Basic Biographical Details

Name: J & R S Ingram
Designation: Architectural practice, Engineer
Started: c. 1868
Ended: July 1879
Bio Notes: James Ingram was born in Kilmarnock in 1799 (christened 16 August) the son of Andrew Ingram and his wife Janet McMillan. He set up practice in Kilmarnock c.1830: prior to that he had married Mary Samson on 1 October at Sorn. In the mid-1860s he took his fourth son William (born c.1831) into partnership and set up a branch office in Glasgow at 154 West Regent Street. Another son, Robert Samson Ingram, born 5 May 1841 was sent to London to gain wider experience. He seems to have studied under Professor Thomas Leverton Donaldson (who had Ayrshire connections at Williamshaw) at University College as he proposed him for Associate membership of the RIBA on 26 March 1866 (lapsed c.1883). At that date Robert's address was 1 Westminster Chambers, indicating that he was an assistant of Charles Barry Junior who was one of the signatories to his nomination paper. By 1868 he had joined William at West Regent Street and been taken into partnership as W & R S Ingram, but subsequently Robert Samson moved to Kilmarnock to join his father, the Kilmarnock practice becoming J & R S Ingram, presumably leaving William to practice on his own in Glasgow.

James Ingram commenced practice as a neo-classical and late Georgian Gothic designer. By the time he built Irvine Town Hall in 1859 his classical architecture had become an attenuated Italianate. With his Corn Exchange at Kilmarnock in 1862-63 it reached new levels of Italian Renaissance sophistication, but whether that relates to his son William of whose training nothing is known, or more probably to his son Robert is unclear: the latter was then in London as an assistant to Charles Barry Junior. James's later work was probably mainly designed by Robert.

James died on 27 July 1879 at Kilmarnock leaving moveable estate of 730 14s 9d. The practice was restyled W & R S Ingram by August, although some jobs were being carried out under the name of J & R S Ingram in the 1880s.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architectural practice, engineer:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 1114, King Street, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, ScotlandBusinessBefore 1882After 1888 

Employment and Training

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this architectural practice, engineer (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 4James IngramAfter 18681878 or 1879Senior Partner 
Item 2 of 4Robert Samson IngramAfter 18681878 or 1879Partner 
Item 3 of 4John Watson18751876Assistant 
Item 4 of 4William Forrest Valentinec. 1900c. 1905Apprentice 

Buildings and Designs

This architectural practice, 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 18After 186814 London RoadKilmarnock AyrshireScotlandRemodelling? - attribution by Craig McLelland, South Ayrshire Council.
Item 2 of 18Late 1860s(?)Woodstock CottageKilmarnock AyrshireScotlandHS attribution; HS gives date of 1865 but if attribution is correct, the date must be slightly later (the partnership was not formed until between 1866 and 1868)
Item 3 of 181873Commercial building, John Finnie StreetKilmarnock AyrshireScotland 
Item 4 of 181874Garallan SchoolSkares AyrshireScotland 
Item 5 of 181874Hurlford Parish Church and manseHurlford AyrshireScotland 
Item 6 of 181874Operetta HouseKilmarnock AyrshireScotland 
Item 7 of 181875New Cumnock Primary SchoolNew Cumnock AyrshireScotland 
Item 8 of 181875St Margaret'sJohnstone RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 9 of 18c. 1875Office building, West George StreetKilmarnock AyrshireScotlandHS attribution
Item 10 of 181876Bargeddie Parish Church and manseBargeddie LanarkshireScotland 
Item 11 of 181876Smith's Building, John Finnie StreetKilmarnock AyrshireScotlandHS attribution
Item 12 of 181876Symington SchoolSymington AyrshireScotland 
Item 13 of 181877Chapel behind Wellpark House (formerly St Peter's Seminary)Partick GlasgowScotland 
Item 14 of 181877Grange Free ChurchKilmarnock AyrshireScotland 
Item 15 of 181877RC School, East Shaw StreetGreenock RenfrewshireScotland?
Item 16 of 181879Galston Parish ChurchGalston AyrshireScotlandSW porch
Item 17 of 18Before 1879(?)Dalmore HouseStair (near) AyrshireScotlandAttribution by Davis
Item 18 of 18Late 1800sSemi-detached villas, Portland RoadKilmarnock AyrshireScotlandHS attribution

References

Currently, there are no references for this architectural practice, engineer. 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.