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Basic Biographical Details

Name: James Grant Shearer
Designation: Architect
Born: 6 April 1881
Died: 20 December 1962
Bio Notes: James Grant Shearer was born at Morton Lodge, Dunfermline on 6 April 1881, the eldest son of James Shearer, variously described as a linen manufacturer and damask pattern designer, and his first wife Agnes Donaldson Smith. The Shearer family originated from Craigellachie, Banffshire, Shearer's grandfather, also James, moving south and settling in Dunfermline sometime before 1854. Shearer was educated at Dunfermline High School and articled to Thomas Hislop Ure in September 1897. Through the recommendation of Francis H Newbery, Director of Glasgow School of Art and art consultant to the Carnegie Dunfermline Trust he secured a place as assistant in the office of John Burnet & Son in Glasgow in November 1901, becoming a senior assistant in the following year. While there he studied at Glasgow School of Art. He remained in the Glasgow office until March 1906 when he left, partly for health reasons, partly to widen his experience. It is not clear what he did immediately thereafter as he did not commence practice at 1 Bonnar Street Dunfermline until February 1907.

Shearer's practice was immediately successful, gaining commissions for a shop and bakery at Lochore, a warehouse for Dick's Co-operative Institution and an office and warehouse for R E Walter Reid & Co. In 1908 he took on his younger brother Thomas Smith Shearer as an apprentice and subsequently assistant. By 1912 James Grant Shearer was sufficiently prosperous to undertake a study tour in Germany and in 1913 he was commissioned by the Carnegie Dunfermline Trust to build a large extension to James Campbell Walker's library in Dunfermline, a former colleague in Burnet's office, Herbert Lewis Honeyman, being recruited to help detail it.

In 1914 Shearer married Jessie (known as 'Jen' or 'Jennie') Gorrie, the daughter of a Dunfermline solicitor Donald Gorrie who had been a client of Ure's and built a house at Crossford. In the same year he prepared the 'Report on Local Housing Conditions with Preliminary Sketch Plans and Suggestions in Support of a Scheme of Municipal Building' commissioned by Dunfermline Town Council at the suggestion of Andrew Carnegie but in August 1916 Shearer was called up for military service, initially with the Royal Highland Regiment at Norwich but from 1917 with the Royal Engineers, and the scheme fell into abeyance.

Shearer recommenced practice at Bonnar Street after his release in February 1919 but moved to Queen Anne Street c.1920. He was formally appointed consultant architect to the Carnegie Dunfermline Trust and the Carnegie United Kingdom Trust in 1922, the former commissioning the Carnegie Birthplace Memorial in 1925, Carnegie himself having died in 1919. It led to a visit to the United States to visit Mr Carnegie and the several Carnegie institutions in Pennsylvania in February to March 1925. The appointment did not however, prove exclusive as Jamieson & Arnott were commissioned to design the Louise Carnegie Memorial Gates and the rival Dunfermline architect John Fraser the Tea Room and Music Pavilion in Pittencrieff Park in 1927-28.

In 1931 Shearer's practice moved to 11 Maygate; on his father's death in that year he also moved house from Crossford to Morton Lodge. In 1935 he designed the Fire Station at Dunfermline which showed that he had kept abreast of developments in the practice of Burnet Tait & Lorne, although most of his work was to remain of a traditional character. The Town Council appointed him town-planning consultant in 1938, Clackmannan following with a similar appointment in 1944. He was also Consulting Architect to the Scottish Youth Hostels Association from 1940 until at least 1943.

