Basic Biographical Details

Name: George Gordon Maclaren
Designation: Architect
Born: 21 June 1855
Died: 31 June 1899
Bio Notes: George Gordon Maclaren was born on 21 June 1855, the eldest son of James Maclaren, architect, Dundee and Jemima Margaret Miller. He was articled to his father and joined him in partnership c. 1879 after the dissolution of the Maclaren & Aitken partnership, partially as a result of disagreements and litigation over the specification of stone from Ferrybank estate near Cupar.

The Ferrybank stone affair adversely affected the practice and George had neither London nor Edinburgh experience. In the early 1880s the patronage of Maclaren's most important client, the Cox family, was lost to the much more up-to-date John Murray Robertson whose inspiration was partly American, and although the firm still had a very substantial domestic practice from the Panmure estate feus, it had lost the commanding position it had previously enjoyed by the time of James Maclaren's death at Ferrybank on 16 June 1893. The elder Maclaren appears to have recognised that the practice was becoming out-of-date as a younger son, John Turnbull Maclaren, born 1863, was sent to an unspecified office in the United States to gain experience, returning on his father's death as a partner.

George Gordon Maclaren, who had set up house in Invermark Terrace, Barnhill, retained his father's management of the Panmure feus for the Dalhousie Trustees and concentrated his interests in Broughty Ferry where he had become a parish councillor and a burgh commissioner, successfully promoting a scheme for a municipal gasworks, though not the scheme for municipal swimming baths and private baths of which he was the principal advocate. Stylistically his work was a pale version of his father's. In 1896 he suffered a heart attack and from the summer of 1898 he was confined to his house. He died on 31 June 1899, survived by a widow Isabella Stenhouse and a young family. He left a moveable estate of 1,633 15s 10d, the family firm being continued by his brother.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 2Dundee, ScotlandBusiness   
Item 2 of 23, Invermark Terrace, Barnhill, Dundee, ScotlandPrivate 1899 

Employment and Training

Employers

The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 3James Maclaren  Apprentice 
Item 2 of 3James Maclaren & Sonc. 18791893Partner 
Item 3 of 3James Maclaren & Sons18931899Partner 

