Basic Biographical Details

Name: James Muir Calder
Designation: Architect
Born: c. 1872(?)
Died: 5 May 1945
Bio Notes: James Muir Calder was articled to George Craig from June 1887, studying at Heriot-Watt College and the Architectural Association Work Classes in Edinburgh. On completing his apprenticeship in September 1891 he moved to England to join Charles William Smith of Grantham and Nuneaton as assistant. Whilst there he took the Cambridge University course in Gothic Architecture in 1895, passing with distinction. He left in May 1901 to take up an appointment as chief assistant to Butterworth & Duncan in Rochdale. He was still there when he was admitted ARIBA on 5 December 1910, his proposers being William Henderson Duncan, Sydney Decimus Kitson and Edwin Thomas Hall. Prior to that time he had travelled in France and Belgium.

James Muir Calder died on 5 May 1945 at 106 Tweedale Street, Rochdale and was interred at Rochdale Cemetery. His death notice in the Manchester Guardian indicates that he remained with Butterworth and Duncan for the remainder of his professional career.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 2169, Edmund Street West, Rochdale, Lancashire, EnglandPrivate1910 *  
Item 2 of 2106, Tweedale Street, Rochdale, Lancashire, EnglandPrivate1945 as Manchester Guardian - deaths

* 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 CraigJune 1887September 1891Apprentice 
Item 2 of 3Charles William SmithSeptember 1891May 1901Assistant 
Item 3 of 3Butterworth & DuncanMay 1901After 1910Chief Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3William Henderson Duncan5 December 1910for Associateship
Item 2 of 3Edwin Thomas Hall5 December 1910for Associateship
Item 3 of 3Sydney Decimus Kitson5 December 1910for Associateship

RIBA Proposals

This architect proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 1Roderick Hildegar Baxter20 July 1911for Licentiateship


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 1Who's Who in Architecture1914    

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Manchester Guardian8 May 1945  p6 - deaths

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A v19 no2089 (microfilm reel 20)