Shearer was active in professional life. He was an active Fellow of the RIAS from 1922 and was a member of its Council, serving on its Education Committee and being its representative on the ARCUK Board of Architectural Education and on the RIBA Board of Education in 1943-4. 1943 was also the year of his election as ARSA, and it was not until this year that he sought membership of the RIBA. Somewhat surprisingly he was not immediately admitted as a fellow, becoming licentiate on 16 November 1943 his proposers being Charles Geddes Soutar, John Ross McKay and the Scottish Office architect John Wilson. In June of the following year he successfully applied for Fellowship, his proposers being Alfred Hugh Mottram, Joseph Weekes, the Dunbartonshire County Architect and an old colleague from Burnet's office, Alexander Wright. In 1946 he was invited to join the North of Scotland Hydro Electric Board's panel of architectural advisers, leading to major work at Shin in Sutherland, Conon in Ross and Cromarty and Affric-Beauly in Inverness-shire, all of rugged masonry construction but stylistically with echoes of Burnet's work in the early 1920s and of the Dutch architect Willem Marinus Dudok: Shearer visited Dudok at Hilversum early in 1952 representing the Royal Scottish Academy which had elected him full Academician in 1948. Shearer received the OBE for his work on the hydro-electric schemes in 1959.

In the 1920s Shearer had run his office very economically with only one or at the most two assistants, but in the 1930s there were none until Peter Macdonald joined him from John Fraser's office in 1934. Printing from tracings was equally economical, still being done by an outdated ammonia-based light-sensitive process. But in 1949 he recruited George Annand, born 1915 and formerly of Burnet Son & Dick's office. He was taken into partnership in 1952. James Armstrong joined the practice as an apprentice in 1944, followed by Shearer's son James David Shearer and Edward D Armitage in 1946, Marcus Johnston joining only slightly later.

Shearer was belatedly appointed OBE in 1959 and continued to be the lead designer in the practice right up to the time of his death at Morton Lodge on 20 December 1962. He was then being cared for by his sister Nan, his wife having died in c.1930. He was buried with her at Warriston Cemetery. Annand died less than two years later in 1964 and Armstrong left for Edinburgh in 1967. The practice was continued by Shearer's son James who had previously worked for his father-in-law in Sheffield and subsequently in the London County Council/GLC Architect's Department but he too died prematurely of a cerebral haemorrhage in 1974. The practice was then continued by Marcus Johnston until its closure in 1994.

To the end of his life Shearer remained a very Edwardian-looking figure very slim and clad in a brown suit, old-fashioned high-laced boots and a broad brimmed felt hat, probably acquired for his trip to the USA in 1925. He was a very heavy smoker and spoke with a slight burr; he had a dry and sometimes pawky sense of humour which extended to verse. He was musical and played the cello. Despite the modernism of the Dunfermline Fire Station the office was deliberately kept shabby and was to remain so even after his death. In Shearer's later years the practice acquired a dyeline printer and even had a car, a yellow Austin which Shearer never learned to drive himself.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 6Morton Lodge, Dunfermline, Fife, ScotlandPrivate1881Before 1914 
Item 2 of 61, Bonnar Street, Dunfermline, Fife, ScotlandBusinessFebruary 1907c. 1920 
Item 3 of 6Crossford, Fife, ScotlandPrivate1914 *  
Item 4 of 636, Queen Anne Street, Dunfermline, Fife, ScotlandBusinessc. 19201931 
Item 5 of 611, Maygate, Dunfermline, Fife, ScotlandBusiness1931After 1950(?) 
Item 6 of 6Morton Lodge, Dunfermline, Fife, ScotlandPrivate193120 December 1962 

* 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 3Thomas Hyslop UreSeptember 1897November 1901Apprentice 
Item 2 of 3John Burnet & SonNovember 1901March 1906Assistant 
Item 3 of 3Shearer & Annand19521962Partner 

