Basic Biographical Details

Name: James Murdoch Dalziel Henderson
Designation: Architect
Born: 1883 or 1884
Died: 21 November 1922
Bio Notes: James Murdoch Dalziel Henderson was articled to William Kerr of Ayr in June 1898. He studied at Ayr Academy Technical School, where he was a Prizeman in 1907, and on completion of his apprenticeship in June 1903 remained with Kerr as junior assistant. On Kerr's death two years later he found employment as chief architectural assistant in Ayr Burgh Surveyor's Office. He passed exams in Sanitation, Materials and Specifications and submitted his thesis in June 1918; passed the exam in Design in June 1920; and passed those in Construction and Steelwork in June 1921. He was admitted ARIBA late that year, his proposers being John Fairweather, Neil Campbell Duff and James Archibald Morris, who described him in his supporting statement as 'an exact and painstaking student, and a capable and reliable architect'. At that time Henderson was still working in the Burgh Surveyor's Office in Ayr under John Young, who witnessed his declaration.

Henderson died aged 38 on 21 November 1922 at which time he was still a senior assistant to the Ayr Burgh Surveyor.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 11, Holmston Road, Ayr, Ayrshire, ScotlandPrivate1921 *  

* 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 3William KerrJune 1898June 1903Apprentice 
Item 2 of 3William KerrJune 1903June 1905Junior Assistant 
Item 3 of 3Ayr Burgh Surveyor's OfficeJune 1905After 1921Chief Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Neil Campbell DuffLate 1921for Associateship
Item 2 of 3John FairweatherLate 1921for Associateship
Item 3 of 3James Archibald MorrisLate 1921for Associateship

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 1c. 1922Cheap Housing Competition    ScotlandWon competition - award made posthumously


Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Ayr Advertiser23 November 1922  Obituary

Cheap Housing Competition.

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 no3319 (microfilm reel 26)