Basic Biographical Details

Name: John Hinton Gall
Born: 1848
Died: 19 January 1929
Bio Notes: John Hinton Gall was born in 1848 and articled to 'William Ormiston and his partner G Cousin' in Edinburgh from 1864 to 1868, attending classes at the Royal Institution; at this time Ormiston and George Cousin are believed to have been working in the office of George's brother David, taking responsibility for his practice whilst he was abroad trying to recover his health. Gall subsequently assisted in offices in Galashiels, Glasgow and Edinburgh before becoming assistant to William Lawrie of Matthews & Lawrie in Inverness in 1872. When Lawrie died in 1887, the Inverness practice was inherited by Gall, who had been his chief assistant since 1872 and who continued the business under his own name, Matthews withdrawing completely from that branch of the firm.

Gall was admitted LRIBA in the mass intake of 20 July 1911, his proposers being Alexander Ross, Robert John Macbeth and William Laidlaw Carruthers. He applied for Fellowship of the RIBA in March 1928 at the very late age of 79 , and was admitted a few months later. Outwith his profession Gall was a keen sportsman and described as the 'oldest and most noted bowler and curler in the capital of the Highlands'.

He died on 19 January 1929, the year after his nomination to Fellowship of the RIBA. The practice was continued by his son, Herbert.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 113, Lombard Street, Inverness, Inverness-shire, ScotlandPrivate/businessBefore 1911After 1928 

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 3J Hinton Gall & Son    
Item 2 of 3David Cousin18641868ApprenticeUnder William Ormiston and George Cousin, according to LRIBA papers
Item 3 of 3Matthews & Lawrie18721887AssistantIn Inverness office, under William Lawrie

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 2John Bain18871888Apprentice 
Item 2 of 2David William Kennedy1887(?)1889(?)ApprenticePresumably completed his apprenticeship under Gall after the latter inherited the Matthews & Lawrie firm


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3William Laidlaw Carruthers20 July 1911for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3Robert John Macbeth20 July 1911for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3Alexander Ross20 July 1911for Licentiateship

