Basic Biographical Details

Name: John Smith
Designation: Architect
Born: 1781
Died: 22 July 1852
Bio Notes: John Smith was born in 1781, the son of William Smith, architect and builder, Aberdeen. Of the father little is recorded except that he was known as 'Sink'em'; that he had his workshop in Longacre; that he designed and built Gilcomston Chapel of Ease and the houses at the bottom end of Marischal Street, all in Aberdeen. It is not known exactly when he died but it appears to have been between February and November 1812. The son is said to have been sent at an early age to the office of James Playfair (or perhaps he assisted him in some junior capacity at the building of Cairness, Aberdeenshire, but neither the Playfair diary nor the Gordon muniments provide any evidence of it). He cannot have worked long for Playfair who died in 1794, and it is not known which London office he was in thereafter.

Around 1804 he returned to Aberdeen with an extensive collection of plans and was nearly lost as his ship entered Aberdeen Harbour in a storm. Circa 1805 Smith designed his first major work in Aberdeen, a large house on Union Street for Patrick Milne of Crimonmogate. Two years later Smith succeeded Thomas Fletcher as engineer to the King Street, Union Street and Union Terrace works and laid out St Nicholas Street to connect it with George Street. By 1810 he had produced the first accurate survey of Aberdeen which was published in the same year. Thereafter he built up the largest business both in architecture and building and cabinet-making in the north-east, with headquarters at his house at 142 King Street, Aberdeen. He was associated with Thomas Telford on the harbour improvements planned from 1824 and was formally appointed superintendent of work for the City of Aberdeen in that same year. In that capacity he attended to such matters as street lighting, cleansing and executions (which are said to have brought gloom to the Smith household for weeks). He was also agent for the Imperial Insurance Company.

John died after a long and painful illness at Rosebank Hardgate, a pleasant 18th-century mansion with a large garden which he inherited from his father-in-law. He had married Margaret Grant, only child of Colonel George Grant of Auchterblair in Banffshire, a marriage which brought useful landed connections, their first home being at Longacre adjacent to the elder William Smith's house and builder's yard. Near contemporary accounts record that she was tall, good-looking and aristocratic in demeanour which a family portrait appears to confirm. Smith himself was 'a shy retiring man as well as an able and diligent official'.

Most members of their family died early but his son William joined the practice after graduating MA at Marischal College and subsequently sought experience in London with Thomas Leverton Donaldson. He appears to have returned to Aberdeen by 1842 and was made a partner in 1845, succeeding his father as Aberdeen City Architect on his death. His eldest daughter Margaret Grant Smith (died 1857) married Alexander Gibb, the civil engineer, on 17 March 1831. Some biographical details will be found in Lettice Milne Rae's 'Story of the Gibbs.'

John Smith's work was in his early years almost exclusively refined neo-Greek, but from 1820 onwards most of his churches and large houses were Tudor Gothic, the latter sometimes with Scottish features as at Balmoral from about 1830. These were closely modelled on William Burn's style with which he had become acquainted at Robert Gordon's, Fintray and Auchmacoy.

Brief biographical notices with short lists of principal works compiled by John's son William appeared in the Aberdeen Journal' in July 1852, in 'The Builder' and in the 'Architectural Publication Society's Dictionary'. A great many informative references to his career in Aberdeen will be found in G M Frazer's biography of Archibald Simpson (1790-1847), which appeared as a serial in the 'Aberdeen Weekly Journal' of 1918. A collected copy of these articles is available at Aberdeen Public Library. A fragmentary list of plans and some of his accounts (1807-1832) are in the National Monuments Record of Scotland.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 1142, King Street, Aberdeen, ScotlandPrivate/businessc. 1804  

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 3James PlayfairAfter 17921794(?)Apprentice(?) 
