Basic Biographical Details

Name: Boucher & Higgins
Designation: Architectural practice
Started: 1875
Ended: c. 1906(?)
Bio Notes: The partnership was formed in 1875 when James Boucher, the surviving partner in Boucher & Cousland since James Cousland's death in 1866, took into partnership Henry Higgins (born 1848) who had been his assistant for two years, the style of the firm now becoming Boucher & Higgins. Higgins's son G H Higgins thereafter joined the practice, but seems to have died sometime after 1892 when he designed Temple Church at Anniesland. The partnership was dissolved on 13th April 1891. Henry Higgins junior continued at the same address (247 St Vincent Street)

Boucher retired c.1900 and died at Swiss Villa, Coulport on 7 September 1906 leaving the substantial movable estate of £8,916 5s 0d. He was buried at Barbour Cemetery, Cove. Photographs of him with mutton chop whiskers, and another of him bearded on a tricycle towing Mrs Boucher in a bath chair are in the possession of R W Colvil.

Higgins died at Bearsden on 9 June 1922, the practice being continued by Henry Edward Higgins (born 1878) who was articled to his father from 1901 to 1906, studied at Glasgow School of Art and remained with his father as assistant.

Despite his large practice Boucher never sought election to the Royal Institute of British Architects, but Higgins and his surviving son were elected LRIBA in 1911, the former mustering Thomas Lennox Watson, William Forsyth McGibbon and Professor Alexander McGibbon as proposers, and the latter securing the support of John Bennie Wilson and the Glasgow Institute of Architects. Both Higgins lived in Bearsden, the father at Rosengarten and the son at Coila.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architectural practice:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 1Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness   

Employment and Training

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this architectural practice (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 9James Boucher18751892Partner 
Item 2 of 9Henry Higgins18751892(?)PartnerContinued alone thereafter
Item 3 of 9Andrew BalfourOctober 18771882Apprentice 
Item 4 of 9James Lochhead18911893Chief Draughtsman 
Item 5 of 9James Carruthers Walker18911896Apprentice 
Item 6 of 9G H Higgins1892 * Assistant(?) 
Item 7 of 9William Gall1892 * Draughtsman 
Item 8 of 9James Carruthers Walker18961898Assistant 
Item 9 of 9Henry Edward Higgins19011906Apprentice 

* earliest date known from documented sources.

Buildings and Designs

This architectural practice 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 35 YellowleesCarron Stirlingshire/Argyll?ScotlandDate unknown
Item 2 of 351875George A Clark Town HallPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandCompetition design - placed third (Higgins responsible)
Item 3 of 35After 1875(?)City Improvement SchemeGreenock RenfrewshireScotlandMay have been done by Higgins alone - check practice dates
Item 4 of 35After 1875(?)Clevelands Mansion HouseGreenock RenfrewshireScotlandMay have been done by Higgins alone- check practice dates
Item 5 of 35After 1875(?)Greenock Parochial OfficesGreenock RenfrewshireScotlandMay have been done by Higgins alone - check practice dates
Item 6 of 35After 1875(?)Mansion HouseBearsden GlasgowScotlandMay have been by Higgins alone - check practice dates
Item 7 of 35After 1875(?)Parish ChurchDuntocher DunbartonshireScotlandMay have been done by Higgins alone - check practice dates
Item 8 of 35After 1875Public HallGreenock RenfrewshireScotlandMay have been done by Higgins alone - check practice dates
Item 9 of 35After 1875(?)Queen's CrescentLangside GlasgowScotland 
Item 10 of 35After 1875St George's Parish Church  EdinburghScotlandRefurnishing (since removed) - may have been by Boucher alone
Item 11 of 35After 1875(?)Swimming and Turkish BathsGreenock RenfrewshireScotlandMay have been done by Higgins alone - check practice dates
Item 12 of 35After 1875Villas, Royal TerraceRothesayButeButeScotlandMay have been done by Higgins alone - check practice dates
Item 13 of 35After 1875(?)Wardwood Mansion HouseGreenock RenfrewshireScotlandMay have been done by Higgins alone - check practice dates
Item 14 of 35After 1879(?)New Club  GlasgowScotland 
Item 15 of 351881(?)Balfron UF ChurchBalfron StirlingshireScotland 
Item 16 of 351881Glasgow Municipal Buildings  GlasgowScotlandSecond competition design - not successful- entered under the pseudonym 'Cité'.
Item 17 of 35c. 1882Woodside Parish ChurchWoodside GlasgowScotland 
Item 18 of 35188497 Buchanan Street  GlasgowScotlandReconstruction of building of 1828 with new attic
Item 19 of 351884Carron Building  GlasgowScotland 
Item 20 of 351884West UP ChurchFalkirk StirlingshireScotlandNew front
Item 21 of 351885Hartwood AsylumShotts LanarkshireScotlandCompetition design, selected but not successful
Item 22 of 351889Bearsden Free ChurchBearsden GlasgowScotland 
Item 23 of 351889Contractor's Depot  GlasgowScotland 
Item 24 of 351891Paisley Board SchoolPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandSecond premiated competition design (£25 premium) - Higgins responsible
Item 25 of 351891Queen Mary Street Public School  GlasgowScotland 
Item 26 of 351897Saracen FactoryPossilpark GlasgowScotlandAddition
Item 27 of 351898(?)Temple Public School  GlasgowScotland 
Item 28 of 35c. 18981 Lancaster CrescentKelvinside GlasgowScotland 
Item 29 of 351901Darvel Board SchoolDarvel AyrshireScotlandWon competition to secure job - Henry Edward Higgins reponsible
Item 30 of 351901(?)Drumchapel Old Parish ChurchDrumchapel GlasgowScotlandOriginal building
Item 31 of 35After 1901(?)ChurchElvanfoot LanarkshireScotlandMay have been done by the Higgins alone - check practice dates
Item 32 of 35After 1901(?)Milngavie SchoolMilngavie DunbartonshireScotlandMay have been by the Higgins alone - check practice dates
Item 33 of 35After 1901(?)Newmilns SchoolNewmilns AyrshireScotlandMay have been done by the Higgins alone - check practice dates
Item 34 of 35After 1901(?)Royal HotelInnellan/Inellan ArgyllScotlandMay have been done by the Higgins alone - check practice dates
Item 35 of 35After 1901(?)VillasBearsden GlasgowScotlandMay have been done by the Higgins alone - check practice dates


Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architectural practice:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Edinburgh Gazette11 October 1892  p1137