RIBA Proposals

This proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 1William John TaylorLate 1928for 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 53After 1872BankInverness Inverness-shireScotlandAs chief assistant to Matthews & Lawrie
Item 2 of 53After 1872Ness CastleInverness (near) Inverness-shireScotlandAdditions - as chief assistant to Matthews & Lawrie
Item 3 of 531873Caledonian BankPortreeSkyeInverness-shireScotlandAs chief assistant to Matthews & Lawrie
Item 4 of 531873Highland Railway Company OfficesInverness Inverness-shireScotlandAs chief assistant to Matthews & Lawrie
Item 5 of 531875Caledonian BankKingussie Inverness-shireScotlandAs chief assistant to Matthews & Lawrie
Item 6 of 531875Inverness Town HouseInverness Inverness-shireScotlandAs chief assistant to Matthews & Lawrie
Item 7 of 531875Lochmaddy Sheriff CourthouseLochmaddyLewisRoss and CromartyScotlandAs chief assistant to Matthews & Lawrie
Item 8 of 531875Merkinch Public SchoolInverness Inverness-shireScotlandAs assistant to Matthews & Lawrie
Item 9 of 531876Sheriff CourthouseFort William Inverness-shireScotlandAs chief assistant to Matthews & Lawrie
Item 10 of 531877(?)Aigas HouseStrathglass Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 11 of 531878Gairloch Free ChurchGairloch Ross and CromartyScotlandAs chief assistant to Matthews & Lawrie
Item 12 of 531879(?)Royal Clan Tartan WarehouseInverness Inverness-shireScotlandAs chief assistant to Matthews & Lawrie; also probably carried out later work
Item 13 of 531881Drumnadrochit HotelDrumnadrochit Inverness-shireScotlandAs assistant with Matthews & Lawrie
Item 14 of 531881Inverness District AsylumInverness Inverness-shireScotlandAlterations and additions - as chief assistant to Matthews & Lawrie
Item 15 of 53After 1887Ardlair HouseLoch Maree Ross and CromartyScotland 
Item 16 of 53After 1887Gaelic ChurchInverness Inverness-shireScotlandRestoration and alterations
Item 17 of 53After 1887Glenurquhart Secondary SchoolGlenurquhart Inverness-shireScotland(not Alexander Ross as in HS List)
Item 18 of 53After 1887Imperial HotelNairn NairnshireScotland 
Item 19 of 53After 1887Royal Northern InfirmaryInverness Inverness-shireScotlandReconstruction
Item 20 of 53After 1887Theatre RoyalInverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 21 of 531888Cattle sale ringMuir of Ord Ross and CromartyScotland 
Item 22 of 531888Ferness School  NairnshireScotlandAdditions and alterations
Item 23 of 531888VillaDrumnadrochit Inverness-shireScotlandAdditions
Item 24 of 531889Aultbea Church of ScotlandAultbea Ross and CromartyScotland 
Item 25 of 531889Turkish BathsInverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 26 of 531890Premises of A & G SmithInverness Inverness-shireScotlandRebuilding
Item 27 of 531890Royal Marine HotelNairn NairnshireScotlandAddition
Item 28 of 531891Block of shops and wareroomsInverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 29 of 531891Cattle sale ring buildingsInverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 30 of 531893Lewis HospitalStornowayLewisRoss and CromartyScotlandWon competition to secure job
Item 31 of 531893Shops and housesInverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 32 of 531894Inverness Town HouseInverness Inverness-shireScotlandAdditions and alterations
Item 33 of 531894Lewis HospitalStornowayLewisRoss and CromartyScotlandReduced scheme
Item 34 of 531895Business premises, EastgateInverness Inverness-shireScotlandAdditions and alterations
Item 35 of 531895Culanloan SchoolDrumnadrochit Inverness-shireScotlandAlterations
Item 36 of 531895Merkinch Public SchoolInverness Inverness-shireScotlandJanitor's house
Item 37 of 531895Pair of semi-detached villas, Lower DrummondInverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 38 of 531895Villa, Crown LandsInverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 39 of 531896Royal Marine HotelNairn NairnshireScotlandAdditions
Item 40 of 531897Merkinch Public SchoolInverness Inverness-shireScotlandAdditions
Item 41 of 531897Pair of villas, Crown LandsInverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 42 of 531898Aultbea HotelAultbea Ross and CromartyScotland 
Item 43 of 531898Block of buildings, EastgateInverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 44 of 531898Hawkhill HouseRosemarkie Ross and CromartyScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 45 of 531899Lawson Memorial HospitalGolspie SutherlandScotland 
Item 46 of 531900Inverness Market CrossInverness Inverness-shireScotlandRestoration
Item 47 of 531901VillaNorth Kessock Ross and CromartyScotland 
Item 48 of 531903Bakehouse for John SinclairInverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 49 of 531904Property, Grant's Close and Baron Taylor's LaneInverness Inverness-shireScotlandAlterations and improvements
Item 50 of 531908House, off Academy StreetInverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 51 of 531914Merkinch Public SchoolInverness Inverness-shireScotlandHall, latrines, classroom and addition to janitor's house
Item 52 of 531921Inverness War MemorialInverness Inverness-shireScotlandWon competition to secure job
Item 53 of 531922Lewis War MemorialStornowayLewisRoss and CromartyScotlandWon competition to secure job


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 2British Architectural Library, RIBA2001Directory of British Architects 1834-1914   
Item 2 of 2Who's Who in Architecture1914    

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this :
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 3Aberdeen Press and Journal21 January 1929  p3 Obituary
Item 2 of 3Builder29 January 1929v136 p193 - obituary
Item 3 of 3RIBA Journal23 February 1929v36London: Royal Institute of British Architectsp335 - obituary

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 L v17 no1275; F no2600 (box 8)