Item 2 of 3Aberdeen City Architect's Department (later City of Aberdeen District Council Architects Division)182422 July 1852Chief ArchitectCity Architect (Superintendent of Works). Death date given for termination of employ
Item 3 of 3J & W Smith1845 Senior Partner 

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 4William Smith IIAfter 1830Before 1844Apprentice 
Item 2 of 4Thomas Mackenzie18351835Assistant 
Item 3 of 4Robert Kerrc. 1838   
Item 4 of 4William Smith II18441845Senior Assistant 

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 2421805Crimonmogate House  AberdeenScotlandOriginal house
Item 2 of 2421808Footdee, North and South Squares  AberdeenScotland 
Item 3 of 2421809Bridewell Sewer  AberdeenScotland 
Item 4 of 242c. 1809Pitfour House, stables, west lodge etcNew Deer AberdeenshireScotlandReconstruction
Item 5 of 242c. 1810Cortes House  AberdeenshireScotlandPerhaps by Smith
Item 6 of 242c. 1810KeithhallKeithhall AberdeenshireScotlandStables. East lodge and bridge at north drive are attributed to Smith
Item 7 of 2421811Bridge of Dee  AberdeenScotlandNew approach. Widening with James Walker of London
Item 8 of 2421811Mannar House and OfficesInverurie AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 9 of 2421811Perth Sheriff Court AccommodationPerth PerthshireScotlandCompetition design
Item 10 of 2421812Union Street West End  AberdeenScotlandFormed west end of Union Street
Item 11 of 2421813Barn and Kiln, Aberdeen Malt Mill  AberdeenScotland 
Item 12 of 2421813Bridge of Dee  AberdeenScotlandImprovements
Item 13 of 2421814Brucklay HouseNew Deer AberdeenshireScotlandExtension including entrance hall
Item 14 of 2421814Phesdo House  AberdeenshireScotlandAlso stables and lodge
Item 15 of 2421815Drumtochty CastleDrumtochty KincardineshireScotlandLarge additions, probably to James Gillespie Graham's design
Item 16 of 242c. 1815Offices at CornhillCornhill BanffshireScotland 
Item 17 of 2421816Town House, High Street and Bridge StreetStrichen AberdeenshireScotland'Probably' (HS)
Item 18 of 2421817College Church  AberdeenScotlandGrounding and lathing
Item 19 of 2421817Raemoir House  AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 20 of 2421817Rattray HouseRattray AberdeenshireScotlandAttribution on stylistic grounds
Item 21 of 2421818Aberdour Parish ChurchNew Aberdour Aberdeenshire?ScotlandAttributed
Item 22 of 2421818Feuing and layout of Huntly Street  AberdeenScotland 
Item 23 of 2421818Strichen HouseStrichen AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 24 of 2421819Building in Union Street  AberdeenScotland 
Item 25 of 2421819Large house in Union Street  AberdeenScotland 
Item 26 of 2421820Aberdeen Cross  AberdeenScotlandRebuilding as post office
Item 27 of 2421820Aberdeen Flour Mill  AberdeenScotlandRebuilding
Item 28 of 2421820Aberdeen Tolbooth  AberdeenScotlandNew front and hemi-cycle courtroom
Item 29 of 2421820Dunecht House (including chapel)Echt AberdeenshireScotlandOriginal house and possibly offices, south lodge
Item 30 of 242c. 1820Brucklay HouseNew Deer AberdeenshireScotlandStable block, west quadrangle ('probably')
Item 31 of 242c. 1820Castle ForbesAlford AberdeenshireScotlandCompletion
Item 32 of 242c. 1820Dunecht Estate, LodgeEcht AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 33 of 242c. 1820Dunecht House, South LodgeEcht AberdeenshireScotlandSouth Lodge
Item 34 of 242c. 1820Dunecht House, stablesEcht AberdeenshireScotlandWest frontage
Item 35 of 242c. 1820Dunlugas HouseDunlugas BanffshireScotlandAlterations - including addition of outshoot to north
Item 36 of 242c. 1820Housedale and walled garden  AberdeenshireScotlandWalled garden and west gate
Item 37 of 242c. 1820Old Aberdeen Infirmary  AberdeenScotlandConversion to wards
Item 38 of 242c. 1820Pitfour House, stables, west lodge etcNew Deer AberdeenshireScotlandReconstruction, additions; stable, game larder, ancillary buildings, and two bridges
Item 39 of 2421821Fintray ChurchFintray AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 40 of 2421821Strichen House, stableblock (Barnyards of Strichen), Strichen MainsStrichen AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 41 of 2421821Udny Parish ChurchUdny Green AberdeenshireScotlandOriginal church
