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Basic Biographical Details

Name: James Simpson
Designation: Architect
Born: 1832
Died: 20 February 1894
Bio Notes: James Simpson was born in 1832 and practised in Leith from at least 1867. He was Burgh Assessor and Town Architect of Leith and for the first few years of its existence was architect to Leith School Board. He died on 20 February 1894, aged 63. His wife Margaret Matilda Boak predeceased him, dying on 19 July 1883, aged 43. Both are buried at Rosebank Cemetery, Edinburgh. His practice qwas taken over by his son George.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 319, Charlotte Street, Leith, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusinessc. 1868c. 1879 
Item 2 of 3Raimesfield, Ferry Road, Bonnington, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivatec. 1868c. 1889 
Item 3 of 331, Charlotte Street, Leith, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusinessc. 1880c. 1894 

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 1Leith Town Architect's Office (or Leith Burgh Architect's Office)After 18671894Chief Architect 

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 2George Craig18671871ApprenticeLater assistant
Item 2 of 2George Craig1871Before 1880Draughtsman 

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 39 Ford & SonsLeith EdinburghScotlandDate unknown
Item 2 of 39 McKinlay & CoLeith EdinburghScotlandDate unknown
Item 3 of 391867Institute BuildingLeith EdinburghScotland 
Item 4 of 391868Leith Town Hall and Sheriff Court, Queen Charlotte StreetLeith EdinburghScotlandNos 31 and 33 reconstructed as annexe to Leith Sheriff Court
Item 5 of 391868Scandinavian Lutheran ChurchLeith EdinburghScotlandBuilt, adapting designs of Johan Schröder
Item 6 of 391869Dr Bell's SchoolLeith EdinburghScotland 
Item 7 of 391871Union BankLeith EdinburghScotland 
Item 8 of 391873Leith HospitalLeith EdinburghScotlandNortheast extension
Item 9 of 391875Bonnington Road SchoolLeith EdinburghScotland 
Item 10 of 391875Links Place SchoolLinks Place EdinburghScotland 
Item 11 of 391875Lorne Primary School  EdinburghScotlandOriginal building
Item 12 of 391875North Fort Street SchoolLeith EdinburghScotlandOriginal building - two tall storeys, crowstepped centre and ends
Item 13 of 391875Yardheads SchoolLeith EdinburghScotlandOriginal building
Item 14 of 39187864-70 Constitution StreetLeith EdinburghScotlandAdded mansard roof to existing building
Item 15 of 391878Scottish Co-operative Wholesale Society (SCWS)Leith EdinburghScotlandLeft half
Item 16 of 391878South Leith Parish Church HallsLeith EdinburghScotlandOriginal hall
Item 17 of 391879Tenements with shopsLeith EdinburghScotland 
Item 18 of 391879Warehouse, 42-43 Water StreetLeith EdinburghScotland 
Item 19 of 391880Gladstone Place, Claremont ParkLeith EdinburghScotland 
Item 20 of 391880Tenement, 22-26 Bernard StreetLeith EdinburghScotlandNew doorpiece at no 24 and link building and addition at rear to no 26
Item 21 of 391882Portobello Co-Operative SocietyPortobello EdinburghScotland 
Item 22 of 391885House, 92 Restalrig Road  EdinburghScotland 
Item 23 of 391887Shops and warehouse at right angle to rearLeith EdinburghScotland 
Item 24 of 39189059-61 Henderson StreetLeith EdinburghScotland 
Item 25 of 391890Birnam LodgeTrinity EdinburghScotlandAddition
Item 26 of 39c. 1890Offices, 89 Constitution StreetLeith EdinburghScotland'Style of'
Item 27 of 391891Chancelot Mills  EdinburghScotland 
Item 28 of 391891Corner tenement, Henderson StreetLeith EdinburghScotland 
Item 29 of 391891Learmonth HouseDean EdinburghScotland 
Item 30 of 391891Leith Town Hall and Sheriff Court, Queen Charlotte StreetLeith EdinburghScotlandCouncil chamber constructed and decorated
Item 31 of 391891Tenements with shops, 73-81 Henderson StreetLeith EdinburghScotland 
Item 32 of 391891Villa, Claremont Park and Claremont Road  EdinburghScotlandAllterations
Item 33 of 391891Warehouse, 31-33 Water StreetLeith EdinburghScotlandAlso operhaps extension to west 1899
Item 34 of 391892Warehouse, 42 Maritime StreetLeith EdinburghScotland 
Item 35 of 391892Warehouse, 45-46A Maritime StreetLeith EdinburghScotland 
Item 36 of 391893Leith Public Health HospitalLeith EdinburghScotland 
Item 37 of 391893Model Lodging HouseLeith EdinburghScotland 
Item 38 of 391893Warehouse, 7-8 Maritime StreetLeith EdinburghScotland 
Item 39 of 39Before 1894(?)Office and warehouse for John M Scott & Co, wine merchantsLeith EdinburghScotland'Probably' (HS); but constructed several years after his death, suggesting that the attribution may be incorrect


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 2Post Office Directories     
Item 2 of 2Scotlands People Website Wills & Testaments  Edinburgh Sheriff Court Wills SC70/4/276 and Inventories SC70/1/332

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Scotsman22 July 1944  Obituary of George Simpson, his son

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSNMRS Architects Index Information copied from an inscription in Rosebank Cemetery


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