  AberdeenScotland 
Item 30 of 571900261-263 Union Street  AberdeenScotland 
Item 31 of 571900Mile End Public School  AberdeenScotland 
Item 32 of 57c. 1900Clydesdale BankForfar AngusScotland 
Item 33 of 571901EdenholmeStonehaven KincardineshireScotland 
Item 34 of 571901Premises for Alex Wilson, George Street  AberdeenScotland 
Item 35 of 571901Two houses, Wallfield Crescent  AberdeenScotland 
Item 36 of 57190218 Albyn Place  EdinburghScotlandAlterations
Item 37 of 571902House, Anderson Drive  AberdeenScotland 
Item 38 of 571902Villa, 68 Rubislaw Den South  AberdeenScotland 
Item 39 of 571903Douglas Hotel  AberdeenScotlandAlterations
Item 40 of 571903House, Gordon's Mills Road  AberdeenScotland 
Item 41 of 571903House, Whinhill Road  AberdeenScotland 
Item 42 of 571903Premises, 221 Union Street to Langstane Place  AberdeenScotlandExtension
Item 43 of 571905Farquhar & Gill's premises  AberdeenScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 44 of 571905Two house, Forest Avenue  AberdeenScotland 
Item 45 of 571905Two houses, Forest Avenue  AberdeenScotland 
Item 46 of 571914Kingseat AsylumNew Machar AberdeenshireScotlandNew block (cost 12,000) and hospital villa (cost 6,500)
Item 47 of 571914ManseUpper Cabrach MorayshireScotlandRear addition forming double pile.
Item 48 of 571924Mitchell HospitalOld Aberdeen AberdeenScotlandConverted to self-contained cottages
Item 49 of 57c. 1930Kippie LodgeCulter AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 50 of 571931House of Schivas  AberdeenshireScotlandInternal alterations
Item 51 of 571935Matthews Quay for the North of Scotland & Orkney & Shetland Shipping Co  AberdeenScotlandExtensions
Item 52 of 571935Police StationSt Fergus AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 53 of 571935Small housing schemeSt Fergus AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 54 of 57c. 1935Council HousingTorphins AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 55 of 571937Cottages for Aberdeen County CouncilNew Machar AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 56 of 57Before 1937Gordon Highlander's Club  AberdeenScotlandAlterations to form one building?
Item 57 of 57Before 1937Hall Russell shipbuilding offices  AberdeenScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 3British Architectural Library, RIBA2001Directory of British Architects 1834-1914   
Item 2 of 3Croxford, Stuart G2001The life and works of A H L Mackinnon The Robert Gordon University MSc dissertation 
Item 3 of 3Who's Who in Architecture1914    

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 3Architect and Building News5 November 1937  p191 - obituary
Item 2 of 3Builder12 November 1937v153 p893
Item 3 of 3Observer28 August 1904  p8 - marriage at West Parish Church, Aberdeen

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2H M Register HouseDeath Register  
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A v12 p124 (microfiche 57/A1); F no3018 (box 15)