Basic Biographical Details

Name: James Reid
Designation: Architect
Born: 17 September 1892
Died: 17 February 1978
Bio Notes: James Reid was born on 17 September 1892, the son of Murdoch Reid, irondriller, and his wife Devina McNaughton. He was articled to Robert Keith & Son of Dundee in 1909, studying at Dundee Technical College and School of Art where he gained a first class diploma. He moved to Glasgow in 1914, joining the firm of Brand & Lithgow as assistant. He subsequently worked as architect to Stewart & Lloyds of Clyde Works, Coatbridge, from 1917 to 1926, presumably carrying out extensions to their manufacturing premises there, before joining the practice of J Oswald & Son in Newcastle upon Tyne as chief assistant in the latter year. He was made a partner in 1937, although the practice title remained unchanged.

He applied for admittance as LRIBA in 1939 and was admitted on 4 February 1941, proposed by his former tutor Patrick Hill Thoms of Dundee and the then president and secretary of the Northern Architectural Association. His nomination papers state that prior to that time he had travelled in Holland, Belgium and France.

He later returned to Scotland and was living in Meigle, Perthshire immediately prior to his death on 17 February 1978. He was survived by his wife, Martha Neilson.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 4Coatbridge, Lanarkshire, ScotlandBusiness19171926As architect to Stewart & Lloyds
Item 2 of 438, Regent Road, Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne, EnglandPrivate1939 *  
Item 3 of 4Bradburn House/68, Northumberland Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, EnglandBusiness1939 *  
Item 4 of 4Strathbank, Fiorfar Road, Meigle, Perthshire, ScotlandPrivate1978 *  

* 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 4Robert Keith & Son19091914Apprentice 
Item 2 of 4Brand & Lithgow19141917Assistant 
Item 3 of 4J Oswald & Son19261937Chief Assistant 
Item 4 of 4J Oswald & Son1937After 1939Partner 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 1Patrick Hill Thoms4 February 1941for Licentiateship

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 21935GarageGovan GlasgowScotland 
Item 2 of 21938Premises for Messrs MacLaren & Co Ltd  GlasgowScotland 


Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2H M Register HouseDeath Register  
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L no4943 (combined box 46)