Basic Biographical Details

Name: James Dempster
Designation: Architect
Born: 1797 or 1798
Died: 19 July 1867
Bio Notes: James Dempster was born in 1797 or 1798 (or 1801 according to the 1841 census), the son of James Dempster, master joiner, and his wife, Elizabeth McFarlane. He practised as an architect and land surveyor in Greenock. His relationship to the apparently different James K Dempster of Glasgow is not known.

Dempster was involved with a number of the town's works (he was involved the layout of a park developed from land given by Sir Michael Shaw Stewart in 1852) and must have been reasonably prosperous as he bequeathed money to the ragged school in his will.

James Dempster died on 19 July 1867. He was single.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 3Greenock, Scotland(?)Business   
Item 2 of 34, Antigua Street, Greenock, Renfrewshire, ScotlandPrivate 1867 
Item 3 of 3East Stewart Street, Greenock, Renfrewshire, ScotlandPrivate1841 Living with his father and brother and sister.

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 151823Blackhall Street ChapelGreenock RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 2 of 151824Episcopal ChapelGreenock RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 3 of 151826Cardross Parish ChurchCardross DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 4 of 151826St Margaret's RC ChurchAyr AyrshireScotland 
Item 5 of 151829Parish ChurchMauchline AyrshireScotlandSupervised the construction
Item 6 of 151830Cathcart Parish ChurchCathcart GlasgowScotlandSaid to have designed this building
Item 7 of 151830Kilmacolm Parish ChurchKilmacolm/Kilmalcolm RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 8 of 151832County HallRothesayButeArgyll & ButeScotland 
Item 9 of 151832Gourock Old Parish ChurchGourock RenfrewshireScotlandB of S attribution
Item 10 of 151838Rosneath ManseRosneath / Roseneath DunbartonshireScotlandOriginal manse - date unknown
Item 11 of 151842Inveraray ManseInveraray ArgyllScotlandProbably by James Dempster - drawing simply has 'Greenock Feb. 1842'
Item 12 of 151847Ardgowan House, temporary pavilion  RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 13 of 151847Greenock InfirmaryGreenock RenfrewshireScotlandAdditions
Item 14 of 151847West KirkyardGreenock RenfrewshireScotlandRepair of dyke and new iron gate
Item 15 of 151864Greenock Cemetery Lay-out and GatesGreenock RenfrewshireScotlandExtension to cemetery

References

Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
 Author(s)DateTitlePartPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Scotlands People Website Wills & Testaments  Paisley Sheriff Court Sc58/42/34
Item 2 of 2Scotland\'s People www.scotland'speople.gov.uk Census Records   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Greenock Advertiser21 May 1852   
Item 2 of 2Greenock Advertiser27 July 1867   

Archive References

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