Item 42 of 242Before 1821House at 142 King Street  AberdeenScotlandHouse for himself
Item 43 of 242c. 1821Strichen House, Kennel Master's HouseStrichen Aberdeenshire  
Item 44 of 242c. 1821Strichen House, Kennels and Kennels CottageStrichen AberdeenshireScotland'Probably' (HS)
Item 45 of 2421822Aberdeen Lunatic Asylum  AberdeenScotlandTook over from Simpson after dispute
Item 46 of 2421822Banchory Devenick ChurchBanchory Devenick KincardineshireScotlandDesign only, rejected in favour of John Lyon's
Item 47 of 2421822House on King Street  AberdeenScotland 
Item 48 of 2421822ManseOld Deer AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 49 of 2421822Premises for W S Davidson  AberdeenScotland 
Item 50 of 2421822Stonehaven Sheriff CourtStonehaven KincardineshireScotlandAlterations and additions, now hidden behind later courthouse by J C Walker.
Item 51 of 242April 1822Union Baptist Chapel  AberdeenScotland 
Item 52 of 2421823Inchmarlo House  KincardineshireScotlandReconstruction
Item 53 of 242c. 1823Balveny House   ScotlandAdditions
Item 54 of 2421824Fetteresso ChurchFetteresso KincardineshireScotlandRefurnishing
Item 55 of 2421824Monymusk ManseMonymusk AberdeenshireScotlandRepairs
Item 56 of 2421824Old Udny ManseUdny AberdeenshireScotlandRepairs
Item 57 of 242c. 1824Castle Fraser  AberdeenshireScotlandAdditions, probably buildings at North entrance gate, main staircase (removed)
Item 58 of 242c. 1824Ellon Episcopal ChapelEllon AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 59 of 2421825King's CollegeOld Aberdeen AberdeenScotlandRebuilding of front and other alterations
Item 60 of 2421825Kirkville HouseSkene AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 61 of 2421825Mountblairy  AberdeenshireScotlandExtension - probably by Smith
Item 62 of 242c. 1825Barns at PersleyPersley AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 63 of 242c. 1825Bleaching HousePersley AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 64 of 242c. 1825BoathousesPersley AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 65 of 242c. 1825Cottage House for Mr Anderson  AberdeenScotland 
Item 66 of 242c. 1825Cottages 1-13Persley AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 67 of 242c. 1825Dwellinghouses at PersleyPersley AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 68 of 242c. 1825Eight Houses near Foundry  AberdeenScotland 
Item 69 of 242c. 1825Grandholm  AberdeenshireScotlandFire-proof wing, house opposite bridge, and porter's lodge
Item 70 of 242c. 1825Mill and Weaving ShopsPersley AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 71 of 2421826Belty BridgeTorphins AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 72 of 2421826Craigievar CastleCraigievar AberdeenshireScotlandRepairs and alterations and perhaps gardener's cottage
Item 73 of 2421826Craigmyle BridgeTorphins AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 74 of 2421826Hazelhead House and steading  AberdeenScotlandAdditions and possibly porter's lodge
Item 75 of 2421826Kemnay House, West LodgeKemnay AberdeenshireScotlandHS attribution
Item 76 of 2421826Monymusk Parish SchoolMonymusk AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 77 of 2421826North Bridge over the Learney Burn near Craigour  AberdeenshireScotlandThree small bridges
Item 78 of 2421826South Bridge over the Learney Burn near Craigour  AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 79 of 242c. 1826House, 7 and 8 Monymusk SquareMonymusk AberdeenshireScotland'Probably' (HS)
Item 80 of 2421827East Prison  AberdeenScotland 
Item 81 of 2421827Fintray HouseFintray AberdeenshireScotlandExecution of scheme, with only slight revisions to Burn's designs
Item 82 of 2421827Fordoun Parish ChurchFordoun KincardineshireScotland 
Item 83 of 2421827King Street and Meal Market Lane Corners  AberdeenScotland 
Item 84 of 2421827New Bridge of Don  AberdeenScotlandDesign modified by Telford
Item 85 of 2421827St Clement's ChurchFootdee AberdeenScotland 
