John Rhind

1836 - 1889

Architect. Born in Banffshire, the son of an Inverness-based architect-builder Rhind was the elder brother of James Robert Rhind (1854 - 1918). He most likely trained with his father but moved to Glasgow around 1854, where he was influenced by the work of Alexander 'Greek' Thomson (1817-75). He returned to Inverness to take on his father's business and is noted for working in the Scots Baronial style. He remodelled Moy Hall (1871) and Ardverikie House (1874) and built several other shooting boxes including Meallmore Lodge (1868), Glenfeshie Lodge (1871), Glentromie Lodge (1872), Inveroykel Lodge (1872) and Lochardil House (1876). He also built the former Royal Hotel in Inverness (1864, now a branch of the Clydesdale Bank), the Roy Bridge Hotel (1869), the Brander Museum and Library in Huntly (1883), schools in Alvie, Fort Augustus, Moy, Redcastle and houses in Inverness, Beauly, Fortrose and Forres.

Rhind was elected to Inverness Town Council in 1880 and also served as Dean of Guild (1883-86). His work on Ardverikie resulted in a protracted legal dispute, which undermined his health and finances. He died in Perth and lies buried in Tomnahurich Cemetery in Inverness.

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