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Basic Biographical Details

Name: George Gordon Jenkins
Designation: Architect
Born: 1848 or 1849
Died: 6 October 1923
Bio Notes: George Gordon Jenkins was born in 1848 or 1849 in Elgin but spent some of his boyhood in Aboyne where his father was minister of the parish church. He was educated at Aberdeen Grammar School and articled to the civil engineer Robert Anderson who was responsible for the first municipal water scheme for Aberdeen bringing water from Invercannie. During this period Jenkins was successful in various new works around the city and he was thus presuaded to open business on his own account. He commenced practice as civil engineer (architect and surveyor?) at 115 Union Street, Aberdeen in or before 1874, his earliest work being concerned with the layout of cemeteries.

In the summer of 1878 he took into partnership George Marr who had begun practice with his father as an architect at Chapelhall of Udny from the 1860s, concentrating almost exclusively on school and farm work. Throughout their early careers, the work of Jenkins & Marr was of a simple and strictly practical nature, but with Mannofield Church (1882), for which an experienced assistant was probably brought into the practice, moved to a rather higher plane. From the earlier 1880s there was briefly a loose partnership with William Davidson in Ellon, the connection with him being through Marr.

Jenkins is known to have undertaken engineering projects during his career such as the scheme for obtaining a supply of water from the River Avon of which he made a thorough survey.

Jenkins was active in the formation and running of the Aberdeen Association of civil engineers and served as its president after it had been in operation for five years.

Outwith his profession Jenkins was a keen mountaineer, taking a great interest in the Deeside hills and local topography. He published 'Hill Views from Aberdeen', which is the the result of a life-time of expeditions and surveys. He was responsible for the design of the view indicator on Brimmond. He also contributed to the Cairngorm Club Journal.

Around 1886 Harbourne Maclennan, born 1871 and educated at Elgin Academy and Dunfermline High School, joined the firm as an apprentice, and subsequently made a study tour in Europe: as an academic architect, he was essentially self-taught. He returned to Dunfermline to commence practice in 1895 but was subsequently invited by Jenkins to return to the Jenkins & Marr practice, Marr having died in 1899. The catalyst was probably the commission to design the Masonic Hall in Crown Street, Aberdeen, which he carried out on his own account in 1908-1910. He was belatedly made a partner in 1915, and became sole partner after Jenkins retired in 1921.

Jenkins died on 6 October 1923, leaving moveable estate of £13,338 0s 5d. He was survived by his wife Christina and they had three daughters.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 411, Bon Accord Street, Aberdeen, ScotlandPrivateBefore 1871After 1975As a lodger
Item 2 of 4115, Union Street, Aberdeen, ScotlandBusinessBefore 1875After 1878 
Item 3 of 416, Bridge Street, Aberdeen, ScotlandBusiness1880 *  
Item 4 of 4Fonthill Terrace, Old Machar, Aberdeenshire, ScotlandPrivate1881 *  

* 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 2Robert Anderson1860s Apprentice 
Item 2 of 2Jenkins & MarrMid 18781921Partner 

