Basic Biographical Details

Name: James Murie Henderson
Born: 3 December 1913
Died: 27 February 1950
Bio Notes: James Murie Henderson was born on 3 December 1913 and was articled to Launcelot Hugh Ross from 1932 to 1936, studying at the Glasgow School of Architecture. On completion of his apprenticeship he secured a post as assistant in the office of Cullen, Lochhead & Brown, meanwhile continuing his GSA studies with a two-year post-certificate course. In 1938 he moved to the office of the Royal Burgh of Rutherglen as assistant. He was still there when he applied for Associateship of the ARIBA, for which he was admitted on 7 January 1941, his proposers being Lockhart W Hutson, T Harold Hughes and James Lochhead, who described him as a 'diligent student'.

His appointment in Rutherglen ended when he was called up for military service. In the early years of the Second World War he served as a pilot in the RAFVR, but he was discharged on medical grounds c.1942 and was immediately appointed chief architect to Rolls Royce Ltd for their Glasgow factory. When it was completed he was recalled by Rutherglen to take over its town planning surveys, work which led to his appointment in 1944 as County Architect and Planning Officer to Caithness County Council. There he was responsible for starting, equipping and staffing the office, and according to his obituary he 'did much to revive the local flagstone industry. Recognizing its value as a building material, he used it in his housing schemes for roofing and for tiled fireplaces and other interior works.' Beyond his professional interests he was also involved in youth work, and was Adjutant of an ATC Squadron.

Henderson left Caithness County Council in 1946 to take up an appointment in Trinidad, and it was there that he died in a tragic bathing accident on 27 February 1950, at the age of thirty-seven.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 5Royal Burgh Office, Rutherglen, Lanarkshire, ScotlandBusiness19381940 or 1941 
Item 2 of 5Haugh Cottage, Bothwellhaugh, Bothwell, Lanarkshire, ScotlandPrivate1939 *  
Item 3 of 5West View/11, Glasgow Road, Uddingston, Lanarkshire, ScotlandPrivate1940 *  
Item 4 of 5Caithness, ScotlandBusiness19441946 
Item 5 of 5TrinidadPrivate/business19461950 

* 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 6Launcelot Hugh Ross19321936Apprentice 
Item 2 of 6Cullen, Lochhead & Brown19361938Assistant 
Item 3 of 6Royal Burgh of Rutherglen Architect's Department (later Rutherglen Borough Council)19381940 or 1941Assistant 
Item 4 of 6Royal Burgh of Rutherglen Architect's Department (later Rutherglen Borough Council)After 19421944 role unclear
Item 5 of 6Rolls Royce, Ltd Architectsc. 19421943 or 1944Chief Architect 
Item 6 of 6Caithness County Architect's Office19441946Chief ArchitectCounty Architect and Planning Officer


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Thomas Harold Hughes7 January 1941for Associateship
Item 2 of 3Lockhart Whiteford Hutson7 January 1941for Associateship
Item 3 of 3James Lochhead7 January 1941for Associateship

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 1c. 1942Rolls Royce FactoryHillington GlasgowScotlandTaken on as chief architect for completion of factory, which had apparently been designed by W A Phillips


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 1Post Office Directories     

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this :
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1RIBA JournalMarch 1950v57London: Royal Institute of British Architectsp203 - obituary

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this :
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2Professor David M Walker personal archiveProfessor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material Additional research by Iain Paterson
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A no7729 (combined box 198)