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 17Thomas Smith Shearer1908c. 1912Apprentice 
Item 2 of 17Herbert Lewis HoneymanAfter 1909Before 1913Senior Assistant 
Item 3 of 17Thomas Smith Shearerc. 1912March 1913Assistant 
Item 4 of 17Thomas Smith ShearerJanuary 1914August 1914Assistant 
Item 5 of 17Eric Alexander Hector MacDonaldMarch 1919November 1924Apprentice 
Item 6 of 17John Shepherd AndersonJune 1923June 1928Apprentice 
Item 7 of 17John Shepherd AndersonJuly 1928April 1930Assistant 
Item 8 of 17James DouglasFebruary 1933July 1933Apprentice 
Item 9 of 17Peter Macdonald1934 Assistant 
Item 10 of 17William Gordon Dey19441946Assistant 
Item 11 of 17James Brown Armstrong1944c. 1949Apprentice 
Item 12 of 17James Daniel Shearer1946c. 1951(?)Apprentice 
Item 13 of 17Marcus MacDonald JohnstonAfter 19461952Apprentice 
Item 14 of 17Edward John ArmitageJanuary 1948September 1948Assistant Architect 
Item 15 of 17George Annand19491952Assistant 
Item 16 of 17James Brown Armstrongc. 19491952Assistant(?) 
Item 17 of 17Malcolm James BettLate 1940s Apprentice(?) 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 6John Ross McKay16 November 1943for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 6Alfred Hugh MottramJune 1944for Fellowship
Item 3 of 6Charles Geddes Soutar16 November 1943for Licentiateship
Item 4 of 6Joseph WeekesJune 1944for Fellowship
Item 5 of 6John Wilson16 November 1943for Licentiateship
Item 6 of 6Alexander Wright13 February 1945for Fellowship. Date uncertain - perhaps June?

RIBA Proposals

This architect proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 5John Shepherd Anderson7 July 1948For Licentiateship
Item 2 of 5Edward John Armitage4 May 1948For Associateship
Item 3 of 5Harry Horace Macdonald17 June 1952For Associateship
Item 4 of 5Andrew Renton4 October 1960for Fellowship
Item 5 of 5Frank Sproson10 December 1950For Associateship