Item 86 of 2421827Toll HouseBridge of Cowie KincardineshireScotland 
Item 87 of 242c. 1827'Fronthouse', Shiprow  AberdeenScotland 
Item 88 of 242c. 1827'Fronthouse', St Catherine's Brae  AberdeenScotland 
Item 89 of 242c. 1827Houses, Cotton (of Balgownie?)Cotton (of Balgownie?) AberdeenScotland 
Item 90 of 2421828Cluny CastleCluny AberdeenshireScotlandReconstruction and refacing of house; porter's lodge
Item 91 of 2421828(?)Cluny Castle, Sylvan CottageCluny AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 92 of 2421828Nigg Parish ChurchNigg KincardineshireScotland 
Item 93 of 2421828Robert Gordon's CollegeSchoolhill AberdeenScotlandBack and west boundary walls; commission taken over from William Burn
Item 94 of 2421829Banchory Ternan ChurchBanchory Ternan KincardineshireScotland 
Item 95 of 2421829Cistern House  AberdeenScotlandOriginal building
Item 96 of 2421829Fordoun Churchyard and two unspecified monumentsAuchenblae KincardineshireScotland 
Item 97 of 2421829Newhills ManseNewhills AberdeenshireScotlandAdditions and repairs
Item 98 of 2421829Newhills Parish Church and Session HouseNewhills AberdeenshireScotlandChurch
Item 99 of 2421829North Church  AberdeenScotland 
Item 100 of 2421829Powis Lodge, College BoundsOld Aberdeen AberdeenScotlandRemodelling - perhaps by Smith
Item 101 of 2421829Tonley House  AberdeenshireScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 102 of 2421829Wellington Suspension Bridge over River DeeCraiglug AberdeenshireScotlandPylons
Item 103 of 2421830Carron CottageStonehaven KincardineshireScotland'style of' (HS)
Item 104 of 2421830Castle Fraser  AberdeenshireScotlandInterior of library and other alterations
Item 105 of 2421830Dyce ManseDyce AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 106 of 2421830Forbes of Newe Obelisk, St Nicholas Churchyard  AberdeenScotland 
Item 107 of 2421830Old ChurchPeterhead AberdeenshireScotlandReport on condition after which cast iron columns inserted
Item 108 of 2421830Robert Gordon's CollegeSchoolhill AberdeenScotlandAlterations and new wings
Item 109 of 2421830South Church  AberdeenScotland 
Item 110 of 242Before 1830Rickarton House  KincardineshireScotland 
Item 111 of 242c. 1830St Nicholas Church churchyard, gates and tombs and screen wall  AberdeenScotlandRevision of Burton scheme for screen wall
Item 112 of 2421831Auchmacoy HouseEllon AberdeenshireScotlandTook over from William Burn
Item 113 of 2421831Coach and Farm Offices at NewtonNewton Estate AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 114 of 2421831Cotton of Balgownie FeuingCotton of Balgownie AberdeenScotland 
Item 115 of 2421832Aden House  AberdeenshireScotlandRemodelling and west lodge and north lodge
Item 116 of 2421832Coull ManseCoull AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 117 of 2421832Easter Skene House  AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 118 of 2421832Medico-Chirurgical Society Hall  AberdeenScotland 
Item 119 of 2421832New Deer ManseNew Deer AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 120 of 2421832St Machar's CathedralOld Aberdeen AberdeenScotlandN aisle altered, new session house, reconstruction of entrance lodges and gates
Item 121 of 2421833Aberdeen Lunatic Asylum  AberdeenScotlandWash house and laundry
Item 122 of 2421833Cruden Parish Church and ChurchyardCruden AberdeenshireScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 123 of 2421833Hamilton Monument, St Nicholas Churchyard  AberdeenScotland 
Item 124 of 2421833Kemnay HouseKemnay AberdeenshireScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 125 of 2421833Robert Gordon's College, Porter's Lodge  AberdeenScotland 
Item 126 of 242c. 1833St Nicholas Church churchyard, gates and tombs and screen wall  AberdeenScotlandGates, lodge etc
Item 127 of 2421834Balmoral IBalmoral AberdeenshireScotlandAdditions
Item 128 of 2421834Corgarff Church of ScotlandStrathdon AberdeenshireScotlandHowever HS suggests that John Smith may have designed this building because of similarity to details on Smith's Keig Parish Church and the fact that he was working nearby at Candacraig.
