Basic Biographical Details

Name: J & H V Eaglesham
Designation: Architectural practice
Started: 1899(?)
Bio Notes: John Eaglesham was born in Ayr on 27 December 1855, and was a pupil and principal assistant to John Mercer of Ayr from 1 November 1871. He worked in Brazil in 1881 and passed the qualifying exam in 1885. He was admitted ARIBA on 8 June that same year, his proposers being John Honeyman, Campbell Douglas and John Burnet. He succeeded Mercer as Burgh Surveyor of Ayr but resigned in 1899 to join his younger brother Henry Vincent Eaglesham (born 28 August 1861), already in practice in Ayr and principally as an engineer, as senior partner in the firm of J & H V Eaglesham. (There are indications from other RIBA Nomination Papers that they were working together before this date, perhaps with John working concurrently with his salaried post.) About 1900 the practice was joined by William Cowie, born in 1867, as chief draughtsman: Cowie had been articled to A & W Reid in Elgin and had been assistant to Sydney Mitchell & Wilson in Edinburgh and to Clarke & Bell in Glasgow.

Henry died suddenly in Florence in 1901 and Cowie left to commence his own practice in 1904. After his brother's death, John practised alone, although the partnership name was retained. John died in 1922. Hugh Eaglesham who must have been a son of one of the Eaglesham brothers continued to practise from 20 Cathcart Street into the 1930s.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architectural practice:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 224, Wellington Square, Ayr, Ayrshire, ScotlandBusinessc. 19041914 or 1915 
Item 2 of 220, Cathcart Street, Ayr, Ayrshire, ScotlandBusiness1914 or 1915After 1926 

Employment and Training

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this architectural practice (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 9William Cowie1893(?)1905Chief Draughtsman 
Item 2 of 9David Morton BrownSeptember 18951900Apprentice 
Item 3 of 9William Erskine ThomsonJanuary 1897December 1897Assistant 
Item 4 of 9John Eaglesham1899(?) Partner 
Item 5 of 9Henry Vincent Eaglesham1899(?) Partner 
Item 6 of 9James Grieve19011902Assistant 
Item 7 of 9John Rutherford Johnstone19021907Assistant 
Item 8 of 9John Turnbull19061911Apprentice 
Item 9 of 9James Boyd Raeside13 July 192510 August 1934Apprentice 

Buildings and Designs

This architectural practice 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 191895Wellington ChambersAyr AyrshireScotland 
Item 2 of 191897Business premises, High StreetAyr AyrshireScotland 
Item 3 of 191897Wheatfield HouseAyr AyrshireScotlandAlterations and additions?
Item 4 of 191899Turners BridgeAyr AyrshireScotland 
Item 5 of 1919009-15 Burns Statue SquareAyr AyrshireScotlandWith William Cowie
Item 6 of 191900New ChurchAyr AyrshireScotlandAlterations
Item 7 of 191901Girls' High SchoolPrestwick AyrshireScotland 
Item 8 of 191902Annbank Primary SchoolMossblown AyrshireScotland 
Item 9 of 191902Newton Park SchoolAyr AyrshireScotlandJob secured in competition as highest placed Ayr architect, although John|Arthur had been placed first by the assessors
Item 10 of 191904Board School and adjacent housesTarbolton AyrshireScotlandTwo new houses and additions to school
Item 11 of 191904Tenement building with Plough Inn, 237 High StreetAyr AyrshireScotland 
Item 12 of 191905Monkton & Prestwick Joint CemeteryPrestwick AyrshireScotland 
Item 13 of 191907Barrhill SchoolBarrhill AyrshireScotlandSchoolmaster's house
Item 14 of 191907Public house, Smith StreetAyr AyrshireScotlandAlterations
Item 15 of 191911Loch Bradan WaterworksLoch Bradan AyrshireScotlandPlan of Water Supply District
Item 16 of 191912Board School and adjacent housesTarbolton AyrshireScotlandAdditions to each end of school
Item 17 of 191912EsplanadeTroon AyrshireScotlandFirst drew up plans in 1899
Item 18 of 191912Fisherton Church, Heads of AyrFisherton AyrshireScotlandReconstruction
Item 19 of 191932Galbraith BakersAyr AyrshireScotlandAlterations and Additions


Currently, there are no references for this architectural practice. The information has been derived from: the British Architectural Library / RIBA Directory of British Architects 1834-1914; Post Office Directories; and/or any sources listed under this individual's works.