Basic Biographical Details

Name: John Young
Designation: Architect
Born: 27 March 1826
Died: 2 December 1895
Bio Notes: John Young was born in Perth on 27 March 1826, the son of a Perth civil engineer. He appears to have been a pupil of George Penrose Kennedy as he named his architect son after him. He took over his father's practice and extended it to architecture some time by at least December 1862 when he made a survey of Culfargie.

Young married Catherine Mill Meldrum. In or about 1870 he took into partnership his cousin, Andrew Mackie Meldrum, from Dundee: he had probably been a pupil. A Dundee office was opened for Meldrum which was initially reasonably successful but the practice over-reached itself in promoting the Queen's Hotel in Nethergate, Dundee, a speculation based on information from the District Engineer's Office in Perth that the new Caledonian Station would be sited immediately to the south of it. Because of over-commitment on the Glasgow Central Station project and the failure of the City of Glasgow Bank, the Dundee station did not proceed at that time while the subsequent severe recession affected trading. The partnership was dissolved in 1882, Meldrum joining the family firm of waterproof, India rubber, umbrella and bag manufacturers at 13, 15 Reform Street. Meldrum never practised architecture again.

In 1885 Young took into partnership his son George Penrose Kennedy Young who became sole partner on his father's death in Perth on 2 December 1895.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 2Perth, Perthshire, ScotlandBusiness   
Item 2 of 2Victoria Buildings, Tay Street, Perth, Perthshire, ScotlandBusiness1873 *  

* 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 2Young & Meldrumc. 18701882Partner 
Item 2 of 2John Young & Son18851895Partner 

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 3Fredric Berkeley-Miller18701875Apprentice 
Item 2 of 3Andrew Mackie MeldrumBefore 1870(?)Before 1870(?)Apprentice(?) 
Item 3 of 3George Penrose Kennedy Young18751881Apprentice 

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 391862CulfargieBalbeggie, Perth PerthshireScotlandSurvey
Item 2 of 391868Christ's Kirk on the Green ManseLeslie FifeScotlandAddition at rear and large dormers added
Item 3 of 391871Royal George HotelPerth PerthshireScotlandReconstruction to George Steet with canted bays
Item 4 of 391871Workshops for Reoch  DundeeScotland 
Item 5 of 391873Gowrie HousePerth PerthshireScotland 
Item 6 of 391873Perth City improvementsPerth PerthshireScotland 
Item 7 of 391873Tenement for Provost Don  DundeeScotland 
Item 8 of 391873Tenements, corner of Milnbank Road and Polepark Road  DundeeScotlandGifford gives 1871
Item 9 of 391874St Ninian's SchoolPerth PerthshireScotland 
Item 10 of 391875Tenement, Burnside StreetLochee DundeeScotland 
Item 11 of 391875(?)Tenements, Overgate  DundeeScotlandDrawings
Item 12 of 391875Villa for Mrs Munro  DundeeScotland 
Item 13 of 39c. 1875Tenement, Tay Street  DundeeScotland 
Item 14 of 391877HighfieldMuir of Ord Ross and CromartyScotlandNew mansionhouse
Item 15 of 391878Pair of semi-detached villas, Albany Terrace  DundeeScotland 
Item 16 of 391878Queen's Hotel  DundeeScotland 
Item 17 of 391879Opera House, Moncrieff natural history museum, studio and boys and girls hallPerth PerthshireScotlandMuseum
Item 18 of 391880Loch Awe HotelLoch Awe ArgyllScotland 
Item 19 of 391881Congregational Church and hallBroughty Ferry DundeeScotlandHall
Item 20 of 391882St Katherine's Parish ChurchNewburgh FifeScotlandAlterations (NB could be a different John Young as he is described as a civil engineer in this reference)
Item 21 of 391883Aberfeldy Parish ChurchAberfeldy PerthshireScotlandWith G P K Young working as assistant
Item 22 of 391885Livingstone HallNewburgh FifeScotland 
Item 23 of 391886Dunnottar Mission ChurchBridgefield, Stonehaven KincardineshireScotland 
Item 24 of 391888Dunbog Parish ChurchDunbog FifeScotlandReconstruction with tower and spire
Item 25 of 39c. 1890(?)Kinclaven Parish ChurchKinclaven PerthshireScotlandImprovements
Item 26 of 391891Loch Awe HotelLoch Awe ArgyllScotlandFour storey north east wing added
Item 27 of 391891Lochawe HotelLochawe ArgyllScotland 
Item 28 of 391892Crieff and Comrie Railway, including stations on the line  PerthshireScotland 
Item 29 of 391893Fair Maid's HousePerth PerthshireScotland 
Item 30 of 391894FerndalePerth PerthshireScotland 
Item 31 of 391894Shopfront, 176-178 High StreetPerth PerthshireScotlandNew shopfront
Item 32 of 391894St Stephen's Church, CraigiePerth PerthshireScotland 
Item 33 of 391895Opera House, Moncrieff natural history museum, studio and boys and girls hallPerth PerthshireScotlandExtension to museum
Item 34 of 39Before 1895Aberdeen Town and County BankPerth PerthshireScotland 
Item 35 of 39Before 1895Ardbrecknish House  ArgyllScotlandExtensive additions
Item 36 of 39Before 1895Easter Moncrieffe House  PerthshireScotland 
Item 37 of 39Before 1895Scottish Girls Friendly Society Institute and ClubPerth PerthshireScotland 
Item 38 of 39Before 1895Tayside HousePerth PerthshireScotland 
Item 39 of 39c. 1895Dunblane Public HallDunblane PerthshireScotlandCompleted by GPK Young after John Young's death


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 1Scotlands People Website Wills & Testaments  Perth Sheriff Court SC49/31/163

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers1896XXIV p426-427

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, RCAHMSNMRS Photographic Archive Survey of Culfargie dated 1 December 1862 (copies of Gosford drawings)


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