Basic Biographical Details

Name: James Brown Armstrong
Designation: Architect
Born: 29 January 1927
Bio Notes: James Brown Armstrong was born in Dunfermline on 29 January 1927, the son of John Armstrong, joiner, and his wife Marion Wood Brown. He was articled to James Grant Shearer of Dunfermline in 1944. Armstrong studied at the School of Architecture, Edinburgh College of Art, graduating from the diploma course in 1954 and being admitted ARIBA in that same year and ARIAS the folllowing year. Armstrong remained with the practice of Shearer & Annand. Shearer continued to be the lead designer in the firm right up to the time of his death on 20 December 1962; Annand died less than two years later in 1964. James David Shearer returned to continue the practice under the same title after his father's death.

Armstrong is still listed under the practice in 1970 but at some point after this left to live in Edinburgh (Bailey says he left in 1967 but this must be an error) and was still working for Shearer & Annand in 1970. By 1979 he had moved to the practice of Thomas Harley Haddow & Partners. No further details of him are yet known. He had retired by 1994 (no longer listed in directories).

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 8Dunfermline, Fife, ScotlandBusinessBefore 19441967 
Item 2 of 824, Buchanan Street, Dunfermline, Fife, ScotlandPrivatec. 1953  
Item 3 of 821, Maygate, Dunfermline, Fife, ScotlandPrivate1955 *  
Item 4 of 88, Thistle Street, Dunfermline, Fife, ScotlandPrivatec. 1960  
Item 5 of 811, Haygate, Dunfermline, Fife, ScotlandPrivate(?)c. 1966  
Item 6 of 89, Pentland Gardens, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate1970  
Item 7 of 8Edinburgh, ScotlandBusinessc. 1970  
Item 8 of 88, Coates Crescent, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusiness1979 Address of Harley Haddow

* 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 4James Grant Shearer1944c. 1949Apprentice 
Item 2 of 4James Grant Shearerc. 19491952Assistant(?) 
Item 3 of 4Shearer & Annand19521967Assistant(?) 
Item 4 of 4T Harley Haddow & PartnersBefore 1979After 1987Partner(?) 

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 11959Loch Awe Hydro-Electric ProjectCruachan ArgyllScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 10Emmerson, Roger James Shearer architect 1881-1962 Unpublished 
Item 2 of 10Glendinning, Miles1997Rebuilding Scotland: The Postwar Vision, 1945-75  Tuckwell Press Ltdp169-70 Awe Hydro-Electric Project, Cruachan section
Item 3 of 10RCAHMS2004Creating a Future for the Past: the Scottish Architects' Papers Preservation Project Edinburgh: Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotlandpp 114-17
Item 4 of 10RIBA1954RIBA Kalendar 1953-54   
Item 5 of 10RIBA1956Kalendar 1956-57   
Item 6 of 10RIBA1960The RIBA Kalendar 1959-19601959-1960  
Item 7 of 10RIBA1966Kalendar 1966-67   
Item 8 of 10RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   
Item 9 of 10RIBA1979Directory of members   
Item 10 of 10RIBA1987RIBA Directory of Members 1987   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 3Interview with Eric Davidson, 20 October 2010Information to Yvonne Hillyard   
Item 2 of 3National Archives (via Scotlands People)Statutory births  
Item 3 of 3RIAS, Rutland SquareRecords of membership