Item 129 of 2421834Craigston Castle  AberdeenshireScotlandRe-decoration of anteroom and drawing room
Item 130 of 2421834Episcopal SchoolCruden Bay AberdeenshireScotlandMay be by Smith
Item 131 of 2421834Keig ManseKeig AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 132 of 2421834Keig Parish ChurchKeig AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 133 of 2421835Candacraig HouseStrathdon AberdeenshireScotlandHouse and lodge
Item 134 of 2421835Longside Parish Church and war memorialLongside AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 135 of 2421835Mountblairy Home Farm, SteadingMountblairy BanffshireScotlandEast range
Item 136 of 2421835Mountblairy StablesMountblairy BanffshireScotland 
Item 137 of 2421835Possible work at LonmayLonmay AberdeenshireScotlandConsultation with Heritors
Item 138 of 2421835Tough ManseTough AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 139 of 2421835Whitehaugh House  AberdeenshireScotlandAdditions
Item 140 of 242c. 1835Pitfour House, stables, west lodge etcNew Deer AberdeenshireScotlandTemple of Theseus (in ruins)
Item 141 of 2421836Advocates Hall  AberdeenScotland 
Item 142 of 2421836Bervie Parish ChurchBervie KincardineshireScotlandAttributed
Item 143 of 2421836Drumoak ManseDrumoak AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 144 of 2421836Hazelhead House and steading  AberdeenScotlandOffices at steading
Item 145 of 2421836Kininmonth Chapel of EaseNew Leeds AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 146 of 2421836Morison's Suspension Bridge (the Shakkin' Briggie) over River Dee  AberdeenScotland 
Item 147 of 2421836Mountblairy Bridge, Dairy and LarderMountblairy BanffshireScotland 
Item 148 of 2421836Slains Castle  AberdeenshireScotlandComplete remodelling
Item 149 of 242c. 1836Menie House  AberdeenshireScotlandHouse and lodge
Item 150 of 2421837Aberdeen Flour Mill Granary  AberdeenScotland 
Item 151 of 2421837Four Houses at FootdeeFootdee AberdeenScotland 
Item 152 of 2421837Lower Justice Mill, Miller's House  AberdeenScotland 
Item 153 of 2421837Tillygreig SteadingTillygreig AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 154 of 2421838Bridge Between Castlehill and Heading Hill  AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 155 of 2421838Craigston Castle  AberdeenshireScotlandNew porch and alterations
Item 156 of 2421838Kiltarlity Parish Manse (old manse)Kiltarlity Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 157 of 2421838Learney House  AberdeenshireScotlandHouse and (probably west lodge)
Item 158 of 2421838Nethermuir FarmNew Deer AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 159 of 2421838Tough Parish ChurchTough AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 160 of 2421839Banchory House  KincardineshireScotland 
Item 161 of 2421839Forglen HouseForglen BanffshireScotland 
Item 162 of 2421839New Deer Parish ChurchNew Deer AberdeenScotland 
Item 163 of 2421839Tullos Manse Offices  AberdeenScotland 
Item 164 of 2421839Walker DamRubislaw AberdeenScotland 
Item 165 of 242Before 1839Rothes Established Church ManseRothes MorayshireScotlandDrew up design
Item 166 of 2421840Auquharney  AberdeenshireScotlandMay be by Smith
Item 167 of 2421840Bridge of Dee  AberdeenScotlandHS states that he drew up plans for widening bridge.