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 58Between 1880 and 1881Chance InnInverkeilor AngusScotland 
Item 2 of 58c. 1880Thistle Hall  DundeeScotlandReconstruction
Item 3 of 581881Abbey Church ManseArbroath AngusScotland 
Item 4 of 581881Ardestie Farmhouse and SteadingPanmure Estate  Scotland 
Item 5 of 581881Northern Assurance Company Offices  DundeeScotland 
Item 6 of 581881Residence. Lochee Lochee  DundeeScotland 
Item 7 of 581881Shops and dwelling-houses, Overgate  DundeeScotland 
Item 8 of 581882Villa for T DavidsonCupar FifeScotland 
Item 9 of 581883Colluthie HouseMoonzie FifeScotlandAddition of new front
Item 10 of 581883Corn ExchangeCupar FifeScotlandImprovements
Item 11 of 581883Cupar Spinning Mills, workmen's housesCupar FifeScotland 
Item 12 of 581883Warehouses on Charles Street for David Stewart  DundeeScotland 
Item 13 of 58After 1883Clepington Works Buildings  DundeeScotlandDate unknown: partnership uncertain
Item 14 of 581885Abbey ChurchArbroath AngusScotlandNew front and tower. Also probably hall.
Item 15 of 581885Half-time School, Camperdown WorksLochee DundeeScotland 
Item 16 of 58c. 1885Afton Place  DundeeScotland 
Item 17 of 58c. 1885Barry Free Church ManseBarry AngusScotland 
Item 18 of 58c. 1885Bay HouseWest Ferry DundeeScotlandReconstruction - probably with the addition of the east wing
Item 19 of 58c. 1885Building on the east side of Wellgate  DundeeScotland 
Item 20 of 58c. 1885Tenements on King's Road  DundeeScotland 
Item 21 of 58c. 1885Tenements, Bonnybank  DundeeScotland 
Item 22 of 581886Offices for Cox Brothers  DundeeScotland 
Item 23 of 58Before 1886Prinlaws Place StepsNewport-on-Tay FifeScotlandCheck partnership
Item 24 of 581888Barry Free ChurchBarry AngusScotland 
Item 25 of 581889Baxter Institute for Female EducationCupar FifeScotlandReconstruction
Item 26 of 581889Grove AcademyBroughty Ferry DundeeScotlandFirst phase
Item 27 of 581890Clepington Mission hall  DundeeScotland 
Item 28 of 581890Empress Hygienic Laundry  DundeeScotlandAlterations
Item 29 of 58c. 189017, 18 Baxter Park Terrace and 35 Park Avenue  DundeeScotland 
Item 30 of 58c. 1890Red Court, house, coachhouse, stable, lodge and laundryWest Ferry DundeeScotlandCompletion after dispute between Blanc and his client
Item 31 of 581891Mercantile Buildings, Dundee Perth & London Shipping Company Offices  DundeeScotlandNew building at 20 Dock Street
Item 32 of 5818921-7 Union Street and 52-58 Nethergate  DundeeScotlandRemodelled and attic floor added
Item 33 of 581892Bonnygate UP ManseCupar FifeScotland 
Item 34 of 581892Thistle Hall  DundeeScotlandRemodelled and attic floor added
Item 35 of 581892Villa for Dr T G NasmythCupar FifeScotland 
Item 36 of 581893Balgay Industrial SchoolsBalgay DundeeScotlandDesigned by Patrick
Item 37 of 581893House for Findlay on Seafield RoadBroughty Ferry DundeeScotland 
Item 38 of 581893Young Men's Christian Association gymnasiumBroughty Ferry DundeeScotland 
Item 39 of 581894Cottage for James Gowans, SeafieldBroughty Ferry DundeeScotland 
Item 40 of 581895Tenement on Gray StreetBroughty Ferry DundeeScotland 
Item 41 of 581895The VineryBroughty Ferry DundeeScotland 
Item 42 of 58c. 1895Ashley  DundeeScotland 
Item 43 of 58c. 1895Invermark  DundeeScotland 
Item 44 of 58c. 1895Redmyre  DundeeScotland 
Item 45 of 58c. 1895St Margaret's  DundeeScotland 
Item 46 of 581896Grove AcademyBroughty Ferry DundeeScotlandSecond phase
Item 47 of 581896Houses on Whinnybrae and Queen Street CornerBroughty Ferry DundeeScotland 
Item 48 of 581896Oakley PlaceBroughty Ferry DundeeScotland 
Item 49 of 581896Tenement, Fisher Street and Gray StreetBroughty Ferry DundeeScotland 
Item 50 of 581897Norma TerraceBroughty Ferry DundeeScotland 
Item 51 of 581897One AshBroughty Ferry DundeeScotland 
Item 52 of 581897Villa, 20 Camphill RoadBroughty Ferry DundeeScotland 
Item 53 of 581898Dunblane Hydropathic InstitutionDunblane PerthshireScotlandNorth Wing
Item 54 of 581898Joint Free and UP ChurchWormit FifeScotland 
Item 55 of 581898Wormit Free ChurchNewport-on-Tay FifeScotland 
Item 56 of 581899West Free Church hallBroughty Ferry DundeeScotland 
Item 57 of 581900Mission ChurchCarnoustie AngusScotland 
Item 58 of 581901Barnhill CemeteryNernhill DundeeScotlandBuildings and walls

References

Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
 Author(s)DateTitlePartPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Scotlands People Website Wills & Testaments  Dundee Sheriff Court SC45/31/51
Item 2 of 2www.familysearch.org www.familysearch.org Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints: Website 

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Dundee AdvertiserJuly 1899  Obituary (cutting in NMRS)

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 3National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSNMRS Manuscripts MS/181: Lectures on Restenneth Priory and Scotland's Cathedrals and Abbeys; family tree
Item 2 of 3National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSNMRS Photographic Archive B68889 Photograph of George Gordon Maclaren (original portrait(?) Acc No 1999/79)
Item 3 of 3Professor David M Walker personal archiveProfessor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material Personal information from William Salmond, William Patrick, James McIntosh Patrick, Ann Patrick, Stuart O Barron, Peter Young and Ian Gordon Lindsay