Basic Biographical Details

Name: John George Davidson
Born: 3 January 1911
Died: 12 November 1989
Bio Notes: John George Davidson was born on 3 January 1911, the son of Andrew Davidson, railway clerk, and his wife Helen Jane Little, later Davidson and then Mennie. He commenced his studies at the School of Architecture, Robert Gordon's College in September 1926. From June 1928 to September 1931 he was apprenticed to John Alexander Ogg Allan, and thereafter he returned to the School of Architecture to complete his studies, passing his diploma in June 1931 and his post-diploma and the Professional Practice exam there in June 1932. He was admitted ARIBA on 8 January 1934, his proposers being Allan, Robert Leslie Rollo and Arthur Hay Livingstone Mackinnon.

In 1958 Davidson left Allan Ross & Allan and was taken into partnership by Alexander Malcolm Stewart (who was possibly his brother-in-law. He remained with George Watt & Stewart until ill-health forced his retirement in 1972.

He died at The Grove Nursing Home, Kenmay, on 12 November 1989. He had been living at his home, 15 Seafield Crescent, Aberdeen, prior to his death. He had been at this address since the 1950s. His wife Frances Mary Alexander had predeceased him but he was survived by his daughter Janice M Davidson.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 3Glengarry, Cults, Aberdeenshire, ScotlandPrivate1933 *  
Item 2 of 3c/o Alexander/Abbotshall, Cults, AberdeenshirePrivate/business(?)c. 1950 *  
Item 3 of 315, Seafield Crescent, Aberdeen, ScotlandPrivateBefore 19551989 

* 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 3Allan, Ross & Allan Before 1958Assistant 
Item 2 of 3John Alexander Ogg AllanJune 1928September 1931Apprentice 
Item 3 of 3George Watt & Stewart19581974PartnerStill listed as partner in RIBA directory


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3John Alexander Ogg Allan8 January 1934for Associateship
Item 2 of 3Arthur Hay Livingstone Mackinnon8 January 1934for Associateship
Item 3 of 3Robert Leslie Rollo8 January 1934for 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 11972Lorne BuildingsBridge of Dee AberdeenScotlandUpgrade and refurbishment


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 3RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 2 of 3RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   
Item 3 of 3RIBA1979Directory of members   

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 A no5296 (combined box 69) (includes letter from his daughter Janice M Davidson, 15 September 1990, reporting his death)