Basic Biographical Details

Name: James Foggie
Designation: Architect
Born: 13 June 1834
Died: 19 May 1895
Bio Notes: James Foggie was born in Ferryport-on-Craig (now Tayport) on 13 June 1834, the son of a joiner there. He was educated at Tayport and Dundee High School prior to being apprenticed to his father as a joiner. At the end of his apprenticeship he obtained a place with Pugin's London builder George Myers and remained with him before deciding to return to Dundee and become an architect. He obtained a place with George Mathewson, then practising from West Ferry and on his departure from Dundee in the mid 1850s completed his architectural education with James Paterson.

Foggie then commenced practice from a tenement flat in Dundee, initially designing mainly for the family building firm and specialising in working class and middle class tenement housing. After some years in practice he was elected to Dundee Town Council for the Fifth Ward, becoming a Baillie in 1874, and later also a police commissioner in his native Tayport. He was also prominent in the Nine Trades as boxmaster of the Wrights.

According to the 'Piper of Dundee' Foggie was 'no believer in lengthy speeches', more given to 'pithy and concise, withal good humoured quizzings of colleagues' but 'Given to the utterance of sententious asides, the Baillie has won the sobriquet of the Carlyle of the public boards on which he sits and from the portrait which we give in the Gallery today it will be seen that there is some resemblance to the sage of Chelsea'.

Foggie married Margaret Kilgour on 2 January 1855. Among their many children were James Kilgour Foggie, an art dealer with house and gallery at Balgay Terrace, 162 City Road, Milnbank; David Foggie RSA, a distinguished artist; and Thomas Kilgour Foggie, born 1870, who was articled to his father c.1885-90, attended classes at Dundee Technical College and travelled in France. He was made a partner in 1894 as James Foggie & Son, and succeeded to the practice on his father's death on 19 May 1895.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 2Tayport, Fife, ScotlandPrivate1834 Place of birth
Item 2 of 214, Raglan Street, Dundee, ScotlandBusiness1880 *  

* 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 3George Mathewsonc. 1849(?)c. 1854(?)Apprentice 
Item 2 of 3George MyersAfter 1854(?)Before 1890Assistant 
Item 3 of 3James Foggie & Son18941895Partner 

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 2Thomas Kilgour Foggiec. 1885c. 1890Apprentice 
Item 2 of 2Thomas Kilgour Foggiec. 18901894Assistant(?) 

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 91873Tenement, Wellington Street  DundeeScotland 
Item 2 of 91873Villa for James Foggie  DundeeScotland 
Item 3 of 91875Tenements, Grove Street  DundeeScotland 
Item 4 of 91890Fenwick's Building  DundeeScotland 
Item 5 of 9c. 1893Park UP Church Hall  DundeeScotland 
Item 6 of 9After 1894(?)DalgarthDownfield DundeeScotlandDate uncertain; possibly by his son after his death
Item 7 of 91895Baxter Park Terrace tenement  DundeeScotland 
Item 8 of 9Before 1895Tillydrine  DundeeScotland 
Item 9 of 9Before 1895Workshops for McAra  DundeeScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 3Dundee Yearbook1895    
Item 2 of 3Scotlands People Website Wills & Testaments  Cupar Sheriff Court SC20/50/73
Item 3 of Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints: Website 

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1The Piper of Dundee6 June 1894