Basic Biographical Details

Name: John Rhind
Born: 1836
Died: 10 August 1889
Bio Notes: John Rhind was born in Banffshire in 1836, son of the Inverness architect builder George Rhind and his wife Isabella née Milne, and a brother of the much younger James Robert Rhind. He was probably initially articled to his father, but c.1854 he went to Glasgow where he became an assistant - perhaps initially an apprentice - to Campbell Douglas, remaining with him during the early years of his partnership with John James Stevenson. At Douglas's he became acquainted with Bruce James Talbert and took an interest in the work of Alexander 'Greek' Thomson whose influence was later to be reflected in Rhind's Imperial Hotel and Union Street buildings, both in Inverness. While in Glasgow he is said a Vice-President of the Young Architectural Association of Glasgow, perhaps a junior branch of the Glasgow Architectural Society.

Around 1863 Rhind returned to Inverness and took over the architectural side of his father's business. His Glasgow experience and bold if unacademic handling of Gothic and Scots baronial forms quickly made him a serious rival to Alexander Ross. He was elected to Inverness Town Council in 1880 and was Dean of Guild in 1883, 1884, 1885 and 1886. John Rhind RSA sculpted a marble bust of him, exhibited at the RSA in 1884.

In the late 1880s Rhind's health and finances were undermined by a long-running legal dispute with Sir John Ramsden, his client at Ardverikie. He died in Perth of congestion of the lungs following a short illness on 10 August 1889. He left moveable estate of £1,251 14s 3d + £739 6s 7d.

[Research on Rhind family by Alexander Rae. Gravestone at Tomnahurich.]

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 39, Union Street, Inverness, Inverness-shire, ScotlandBusinessNovember 1869 * Ran concurrently with 3 Union Street agter 1879
Item 2 of 33, Union Street, Inverness, Inverness-shire, ScotlandBusinessAfter 18791889Concurrently with 9 Union Street
Item 3 of 3Portland Place, Inverness, Inverness-shire, ScotlandPrivate1889 *  

* earliest date known from documented sources.

Employment and Training


The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 2Campbell Douglasc. 18541860Assistant(?)Probably initially an apprentice, then an assistant.
Item 2 of 2Campbell Douglas & Stevenson1860c. 1863Assistant 

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 3Randall Clunas 1889Senior Assistant 
Item 2 of 3James Robert Rhindc. 1868(?)Before 1880ApprenticePossibly partner thereafter
Item 3 of 3Robert Findlay18761881Apprentice 