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 146 DrumnageskBrackley AberdeenshireScotlandDate unknown
Item 2 of 1461874Wellfield Cemetery  AberdeenScotlandExtension
Item 3 of 1461878Pier and breakwaterCove Bay AberdeenshireScotlandConstructed in 1878 and improved in 1883
Item 4 of 1461879Coffee HouseInverurie AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 5 of 146c. 1879Huntly Cemetery and LodgeHuntly AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 6 of 1461880Auction Mart  AberdeenScotland 
Item 7 of 1461880Baron's InnAuchnagatt AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 8 of 1461880CottandhillocksKeithhall AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 9 of 1461880Easter SelbyKeithhall AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 10 of 1461880James Walker's Building  AberdeenScotland 
Item 11 of 1461880Mains of Annochie  AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 12 of 1461880Mains of Pitrichie Farm houseEllon AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 13 of 1461880New Houses, Alehouse and TillyfarUdny AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 14 of 1461880SheilbogKeithhall AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 15 of 1461881A Clark's Warehouse, Virginia Street  AberdeenScotland 
Item 16 of 1461881Cairndaie SteadingCairndaie AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 17 of 1461881ColdwellsInverurie AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 18 of 1461881Dalrymple Hall and CaféFraserburgh AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 19 of 1461881Farmsteading, North LeyNorth Ley AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 20 of 1461881Fisherbriggs House and SteadingKillyquham AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 21 of 1461881Fordtown LodgeFordtown AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 22 of 1461881Gamekeepers Cottage and KennelsKintore AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 23 of 1461881Harthill FarmhouseHarthill AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 24 of 1461881House and Shops for W ScorgieBridge of Dee AberdeenScotland 
Item 25 of 1461881Mannofield Parish ChurchMannofield AberdeenScotland 
Item 26 of 1461881Middle Ironside FarmhouseNew Deer AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 27 of 1461881Newburgh SchoolFoveran AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 28 of 1461881North BlackhillCove KincardineshireScotland 
Item 29 of 1461881Pundercroft FarmhouseNew Deer AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 30 of 1461881Stables, Castle NeweCastle Newe AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 31 of 1461881ThistlycrookCraigmyle AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 32 of 1461881Tillybin SteadingKintore AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 33 of 1461881Two Houses, Leslie Terrace  AberdeenScotland 
Item 34 of 1461881Two Houses, Leslie Terrace  AberdeenScotland 
Item 35 of 1461881Upper Sauchen FarmhouseUpper Sauchen AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 36 of 14618838 Regent Quay  AberdeenScotland 
Item 37 of 1461883Property for Mrs Pegler, South Regent Quay  AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 38 of 1461884Four Houses, Leslie Terrace  AberdeenScotland 
Item 39 of 1461884House, Calsayseat Road  AberdeenScotland 
Item 40 of 1461884Premises for North of Scotland and Orkney & Shetland Steam Navigation Companies  AberdeenScotland 
Item 41 of 1461884Two Houses, Calsayseat Road  AberdeenScotland 
Item 42 of 1461884Two Houses, Calsayseat Road  AberdeenScotland 
Item 43 of 1461884Two Houses, Walker RoadTorry AberdeenScotland 
Item 44 of 1461885Aberdeen Public Baths  AberdeenScotland 
Item 45 of 1461885Ferryhill Parish Church HallFerryhill AberdeenScotland 
Item 46 of 1461885House, Queen's Road  AberdeenScotland 
Item 47 of 1461885Royal BridgeBallater AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 48 of 1461885Two Houses, Leslie Terrace  AberdeenScotland 
Item 49 of 1461886House for Gas Department, Church Street and St Clement Street  AberdeenScotland 
Item 50 of 1461886House, Calsayside Road  AberdeenScotland 
Item 51 of 1461886House, Fonthill Terrace  AberdeenScotland 
