Basic Biographical Details

Name: John George Drysdale Henderson
Born: 27 February 1914
Died: 1970
Bio Notes: John George Drysdale Henderson was born on 27 February 1914 and attended day classes at Glasgow School of Architecture from September 1933 to June 1938. He spent the summers of 1934, 1935 and 1936 in the office of John Thompson King, and the latter half of the years 1937 and 1938 in that of James Miller & Son. By that time he had travelled to Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Holland, Finland (all in 1928), Switzerland (in 1937 and 1938), France (1937) and Belgium (1938). He passed the qualifying exam in July 1938 and was admitted ARIBA on 9 January 1939, his proposers being Miller, Alexander Nisbet Paterson and Thomas Harold Hughes. He was also an Associate of the Glasgow Institute of Architects.

After the Second World War Henderson continued to work with the same firm, which was by then known as Miller, Son & Manson; James Miller had retired on the death of his son George in 1940. Between 1948 and 1953 he was in the practice's London office. He subsequently moved to Hoe House, Peaslake, Surrey where he worked in partnership with ___Day and ___England as Henderson Day & England.

Outwith his professional life Henderson was well-know as a yachting historian and administrator. He was introduced to sailing by his father in 1924 to the one-designed Gareloch class yacht, Iris. He went on to be part-owner of more than one vessel, he was most noted for his restoration to native waters in 1955 of all 16 Gareloch yachts. He also owned a sailed a series of Merlin-Rocket dinghies at the Tamesis Club of which he was a committee member. He also served on the council and committees of the Royal Yachting Association for many years and was instrumental in collecting and preserving the historial records of yachting. He also was involved with the Clyde Yacht Clubs' Association.

Henderson died at his home Hoe House, Peaslake, Surrey in early August 1970, survived by his wife, stepson and two daughters.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 3Glenfeulan, Shandon, Dunbartonshire, ScotlandPrivate/businessBefore 1938After 1939NB: not Glenfenlan (this is printed in error in some sources)
Item 2 of 345, Albert Court, Kensington Gore, London, EnglandBusinessBefore 1948 *After 1952 
Item 3 of 3Hoe House, Peaslake, Surrey, EnglandPrivate/business(?)Before 19531970 

* 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 3John Thomson King19341936AssistantSummers only
Item 2 of 3James Miller & Son1937After 1938AssistantSecond half of years only
Item 3 of 3Miller, Son & MansonBefore 1948After 1950  


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Thomas Harold Hughes9 January 1939for Associateship
Item 2 of 3James Miller9 January 1939for Associateship
Item 3 of 3Alexander Nisbet Paterson9 January 1939for Associateship


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 4Post Office Directories     
Item 2 of 4RIBA1939The RIBA Kalendar 1939-1940 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 3 of 4RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 4 of 4RIBA1957The RIBA Kalendar 1957-1958 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this :
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Glasgow Herald15 August 1970  p3 Obituary

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this :
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 3England and WalesBirths, marriages and deaths  
Item 2 of 3Professor David M Walker personal archiveProfessor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material Research by Iain Paterson
Item 3 of 3RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A no7016 (combined box 170)