Buildings and Designs

This 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 1471864Killearnan Free ChurchNewton Ross and CromartyScotland 
Item 2 of 1471864Royal HotelInverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 3 of 1471865Cromarty Free Church and HallCromarty Ross and CromartyScotland 
Item 4 of 1471865Eighteen houses, Crown TerraceInverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 5 of 1471865Tenement, Church StreetInverness Inverness-shireScotlandAlterations
Item 6 of 1471865Two cottages, ClaypottsInverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 7 of 1471866Buildings, The ShoreInverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 8 of 1471866Buildings, The ShoreInverness Inverness-shireScotlandAdditions
Item 9 of 1471866Farraline Home Farm, farmhouse and steading  Inverness-shireScotlandAdditions and alterations to farmhouse
Item 10 of 1471866Free ChurchDyke MorayshireScotland 
Item 11 of 1471866Free High ChurchInverness Inverness-shireScotlandAddition of transept
Item 12 of 1471866Glencruitten HouseOban ArgyllScotlandEarlier house
Item 13 of 1471866House, Telford RoadInverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 14 of 1471866Killearnan parochial buildings, officesKillearnan Ross and CromartyScotland 
Item 15 of 1471866Laggan, house and steadingLaggan Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 16 of 1471866ManseBroadfordSkyeInverness-shireScotland 
Item 17 of 1471866Mansion house in the suburbsInverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 18 of 1471866Shops and warehouses, Inglis StreetInverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 19 of 1471866Villa, MuirfieldInverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 20 of 1471866Wool stores, Anderson's WharfInverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 21 of 1471867Cottage, lands of PorterfieldInverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 22 of 1471867Free ChurchDingwall Ross and CromartyScotland 
Item 23 of 1471867House, Charles StreetInverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 24 of 1471867Laggan Free ChurchLaggan Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 25 of 1471867Lodge near CraigdhuCraigdhu (near) Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 26 of 1471867Old High SchoolInverness Inverness-shireScotlandAdditions
Item 27 of 1471867Villa, DrummondInverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 28 of 1471867Young Men's Christian AssociationInverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 29 of 1471868Balvonie of Daviot, Farmhouse and steadingBalvonie of Daviot Inverness-shireScotlandAlterations and additions to farmhouse and steading
Item 30 of 1471868Free Church ManseFort Augustus Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 31 of 1471868Holm MillsInverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 32 of 1471868Mayfield VillaInverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 33 of 1471868Meallmore Shooting LodgeMoy Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 34 of 1471868Moy Hall, South LodgeMoy Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 35 of 1471869Achaderry, house, square of offices and cottageAchaderry Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 36 of 1471869Achlean-a-choid, gamekeeper's cottageGlenfeshie Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 37 of 1471869Barony house of DunachtonBadenoch Inverness-shireScotlandLarge additions (Alterations to drawing room windows, etc.)
Item 38 of 1471869C B Mackintosh's BuildingsNairn NairnshireScotland 
Item 39 of 1471869CampfieldInverness Inverness-shireScotlandAdditions and alterations
Item 40 of 1471869Cottage, Innes StreetInverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 41 of 1471869Dunachtonmore, farmhouse and steadingBadenoch Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 42 of 1471869Essich, square of officesInverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 43 of 1471869Kincraig, farm steadingKincraig Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 44 of 1471869Moy HallMoy and Dalarossie Inverness-shireScotlandConservatory
Item 45 of 1471869Moy Hall home farm, lodge at entranceMoy Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 46 of 1471869Roy Bridge drill shed and post officeRoy Bridge Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 47 of 1471869Roy Bridge HotelLochaber Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 48 of 1471869Terraced houses, 17-21 High StreetFortrose Ross and CromartyScotland 
Item 49 of 1471869Three villas between Caledonian Bank and WoodsideFortrose Ross and CromartyScotland 
Item 50 of 1471869Working men's clubInverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 51 of 147c. 1869Dunachton, West Lodge,Alvie Inverness-shireScotland'Probably' (HS)
Item 52 of 1471870Forres UP ChurchForres MorayshireScotlandRebuilding
Item 53 of 1471870InnLochend  Scotland 