Item 52 of 1461886Northfield Place (except Northeast corner)  AberdeenScotland 
Item 53 of 1461886Office for William Millar, Guild Street  AberdeenScotland 
Item 54 of 1461887Ashley Road School  AberdeenScotland 
Item 55 of 1461887House, Calsayseat Road  AberdeenScotland 
Item 56 of 1461887House, Calsayseat Road  AberdeenScotland 
Item 57 of 1461887House, Summer Lane  AberdeenScotland 
Item 58 of 1461888Cushnie House  AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 59 of 1461888Glen Garioch DistilleryOld Meldrum / Oldmeldrum AberdeenshireScotlandBonded warehouse
Item 60 of 1461888House for Alex Cooper, Fountainhall Road  AberdeenScotland 
Item 61 of 1461888House, Great Western Road and South Forest Road  AberdeenScotland 
Item 62 of 1461888Kennerty BridgePeterculter AberdeenshireScotlandRebuilding
Item 63 of 1461889Allenvale Cemetery, Gate Lodge  AberdeenScotland 
Item 64 of 1461889Grain Mills, Palmerston Road  AberdeenScotland 
Item 65 of 1461889House, Stanley Street  AberdeenScotland 
Item 66 of 1461889Knockespock House  AberdeenshireScotlandAdditions -almost a new house. Demolsihed in late 20th century.
Item 67 of 1461889Monymusk House  AberdeenshireScotlandAddition
Item 68 of 1461889Premises of Messrs Campbell Ltd, cab hirersAberdeen AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 69 of 1461889Rosemount Parish Church Hall  AberdeenScotland 
Item 70 of 1461890Northern Loan Company Building  AberdeenScotland 
Item 71 of 1461890Premises for Barry Henry & Co, West North Street  AberdeenScotland 
Item 72 of 1461891Holburn Chapel of Ease  AberdeenScotlandNew front
Item 73 of 1461891Premises for A Pirie, College Street  AberdeenScotland 
Item 74 of 1461891Proctor's OrphanageKirkton of Skene AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 75 of 1461892Five Houses, Beechgrove Avenue  AberdeenScotland 
Item 76 of 1461892Tough Parish ChurchTough AberdeenshireScotlandVestry addition
Item 77 of 1461893Two Houses, Belmont Road  AberdeenScotland 
Item 78 of 1461894Car shed, Deeside Road and Morningside Road  AberdeenScotland 
Item 79 of 1461894House, Miller Street  AberdeenScotland 
Item 80 of 1461895House, Broomhill Road  AberdeenScotland 
Item 81 of 1461895Premises on Gordon Street for J Coutts  AberdeenScotland 
Item 82 of 1461896Blackfriars Gymnasium  AberdeenScotland 
Item 83 of 1461896Cairnbulg Castle  AberdeenshireScotlandRestoration from ruins. Lodge.
Item 84 of 1461896Gray's School of Art  AberdeenScotlandAdditions
Item 85 of 1461897Aboyne Infectious Diseases HospitalAboyne AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 86 of 1461897House for Mr ShepherdEllon AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 87 of 1461897House, AnnesleyTorphins  AberdeenScotland 
Item 88 of 1461897Inverurie Infectious Diseases HospitalInverurie AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 89 of 1461897Stables. Whitehouse  AberdeenScotland 
Item 90 of 1461897Teacher's HouseKincardine O'Neil AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 91 of 1461897Victoria HallEllon AberdeenshireScotlandWith Davidson
Item 92 of 1461898Foveran ManseFoveran AberdeenshireScotlandAlterations and repairs
Item 93 of 1461898Learney Arms HotelTorphins AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 94 of 1461898Temperance Assurance Buildings  AberdeenScotlandFirst premiated competition design
Item 95 of 1461898Water TowerGarmouth MorayshireScotlandAs consulting engineer
Item 96 of 1461900Foveran Parish ChurchFoveran AberdeenshireScotlandOrgan chamber apse added - attribution
Item 97 of 1461901Aboyne Public SchoolAboyne AberdeenshireScotlandAdditions
Item 98 of 1461901Ardoyne, farm officesInsch AberdeenshireScotlandAdditions
Item 99 of 1461901Church of KinellarKirkton of Kinellar AberdeenshireScotlandAdditions
Item 100 of 1461901Corndavon LodgeInvercauld AberdeenshireScotlandAdditions
Item 101 of 1461901Deerhillock Farm  AberdeenshireScotlandAdditions
Item 102 of 1461901Dyce ManseDyce AberdeenshireScotlandWater supply works
Item 103 of 1461901Farm offices, Cottage and Dairy at Cairnbulg MainsCairnbulg AberdeenshireScotlandDairy
Item 104 of 1461901House and offices at South Mains of ArdifferyMains of Ardiffery AberdeenshireScotlandAdditions to offices