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 207 Design for two-person flat    No date
Item 2 of 207 Village Inn, TownhillDunfermline FifeScotlandNo date
Item 3 of 2071907Albany Works, linen factoryDunfermline FifeScotlandOffice building
Item 4 of 2071908City Arms HotelDunfermline FifeScotlandInitial design?
Item 5 of 2071909Caledonia WorksDunfermline FifeScotland 
Item 6 of 2071910City HotelDunfermline FifeScotlandAlterations (including new internal fittings)
Item 7 of 2071910Tower VillaDunfermline FifeScotlandAdditions and alterations
Item 8 of 207c. 1911Villa (probably double villa), Garvock HillDunfermline FifeScotland 
Item 9 of 2071912Dunfermline Carnegie LibraryDunfermline FifeScotlandExtension down St Margaret Street - interrupted by war
Item 10 of 2071912Fordell CollieryAberdour FifeScotlandAlterations and offices
Item 11 of 2071913Dunfermline Corporate Institute BuildingsDunfermline FifeScotlandAlterations
Item 12 of 207c. 1913Carnock SchoolCarnock FifeScotlandEnlargement
Item 13 of 2071914Cottage for James ShearerCrossford FifeScotland 
Item 14 of 2071914Forty municipal housesDunfermline FifeScotlandHouses to be built
Item 15 of 2071914Prudential Assurance CoDunfermline FifeScotlandExecutant architect
Item 16 of 2071915Pittencrieff Park, Tower BridgeDunfermline FifeScotlandParapets added
Item 17 of 207c. 1915Trustee Savings BankDunfermline FifeScotlandAlterations? Rebuilding?
Item 18 of 2071919Brucefield Housing SchemeDunfermline FifeScotlandTo design 20 four-apartment houses
Item 19 of 2071919Townhill Housing Scheme, layoutDunfermline FifeScotland 
Item 20 of 2071920Unidentified house   Scotland 
Item 21 of 207c. 1920Free Abbey ChurchDunfermline FifeScotlandHeating and lighting installed
Item 22 of 2071921Dunfermline Carnegie LibraryDunfermline FifeScotlandCompletion of extension after war
Item 23 of 2071921HousingLochgelly FifeScotland 
Item 24 of 2071921Park TavernDunfermline FifeScotlandAlterations
Item 25 of 2071922School hostelPortreeSkyeInverness-shireScotlandTook over the commission because of Robertson's ill-health
Item 26 of 2071923Plane Tree HouseTorryburn FifeScotland 
Item 27 of 207c. 1923Cottage for Hugh MillerCrossford FifeScotland 
Item 28 of 2071924St Margaret's HallDunfermline FifeScotlandAlterations
Item 29 of 207c. 1924Housing SchemesMarkinch (Glenrothes?) FifeScotlandVarious different phases of work - or perhaps different schemes
Item 30 of 207c. 192521 Halbeath RoadDunfermline FifeScotlandAlterations
Item 31 of 207c. 1925Semi-detached cottagesDunfermline FifeScotland 
Item 32 of 207c. 1925Skeabost HouseBernisdale (near)SkyeInverness-shireScotlandAlterations (perhaps to form hotel?)
Item 33 of 2071926Carnegie Birthplace Memorial MuseumDunfermline FifeScotland 
Item 34 of 2071927Garage, Garvock HillDunfermline FifeScotland 
Item 35 of 2071927Premises of James D BruceDunfermline FifeScotlandAlterations
Item 36 of 2071927Shop for Mr J W BeveridgeDunfermline FifeScotlandAlterations
Item 37 of 207October 192733-35 High StreetDunfermline FifeScotlandAlterations
Item 38 of 207c. 1927Comely Park HouseDunfermline FifeScotlandAddition and alterations to main house, forming office for Dunfermline Carnegie Trust (plans dated)
Item 39 of 207c. 1927Premises for Messrs R W Budge & CoDunfermline FifeScotlandAlterations
Item 40 of 2071928BrucefieldClackmannan ClackmannanshireScotlandEntire reconstruction of old mansion house carried out as required
Item 41 of 2071928Dunfermline Municipal BuildingsDunfermline FifeScotlandMinor alterations and scheme for re-decoration including Council Chamber
Item 42 of 2071929Elgin CottageDunfermline FifeScotlandAlterations?
Item 43 of 207c. 1929Cottage for David AndersonCrossford FifeScotland 
Item 44 of 207c. 1929School hostelStornowayLewisRoss and CromartyScotlandFinishing details
Item 45 of 207c. 1929The ElmsLimekilns FifeScotland 
Item 46 of 2071930Cottar HousesEast Clune, Tomatin Inverness-shireScotlandAlterations
Item 47 of 2071930Sligachan Hotel Isle of SkyeInverness-shireScotlandAdditions
Item 48 of 207c. 1930Bonnyton HouseDunfermline FifeScotlandAlterations to house and gatelodge
Item 49 of 2071931(?)Altyre House  MorayshireScotlandLarge additions and alterations
Item 50 of 2071931Altyre ParsonageAltyre MorayshireScotlandHouse doubled in size
Item 51 of 2071931Cottage, CrossfordCrossford FifeScotland 
Item 52 of 2071931Elgin Hostel for BoysPortreeSkyeInverness-shireScotland 
Item 53 of 207c. 1931Balliliesk HouseYetts o' Muckhart PerthshireScotlandAlterations
Item 54 of 2071932Pittencrieff Park, new aviaryDunfermline FifeScotland 
Item 55 of 2071932Pittencrieff Park, stablesDunfermline FifeScotlandAlterations