Item 54 of 1471870Miller's houseRoy Bridge (Brae Lochaber) Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 55 of 1471870Shop and offices, Petty StreetInverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 56 of 1471870Tarradale, InnMuir of Ord Ross and CromartyScotland 
Item 57 of 147Before 1870Moy Hall, North LodgeMoy Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 58 of 1471871Ardverikie HouseLaggan Inverness-shireScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 59 of 1471871Ardverikie House LodgeLaggan Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 60 of 1471871Gallovie, farmhouse and officesLaggan Inverness-shireScotlandAdditions and alterations to farmhouse
Item 61 of 1471871Glenfeshie Shooting LodgeAlvie Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 62 of 1471871Kincraig Railway station and ancillary buildingsKincraig Inverness-shireScotlandHouse
Item 63 of 1471871Loch Ericht Lodge  Inverness-shireScotlandAdditions and alterations
Item 64 of 1471871Mains of Tarradale, farmhouseMuir of Ord Ross and CromartyScotlandRebuilding of house
Item 65 of 1471871Moy HallMoy and Dalarossie Inverness-shireScotlandBaronial remodelling of Georgian house
Item 66 of 1471871Shops and houses, Inglis StreetInverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 67 of 1471872Glentromie Shooting LodgeKingussie Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 68 of 1471872Inveroykel Shooting Lodge  Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 69 of 1471872Strathmashie Lodge  Inverness-shireScotlandOffices
Item 70 of 1471873Bellview, Tarradale, two cottagesMuir of Ord Ross and CromartyScotland 
Item 71 of 1471873Celtic Cross Monument to Ian Lom Macdonald, Bard of KeppochRoy Bridge Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 72 of 1471873Dun-aingeal, 'Iain Lom' monumentBrae Lochaber Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 73 of 1471873Gallovie, farmhouse and officesLaggan Inverness-shireScotlandOffices
Item 74 of 1471873Mains of Tarradale, farmhouseMuir of Ord Ross and CromartyScotlandAdditions and alterations to farmhouse
Item 75 of 1471874Ardverikie HouseLaggan Inverness-shireScotlandNew house incorporating 1847 wing from previous house
Item 76 of 1471874Forres UP ManseForres MorayshireScotland 
Item 77 of 1471874Loch Ericht Lodge  Inverness-shireScotlandAdditions
Item 78 of 1471874Moy School and schoolmaster's houseMoy Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 79 of 1471874North Kessock InnNorth Kessock Ross and CromartyScotlandAlterations
Item 80 of 1471874Raining's SchoolInverness Inverness-shireScotlandAdditions
Item 81 of 1471875Alvie School and schoolhouseAlvie Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 82 of 1471875Block of buildings, Academy StreetInverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 83 of 1471875Free West ManseInverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 84 of 1471875Glentromie Shooting LodgeKingussie Inverness-shireScotlandStable offices
Item 85 of 1471875House, Southside RoadInverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 86 of 1471875Redcastle, School and schoolhouseRedcastle Ross and CromartyScotland 
Item 87 of 1471876Coulmore HouseRedcastle, North Kessock Ross and CromartyScotlandAdditions
Item 88 of 1471876Glentromie Shooting LodgeKingussie Inverness-shireScotlandAdditions
Item 89 of 1471876Laggan Free ChurchLaggan Inverness-shireScotlandRestoration and additions
Item 90 of 1471876Loch Laggan, timber bridge over the PattockLoch Laggan Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 91 of 1471876Lochardil House and LodgeInverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 92 of 1471876Petty Free ChurchInverness Inverness-shireScotlandAlterations 'to ecclesiastical buildings'
Item 93 of 1471877Letham GrangeArbroath AngusScotlandAdditions
Item 94 of 1471877Moy HallMoy and Dalarossie Inverness-shireScotlandNew building? Alterations?
Item 95 of 1471878Bruchnain House   ScotlandAdditions
Item 96 of 1471878Counting house and warehouseInverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 97 of 1471878High SchoolInverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 98 of 1471878House, Pilmuir RoadForres MorayshireScotland 
Item 99 of 1471878Inveroykel Shooting Lodge  Inverness-shireScotlandAddition
Item 100 of 1471878School and schoolhouseFort Augustus Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 101 of 1471878Villa, Southside RoadInverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 102 of 1471879Allt-a-chaorinn (Ardverikie), House and officesLaggan Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 103 of 1471879Ardverikie, BoathouseLaggan Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 104 of 1471879Ardverikie, Stone Bridge over the Barrack BurnLaggan Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 105 of 1471879Feagour (Ardverikie), house and officesLaggan Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 106 of 1471879Garvabeg (Ardverikie), House and officesLaggan Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 107 of 1471879House and shopBeauly Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 108 of 1471879Luib-Chonnal (Ardverikie), house and officesLaggan Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 109 of 1471879Mealgarble (Ardverikie), house and officesLaggan Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 110 of 1471879Millerton House   ScotlandAdditions and alterations
