Basic Biographical Details

Name: James Gavin Callander
Designation: Architect
Born: 14 May 1881
Died: 6 March 1942
Bio Notes: James Gavin Callander was born at Shotts or Falkirk (sources vary) on 14 May 1881, the son of John Callander and Ann Allardyce. He was articled to Alexander Gauld of Falkirk in 1896 and remained for eight years as an assistant after completing his apprenticeship. He studied at Falkirk Art School and attended a summer session at South Kensington College, London, where he was awarded a book prize for measured drawing. He commenced practice on his own account in 1908 and won the first and second premiums in unspecified competitions for public buildings.

Callander was chief architect for the local Co-operative Society from at least 1910 and worked with Thomas Mair Copland on branches for the Society. In or about 1912 when Alexander Gauld died he absorbed Gauld's practice into his own. About this time he married Isobel Thomson.

He was admitted LRIBA in 1932, his proposers being Alexander Nisbet Malcolm, James Lochhead and George Arthur Boswell.

Outwith his professional life, Callander was a keen football player, playing with Falkirk Amateur FC and Falkirk FC. He was also a keen golfer and was a member of Falkirk and Glenbervie Clubs.

He died in the Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh on 6 March 1942, leaving moveable estate of £25,148 12s 9d. He was survived by his wife.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 2Royal Bank Buildings/1, Newmarket Street, Falkirk, Stirlingshire, ScotlandBusiness1911 *1939 or after 1940(?) 
Item 2 of 219, Major's Loan, Falkirk, Stirlingshire, ScotlandPrivate1930 *  

* 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 2Alexander Gauld18961900 or 1901Apprentice 
Item 2 of 2Alexander Gauld1900 or 19011908Assistant 

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 1James Campbell MacKay10 October 1935After 1938Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3George Arthur Boswell11 August 1930for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3James Lochhead11 August 1930for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3Alexander Nisbet Malcolm11 August 1930for 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 57 Factory for Messrs Barr  GlasgowScotlandDate unknown
Item 2 of 57 J Baird & CoFalkirk StirlingshireScotlandDate unknown
Item 3 of 57 Offices for the Falkirk Iron CoFalkirk StirlingshireScotlandDate unknown
Item 4 of 57 Shops, Cockburn StreetFalkirk StirlingshireScotlandDate unknown
Item 5 of 571912Miller HallFalkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 6 of 571912Mission HallGrahamston StirlingshireScotland 
Item 7 of 571918Springfield Sawmill, timber shedGrahamston StirlingshireScotland 
Item 8 of 571919BungalowFalkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 9 of 571919Grahamston & Bainsford Co-operative Society, model dairyBainsford, Falkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 10 of 571919Grahamston Iron Company, OfficesGrahamston StirlingshireScotland 
Item 11 of 571919Printing WorksFalkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 12 of 571920Picture HouseFalkirk StirlingshireScotlandReconstruction
Item 13 of 571921Crown HotelFalkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 14 of 571921Gowanbank Ironworks  StirlingshireScotlandMoulding shed
Item 15 of 571921Villa for Walter AlexanderCamelon StirlingshireScotland 
Item 16 of 571922Bungalow for J Maxwell & SonsFalkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 17 of 571922Bungalow for J Maxwell & SonsFalkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 18 of 571922Bungalow for John W BlackadderFalkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 19 of 571923Bungalow for William L HannahFalkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 20 of 571923Callendar Road TavernFalkirk StirlingshireScotlandAlterations
Item 21 of 571923Falkirk Old Parish ChurchFalkirk StirlingshireScotlandNorth door of church set in Neo-Classical surround and erected as war memorial, located inside the building on the north side of the entrance hall.
Item 22 of 571923Glenbervie Golf ClubhouseFalkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 23 of 571923Grahamston & Bainsford Co-operative Society central premisesBainsford, Falkirk StirlingshireScotlandShared the commission with J G Callander or perhaps did different parts?
Item 24 of 571923Villa for Frank FrazerFalkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 25 of 571923Villa for J G CallanderFalkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 26 of 571923Villa for J Maxwell & SonsFalkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 27 of 571923Villa for J Maxwell & SonsFalkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 28 of 571924BungalowCamelon StirlingshireScotland 
Item 29 of 571924Bungalow for James KeanFalkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 30 of 571924Colonial BarGrahamston StirlingshireScotlandAlterations
Item 31 of 571925BakeryGrahamston StirlingshireScotlandReconstruction
Item 32 of 571925Bungalow for A Lang GrantFalkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 33 of 571925Bungalow for J G CallanderFalkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 34 of 571925Four Bungalows, Majorís PlaceFalkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 35 of 571926Flatted housesFalkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 36 of 571927Bungalow(s) for J G CallanderFalkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 37 of 571927Falkirk and Counties Savings BankFalkirk StirlingshireScotlandReconstruction
Item 38 of 571927Petrol garageFalkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 39 of 571927Petrol garageFalkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 40 of 571927Petrol garageFalkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 41 of 571927Shop for Alexanders StoresFalkirk StirlingshireScotlandReconstruction
Item 42 of 571927Villa for J G CallanderFalkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 43 of 571927Villa for J G CallanderFalkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 44 of 571928Bungalow for W R PollockFalkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 45 of 571928Sausage FactoryFalkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 46 of 571928Villa for William George WrightFalkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 47 of 57Late 1920sShops etc associated with the new bus stationFalkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 48 of 57c. 1930Coperative superstoreFalkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 49 of 571931Public House, Vicar StreetFalkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 50 of 571933Bus stationFalkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 51 of 571933Car showroomFalkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 52 of 571933Housing, Camelon Road   Scotland 
Item 53 of 571933Shops, 1-9 Callendar RiggsFalkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 54 of 571934Falkirk and District United Co-operative SocietyFalkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 55 of 571935Alexanders Stores new promisesFalkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 56 of 571936Allied Ironfounders Building 175 Grahams RoadFalkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 57 of 57Mid 1930sGrandstand for Falkirk Football ClubFalkirk West LothianScotland


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 1Johnston, W T2003Artists of Scotland Officina Publications CDROM 

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 3Builder27 March 1942  p284 Obituary
Item 2 of 3Falkirk Herald7 March 1942  Obituary
Item 3 of 3Scotsman9 March 1942  Obituary p3

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 L no4083 (box 19)