Item 56 of 2071933Kilmalieu HouseArdgour (Loch Linnhe) ArgyllScotlandInternal alterations and garage - 'Entire re-construction' according to Nomination Paper
Item 57 of 2071934Blairs HouseAltyre, near Forres MorayshireScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 58 of 2071934Central Fire StationDunfermline FifeScotland 
Item 59 of 2071934Dunfermline AbbeyDunfermline FifeScotlandImprovements on Durie Bay (Nave) in consultation with J Wilson Paterson
Item 60 of 2071934Miners' Welfare SocietyBallingry, Lochore & Crosshill FifeScotland 
Item 61 of 207c. 1934Housing Estate for councilCowdenbeath FifeScotlandUpgrade of Pre-War Council houses. Also perhaps new houses as well?
Item 62 of 2071935MurdostounNewmains LanarkshireScotlandAlterations - internal and external
Item 63 of 2071935Pitliver HouseCharlestown FifeScotlandEntire reconstruction of house, including gardens, new stables, greenhouses, steading and estate cottages
Item 64 of 2071936Garscube Estates  GlasgowScotlandPlans for development drawn up
Item 65 of 207c. 1936ErigmoreTorr Hill, Birnam PerthshireScotlandNew bay window
Item 66 of 2071937Janet Courtney HostelLerwickMainlandShetlandScotland 
Item 67 of 207c. 1937Comely Park HouseDunfermline FifeScotlandAdditions and alterations?
Item 68 of 207c. 1937House on the site of Garscube House  GlasgowScotland 
Item 69 of 207c. 1937Viewfield Baptist ChurchDunfermline FifeScotlandAlterations
Item 70 of 2071938British Legion ClubDunfermline FifeScotland 
Item 71 of 2071938CraigdhuNorth Queensferry FifeScotlandAlterations
Item 72 of 2071938Dunfermline AbbeyDunfermline FifeScotlandRe-inforcement and repair of roof over Abbey Church
Item 73 of 2071938Glencalvie Shooting LodgeArdgay (near) Ross and CromartyScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 74 of 2071938Mains HouseMilngavie DunbartonshireScotlandSuccessive alterations and additions
Item 75 of 2071939Dunfermline Municipal BuildingsDunfermline FifeScotlandLarge extension scheme
Item 76 of 207c. 1939The Old InnDunfermline FifeScotlandAlterations
Item 77 of 2071940Central Fire StationDunfermline FifeScotlandAlterations
Item 78 of 2071940Garage for Mr RobertsonDunfermline FifeScotland 
Item 79 of 2071940Garage, Abbey Park PlaceDunfermline FifeScotland 
Item 80 of 207c. 1941BrucefieldClackmannan ClackmannanshireScotlandFurther work (continued by practice after Shearer's death)
Item 81 of 2071942St Andrew and St George Episcopal ChurchRosyth FifeScotlandReseating and alterations (including screen?)
Item 82 of 2071942Youth hostelKingussie Inverness-shireScotlandAlterations
Item 83 of 2071943Cove CastleCove ArgyllScotlandAlterations
Item 84 of 2071943Muckhart ManseMuckhart PerthshireScotlandMinor alterations to Pool of Muckhart manse (probably same as above)
Item 85 of 207c. 1943Youth HostelDunblane PerthshireScotlandMinor alterations
Item 86 of 2071944Ardgartan House  ArgyllScotlandAlterations
Item 87 of 2071944Auchendennan HouseArden DunbartonshireScotlandAlterations
Item 88 of 2071944Carbisdale CastleCulrain, Kincardine Ross and CromartyScotlandAlterations
Item 89 of 2071945Corraith HouseSymington AyrshireScotlandAlterations
Item 90 of 2071945Elsick House Youth HostelStrathpeffer Ross & CromartyScotlandAlterations
Item 91 of 2071945(?)Lochalsh Hydro-Electric Scheme  Ross-shireScotland 
Item 92 of 2071945Milton Brodie House  MorayshireScotlandAlterations?
Item 93 of 2071945Pittencrieff House, Pittencrieff GlenDunfermline FifeScotlandAlterations? Survey only?
Item 94 of 2071945Sligachan Hotel Isle of SkyeInverness-shireScotlandAlterations including new light fittings
Item 95 of 2071946Carnegie Birthplace Memorial MuseumDunfermline FifeScotlandAlterations (and later)
Item 96 of 2071946McLean School, BaldbridgeburnDunfermline FifeScotlandAlterations?
Item 97 of 2071946Prior BankMelrose RoxburghshireScotlandAlterations
Item 98 of 2071947Affric Hydrio-Electric Scheme, Loch Beinn A' Mheadhoin To Fasnakyle TunnelGlen Affric Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 99 of 2071947Lochluichart Power StationLochluichart Ross & CromartyScotland 
Item 100 of 207c. 1947Bee Alley GardensDunfermline FifeScotlandLandscaping, gates, ornaments etc (Plans dated)
Item 101 of 207c. 1947Gruidie BridgeConon Ross & CromartyScotland 
Item 102 of 207c. 1947Railway CottagesLochluichart (Loch Luichart) Ross & CromartyScotland 
Item 103 of 2071948Loch Mullardoch To Loch Beinn A' Mheadhoin Tunnel Glen Affric Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 104 of 2071948Nostie Bridge Power StationLochalsh Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 105 of 207c. 1948Logie HouseDunfermline FifeScotlandAlterations
Item 106 of 2071949Brucefield MainsClackmannan ClackmannanshireScotland 
