Basic Biographical Details

Name: John Young & Son
Designation: Architectural practice
Started: 1885
Ended: 1895
Bio Notes: John Young was born on 27 March 1826 in Perth, the son of a civil engineer there. 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 before 1868.

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. George was born in 1858 and was articled to his father in 1875. After a short period as his father's assistant he spent a year in London, studying architecture under Professor T Roger Smith at University College where he was prizeman in construction in 1881, and drawing under Alphonse Legros at the Slade School. He passed the qualifying exam in 1885 and was admitted ARIBA on 8 June of that year, his proposers being John Honeyman, Thomas Lennox Watson and John Burnet Senior. Shortly thereafter he married Charlotte Anne Conacher.

That Burnet Senior was among George Penrose Kennedy's proposers, and that other signatories - who probably signed at Burnet's request - were Glaswegians was a measure of the friendship between the Burnets and the Youngs at that time. It is not yet known how this came about but from the late 1890s the more important works of the practice were almost indistinguishable from the work of John James Burnet.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architectural practice:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 1Perth, Perthshire, ScotlandBusiness   

Employment and Training

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this architectural practice (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 3George Penrose Kennedy Young18851895Partner 
Item 2 of 3John Young18851895Partner 
Item 3 of 3John Burns Cromb18891893Apprentice 

Buildings and Designs

This architectural practice 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 171885Livingstone HallNewburgh FifeScotland 
Item 2 of 171886Dunnottar Mission ChurchBridgefield, Stonehaven KincardineshireScotland 
Item 3 of 171887Opera House, Moncrieff natural history museum, studio and boys and girls hallPerth PerthshireScotland 
Item 4 of 171888Dunbog Parish ChurchDunbog FifeScotlandReconstruction with tower and spire
Item 5 of 17c. 1890Kinclaven Parish ChurchKinclaven PerthshireScotlandImprovements
Item 6 of 171891Loch Awe HotelLoch Awe ArgyllScotlandFour storey north east wing added
Item 7 of 171891Lochawe HotelLochawe ArgyllScotland 
Item 8 of 171892Crieff and Comrie Railway, including stations on the line  PerthshireScotland 
Item 9 of 171893Fair Maid's HousePerth PerthshireScotland 
Item 10 of 171894FerndalePerth PerthshireScotland 
Item 11 of 171894St Stephen's Church, CraigiePerth PerthshireScotland 
Item 12 of 171895Opera House, Moncrieff natural history museum, studio and boys and girls hallPerth PerthshireScotlandExtension to museum
Item 13 of 17Before 1895Aberdeen Town and County BankPerth PerthshireScotland 
Item 14 of 17Before 1895Ardbrecknish House  ArgyllScotlandExtensive additions
Item 15 of 17Before 1895Easter Moncrieffe House  PerthshireScotland 
Item 16 of 17Before 1895Scottish Girls Friendly Society Institute and ClubPerth PerthshireScotland 
Item 17 of 17c. 1895Dunblane Public HallDunblane PerthshireScotlandCompleted by GPK Young after John Young's death


Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architectural practice:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 3Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers1896XXIV pp426-7 (John Young)
Item 2 of 3RIAS Quarterly1933no 44Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS)Obituary of G P K Young
Item 3 of 3RIBA Journal9 December 1933v41London: Royal Institute of British Architectsp153 - obituary of G P K Young