James Robert Rhind

(J. R. Rhind)

1854 - 1918

Architect. Rhind was born in Inverness, the son of a builder-architect and younger brother of John Rhind (1836-89), with whom he trained in the town. He moved to Glasgow to become an assistant in the City Architect's Department and then to London (1880), where he entered private practice. He moved to Montreal (Canada) eight years later, where his most notable work is perhaps the Royal Victoria Hospital. Here he was exposed to the French Beaux-Arts style, which he was to apply later to the Glasgow branch libraries. He returned to Scotland in 1895, settling in Inverness and taking on his brother's architectural practice (who had died six years before). He went on to design the Royal Golf Hotel, Dornoch (1897), the Crown Church in Inverness (1901) and an extension to Inverness Town House (1904), together with seven of the Carnegie-funded public branch libraries in Glasgow; namely in Woodside (1905), Maryhill (1905), Dennistoun (1905), Govanhill (1906), Bridgeton (1906), Hutchesontown (1906) and Parkhead (1906). He died at his home in Inverness.

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