Basic Biographical Details

Name: John Girtrig Young
Designation: Architect
Born: c. 1885
Bio Notes: John Girtrig Young was born c.1885, probably in Alloa, and apprenticed to George Alexander Kerr & William McCulloch of Alloa in 1901-05. During that period he attended classes at Alloa School of Art and Science. He then moved to London as an improver first with Macintosh & Newman, then with Dawborn Young and finally Findlay & Co (of Victoria Street Westminster), attending the LCC School of Art and Crafts. In 1908 he returned to Glasgow as assistant to William McNicol Whyte, enabling him to study under Eugène Bourdon at the Glasgow School of Architecture. He passed the qualifying exam in 1909 and was admitted ARIBA on 29 November that year, his proposers being John Campbell Turner Murray of London, William Thomas Oldrieve and Robert Stodart Lorimer. Oldrieve had engaged him as an assistant in the Edinburgh Office of Works which is given as his business address in 1909. His home address was given as Ashburn, Alloa.

By 1931 he had emigrated to Kingston, Jamaica where he was working in the Public Works Department. In 1939-40 he was in the office in Manderville, Jamaica.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 3Ashburn, Alloa, Clackmannanshire, ScotlandPrivate1909 *  
Item 2 of 3Kingston, Jamaica, West IndiesPrivate1930 or 1931 *  
Item 3 of 3Manderville, Jamaica, West IndiesBusiness1939 *  

* 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 8Kerr & McCulloch19011905Apprentice 
Item 2 of 8Macintosh & Newmanc. 19051906Improver 
Item 3 of 8Dawborn Young19061907Assistant 
Item 4 of 8Findlay & Co19071908Assistant 
Item 5 of 8William McNicol Whyte1908c. 1909Assistant 
Item 6 of 8H M Office of Works (later Ministry of Works, Department of the Environment and Property Services Agency)c. 1909Before 1930AssistantIn Edinburgh office
Item 7 of 8Public Works Department, Kingston, Jamaica1930 *   
Item 8 of 8Public Works Office, Manderville, Jamaica1939 or 1940 *   

* earliest date known from documented sources.


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) Robert Stodart Lorimer29 November 1909for Associateship
Item 2 of 3John Campbell Turner Murray29 November 1909for Associateship
Item 3 of 3William Thomas Oldrieve (sometimes William Thomas Oldgrieve)29 November 1909for Associateship

RIBA Proposals

This architect proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 1James Cumming Wynnes30 January 1911for Licentiateship

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 21908StadiumShepherd's Bush LondonEnglandAs assistant, superintended the steelwork construction at the stadium
Item 2 of 21914RamornieEllon AberdeenshireScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 2RIBA1930The RIBA Kalendar 1930-1931 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 2 of 2RIBA1939The RIBA Kalendar 1939-1940 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 

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 v19 no 2035