Basic Biographical Details

Name: James Dickson Young
Designation: Architect
Born: 17 April 1907
Died: 2 October 1966
Bio Notes: James Dickson Young was born in Edinburgh on 17 April 1907, the son of Charles Eliot Young, journeyman heating engineer, and his wife Isabella McKimmie. He was articled to John Alexander William Grant from February 1923 to February 1928, and thereafter joined John Ross McKay of Richardson & McKay as assistant, remaining until April 1931 when he was appointed assistant in the Surveyor's Division of the Department of Agriculture for Scotland. Throughout this period he took evening classes at Heriot-Watt College, and from 1927 he also attended morning classes at Edinburgh College of Art. He received a technical certificate and bronze medal in 1932. He was still assisting in the Department of Agriculture for Scotland when he was admitted ARIBA on 30 November 1936, his proposers being John Begg, Frank Charles Mears and James Macgregor. He was also an Associate of the Edinburgh Architectural Association. He contined to work for the Department of Agriculture until his retirement.

He died on 2 October 1966, survived by his wife Janet Watson Scott.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 137, Stewart Terrace, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivateBefore 1930After 1950 

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 3John Alexander William GrantFebruary 1923February 1928Apprentice 
Item 2 of 3Richardson & McKayFebruary 1928April 1931Assistant 
Item 3 of 3Department of Agriculture for Scotland (later Department of Agriculture and Fisheries for Scotland)April 1931After 1936AssistantIn Surveyor's Division


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3John Begg30 November 1936for Associateship
Item 2 of 3James Macgregor30 November 1936for Associateship
Item 3 of 3(Sir) Frank Charles Mears30 November 1936for Associateship


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 3RIBA1930The RIBA Kalendar 1930-1931 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 2 of 3RIBA1939The RIBA Kalendar 1939-1940 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 3 of 3RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 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 2H M Register HouseDeath Register  
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A no6236 (combined box 127)