Basic Biographical Details

Name: James Fairlie (or Fairie or Farrie) Blair
Designation: Engineer
Born: 28 November 1831
Died: 2 August 1876
Bio Notes: James Fairlie (or Fairie or Fairrie - sources vary) Blair was born on 28 November 1831 at Irvine in Ayrshire and trained under John Miller. He worked under John Fowler on railway projects in the west and north-west of Ireland, later becoming consulting engineer to the Minho District Railway of Portugal. By 1863 he had returned to Edinburgh and set up in private practice. Almost immediately he got the job of engineering the City of Glasgow Union Railway, but the physical and mental strain proved too much, and he died on 2 August 1876 while convalescing at Schuls Unter Engadin in Switzerland. He left 18,849.

His practice was became Crouch & Hogg.

Private and Business Addresses

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

Employment and Training


The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this engineer (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 1John Miller  Apprentice 

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this engineer (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 2William Gardner Rowan1868 or 18691870 or 1871Assistant 
Item 2 of 2Leslie Ower18721874Assistant 

Buildings and Designs

This engineer 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 1c. 1864St Enoch's Railway Station and Hotel and Office Block  GlasgowScotlandWith Peddie & Kinnear


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this engineer:
Item 1 of 2Johnston, Colin and Hume, J R1979Glasgow Stations Newton Abbot: David and Charles 
Item 2 of 2Scotlands People Website Wills & Testaments  Edinburgh Sheriff Court Wills SC70/4/165 and Sheriff Court Inventories SC70/1/181

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this engineer:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers1877XLIX pp258-9