Basic Biographical Details

Name: Godfrey Daniel Bower Shepherd
Designation: Architect
Born: 1874
Died: 21 December 1937
Bio Notes: Godfrey Daniel Bower Shepherd was born in Dundee in 1874, and was an apprentice in John Murray Robertson's office from 1893 to 1896, where he worked under John Donald Mills. He remained there as draughtsman until 1897 when he moved to London as an assistant in the office of Alfred Walter Saxon Snell. While there he passed the qualifying exam, but did not immediately seek admittance as ARIBA, moving instead to the office of the London Dundonian James Glen Sivewright Gibson in 1899. In October 1900, he was taken into partnership by Mills, who had commenced practice in Tayport the previous year and had recently moved to Dundee. The office was then at 10 Tay Square.

Shepherd was admitted FRIBA in September 1907, his proposers being Snell, Thoms and Gibson. By that time Mills had travelled in Italy, France, Germany, Austria and Czechoslovakia, and Shepherd, whose family was well-off, 'in Europe'. At that date Shepherd was living at 11 Briarwood Terrace, but shortly thereafter he built a sizeable house at Strips of Craigie.

The practice quickly made a name for very stylish arts-and-crafts houses and from around 1910 began to replace Gillespie & Scott as architects to the University of St Andrews, Mills having settled in St Andrews at Dauphin Hill. As a result of having carried out some garden work at Blair Castle for the Duke of Atholl, the ADC to King George V, Mills & Shepherd came to the notice of Queen Mary and they were commissioned to carry out a considerable amount of garden and estate work at Balmoral.

In April 1919 Herbert Morgan Smail, in later years better known as Colonel Smail, joined the practice as chief draughtsman, probably having served his apprenticeship with the firm several years before. Two months later he was made a partner, although the practice title remained unchanged. In the same year the practice moved to a larger house at 9 South Tay Street.

Shepherd died on 21 December 1937. Mills and Smail continued the practice, Mills keeping it going through the Second World War, operating mainly from St Andrews, while Smail and William M Guild, who had succeeded to Shepherd's partnership, were on war service.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 410, Tay Square, Dundee, ScotlandBusinessc. 1900c. 1920 
Item 2 of 411, Briarwood Terrace, Dundee, ScotlandPrivate1907 *  
Item 3 of 4Strips of Craigie, Craigie, Dundee, ScotlandPrivateAfter 1907  
Item 4 of 49, South Tay Street, Dundee, ScotlandBusiness19191937 

* 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 5John Murray Robertson18931896Apprentice 
Item 2 of 5John Murray Robertson18961897Draughtsman 
Item 3 of 5Alfred Walter Saxon Snell18971899Assistant 
Item 4 of 5James Glen Sivewright Gibson18991900Assistant 
Item 5 of 5Mills & Shepherd19001937Partner 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3James Glen Sivewright Gibson2 December 1907for Fellowship
Item 2 of 3Alfred Walter Saxon Snell2 December 1907for Fellowship
Item 3 of 3Patrick Hill Thoms2 December 1907for Fellowship

