Basic Biographical Details

Name: W & J Smith and Kelly
Designation: Architectural practice
Started: 1887(?)
Ended: After 1902
Bio Notes: Around 1880 William Smith II took in his son John Smith II, born 5 July 1847, as a partner. He was probably responsible for the polychrome Gothic designs that appear from Rathen Church (1868) onwards, and may have had experience in London. John II predeceased his father on 11 April 1887. William Smith III (born 1852), who may also have assisted in the firm, also predeceased his father, dying on 21 April 1891. He did not become a partner. William Kelly (1861-1944) was a pupil of William Smith II and was taken into partnership on John II's death in April 1887, the firm becoming W & J Smith and Kelly. This partnership was dissolved just before William Smith died at 146 King Street on 22 December 1891, saddened not only by the death of his sons but his wife who had predeceased him on 21 January 1883. Kelly retained the practice title of W & J Smith & Kelly until James Brown Nicol became a partner in 1902. The practice then took the title of Kelly & Nicol.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architectural practice:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 1Aberdeen, ScotlandPrivate   

Employment and Training

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this architectural practice (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 5William Smith II18871891Partner 
Item 2 of 5William Kelly1887After 1897Partner 
Item 3 of 5Walter Henry Bulloch18911897Apprentice 
Item 4 of 5George Thow Smith9 September 189125 October 1897Apprentice 
Item 5 of 5John Black Hector18961902Apprentice 

Buildings and Designs

This architectural practice 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 411887Aberdeen Royal Infirmary  AberdeenScotlandNew ward block - carried out work.
Item 2 of 411887House for William Falconer  AberdeenScotland 
Item 3 of 411887Villa with tower at CorseCorse AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 4 of 411890Aberdeen Lunatic Asylum  AberdeenScotlandNew hospital section
Item 5 of 411890Boys' and Girls' Hospital  AberdeenshireScotlandExtensions
Item 6 of 411892Causewayend SchoolOld Aberdeen AberdeenScotlandEnlargement
Item 7 of 411892High School for Girls  AberdeenScotlandAdditions to south
Item 8 of 411892MayenRothiemay AberdeenshireScotlandProduced schedule of quantities and specifications - unclear if he or Mackenzie did the work
Item 9 of 411892North Church  AberdeenScotlandAlterations
Item 10 of 411893Auchterless Parish ChurchAuchterless AberdeenshireScotlandPlans for tower
Item 11 of 41189562 Rubislaw Den North  AberdeenScotland 
Item 12 of 411895House for J Ogilvy  AberdeenScotland 
Item 13 of 411895House for John Ellis  AberdeenScotland 
Item 14 of 411895House for Martin Lewis  AberdeenScotland 
Item 15 of 41189630 Rubislaw Den South  AberdeenScotland 
Item 16 of 411896Aberdeen National Savings Bank  AberdeenScotlandWon competition and secured job
Item 17 of 411896Montrose Asylum, Carnegie HouseHillside, Montrose AngusScotlandDesigned asylum block; carried out by John Sim
Item 18 of 411897Aberdeen Lunatic Asylum  AberdeenScotlandAdditions
Item 19 of 411897Aberdeen Lunatic Asylum  AberdeenScotlandLodge on Cornhill Road
Item 20 of 411897Old Meldrum Parish ChurchOld Meldrum / Oldmeldrum AberdeenshireScotlandInstallation of organ
Item 21 of 411897Premises of William Falconer, draper  AberdeenScotland 
Item 22 of 411897St Ninian's ChurchMile End AberdeenScotlandWon competition and secured job
Item 23 of 411897Two houses, John Street  AberdeenScotland 
Item 24 of 411897Two houses, John Street  AberdeenScotland 
Item 25 of 411897Warehouse for Thomas Ogilvie & Son  AberdeenScotland 
Item 26 of 41Before 1897Aberdeen Royal Infirmary Convalescent HomeCults AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 27 of 411898Duthie Park, Gordon Highlanders obelisk memorial  AberdeenScotland 
Item 28 of 411898Free East Church  AberdeenScotlandAlterations
Item 29 of 411898St Nicholas Church, St Mary's Crypt under East Church  AberdeenScotlandRestoration including furnishings and new font
Item 30 of 41189936 and 38 Rubislaw Den South  AberdeenScotland 
Item 31 of 411899Aberdeen Lunatic Asylum  AberdeenScotlandAdditions - major remodelling
Item 32 of 411899Lochhead Villa  AberdeenScotlandAlterations
Item 33 of 411899New Market and the layout of Market Street  AberdeenScotlandAlterations
Item 34 of 411900367 Union Street  AberdeenScotlandAlterations and new buildings
Item 35 of 411900House, Carden Place  AberdeenScotlandReconstruction
Item 36 of 411901Dickson Memorial HallLaurencekirk KincardineshireScotland 
Item 37 of 411901House, Rubislaw Den North  AberdeenScotland 
Item 38 of 411901Premises or house for C J Davidson  AberdeenScotland 
Item 39 of 411901St George's-in-the-West  AberdeenScotlandHall and vestry
Item 40 of 411902House for Thomas Ogilvie  AberdeenScotland 
Item 41 of 411902Morningfield Hospital for Incurables  AberdeenScotlandAlterations and additions

References

Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architectural practice:
 Author(s)DateTitlePartPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Cooper, James1892A sermon on the occasion of the death Mr William Smith, architect, Aberdeen Aberdeen 
Item 2 of 2Simpson, W Douglas A tribute offered by the University of Aberdeen to the memory of William Kelly LLD ARSA   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architectural practice:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 4Aberdeen Evening Express10 March 1944  Obituary of Kelly
Item 2 of 4Aberdeen Journal23 December 1891  Obituary of William Smith II
Item 3 of 4Aberdeen Journal28 December 1891  Obituary of William Smith II
Item 4 of 4Aberdeen Press and Journal11 March 1944  Obituary of Kelly

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architectural practice:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2University of AberdeenArchive of cuttings, notes and photos (bequeathed by Helen Hall Smith, 1990)  
Item 2 of 2University of AberdeenWilliam Smith Family Bible