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Basic Biographical Details

Name: George Gray
Designation: Architect
Born: 1871
Died: 21 January 1951
Bio Notes: George Gray was born in 1871 and articled to John Rust, City Architect of Aberdeen in 1887, attending classes at Gray's School of Art and Robert Gordon's College. He remained with Rust for some six months as assistant after completing his apprenticeship, but left Aberdeen for London in 1893 to gain experience in the office of Charles Winter of Finsbury Pavement.

He returned to Aberdeenshire to commence independent practice in Inverurie in 1894. He was admitted LRIBA on 27 January 1911, and his nomination papers suggest that he was somewhat isolated in practice as he did not call on any Fellows to support his application; instead, he included letters of recommendation from the minister of Inverurie Parish and chairman of Inverurie School Board, for whom he had carried out several works. At that time he was living and working at 133 High Street.

Gray served with the Gordon Highlanders during the First World War, reaching the rank of Captain by 1919. After demobnilisation he returned to his practice in Inverurie. The following year he was appointed District Architect for schools in the Inverurie area of Aberdeenshire. He retained this post until 1940. ('The Buildings of Scotland' states that he was Aberdeen County Architect from about 1929 but no evidence in newspapers corroborates this). At the same time he continued his private practice and undertook a wide range of commissions, including the reconstruction of Inverurie Town Hall after it was damaged by fire in 1929.

He died at 133 High Street which was both home and business address on 21 January 1951.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 1133, High Street, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire, ScotlandPrivate/businessBefore 19111951 

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 6Aberdeen City Architect's Department (later City of Aberdeen District Council Architects Division)18871892Apprenticeunder John Rust, City Architect
Item 2 of 6John Rust18871892Apprenticein Aberdeen City Architect's Department
Item 3 of 6Aberdeen City Architect's Department (later City of Aberdeen District Council Architects Division)18921893Assistantunder John Rust, City Architect
Item 4 of 6John Rust18921893Assistantin Aberdeen City Architect's Department
Item 5 of 6Charles Winter18931894Assistant 
Item 6 of 6Aberdeen County Architect's Department19201940ArchitectAs Aberdeen District Architect for schools

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 331894Free Church ManseInverurie AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 2 of 331894House for D NicolAlford AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 3 of 33After 1894Bakery for Don Co-operative SocietyInverurie AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 4 of 33After 1894Bakery for John MalcolmInverurie AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 5 of 33After 1894House for James MackieInverurie AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 6 of 33After 1894Kintore Public SchoolKintore AberdeenshireScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 7 of 33After 1894Photography saloon and studioInverurie AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 8 of 33After 1894Public SchoolOld Meldrum / Oldmeldrum AberdeenshireScotlandAdditions
Item 9 of 33After 1894Public slaughterhouseInverurie AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 10 of 331896Volunteer Drill HallInverurie AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 11 of 331901Gordon Arms HotelInverurie AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 12 of 331905House for William A GrayInverurie AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 13 of 331905Inverurie Free ChurchInverurie AberdeenshireScotlandHall
Item 14 of 331906House for A W GrayInverurie AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 15 of 331909DwellingInverurie AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 16 of 331909House for Miss PatersonInverurie AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 17 of 331909Infant SchoolInverurie AberdeenshireScotlandRebuilding
Item 18 of 331909Inverurie Higher Grade SchoolInverurie AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 19 of 331910Laundry and Cookery SchoolInverurie AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 20 of 33c. 1910Manual Instruction and Engineering LaboratoryInverurie AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 21 of 331912House and surgery for Dr John GrayStanhope County DurhamEngland 
Item 22 of 331913Shop for L ValentineInverurie AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 23 of 331920House at Glendronach DistilleryForgue AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 24 of 331927House for Dr NicolInverurie AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 25 of 331928House for Mr ScottInverurie AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 26 of 331930House for William AngusInverurie AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 27 of 331930Inverurie Town Hall, museum and libraryInverurie AberdeenshireScotlandReconstruction after fire
Item 28 of 331931Bungalow for J CraigInverurie AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 29 of 331931Bungalow for T RobertsonInverurie AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 30 of 331931House for A D GrassickBlairgowrie PerthshireScotland 
Item 31 of 331935Inverurie Free ChurchInverurie AberdeenshireScotlandChapel
Item 32 of 331936School and schoolhouseCluny AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 33 of 331938Inverurie Higher Grade SchoolInverurie AberdeenshireScotlandExtension

References

Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
 Author(s)DateTitlePartPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Sharples, J, Walker, D W and Woodworth, M2015The Buildings of Scotland: Aberdeenshire South and Aberdeen London and New Haven: Yale University Pressp561

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L no535 (microfilm reel 32)

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