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Basic Biographical Details

Name: James Simpson
Designation: Architect
Born: 1832
Died: 20 February 1894
Bio Notes: James Simpson was born in 1832 and practised in Leith from at least 1867. He was Burgh Assessor and Town Architect of Leith and for the first few years of its existence was architect to Leith School Board. He died on 20 February 1894, aged 63. His wife Margaret Matilda Boak predeceased him, dying on 19 July 1883, aged 43. Both are buried at Rosebank Cemetery, Edinburgh. His practice qwas taken over by his son George.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 319, Charlotte Street, Leith, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusinessc. 1868c. 1879 
Item 2 of 3Raimesfield, Ferry Road, Bonnington, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivatec. 1868c. 1889 
Item 3 of 331, Charlotte Street, Leith, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusinessc. 1880c. 1894 

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 1Leith Town Architect's Office (or Leith Burgh Architect's Office)After 18671894Chief Architect 

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 2George Craig18671871ApprenticeLater assistant
Item 2 of 2George Craig1871Before 1880Draughtsman 

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 40 McKinlay & CoLeith EdinburghScotlandDate unknown
Item 2 of 40 Premises of Robertson, Sanderson & CoLeith EdinburghScotland 
Item 3 of 40 William Ford & SonsLeith EdinburghScotlandDate unknown
Item 4 of 401867Institute BuildingLeith EdinburghScotland 
Item 5 of 401868Leith Town Hall and Sheriff Court, Queen Charlotte StreetLeith EdinburghScotlandNos 31 and 33 reconstructed as annexe to Leith Sheriff Court
Item 6 of 401868Scandinavian Lutheran ChurchLeith EdinburghScotlandBuilt, adapting designs of Johan Schröder
Item 7 of 401869Dr Bell's SchoolLeith EdinburghScotland 
Item 8 of 401871Union BankLeith EdinburghScotland 
Item 9 of 401873Leith HospitalLeith EdinburghScotlandNortheast extension
Item 10 of 401875Bonnington Road SchoolLeith EdinburghScotland 
Item 11 of 401875Links Place SchoolLinks Place EdinburghScotland 
Item 12 of 401875Lorne Primary School  EdinburghScotlandOriginal building
Item 13 of 401875North Fort Street SchoolLeith EdinburghScotlandOriginal building - two tall storeys, crowstepped centre and ends
Item 14 of 401875Yardheads SchoolLeith EdinburghScotlandOriginal building
Item 15 of 40187864-70 Constitution StreetLeith EdinburghScotlandAdded mansard roof to existing building
Item 16 of 401878Scottish Co-operative Wholesale Society (SCWS)Leith EdinburghScotlandLeft half
Item 17 of 401878South Leith Parish Church HallsLeith EdinburghScotlandOriginal hall
Item 18 of 401879Tenements with shopsLeith EdinburghScotland 
Item 19 of 401879Warehouse, 42-43 Water StreetLeith EdinburghScotland 
Item 20 of 401880Gladstone Place, Claremont ParkLeith EdinburghScotland 
Item 21 of 401880Tenement, 22-26 Bernard StreetLeith EdinburghScotlandNew doorpiece at no 24 and link building and addition at rear to no 26
Item 22 of 401882Portobello Co-Operative SocietyPortobello EdinburghScotland 
Item 23 of 401885House, 92 Restalrig Road  EdinburghScotland 
Item 24 of 401887Shops and warehouse at right angle to rearLeith EdinburghScotland 
Item 25 of 40189059-61 Henderson StreetLeith EdinburghScotland 
Item 26 of 401890Birnam LodgeTrinity EdinburghScotlandAddition
Item 27 of 40c. 1890Offices, 89 Constitution StreetLeith EdinburghScotland'Style of'
Item 28 of 401891Chancelot Mills  EdinburghScotland 
Item 29 of 401891Corner tenement, Henderson StreetLeith EdinburghScotland 
Item 30 of 401891Learmonth HouseDean EdinburghScotland 
Item 31 of 401891Leith Town Hall and Sheriff Court, Queen Charlotte StreetLeith EdinburghScotlandCouncil chamber constructed and decorated
Item 32 of 401891Tenements with shops, 73-81 Henderson StreetLeith EdinburghScotland 
Item 33 of 401891Villa, Claremont Park and Claremont Road  EdinburghScotlandAllterations
Item 34 of 401891Warehouse, 31-33 Water StreetLeith EdinburghScotlandAlso operhaps extension to west 1899
Item 35 of 401892Warehouse, 42 Maritime StreetLeith EdinburghScotland 
Item 36 of 401892Warehouse, 45-46A Maritime StreetLeith EdinburghScotland 
Item 37 of 401893Leith Public Health HospitalLeith EdinburghScotland 
Item 38 of 401893Model Lodging HouseLeith EdinburghScotland 
Item 39 of 401893Warehouse, 7-8 Maritime StreetLeith EdinburghScotland 
Item 40 of 40Before 1894(?)Office and warehouse for John M Scott & Co, wine merchantsLeith EdinburghScotland'Probably' (HS); but constructed several years after his death, suggesting that the attribution may be incorrect


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 2Post Office Directories     
Item 2 of 2Scotlands People Website Wills & Testaments  Edinburgh Sheriff Court Wills SC70/4/276 and Inventories SC70/1/332

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Scotsman22 July 1944  Obituary of George Simpson, his son

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSNMRS Architects Index Information copied from an inscription in Rosebank Cemetery


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