Basic Biographical Details

Name: Harry ('Henry') Kerr Macdonald
Designation: Architect
Born: 14 March 1907
Died: 31 August 1965
Bio Notes: Harry Kerr Macdonald was born in Aberdeenshire on 14 March 1907, the son of Harry Macdonald, gardener, amd his wife Jessie Kerr. He was articled to Reid & Macleod of Haddington from 1923 to 1928, remaining as assistant for a further two years and studying at Heriot-Watt College, Edinburgh. In 1930 he joined the Works Department of East Lothian County Council as an assistant, moving to Lerwick in 1936 to become Zetland County Architect. He was admitted LRIBA on 16 July 1940, his proposers being Alexander Allan Foote, John Ross McKay, Alexander Lorne Campbell and Thomas Forbes Maclennan.

By 1950 Macdonald had been appointed Roxburgh County Architect. By 1964 his address is given as 13 Irvine Crescent, Coatbridge, suggesting he had moved to a post in Lanarkshire at some point prior to this date. He died aged 58 on 31 August 1965, survived by his wife Isabella Hinton Black.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 4130, Commercial Street, Lerwick, Mainland, Shetland, ScotlandBusiness1940 * This may be an error for 30 Commercial Street
Item 2 of 4The Observatory, Lerwick, Mainland, Shetland, ScotlandPrivate1940 *  
Item 3 of 4County Offices, Newtown St Boswells, Roxburghshire, ScotlandBusiness1950 *After 1952 
Item 4 of 413, Irvne Crescent, Coatbridge, Lanarkshire, ScotlandPrivate(?)1964 *1965 

* 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 5Reid & MacLeod (sometimes misspelt Reid & McLeod)19231928Apprentice 
Item 2 of 5Reid & MacLeod (sometimes misspelt Reid & McLeod)19281930Assistant 
Item 3 of 5East Lothian County Council Works Department19301936Assistant 
Item 4 of 5Zetland County Architect's Department1936After 1940Chief Architectas Zetland County Architect
Item 5 of 5Roxburghshire County Architect's Department1950 * Chief Architect 

* 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 4Alexander Lorne Campbell16 July 1940for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 4Alexander Allan Foote16 July 1940for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 4Thomas Forbes Maclennan16 July 1940for Licentiateship
Item 4 of 4John Ross McKay16 July 1940for 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 31952Hawick Higher Grade SchoolHawick RoxburghshireScotlandAddition (Builder (5 Sept 1952, 349) refers to his involvement in the scheme costing 16,650)
Item 2 of 31952Housing, St BoswellsSt Boswells EildonScotlandTo prepare plans
Item 3 of 31952Primary School, BurnfootBurnfoot RoxburghshireScotlandNew school


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 3RIBA1939The RIBA Kalendar 1939-1940 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 2 of 3RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 3 of 3RIBA1964The RIBA Kalendar 1964-65   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Builder5 September 1952  p349

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2H M Register HouseDeath Register  
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L no4897 (combined box 42)