Basic Biographical Details

Name: John Ramsay Gordon
Designation: Architect
Died: June 1938
Bio Notes: John Ramsay Gordon was born in Brechin and apprenticed to David Wishart Galloway, thereafter studying at Glasgow School of Architecture. From there he became an assistant in the office of Thoms & Wilkie, Dundee, setting up practice on his own in 1920, obtaining some local authority housing work in Crombie Terrace and East Haddon Road from the City Architect and Director of Housing, James Thomson. In 1927 R A Scrymgeour was taken on as a partner, and from about 1930 onwards the firm's work was in a very bold, jazz-modern manner. Gordon died in June 1938 and Scrymgeour in January 1939.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 17, Ward Road, Dundee, ScotlandBusiness1929 * Builder 11 October 1929 p672

* earliest date known from documented sources.

Employment and Training


The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 3David Wishart GallowayBefore 1915Before 1920Apprentice 
Item 2 of 3Thoms & WilkieBefore 19201920Assistant 
Item 3 of 3Gordon & Scrymgeour1927c. 1938Partner 

Buildings and Designs

This architect 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 211920Semi-detached houses, East Haddon Road and Crombie Terrace  DundeeScotland 
Item 2 of 211922Craigie Garden Suburb  DundeeScotlandDesigned houses
Item 3 of 211928Garages in James Street  DundeeScotland 
Item 4 of 211929Ballindean HouseInchture Perthshire/DundeeScotlandAlterations and chauffeur's house
Item 5 of 211929House for John Brown, Kinghorne Road  DundeeScotland 
Item 6 of 211929Unidentified buildingsBarns of Claverhouse DundeeScotland 
Item 7 of 211930sBungalowsWest Ferry DundeeScotland 
Item 8 of 211930sCinemaArbroath AngusScotland 
Item 9 of 211930sLocal Authority HousingArbroath AngusScotland 
Item 10 of 211930Regal CinemaDumfries DumfriesshireScotlandNamed as architect in 1930
Item 11 of 211930Savoy Cinema  DundeeScotlandAlterations
Item 12 of 211931FirbankCarnoustie AngusScotland 
Item 13 of 211932310 Houses, Downfield DevelopmentDownfield DundeeScotland 
Item 14 of 211932John Menzies Stationery warehouse  DundeeScotland 
Item 15 of 21May 1932Playhouse CinemaMontrose AngusScotlandAppointed initally as architects
Item 16 of 211933Scottish Motor Traction Company Garages  DundeeScotland 
Item 17 of 211933Semi-detached back to back double villa  DundeeScotland 
Item 18 of 211935Tuttie's NeukArbroath AngusScotland 
Item 19 of 21c. 1936Villa, 93 Forfar Road  DundeeScotland 
Item 20 of 211937Semi-detached houses, Muirfield Crescent  DundeeScotland 
Item 21 of 211937Tom-na-MonachanPitlochry PerthshireScotlandConversion and enlargement of house of c.1891-2 by A and A Heiton to form Pine Trees Hotel


Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2Dundee Central LibraryNewspaper Cuttings  
Item 2 of 2Professor David M Walker personal archiveProfessor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material Personal information from the late David Sturrock