Item 111 of 1471879Sleshguan (Ardverikie), House and officesLaggan Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 112 of 1471880Alvie ManseAlvie Inverness-shireScotlandAlterations
Item 113 of 1471880Alvie Parish ChurchAlvie Inverness-shireScotlandInternal refitting
Item 114 of 1471880Blocks of buildings, Balnain StreetInverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 115 of 1471880Buildings, BarnhillInverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 116 of 1471880Daviot House, Keeper's house and kennels  Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 117 of 1471880Drumchork (Aultbea), house and offices  Ross and CromartyScotland 
Item 118 of 1471880Glenmoriston Free Church ManseGlenmoriston Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 119 of 1471880House, Fairfield RoadInverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 120 of 1471880Invergarry Cottage HospitalInvergarry Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 121 of 1471880Moy Hall, stables and coachhouseMoy Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 122 of 1471880Nine tenements, Denny StreetInverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 123 of 1471880Shops and houses, Petty Street  Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 124 of 1471881Blargie, farm officesKingussie (near) Inverness-shireScotlandAdditions
Item 125 of 1471881Block of buildingsForres MorayshireScotland 
Item 126 of 1471881Gallovie, farmhouse and officesLaggan Inverness-shireScotlandAdditions to farmhouse
Item 127 of 1471881Glen Spean Lodge  Inverness-shireScotlandAdditions and alterations
Item 128 of 1471881Grange HallForres MorayshireScotlandAlterations
Item 129 of 1471881Store in court, 81 Church StreetInverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 130 of 1471881Villa, Session ParkInverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 131 of 1471881Warehouse, Dempster GardensInverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 132 of 14718829-11 Petty StreetInverness Inverness-shireScotlandAlterations to shops
Item 133 of 1471882Cottage, DrummondInverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 134 of 1471882Loch Ericht Lodge  Inverness-shireScotlandGamekeeper's cottage
Item 135 of 1471882Mechanics InstituteForres MorayshireScotlandAlterations?. Addition of long rear hall.
Item 136 of 1471882Villa, Midmills RoadInverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 137 of 1471883Brander LibraryHuntly AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 138 of 1471883Dornoch Free Church manseDornoch SutherlandScotland 
Item 139 of 1471884Knockbain Munlochy Free Church and HallMunlochy Ross and CromartyScotlandJohn Rhind is given as the architect for this building in 'Buildings of Scotland'. However Maitland is given in the Inverness Courier.
Item 140 of 1471884Stores, Bank StreetInverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 141 of 1471885Invergarry HotelInvergarry Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 142 of 1471885Parish HallKincraig Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 143 of 1471887Stores, LochgormInverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 144 of 1471888Knockbain Free West ChurchBogallan Ross and CromartyScotlandJohn Rhind provided plans for REBUILDING the old Free Church. However a new church was built eventually. Was John Rhind still the architect?
Item 145 of 1471889Leanchoil Cottage Hospital, Chapelton MuirForres MorayshireScotlandRhind provided plans
Item 146 of 1471889Monalea, lodgeKincraig Inverness-shireScotlandPlans being drawn up
Item 147 of 1471889Moy Hall, Manager's houseMoy Inverness-shireScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 2Gifford, John1992Highland and Islands (The Buildings of Scotland) Penguin Books 
Item 2 of 2Scotlands People Website Wills & Testaments  Inverness Sheriff Court Sc29/44/26

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this :
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 5Builder17 August 1889  p126 Obituary
Item 2 of 5Country Life5 September 1991v185 pp90-3
Item 3 of 5Highland News17 August 1899  p13 Obituary
Item 4 of 5Inverness Courier13 August 1889  Obituary
Item 5 of 5Ross-shire Journal16 August 1889  p4 Obituary

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this :
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2British Architectural Library, RIBARIBA Biographical Files  
Item 2 of 2Professor David M Walker personal archiveProfessor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material Home address from research by Iain Paterson