Item 107 of 2071949Fasnakyle Power Station, Transformer Station Glen Affric  Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 108 of 2071949Model VillageCannich Ross and CromartyScotland 
Item 109 of 2071949Villa, Garvock HillDunfermline FifeScotlandAlterations
Item 110 of 2071950sGlascarnoch Power Station   Scotland 
Item 111 of 2071950sPittencrieff Park, signage, offices and stores, lighting, Goulden drinking fountain, double bridgeDunfermline FifeScotland 
Item 112 of 2071950Bridge Over Allt Blar Na Gamhna Glen Affric Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 113 of 2071950Bridge Over Allt Innes An DraighinnGlen Affric Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 114 of 2071950Bridge Over Allt Na Creige Leithe Glen Affric Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 115 of 2071950Bridge Over Am Cam Allt Glen Affric  Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 116 of 2071950Lochgelly reservoir, access building and chlorination plantLochgelly FifeScotlandSurvey of access building
Item 117 of 2071950Scottish Central Library  EdinburghScotlandMajor alterations
Item 118 of 2071950Theatre (?) or house, Victoria Road  GlasgowScotland 
Item 119 of 207c. 1950Garage for the Fife Motor Company LtdDunfermline FifeScotland 
Item 120 of 2071951Gruidie Bridge Power StationLochluichart (Loch Luichart) Ross and CromartyScotland 
Item 121 of 2071951Pittencrieff Park, Rabbit HouseDunfermline FifeScotland 
Item 122 of 207c. 1951Bunanuisg Generating StationBowmoreIslayArgyllScotlandAdditions
Item 123 of 207c. 1951Lower Glendevon Reservoir and DamGlendevon FifeScotland 
Item 124 of 2071952Dunfermline AbbeyDunfermline FifeScotlandSouth choir aisle fitted up as a war memorial
Item 125 of 2071952Glen Affric Hydro Electric Scheme, Fasnakyle Power StationFasnakyle Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 126 of 2071952Second World War MemorialDunfermline FifeScotland 
Item 127 of 2071952Stand for Dunfermline Athletic Football ClubDunfermline FifeScotland 
Item 128 of 207c. September 1952Conon Valley Hydro Electric Scheme, Achanalt Power Station and Dam and fish passLochluichart (Loch Luichart) Ross and CromartyScotland 
Item 129 of 207c. 1952Loch Meig, Dam Torr Achilty Ross & CromartyScotland 
Item 130 of 207c. 1952The CochranesAlva ClackmannanshireScotland 
Item 131 of 2071953Loch Shin BridgeLoch Shin SutherlandScotland 
Item 132 of 2071953St Margaret's HallDunfermline FifeScotlandFurther work? (Plans dated)
Item 133 of 2071953Strath Canaird Power StationLoch Broom Ross & CromartyScotland 
Item 134 of 2071954Council Housing and GaragesCowdenbeath FifeScotland 
Item 135 of 2071954General Accident Fire & Life Corporation officeLochgelly FifeScotlandSurvey and site plan
Item 136 of 2071954Glenbrittle House SkyeInverness-shireScotland 
Item 137 of 2071954Tower HouseDunfermline FifeScotland 
Item 138 of 207c. 1954Loch Luichart Dam Loch Luichart Ross & CromartyScotland 
Item 139 of 2071955Conon Valley Hydro Electric Scheme, Torr Achilty Power Station and Dam  Ross & CromartyScotlandAs architect for North of scotland Hydro Eleictric Board, Architectural Panel)
Item 140 of 2071955Great Glen Hydro Electric Scheme, Loch Quoich Dam and Intake Gatehouse TowersKinlochhourn Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 141 of 2071955Hydro cottagesLoch Luichart (Lochluichart) Ross & CromartyScotland 
Item 142 of 2071955Premises for J McLellandDunfermline FifeScotlandAlterations?
Item 143 of 2071955Raasay LodgeOban ArgyllScotland 
Item 144 of 2071955Sloy Awe Hydro Electric Scheme, Sron Mor Power Station  ArgyllScotlandAs architect for North of Scotland Hydro Electric Board.
Item 145 of 2071955Tummel Garry Hydro Electric Scheme, Errochty Power StationLoch Tummel PerthshireScotlandAs architect for the North of Scotland Hydro Electric Board
Item 146 of 2071955Water TowerLadybank FifeScotlandAlterations
Item 147 of 207c. 1955Conon Valley Hydro Electric Scheme, Loch Vaich DamContin Ross and CromartyScotland 
Item 148 of 207c. 1955Loch Vaich To Loch Glascarnoch TunnelContin Ross & CromartyScotland 
Item 149 of 207c. 1955Property, The ScoresSt Andrews FifeScotlandBlock plan - unidentified property
Item 150 of 2071956Elgin CottageDunfermline FifeScotlandAlterations
Item 151 of 2071957Cassley Power StationLoch Shin SutherlandScotland 
Item 152 of 2071957Duchally Weir And Power StationLoch Shin SutherlandScotland 
Item 153 of 2071957Scottish Hydro-electric dam and power stationLairg SutherlandScotland 
Item 154 of 2071957St Columba's Parish ChurchBurntisland FifeScotlandAlterations
Item 155 of 2071957Viewfield HouseDunfermline FifeScotlandAlterations