Item 105 of 1461901Little Tack of Barrack farm  AberdeenshireScotlandRepairs
Item 106 of 1461901Little Tack of Barrack farm  AberdeenshireScotlandRepairs
Item 107 of 1461901Littlehill, farm offices  AberdeenshireScotlandAdditions
Item 108 of 1461901Newhills ManseNewhills AberdeenshireScotlandImprovements
Item 109 of 1461901Newhills Parish Church and Session HouseNewhills AberdeenshireScotlandImprovements
Item 110 of 1461901Port Erroll SchoolPort Erroll AberdeenshireScotlandAdditions
Item 111 of 1461901Premises, 212-216 Union Street  AberdeenScotlandAddition
Item 112 of 1461901ReservoirStrichen AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 113 of 1461901Robert Gordon's CollegeSchoolhill AberdeenScotlandAlterations
Item 114 of 1461901Steading, Upper CrichieUpper Crichie AberdeenshireScotlandSleeping room at Upper Mains of Crichie
Item 115 of 1461901Tenement HouseSpringhill AberdeenScotland 
Item 116 of 1461901Two Houses, Wellbrae TerraceMannofield AberdeenScotland 
Item 117 of 1461901Water mainsCults AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 118 of 1461901WhitehouseAlford|Tough AberdeenshireScotlandStables
Item 119 of 1461902Aboyne-Dinnet Parish Church HallAboyne AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 120 of 1461902Glassel HouseBanchory Ternan AberdeenshireScotlandEast wing
Item 121 of 1461903162-166 Market Street  AberdeenScotland 
Item 122 of 1461903Invercauld Arms HotelBraemar AberdeenshireScotlandAdditions
Item 123 of 1461903Premises for W M Brechin, Market Street  AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 124 of 146c. 1903Warehouse for the Aberdeen Commercial CompanyPeterhead AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 125 of 1461904SchoolKincarine O'Neil AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 126 of 1461905Laundry Offices, Chestnut Row  AberdeenScotland 
Item 127 of 1461906Claud Hamilton Motors  AberdeenScotland 
Item 128 of 1461906St Congan's Episcopal ChurchyardTurriff AberdeenshireScotlandExtension
Item 129 of 1461908Masonic Temple  AberdeenScotlandHarbourne MacLennan mainly responsible
Item 130 of 1461911Inverurie Town Hall, museum and libraryInverurie AberdeenshireScotlandAddition of library and museum
Item 131 of 1461913 Morningside House  AberdeenScotlandAlterations
Item 132 of 1461915Oakbank School, Governor's House  AberdeenScotland 
Item 133 of 146c. 1920Stoneywood Housing EstateStoneywood AberdeenScotland 
Item 134 of 146c. 1920Torry Housing SchemeTorry AberdeenScotlandWith Kelly as consultant
Item 135 of 146Before 1923Central Chambers  AberdeenScotland 
Item 136 of 146Before 1923Culter Paper Mills and Housing Scheme  AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 137 of 146Before 1923Maritime Chambers  AberdeenScotland 
Item 138 of 146Before 1923Masonic TemplePeterhead AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 139 of 146Before 1923Pirie's Photographic Paper factory and offices  AberdeenScotland 
Item 140 of 146Before 1923Scottish Temperance Chambers  AberdeenScotland 
Item 141 of 146Before 1923Stoneywood Paper MillBucksburn AberdeenScotlandAddition
Item 142 of 146Before 1923Stores and offices for William McEwen & Co  GlasgowScotland 
Item 143 of 146Before 1923Union Paper Mills   ScotlandAdditions
Item 144 of 146Before 1923Valleyfield Paper MillsPenicuik MidlothianScotlandAdditions
Item 145 of 146Before 1923Woodside Paper Mills  AberdeenScotlandAddition
Item 146 of 1461925213 Union Street  AberdeenScotlandRefitting


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 3Bailey, Rebecca M1996Scottish architects' papers: a source book Edinburgh: The Rutland Pressp92
Item 2 of 3British Architectural Library, RIBA2001Directory of British Architects 1834-1914   
Item 3 of 3Johnston, W T2003Artists of Scotland Officina Publications CDROM 

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Aberdeen Press and Journal8 October 1923  Obituary. Picture in issue of 9 October 1923.

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1Census records onlineCensuses  


© All rights reserved. From Aberdeen Press & Journal 9 October 1923.  Courtesy of Aberdeen Central Public Library.  

© All rights reserved. From Aberdeen Press & Journal 9 October 1923. Courtesy of Aberdeen Central Public Library.