Basic Biographical Details

Name: John Grant Chisholm
Born: 5 May 1884
Died: 17 July 1939
Bio Notes: John Grant Chisholm was born in Kingussie on 5 May 1884, the son of George Chisholm permanent way inspector, and his wife, Christine Grant. He was articled to Ross & Macbeth of Inverness on 21 May 1901, remaining with the firm as an assistant until 1918, by which time its name had changed to Alexander Ross & Son. On 1 January 1919 he entered into partnership in Dingwall with Donald Matheson, who had been an assistant in the Ross & Macbeth office when Chisholm had commenced his apprenticeship, and who had subsequently spent five years working in South Africa before returning to set up practice on his own account in Killearnan, Ross-shire, moving to Dingwall in 1910. The partnership was short-lived and had been dissolved by the end of the year, Chisholm returning to Inverness to practise on his own account from his office at 15 Union Street in 1920. He was admitted LRIBA in early 1931, his proposers being Matheson, William John Taylor and John Wittet. At that time he was living at 4 Friars Place and was still operating from 15 Union Street, the work of his practice extending across northern Scotland and incorporating numerous public and private buildings. He also acted as a measurer in 'important building operations'.

In his spare time Chisholm was a keen Freemason.

Chisholm died aged 55 on 17 July 1939 at the Northern Infirmary, Inverness. He was single.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 535, Kenneth Street, Inverness, Inverness-shire, ScotlandPrivate 1939 
Item 2 of 5Dingwall, Ross and Cromarty, ScotlandPrivate/business1 January 191930 December 1919 
Item 3 of 515, Union Street, Inverness, Inverness-shire, ScotlandBusiness1 January 1920After 1930 
Item 4 of 54, Friars Place, Inverness, Inverness-shire, ScotlandPrivate1930 or 1931 *  
Item 5 of 511, High Street, Inverness, Inverness-shire, ScotlandBusiness1939 *  

* 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 4Ross & Macbeth21 May 19011905 or 1906Apprentice 
Item 2 of 4Ross & Macbeth1905 or 1906Late 1907Assistant 
Item 3 of 4Alexander Ross & SonLate 1907Late 1918Assistant 
Item 4 of 4Matheson & Chisholm1 January 191930 December 1919Partner 

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 3Albert Victor Robertson19241926AssistantChristmas, Easter and summer holidays only
Item 2 of 3Ian Alexander Mackenzie1939(?) * Apprentice(?) 
Item 3 of 3Kenneth John Finlayson1939 or 1940 * Assistant 

* earliest date known from documented sources.


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Donald Matheson1931for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3William John Taylor1931for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3John Wittet1931for Licentiateship

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 9After 1920Housing schemeInverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 2 of 9After 1920Housing schemeStornowayLewisRoss & CromartyScotland 
Item 3 of 91922War MemorialTarbertHarrisInverness-shireScotland 
Item 4 of 91924Masonic HallBeauly Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 5 of 91926Old Town HallStornowayLewisRoss and CromartyScotlandReconstruction
Item 6 of 9c. 1930Masonic LodgeDornoch SutherlandScotland 
Item 7 of 91933County HotelStornowayLewisRoss and CromartyScotland 
Item 8 of 9Before 1939Gordon Bush LodgeClyne, Brora? Sutherland?Scotland 
Item 9 of 9Before 1939Invercarron House   Scotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 1RIBA1930The RIBA Kalendar 1930-1931 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this :
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1RIAS QuarterlyOctober 1939 Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS)Obituary

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this :
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2H M Register HouseDeath Register  
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L no3684 (box 14)