RIBA Proposals

This architect proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 8Arthur Shields Fitzgerald1931for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 8William Fyfe Hendry22 July 1935for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 8George Jamieson27 February 1911for Licentiateship
Item 4 of 8Charles MannMid 1910for Licentiateship
Item 5 of 8James Symmers Neish10 January 1938for Associateship
Item 6 of 8David Smith20 July 1911for Licentiateship
Item 7 of 8Charles Geddes SoutarLate 1921for Associateship
Item 8 of 8Arthur Gordon Wilson24 June 1912for 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 107 Smith and Valentine Premises  DundeeScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 2 of 1071900Glenmarkie House  AngusScotlandMain house, stables, kennels and other estate buildings
Item 3 of 1071900St Paul's Church  DundeeScotlandExtensive stone repairs
Item 4 of 107After 1900House for J P Curran EsqSt Andrews FifeScotlandAdditions
Item 5 of 1071901Nevay ParkNewtyle/Meigle (near) AngusScotland 
Item 6 of 1071902Castle Cynicus, LucklawBalmullo FifeScotland 
Item 7 of 1071903CraigowerSt Andrews FifeScotland 
Item 8 of 1071903HouseBroughty Ferry DundeeScotlandAddition
Item 9 of 1071903 or 1904The White HouseSt Andrews FifeScotlandAlso 1911 addition
Item 10 of 10719049 Abbotsford CrescentSt Andrews FifeScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 11 of 107c. 1904BalgilloBroughty Ferry DundeeScotlandBilliard room
Item 12 of 107c. 1904Ballumbie Castle  AngusScotlandInternal furnishings - commission taken over from James Findlay, probably because of over-commitment
Item 13 of 107c. 1904Blebo House  FifeScotlandStable block and offices - work taken over from James Findlay, probably because of over-commitment
Item 14 of 1071904 or 1905University College Dundee Fleming Gymnasium and Fives Courts  DundeeScotland 
Item 15 of 1071905Belsize, StannergateWest Ferry DundeeScotland 
Item 16 of 1071905Harecraig HouseWest Ferry DundeeScotlandInternal decorations and finishings
Item 17 of 1071905 or 1906Greymount  DundeeScotland 
Item 18 of 1071906The Weisha, Hazel Hall  DundeeScotland 
Item 19 of 1071907Ardvreck  DundeeScotland 
Item 20 of 1071907Plans for a large block of offices for an insurance company  DundeeScotlandUnexecuted plans
Item 21 of 1071907Priory AcresSt Andrews FifeScotland 
Item 22 of 1071907St Leonard's School, convalescent houseSt Andrews FifeScotland 
Item 23 of 1071907West HouseSt Andrews FifeScotlandFurther work 1911 and 1926
Item 24 of 1071908Electric Laboratory, University College Dundee  DundeeScotland 
Item 25 of 1071908Strips of CraigieCraigie DundeeScotlandFor himself
Item 26 of 1071909House on Craigie Avenue  DundeeScotland 
Item 27 of 1071909Monifieth Episcopal ChurchMonifieth AngusScotland 
Item 28 of 107c. 1909HillsideBroughty Ferry DundeeScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 29 of 1071910University HallSt Andrews FifeScotlandMajor addition
Item 30 of 107After 1910(?)Cricket pavilionCupar FifeScotland 
Item 31 of 1071911Trinity College GlenalmondGlenalmond PerthshireScotlandCricket pavilion
Item 32 of 1071913Glenisla ReservoirGlenisla AngusScotland 
Item 33 of 107After 1913MontpellierCupar FifeScotlandAlterations
Item 34 of 1071914Ardconnel Chapel and schoolroom  ArgyllScotland 
Item 35 of 1071914Ardconnel Lodge  ArgyllScotland 
Item 36 of 1071914Dalbeathie HouseDunkeld PerthshireScotland 
Item 37 of 1071914The SwilkenSt Andrews FifeScotland 
Item 38 of 1071916GlentulchanSt Andrews FifeScotlandDrawing room (alterations?)
Item 39 of 1071916HowburySt Andrews FifeScotlandHouse and Chauffeurs House at 87 Hepburn Gardens
Item 40 of 1071916University of St Andrews, Students' Dining RoomSt Andrews FifeScotland 
Item 41 of 1071919Memorial in Portland Stone   Scotland 
Item 42 of 1071920Abernethy War MemorialAbernethy PerthshireScotland 
Item 43 of 1071920Auchterhouse  AngusScotlandAlterations and restoration
Item 44 of 1071920Blair CastleBlair Atholl PerthshireScotlandGarden work
Item 45 of 1071920Leuchars War MemorialLeuchars FifeScotland 
Item 46 of 1071920University College, War memorial  DundeeScotland 
Item 47 of 107c. 1920Almondbank War MemorialAlmondbank PerthshireScotland 
Item 48 of 107c. 1920Kidds Rooms  DundeeScotlandAlterations: conversion from church
Item 49 of 107c. 1920Tayport War MemorialTayport FifeScotland 
Item 50 of 10719217 St Leonard's RoadSt Andrews FifeScotland 
Item 51 of 10719219 The ScoresSt Andrews FifeScotlandAlterations
Item 52 of 1071921SunnymedeSt Andrews FifeScotland 
Item 53 of 1071922Balmoral CastleBalmoral AberdeenshireScotlandGates, also garden work (no date)
Item 54 of 1071922DrumskaithSt Andrews FifeScotland 
Item 55 of 1071922St David of Scotland Episcopal ChurchInverbervie AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 56 of 1071922The SwilkenSt Andrews FifeScotlandSecond phase of work