Item 168 of 2421840Buchan Ness LodgePeterhead AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 169 of 2421840Corsindae HouseMidmar AberdeenshireScotlandMajor reconstruction
Item 170 of 2421840Craigellie House  AberdeenScotlandPresumably also west lodge
Item 171 of 2421840Gilcomston Chapel of EaseGilcomston AberdeenScotlandVestry (HS gives 1845)
Item 172 of 2421840Midmar ManseMidmar AberdeenshireScotlandOriginal buildings - attribution
Item 173 of 2421840Old Town's Schools  AberdeenScotland 
Item 174 of 2421840Skene ManseSkene AberdeenshireScotlandAddition
Item 175 of 2421840Skene Parish ChurchSkene AberdeenshireScotlandBellcote, south front etc
Item 176 of 242c. 1840Drumrossie HouseInsch AberdeenshireScotlandRebuilt
Item 177 of 242c. 1840Towie Barclay Castle  AberdeenshireScotlandCourtyard steading - attributed to Smith
Item 178 of 2421841Aberdeen Cross  AberdeenScotlandRebuilding on new site, and repairs
Item 179 of 2421841Aboyne ChurchAboyne AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 180 of 2421841Blind Institute  AberdeenScotland 
Item 181 of 2421841Dyce SchoolDyce AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 182 of 2421841Dyce SchoolhouseDyce AberdeenshireScotlandAdditions
Item 183 of 2421841Inverurie Parish ChurchInverurie AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 184 of 2421841New Market and the layout of Market Street  AberdeenScotlandAssisted Simpson in completion
Item 185 of 2421843Banchory Ternan ChurchBanchory Ternan KincardineshireScotlandAdditions and vestry
Item 186 of 2421843Bridewell  AberdeenScotlandLodges and additions
Item 187 of 2421843Haddo HouseHaddo/Methlick AberdeenshireScotlandKitchen court and ancillary buildings
Item 188 of 2421843ManseTyrie AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 189 of 2421843Peterhead PrisonPeterhead AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 190 of 242c. 1843Willowbank  AberdeenScotlandReconstruction
Item 191 of 2421844Belhelvie ChurchBelhelvie AberdeenshireScotlandRepairs
Item 192 of 2421844Fordoun Manse and SteadingFordoun KincardineshireScotland 
Item 193 of 2421844Kincardine O'Neil ManseKincardine O'Neil AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 194 of 2421844Methlick Bridge over the River YthanMethlick AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 195 of 2421844New Deer SchoolNew Deer AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 196 of 2421844Raemoir House  AberdeenshireScotlandAdditions
Item 197 of 2421845Fraserburgh PrisonFraserburgh AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 198 of 2421845Haddo HouseHaddo/Methlick AberdeenshireScotlandSouth lodge, the Avenue with pair of stags, urn etc- see separate entries for golden gates, lodges etc
Item 199 of 2421845Huntly Police Office PrisonHuntly AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 200 of 2421845Mains of Haddo, farmhouse and officeHaddo AberdeenshireScotlandIf 1845 may be by Smith
Item 201 of 242c. 1845Haddo Estate, South LodgeHaddo AberdeenshireScotland'Probably' (HS)
Item 202 of 242c. 1845Leochel Cushnie ManseLeochel Cushnie AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 203 of 242c. 1845MansePeterhead AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 204 of 242c. 1845Pitfour Estate, Drinnies Wood, the Observatory  AberdeenshireScotland'probably' (HS)
Item 205 of 2421846Culdrain HouseGartly AberdeenshireScotlandAttribution
Item 206 of 2421846Kincardine O'Neil ChurchKincardine O'Neil AberdeenshireScotlandRepairs
Item 207 of 2421846Tarland ManseTarland AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 208 of 2421846Trinity Hall  AberdeenScotlandOriginal building
Item 209 of 2421847Auchaber ManseForgue AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 210 of 2421847Auchiries SchoolCruden AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 211 of 2421847Bogbrae SchoolCruden Aberdeenshire?Scotland 
