Basic Biographical Details

Name: Cedric John Mathison Young
Designation: Architect
Born: 4 June 1890
Died: 16 December 1952
Bio Notes: Cedric John Mathison Young was born on 4 June 1890, the first son of Perth architect George Penrose Kennedy Young. His third forename is given as Matheson or Mathieson in some sources, and even he himself, in his nomination papers for Associateship of the RIBA, initially wrote Mathieson and subsequently amended it to Mathison. He was educated at Merchiston Castle School from 1904 to 1907 and in the latter year commenced his apprenticeship in his father's office. Two years later he moved to Glasgow to study full-time at Glasgow School of Architecture, working in the office of John Burnet & Son during his holidays. Whilst there he married, his son Kenneth Mathison Young being born on 23 November 1910. In 1911 he returned to Perth to join his father's practice as an assistant, but the following year he went to Canada where he found employment in the offices of E & W S Maxwell and Nobbs & Hyde, both of Montreal.

He joined the Territorial Army in 1908 and enlisted in the Black Watch in 1914. He returned to Perth in 1920 and was taken into partnership by his father in 1921, the firm becoming G P K Young & Son. He was admitted ARIBA under the war exemption scheme late that year, his proposers being Patrick Hill Thoms, John James Burnet and William Brown Whitie. Four years later Cedric returned to Canada and worked for McCarter & Nairne in Vancouver, designing the details and art work of the Medical-Dental Building and the Marine Building in Vancouver in 1928-30. McCarter & Nairne's design for the Vancouver Exhibition Association has marked Burnetian characteristics, suggesting that he had a hand in it. He appears to have returned by 1930 or 1931, however, as the RIBA Kalendars for those years give his address as 42 Tay Street, the office of the family firm. He was back in Canada at the time of his father's death in 1933, but subsequently returned.

By 1939 or 1940 he had moved to his parents' house, Union Mount, Perth. He served in the Black Watch from 1940 to 1943, his military career taking him to France, Germany, Egypt and Salonika. He died on 16 December 1952.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 542, Tay Street, Perth, Perthshire, ScotlandBusiness1920 or 19211925 
Item 2 of 5Union Mount, Perth, Perthshire, ScotlandPrivate1921 *  
Item 3 of 5CanadaPrivate1925  
Item 4 of 5Vancouver, British Columbia, CanadaBusiness19251930 or 1931 
Item 5 of 542, Tay Street, Perth, Perthshire, ScotlandBusiness1930 or 1931 *  

* 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 7George Penrose Kennedy Young19071909Apprentice 
Item 2 of 7John Burnet & Son19091911ApprenticeHolidays only (whilst a student)
Item 3 of 7George Penrose Kennedy Young19111912Assistant 
Item 4 of 7E & W S Maxwell1912Before 1914Assistant 
Item 5 of 7Nobbs & HydeAfter 19121914Assistant 
Item 6 of 7G P K Young & Son19211924Partner 
Item 7 of 7McCarter & Nairne19251930 or 1931Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3(Sir) John James BurnetLate 1921for Associateship
Item 2 of 3Patrick Hill ThomsLate 1921for Associateship
Item 3 of 3William Brown WhitieLate 1921for Associateship

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 5Before 1923Scone Housing SchemeScone PerthshireScotland 
Item 2 of 51924Perth TheatrePerth PerthshireScotlandRestoration after fire
Item 3 of 51928Marine BuildingVancouver British ColumbiaCanadaDetailing, as assistant to McCarter & Nairne
Item 4 of 51928Medical-Dental BuildingVancouver British ColumbiaCanadaDetailing, as assistant to McCarter & Nairne
Item 5 of 5Late 1920sVancouver Exhibition AssociationVancouver British ColumbiaCanadaProbably had a hand in the design, as assistant to McCarter & Nairne


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 3Luxton, Donald (ed.)2003Building the West: the early architects of British Columbia Vancouver: Talon Booksp276
Item 2 of 3Merchiston Castle School Merchiston Castle School Register, 1833-1962   
Item 3 of 3RIBA1939The RIBA Kalendar 1939-1940 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Perthshire Advertiser20 December 1952  p7 Obituary Check this in NLS

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 A no3372 (microfilm reel 26)