Item 156 of 207c. 1957Hydro HousesInveran SutherlandScotland 
Item 157 of 207c. 1957Model VillageCannich Ross and CromartyScotland 
Item 158 of 2071958Barum HouseDunfermline FifeScotland 
Item 159 of 2071958David Marshall Lodge and IndicatorAberfoyle PerthshireScotland 
Item 160 of 2071958Hydro-electric generating Station at Culligran  Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 161 of 2071958Little Loch Shin DamLittle Loch Shin SutherlandScotland 
Item 162 of 2071958Loch Chliostair Power Station HarrisWestern IslesScotland 
Item 163 of 2071958Shin Hydro Electric Scheme, Lairg Power Station and DamInvershin SutherlandScotland 
Item 164 of 207c. 1958Glenfarg Reservoir, Chlorination planthouse  PerthshireScotland 
Item 165 of 207c. 1958UP Church and hallDunfermline FifeScotlandAlterations
Item 166 of 2071959Bank of Scotland Buildings  GlasgowScotlandAlterations to offices for Penney & MacGeorge
Item 167 of 2071959Craigton Farm, PowmillMuckhart  PerthshireScotland 
Item 168 of 2071959Garage for the Fife Motor CompanyDunfermline FifeScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 169 of 2071959Inverawe Power StationInverawe ArgyllScotland 
Item 170 of 2071959Kilmorack Hydro-Electric Power Station (Combined Dam and Power House)  Inverness-shireScotlandDrawings in NMRS
Item 171 of 2071959Loch Beannacharan, Deanie Power Station Glen Affric Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 172 of 2071959Lochgelly reservoir, access building and chlorination plantLochgelly FifeScotlandChlorination building
Item 173 of 2071959Office fo Duncan Logan, builderMuir of Ord Ross & CromartyScotland 
Item 174 of 2071959Villa, Garvock HillDunfermline FifeScotland 
Item 175 of 207c. 1959Aigas Hydro-electric Power Station and DamBeauly Inverness-shireScotlandNMRS drawings
Item 176 of 207c. 1959Cruachan Power Station and Visitor CentreLochawe ArgyllScotlandVisitor Centre
Item 177 of 207c. 1959Gap sitesDollar ClackmannanshireScotlandScheme with layouts for gap sites
Item 178 of 207c. 1959Holly Tree lodgePool of Muckhart ClackmannanshireScotland 
Item 179 of 207c. 1959Loch Beannacharan Dam Affric Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 180 of 207c. 1959Loch Beannacharan To Culligran Tunnel Glen Affric Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 181 of 207Late 1950sHouses at ContinContin Ross and CromartyScotland 
Item 182 of 2071960sHousing for Kinross Town CouncilKinross Kinross-shireScotlandMay not be involved if before 1962.
Item 183 of 2071960sWardie Community Centre  EdinburghScotlandMAy be inolved if before 1962
Item 184 of 2071960House for Mr McLelland, Gallowridge HillDunfermline FifeScotland 
Item 185 of 2071960Lockups, Pittencrieff StreetDunfermline FifeScotland 
Item 186 of 2071960Lynburn HouseDunfermline FifeScotland 
Item 187 of 207c. 19604 Transy PlaceDunfermline FifeScotland 
Item 188 of 207c. 1960Balanton, Forestry Commission officesAberfoyle StirlingshireScotland 
Item 189 of 207c. 1960Commercial developmentsDunfermline FifeScotland 
Item 190 of 207c. 1960Kilmorack Hydro housesGlen Affric Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 191 of 207c. 1960Water Filter house (?)Strathmiglo FifeScotland 
Item 192 of 2071961Abbot HouseDunfermline FifeScotlandRestoration
Item 193 of 2071961High SchoolPlockton Ross and CromartyScotlandConflict of information - drawings by Shearer and Annand suggest they were responsible but Gifford gives Ross & Cromarty County Architects
Item 194 of 2071961Hillend Cemetery and Waiting RoomInverkeithing FifeScotland 
Item 195 of 2071961HotelHill of Beath FifeScotlandAlterations
Item 196 of 2071961Loch Beannacharan, Lochanside Glen Affric Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 197 of 2071961Loch Nant Dam  ArgyllScotland 
Item 198 of 2071961Loch Nant, Main Intake GatehouseLoch Awe ArgyllScotland 
Item 199 of 2071961Offices, Carnegie United Kingdom TrustDunfermline FifeScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 200 of 2071961Service Reservoir, Inlet Chamber House Saline FifeScotland 
Item 201 of 20719621 Park AvenueDunfermline FifeScotlandDraft deed plans
Item 202 of 2071962Area offices for the North of Scotland Hydro Electric BoardElgin MorayshireScotlandDied late 1962 so may be not involved.
Item 203 of 2071962House for Mrs BirrelDunfermline FifeScotland 
Item 204 of 207c. 1962Nant Power StationLoch Awe Argyll Scotland 
Item 205 of 2071963River Farrar, BridgeGlen Affric Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 206 of 207Early 1960sFoyers Power StationFoyers Inverness-shireScotlandNot involved if after 1962
Item 207 of 207Early 1960sOffices for NSHEB  DundeeScotlandMay not be involved if after 1962


