Basic Biographical Details

Name: James Aitken
Designation: Architect
Born: 1844 or 1845
Died: 17 April 1880
Bio Notes: Very little is yet known about James Aitken. He was born about 1844 or 1845, the son of William Aitken, spirit merchant, and his wife Jean Toshack. He was in partnership with William Lambie Moffat from May 1873. In 1878 various advertisements appeared in the Scotsman for properties for which he was acting as agent, for example a shop in Fountainbridge advertised on 1 June 1878. He lived at 5 Leven Terrace, Edinburgh, but died intestate in Aberdour, Fife on 17 April 1880. He was survived by his wife Isabella Galloway.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 3Janefield, Seaside Place, Aberdour, Fife, ScotlandPrivate 1880 
Item 2 of 312, North St David Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusiness1878  
Item 3 of 35, Leven Terrace, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivatec. 1880  

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 1Moffatt & Aitken (or Moffat & Aitken)  Partner 

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 281873Balcurvie SchoolMarkinch FifeScotlandProposed enlargement - uncertain if this was executed
Item 2 of 281873Free Church schoolsRoseburn EdinburghScotlandUpgrade of accommodation
Item 3 of 281873Infant SchoolFountainbridge EdinburghScotlandUpgrade of accommodation
Item 4 of 281873Mechanics Institute and libraryDysart FifeScotland 
Item 5 of 281873Milton of Balgonie Board SchoolMilton of Balgonie FifeScotlandPlans for additions to old school and for new school on the old site - uncertain which executed, if either
Item 6 of 281873Portobello Public School and janitor's housePortobello EdinburghScotland 
Item 7 of 281873SchoolDalkeith MidlothianScotland 
Item 8 of 281873St Paul's Free Church SchoolsSt Leonards EdinburghScotlandUpgrade of accommodation
Item 9 of 28187411-13 Queen Street  EdinburghScotlandPalace front.
Item 10 of 281874Arbroath Public SchoolArbroath AngusScotland 
Item 11 of 281874Lovers' Loan School  EdinburghScotlandAlterations and upgrade
Item 12 of 281874Public SchoolBurntisland FifeScotland 
Item 13 of 281875Bristo Public School  EdinburghScotland 
Item 14 of 281875Leith Walk School and lodge  EdinburghScotlandOriginal building
Item 15 of 281875Markinch Board SchoolMarkinch FifeScotlandWorking plans and specifications prepared - presumably for new school
Item 16 of 281875Montrose AsylumHillside, Montrose AngusScotlandAdditions - dining hall, recreation room, enlargement of stores, extension of washhouse and laundry offices, new washhouse
Item 17 of 281875Premises for J Horsburgh  EdinburghScotlandAlterations
Item 18 of 281875Prestonhall Board SchoolGlenrothes FifeScotland 
Item 19 of 281876Farm steading at LairgLairg SutherlandScotland 
Item 20 of 281876Two blocks of tenements, Lutton Place  EdinburghScotlandPlans prepared
Item 21 of 281877Mossgreen ChurchDalgety FifeScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 22 of 281877PoorhouseMontrose AngusScotlandPlans for new poorhouse drawn up but project abandoned
Item 23 of 281879Aberdour Public SchoolAberdour FifeScotland 
Item 24 of 281879Feuing plan of Policy ParkAberdour FifeScotland 
Item 25 of 281879Greenock Municipal BuildingsGreenock RenfrewshireScotlandThird premiated competition design
Item 26 of 281879Villa for Miss Auld, Policy ParkAberdour FifeScotland 
Item 27 of 281879Villa for Miss McGill, Policy ParkAberdour FifeScotland 
Item 28 of 281879Woodside HotelAberdour FifeScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 1Scotlands People Website Wills & Testaments  Edinburgh Sheriff Court Inventories SC70/1/206

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Scotsman14 February 1875   
Item 2 of 2Scotsman1 June 1878   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1H M Register HouseDeath Register