Basic Biographical Details

Name: Robert Archibald Hendry
Born: 12 June 1899
Died: 15 August 1973
Bio Notes: Robert Archibald Hendry was born on 12 June 1899, the son of Alexander Hendry, shoemaker and his wife Barbara Fraser. He studied at Robert Gordon's College from September 1919 until June 1921 and from that time he served his articles with C G Smith, factor of Haddo Estate. In 1924 he moved to become principal at Tarves, Aberdeenshire (working perhaps for whoever took over James Cobban's practice) and at some point between then and 1937 moved to Orkney to carry on the practice of James C Robertson with a view to becoming partner. In 1946 he was living at 8 Union Terrace, Aberdeen. He was elected LRIBA in 1947, his proposers being Robert Leslie Rollo, Thomas Scott Sutherland and George Angus Mitchell.

It would appear that the partnership with Robertson was delayed as Hendry was called up working from 6 October 1939 for the War Department initally as A/CEA and from 21 January 1946 as Garrison Engineer. He was still working as such at the time of his election to the RIBA. It would seem that the partnership was formalised in 1947 or 1948 but how long it lasted is as yet uncertain. In his Nomination Paper Hendry reported that since 1924 he had been responsible for planning schools, hospitals drill halls and housing schemes, though he gives no details where these were located (Orkney or Aberdeenshire).

After the end of the partnership with Robertson, Hendry appears to have worked on his own until he took Hugh Legge into partnership in 1965, the practice becoming Hendry & Legge. Three years later in 1968, Hendry retired. He died of a cerebral thrombosis on 15 August 1973 at the House of Daviot, Inverurie. He was survived by his wife Margaret Isabella Philip who had been a school teacher.

In 1972 the practice moved to 1 Huntly Street, Aberdeen. In 1975 Ian Belford was assumed into partnership and in 1982 Brian Cheyne and Legge's son, Roger, also joined.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 3Scotland    
Item 2 of 3146, Clifton Road, Aberdeen, ScotlandPrivate 1973 
Item 3 of 38, Union Terrace, Aberdeen, ScotlandBusinessBefore 1946After 1970 

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 3C G Smith19211924Apprentice 
Item 2 of 3Robertson & Hendry1940s Partner 
Item 3 of 3Hendry & Legge19651968Partner 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3George Angus Mitchell11 February 1947For Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3Robert Leslie Rollo11 February 1947For Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3T Scott Sutherland11 February 1947For Licentiateship

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 31959Fish processing factories  AberdeenScotland 
Item 2 of 31966The Cloverleaf public house and roadhouseBucksburn AbedeenScotland 
Item 3 of 31967Cold storage and factories for Tullos  AberdeenScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 3Bailey, Rebecca M1996Scottish architects' papers: a source book Edinburgh: The Rutland Pressp92
Item 2 of 3Municipal Annual1964Scottish Municipal Annual1964-1965  
Item 3 of 3RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   

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 L6620 (Combined Box 114)