Item 57 of 1071923Ashcliff and gatelodge  DundeeScotlandAlterations
Item 58 of 1071923Baile-na-CoilleBalmoral AberdeenshireScotlandAdditions
Item 59 of 1071923Little HayesSt Andrews FifeScotland 
Item 60 of 1071923RebreckBalmoral AberdeenshireScotlandAdditions
Item 61 of 1071923The GleanSt Andrews FifeScotland 
Item 62 of 1071923The White HouseSt Andrews FifeScotlandCottage and garage
Item 63 of 1071923University College Dundee, Men's Hostel  DundeeScotland 
Item 64 of 1071923University of St Andrews, Chemical and Physical LaboratoriesSt Andrews FifeScotlandAdditions
Item 65 of 107March 1923House for General B C FellowsSt Andrews FifeScotlandPlans - possibly unexecuted
Item 66 of 107c. 1923Abergeldie MainsAbergeldie AberdeenshireScotlandAdditions
Item 67 of 107c. 1923Auchterhouse, coach house, stable and squash court  AngusScotlandExtended and converted old brewhouse into squash court
Item 68 of 10719241 Donaldson GardensSt Andrews FifeScotland 
Item 69 of 1071924Binrock and Lodge  DundeeScotlandAlterations
Item 70 of 1071924CryanreuchSt Andrews FifeScotland 
Item 71 of 1071924Gerrards CrossSt Andrews FifeScotland 
Item 72 of 1071924GlenmuickBalmoral AberdeenshireScotlandLodge and gates
Item 73 of 1071924House at Duntrune for Claude BiltonDuntrune AngusScotland 
Item 74 of 1071924RhebreckEaster Balmoral AberdeenshireScotlandAdditions
Item 75 of 1071924RuffletsSt Andrews FifeScotland 
Item 76 of 1071924Trinity College GlenalmondGlenalmond PerthshireScotlandEastern extension of N range (the Matheson building)
Item 77 of 107c. 192471-73 Hepburn GardensSt Andrews FifeScotland 
Item 78 of 1071925AshsteadSt Andrews FifeScotland 
Item 79 of 1071925Fingask CastleKilspindie PerthshireScotlandRestoration
Item 80 of 1071925Rea House, Glamis Drive   DundeeScotland 
Item 81 of 1071926Trinity College GlenalmondGlenalmond PerthshireScotlandGladstone Cloister
Item 82 of 1071926University of St Andrews, St Mary's CollegeSt Andrews FifeScotlandAdditions
Item 83 of 107192710 Middleshade RoadSt Andrews FifeScotland 
Item 84 of 1071927LanglandsSt Andrews FifeScotland 
Item 85 of 1071927MiddletonFriockheim AngusScotlandAlterations
Item 86 of 1071927Pitalpin House  DundeeScotlandAlterations at NW corner of the house and creation of outbuildings to include laundry room and washhouse.
Item 87 of 1071928Ardvreck  DundeeScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 88 of 1071928Clepington EstateClepington DundeeScotlandAdditions
Item 89 of 1071928Ellenbank  DundeeScotlandLinking block to Union Mount
Item 90 of 1071928Kincaple House  FifeScotlandReconstruction with wings
Item 91 of 1071928Megginch Castle  PerthshireScotlandAlterations partly reversed following a fire, inlcuding removal of porch, new entrance and other alterations
Item 92 of 1071928University of St Andrews Old Parliament HallSt Andrews FifeScotlandPanelling
Item 93 of 1071929Riechip  PerthshireScotlandAlterations
Item 94 of 1071930s112 South Street, second house in close and last house in closeSt Andrews FifeScotlandRestoration
Item 95 of 1071931University of St Andrews, St Mary's CollegeSt Andrews FifeScotlandRepairs and alterations; panelling of College Hall
Item 96 of 1071933DinmontSt Andrews FifeScotland 
Item 97 of 1071933GreenacresMurrayfield EdinburghScotland 
Item 98 of 1071934Trinity College GlenalmondGlenalmond PerthshireScotlandVarious schemes for additions, partially executed
Item 99 of 1071935Balgavies  AngusScotlandAdditions (Plans in NMRS)
Item 100 of 1071935Beech HillForfar AngusScotlandAlterations
Item 101 of 1071935CromaltSt Andrews FifeScotland 
Item 102 of 1071935Greyfriars CottageSt Andrews FifeScotland 
Item 103 of 1071935Trinity College GlenalmondGlenalmond PerthshireScotlandWarden's house addition
Item 104 of 1071935University of St Andrews, St Salvator's HallSt Andrews FifeScotland 
Item 105 of 1071937University Court of St AndrewsSt Andrews FifeScotland 
Item 106 of 107Before 1937Banff House  BanffshireScotlandMinor alterations
Item 107 of 1071938St Leonard's Parish Church HallSt Andrews FifeScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 3Bailey, Rebecca M1996Scottish architects' papers: a source book Edinburgh: The Rutland Pressp217
Item 2 of 3British Architectural Library, RIBA2001Directory of British Architects 1834-1914   
Item 3 of 3Who's Who in Architecture1914    

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Builder31 December 1937v153 p1191 - obituary
Item 2 of 2RIBA Journal7 February 1938 London: Royal Institute of British Architectsp362 - obituary

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2Professor David M Walker personal archiveProfessor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material Personal information from Frank Thomson and William Guild
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers F v19 p65 no1384 (microfilm reel 12)