Basic Biographical Details

Name: John Oldrid Scott
Born: 1841
Died: 30 May 1913
Bio Notes: John Oldrid Scott was born in 1841, the second son of George Gilbert Scott (later Sir, born 1811). He was articled to his father in 1860, becoming principal assistant by the later 1860s. Although in increasingly fragile health following a stroke and family bereavements, George Gilbert Scott remained firmly in charge of the practice until his sudden death from a heart attack on 27 March 1878. Despite having had no formal partnership with his father, John Oldrid Scott inherited the practice, and was admitted FRIBA on 2 December that same year, his proposers being Charles Barry Junior, George Edmund Street and Benjamin Ferrey. He completed his father's Scottish projects, modifying the design of the spire at the University of Glasgow and acting as consultant for new buildings at the university until 1901. He died on 30 May 1913.

In his later years John Oldrid Scott was assisted by his son Charles Marriot Oldrid Scott, born in 1880. Charles Marriot Oldrid had been articled to Reginald Theodore Blomfield in April 1898, and returned to his father's practice in 1902. The following year he had obtained a place with George Frederick Bodley to widen his experience, before returning to his father's office as partner in 1904. He completed the spires of St Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh but, like his father, obtained no new Scottish commissions. He either did not attempt or did not pass the qualifying exam and was admitted LRIBA in the mass intake of 20 July 1911, his proposers being George Luard Alexander, a colleague at Bodley's, Richard John Tyndall (both of whom had recently passed the qualifying exam and had been admitted ARIBA) and an elderly former assistant of his grandfather's, Charles Robert Baker King.

Charles Marriot Oldrid Scott died in 1952.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 12, Dean's Yard, Westminster, London, EnglandBusiness1911 *  

* 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 3(Sir) George Gilbert Scott18601864Apprentice 
Item 2 of 3(Sir) George Gilbert Scott18641878Assistant(?) 
Item 3 of 3John Oldrid Scott & Son19041913Partner 

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 2Henry Wilsonc. 1884c. 1885Assistant 
Item 2 of 2Charles Marriot Oldrid Scott19021903Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Charles Barry (junior)2 December 1878for Fellowship
Item 2 of 3Benjamin Ferrey2 December 1878for Fellowship
Item 3 of 3George Edmund Street2 December 1878for Fellowship

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 151866Manchester Town Hall  ManchesterEnglandCompetition design - shortlisted in first stage, unsuccessful in second stage
Item 2 of 151870St Mary's Episcopal Church  GlasgowScotland 
Item 3 of 151878St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral  EdinburghScotlandChoir stalls, bishop's throne, pulpit and sedilia - based on his father's sketches (except woodwork). Also probably organ case
Item 4 of 151878University of Glasgow, main quadranglesGilmorehill GlasgowScotlandExecuted the late G G Scott's designs (signed just before his death) for Bute Hall and Randolph Hall with Edwin Morgan
Item 5 of 151881St Mary's Cathedral Song School  EdinburghScotlandDesigned Song School
Item 6 of 151884Liverpool Anglican Cathedral, first competition  LiverpoolEngland 
Item 7 of 151887University of Glasgow, main quadranglesGilmorehill GlasgowScotlandCompletion of spire to a modification of the late G G Scott's design; consultation on new buildings
Item 8 of 151890St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral  EdinburghScotlandChapter House built to the late G G Scott's 1873 designs
Item 9 of 15October 1893St Mary's Episcopal Church  GlasgowScotlandCompleted spire
Item 10 of 151896University of Glasgow, main quadranglesGilmorehill GlasgowScotlandMural memorials to Lord Sandford and Professor Veitch
Item 11 of 151899University of Glasgow, Engineering Building  GlasgowScotland 
Item 12 of 151900University of Glasgow, Anatomy Building  GlasgowScotlandAs consultant
Item 13 of 151900University of Glasgow, Botany Building  GlasgowScotlandOriginal building - acting as consultant
Item 14 of 151905St Cuthbert's Episcopal ChurchHawick RoxburghshireScotlandReredos
Item 15 of 151907University of Glasgow, Engineering Building  GlasgowScotlandAdditions


Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this :
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Builder6 June 1913  Obituary
Item 2 of 2RIBA Journal6 June 1913 London: Royal Institute of British ArchitectsObituary - pp 614 & 648

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this :
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers F v5 p115, microfiche 92/E7