Basic Biographical Details

Name: John Henderson
Designation: Architect
Died: 16 February 1786
Bio Notes: John Henderson was born in the mid-18th century, the son of David Henderson, bridge builder and architect. David Henderson had two sons David and John. David was in business as a mill-wright in Alloa but John was destined to become an architect. His father sent him to Rome in about 1774 and he returned in 1779. He became friendly with Thomas Hardwick during his stay in Rome and competed with the young John Soane for the patronage of the Bishop of Derry and drew up a design for a summer dining room at his Irish seat, Downhill. While in London he also exhibited a design for a temple at the Royal Academy in 1785.

John Henderson's only known executed works date from the 1780s and are in Scotland.

Henderson died at Edinburgh on 16 February 1786. Had he not died so young he might have become one of Edinburgh's 'leading Georgian architects'. (Colvin).

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 5c. 1779Downhill  County DerryNorthern IrelandScheme for summer dining room
Item 2 of 51783Amisfield  East LothianScotlandStable block and walled garden with four Doric porticos at the corners probably by Henderson.
Item 3 of 51784Music Hall and Assembly Rooms  EdinburghScotland 
Item 4 of 51785Amisfield  East LothianScotlandWings added (demolished 1928)
Item 5 of 51785Design for a Temple    Design exhibited at RA


Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Scots Magazine1786xlviii p103