Basic Biographical Details

Name: Hugh Gavin
Born: 1858
Died: 15 April 1927
Bio Notes: Hugh Gavin was born in 1858 in Malta where his father was an instructor in navigation. He was brought up in Stirling from the age of 7 and was articled there. He formed a partnership with an unidentified Croll c.1889 with Croll being based in Dundee. In 1891 Gavin set up on his own account in practice in Arbroath and the partnership was dissolved in 1893. Thereafter Gavin opened branch offices in Montrose and Forfar. By the early years of the twentieth century he had formed a partnership with T R Soutar, with Gavin based in Arbroath and Soutar in Forfar. Gavin remained in Arbroath until his death on 15 April 1927. His office was at 42 Hill Street.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 3MaltaPrivate1853Before 1891Place of birth
Item 2 of 342, Hill Street, Arbroath, Angus, ScotlandBusinessBefore 1911After 1926 
Item 3 of 3Montrose, Angus, ScotlandBusiness1921 * Branch office

* 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 2Croll & Gavin1889 * Partner 
Item 2 of 2Gavin & SoutarBefore 1902 *After 1909Partner 

* earliest date known from documented sources.

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 7David Smith18991899Junior Draughtsman 
Item 2 of 7Peter Kydd Hanton18991904Apprentice 
Item 3 of 7James Deas JackAugust 1914November 1921Apprentice 
Item 4 of 7James Deas JackAfter 1919November 1921AssistantIn charge of Montrose branch office
Item 5 of 7William Fyfe HendryJuly 192110 July 1926Apprentice 
Item 6 of 7Robert Stuart Stephen Mackay1923 * Assistant 
Item 7 of 7Adam MacFarlane PetrieJuly 19231927Apprentice 

* earliest date known from documented sources.

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 171889Victoria HallsArbroath AngusScotlandConversion
Item 2 of 171893Arbroath Parish ChurchArbroath AngusScotlandCompetition design for rebuilding - placed fourth
Item 3 of 17c. 1895(?)North of Scotland BankArbroath AngusScotland 
Item 4 of 171896Kirriemuir Parish Church hallKirriemuir AngusScotlandDesign placed first in competition but apparently unexecuted. Gifford states that Gavin designed this hall in 1905.
Item 5 of 171896The AcademyArbroath AngusScotlandRecast as public library
Item 6 of 171899Arbroath Infectious Diseases HospitalArbroath AngusScotlandWon competition to secure job
Item 7 of 171899SlaughterhouseArbroath AngusScotland 
Item 8 of 171900South Church and church hallKirriemuir AngusScotlandHall added
Item 9 of 17c. 1900Parish Council OfficesArbroath AngusScotland 
Item 10 of 171902St Margaret's ChurchArbroath AngusScotlandHall added
Item 11 of 171909Commercial blockArbroath AngusScotland 
Item 12 of 171909Forfar AcademyForfar AngusScotland 
Item 13 of 171912Wellbrae SchoolForfar AngusScotland 
Item 14 of 171913Arbroath InfirmaryArbroath AngusScotlandPresent infirmary building - reconstruction and extension of old buildings and new nurses' home
Item 15 of 171913Public Baths Market Gate StreetArbroath FifeScotlandWon competition and secured the commission
Item 16 of 171915Prudential BuildingsArbroath AngusScotlandIn association with J H Pitt.
Item 17 of 171924Arbroath Savings BankArbroath AngusScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 1Measurers\' Companion1911The Scottish Architects' and Measurers' Companion   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this :
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Arbroath Herald and Advertiser for the Montrose Bu22 April 1927  Obituary
Item 2 of 2Builder22 April 1927  Obituary