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 13Bailey, Rebecca M1996Scottish architects' papers: a source book Edinburgh: The Rutland Press 
Item 2 of 13British Architectural Library, RIBA2001Directory of British Architects 1834-1914   
Item 3 of 13Emmerson, Roger Carnegie's Dumfermline architects 1875-1935 Glasgow School of Art, unpublished dissertation 
Item 4 of 13Emmerson, Roger James Shearer architect 1881-1962 Unpublished 
Item 5 of 13Glendinning, Miles1997Rebuilding Scotland: The Postwar Vision, 1945-75  Tuckwell Press Ltdp7
Item 6 of 13McConnachie, Siobhan James Shearer and the North of Scotland Hydro Electric Board Architectural Heritage XIV, pp104-118 
Item 7 of 13Owen, Caroline James Shearer and the Dunfermline Advisory Town Plan, 1946 Architectural History XIV, pp86-103 
Item 8 of 13Pride, Glen L1999The Kingdom of Fife2nd EditionThe Rutland Pressp15, p16
Item 9 of 13RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 10 of 13SAPPP Practice Essay on James Shearer NMRS Published electronically 
Item 11 of 13Shearer, James1952A visit to Wilklem Marianus DudokNo 89, AugustRIAS Quarterly 
Item 12 of 13Shearer, James1956Building with stone4 MayThe Builder 
Item 13 of 13Shearer, James1959Stone building in ScotlandNo 13, SpringProspect 

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Builder31 December 1948  p760-1
Item 2 of 2Builder9 January 1959  'Honours for the Industry' p42

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2Professor David M Walker personal archiveProfessor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material Personal recollections of the late Ian G Lindsay and Alfred G Lochhead; visits to the office in the mid-1960s, shortly after Annand's death
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L no5519 (combined box 85); F no 4072 (box 32)


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