Basic Biographical Details

Name: George Baxter
Designation: Engineer
Born: 1892
Bio Notes: George Baxter was the older brother of the architect David William Baxter (born in 1874) and son of James Lyall Baxter, master mariner, and his wife Margaret Esplin, daughter of James Esplin, manufacturer. By 1908 he held the post of Water Engineer to the burgh of Dundee. In September 1921, following a controversy over the then City Architect/Engineer James Thomson's private occupation of the 'Specimen House' which he had commissioned in his professional capacity to demonstrate the virtues of electricity for household appliances, the posts of City Engineer and City Architect and Director of Housing were divided, Thomson retaining the latter and George Baxter becoming City Engineer. After 1922 Thomson's staff was rapidly run down, and when his chief assistant Vernon Constable was made redundant, Thomson retired in May 1924 at the age of seventy-two and the post went into abeyance, his duties being taken over by Baxter.

George Baxter married Jean Ramsay but it is not yet known if they had a family.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this engineer:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 1Dundee, ScotlandBusiness   

Employment and Training


The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this engineer (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 2Dundee Burgh Engineer's Office/Dundee City Engineer's OfficeBefore 1909September 1921 Dundee Water Engineer
Item 2 of 2Dundee Burgh Engineer's Office/Dundee City Engineer's OfficeSeptember 1921Before 1931 Dundee City Engineer

Buildings and Designs

This engineer 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 101906Gagie Lodge, filters and aqueductGagie AngusScotlandRebuilt and extended filters and well tower
Item 2 of 101908Walls, turrets, etc, Stobsmuir waterworks and reservoir  DundeeScotlandAssisted his brother David William Baxter with water engineering aspects; designed ponds
Item 3 of 101909Reservoir and Law Road Water Tower  DundeeScotlandAssisted his brother David William Baxter with water engineering aspects
Item 4 of 10c. 1909Lintrathen  AngusScotlandAssisted his brother David William Baxter with engineering aspects
Item 5 of 101925Public Health Institute  DundeeScotland 
Item 6 of 10c. 1925Local Authority Housing between N slope of Dundee Law and Strathmore AvenueLawton DundeeScotlandNominally in charge but in practice McLellan Brown would have designed this.
Item 7 of 101928Ashludie HouseMonifieth AngusScotlandRear extension - probably the work listed under Dundee city Engineer's office
Item 8 of 101929Fleming Trust Housing  DundeeScotlandGifford says housing designed by Baxter
Item 9 of 101929Local Authority housing, Caird Avenue  DundeeScotland 
Item 10 of 101930Tramway Depot  DundeeScotland 


Currently, there are no references for this engineer. The information has been derived from: the British Architectural Library / RIBA Directory of British Architects 1834-1914; Post Office Directories; and/or any sources listed under this individual's works.