Item 212 of 2421847Cluny SchoolCluny AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 213 of 2421847Forgue Free ManseForgue AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 214 of 2421847Haddo Estate, monument terminating avenue east south east of houseHaddo AberdeenshireScotland'Probably' (HS)
Item 215 of 2421847King Street Iron Works  AberdeenScotland 
Item 216 of 2421847Kirkville HouseSkene AberdeenshireScotlandAdditions
Item 217 of 2421847Learney House  AberdeenshireScotlandAdditions
Item 218 of 2421847Tarves ManseTarves AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 219 of 242c. 1847Haddo Estate, gates on avenue (the 'golden gates')Haddo AberdeenshireScotland'Probably' (HS)
Item 220 of 2421848Balmoral IBalmoral AberdeenshireScotlandLarge unexecuted scheme for remodelling and enlargement
Item 221 of 2421848Savoch of Deer ManseSavoch of Deer AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 222 of 2421849Badentoy Mansion House and OfficesBanchory KincardineshireScotland 
Item 223 of 2421849Balmoral Castle, ice house  AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 224 of 2421850Balmoral Castle, venison larderBalmoral AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 225 of 2421850Bridge of Dyce  AberdeenshireScotlandRebuilding
Item 226 of 2421850Cathedral ManseBrechin AngusScotland 
Item 227 of 2421850Fintray School and SchoolhouseFintray AberdeenshireScotlandAddition to schoolhouse
Item 228 of 242c. 1850Learney House  AberdeenshireScotlandPotting shed
Item 229 of 2421851Balmoral Castle, pony stables  AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 230 of 2421851Fintray ManseFintray AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 231 of 2421851Udny Manse and OfficesUdny AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 232 of 2421852Medico-Chirurgical Society Hall  AberdeenScotlandAdditions
Item 233 of 2421852Rathen Manse and OfficesRathen AberdeenshireScotlandReconstruction
Item 234 of 242Before 1852173 Union Street  AberdeenScotland 
Item 235 of 242Before 1852Brucklay Bridge over the water of Fedderate  AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 236 of 242Before 1852Drumside House   Scotland 
Item 237 of 242Before 1852Footdee RopeworksFootdee AberdeenScotland 
Item 238 of 242Before 1852House for Baillie Stewart on Union Street  AberdeenScotland 
Item 239 of 242Before 1852House for Gavin Hadden at Union Grove  AberdeenScotland 
Item 240 of 242c. 1852Deer Abbey, MausoleumOld Deer AberdeenshireScotlandMay have designed mausoleum
Item 241 of 2421853Balmoral, laundry and wash-house  AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 242 of 2421926Bridge of the Beltie Burn near Craigour  AberdeenshireScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 5APSD The Dictionary of Architectureed Wyatt PapworthThe Architectural Publication Society (8v 1852-1892) 
Item 2 of 5Colvin, H M1995A Biographical Dictionary of British Architects 1600-18403rd editionNew Haven and London: Yale University Press 
Item 3 of 5Porter, Michael1979The public buildings and churches of John Smith in Aberdeen The Robert Gordon University, post graduate dissertation 
Item 4 of 5Souter, Christine1988Country houses in Banff and Buchan by Playfair, Smith & Simpson Robert Gordon University, post graduate student dissertation 
Item 5 of 5The New Town Phenomenon2000The New Town Phenomenon: the second generation St Andrews: St Andrews Studies in the history of architecture and designChapter on John Smith by David M Walker.

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 4Aberdeen Journal28 July 1852  Obituary
Item 2 of 4Aberdeen Weekly Journal1918  Serial on Archibald Simpson by G M Fraser
Item 3 of 4Builder7 August 1852v10 p506 - obituary
Item 4 of 4Scotsman26 March 1831  Marriage of Margaret Smith and Alexander Gibb on 17 March 1831.

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSJohn Smith Papers (List of Plans and accounts)