Basic Biographical Details

Name: James Watt
Designation: Architect
Died: 12 September 1832
Bio Notes: James Watt practised as an architect in Glasgow. He was a member of the Philosophical and Dilettanti Societies.

In about 1811 he joined with Robert Scott in running an 'architectural academy' which Scott had begun about 1807 in Glasgow. This continued until about 1830 when the two men seem to have dissolved their partnership. Scott went on to form other partnerships but Watt appears to have practised on his own.

A letter in the 'Glasgow Herald' in 1851 made mention of the fact that Watt very much regretted that he had been unable to prevent the smashing up of statues which were in the 'Academy founded by Messrs Foulis'. He seems to have been responsible for drawing up a plan of Hillhead for the purpose of feuing out sections of land. The area in question was partly bounded by the back yards of Belgrave Terrace, Wilson Street on the east and Ann Street on the south.

At a meeting of the Philosophical Society in 1857 Watt produced a specimen of charred wheat from a vault at Castlecary which had been left since Roman times.

He died on 12 September 1832.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 1Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness   

Employment and Training

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 1John Baird the Secondc. 18301832Apprentice1830-1832

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 1Before 1851Plan of part of HillheadHillhead GlasgowScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 3Colvin, H M1995A Biographical Dictionary of British Architects 1600-18403rd editionNew Haven and London: Yale University Press 
Item 2 of 3Gildard, Thomas1895An Old Glasgow Architect on some Older OnesXXVIProceedings of the Royal Philosophical Society of Glasgow 
Item 3 of 3Post Office Directories     

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 3Glasgow Courier1832   
Item 2 of 3Glasgow Herald22 June 1857   
Item 3 of 3Glasgow Herald13 November 1857