Basic Biographical Details

Name: Ingram & Brown
Designation: Architectural practice
Started: 1906
Ended: 1915
Bio Notes: Robert Samson Ingram was born on 5 May 1841 the son of James Ingram of Kilmarnock and his wife Mary Samson and the younger brother of William Ingram. He went to London to gain 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 his brother William at West Regent Street, but subsequently moved to Kilmarnock to join his father, the Kilmarnock practice becoming J and R Ingram. In July 1879 James died, the firm being restyled W and RS Ingram by August 1879.

William Ingram died at 6 Walmer Terrace, Govan on 4 February 1898 and in 1906 Robert took David Morton Brown into partnership. David Morton Brown was born on 15 June 1879 and educated at Ayr Academy. He was articled to J and HV Eaglesham of Ayr from 1895 to 1900, from which he moved to Anderson, Simon and Crawford in Edinburgh in 1900-1902 during which period he studied at the School of Applied Art. In 1902 he moved to Glasgow to work for John A Campbell, emigrating to Canada in 1905 to work for Robert Findlay in Montreal who had worked in Burnet's office: the introduction probably came from Campbell. From there he also travelled in the United States, and at some point also made a study tour in France. By 1906 Brown had returned to Scotland, as he was taken into partnership by Robert, forming Ingram and Brown in that year.

Robert Samson Ingram married Frances Hay Torrance. He died of heart disease on 6 October 1915 at The Grove, Mauchline, leaving moveable estate of 357 14s 6d. His death was reported by his partner David Morton Brown, suggesting he had no near relatives left.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architectural practice:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 2124, King Street, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, ScotlandBusiness1906After 1911 
Item 2 of 2116, King Street, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, ScotlandBusiness1911 *  

* earliest date known from documented sources.

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 4Robert Samson Ingram19061915Partner 
Item 2 of 4David Morton Brown19061915Partner 
Item 3 of 4Hugh PeeblesJanuary 19121914Junior Assistant 
Item 4 of 4William McKendrick McLean24 July 19231928Apprentice 

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 251903Ladykirk HouseMonkton (near) AyrshireScotlandMansion house, and estate work
Item 2 of 25After 1906Ballochmyle HouseMauchline AyrshireScotlandEstate work
Item 3 of 25After 1906Braehead HouseKilmarnock AyrshireScotlandAdditions
Item 4 of 25After 1906Houses  CamargoSpain 
Item 5 of 25After 1906HousesMonte de Hierro  Spain 
Item 6 of 25After 1906Kameshill HouseMuirkirk AyrshireScotlandAdditions?
Item 7 of 25After 1906Ochiltree Church HallOchiltree AyrshireScotland 
Item 8 of 25After 1906Sanquhar Public HallSanquhar DumfriesshireScotlandAdditions? David Morton Brown's LRIBA nomination paper suggests he was responsible for the entire building
Item 9 of 25After 1906SchoolNew Cumnock AyrshireScotland 
Item 10 of 25After 1906SchoolLugar AyrshireScotland 
Item 11 of 25After 1906SchoolRiccarton AyrshireScotland 
Item 12 of 25After 1906SchoolAuchinleck AyrshireScotland 
Item 13 of 25After 1906Sorn CastleMauchline AyrshireScotlandEstate work
Item 14 of 25After 1906The DeanKilmarnock AyrshireScotlandAdditions to house; new gate lodge
Item 15 of 251907Villa, Dundonald RoadKilmarnock AyrshireScotlandStudio added to house
Item 16 of 251910Dean CastleKilmarnock AyrshireScotlandNew lodge
Item 17 of 251910Dick InstituteKilmarnock AyrshireScotlandRebuilt after fire
Item 18 of 251910Riccarton Parish ChurchRiccarton AyrshireScotlandChancel added
Item 19 of 251911Chirk CastleChirk, Wrexham DenbighshireWalesRestoration and alterations
Item 20 of 25c. 1912Dean CastleKilmarnock AyrshireScotlandLater stages of restoration in consultation with J S Richardson
Item 21 of 251920sHousing, KirkoswaldKirkoswald AyrshireScotland 
Item 22 of 251921Housing, ColmonellColmonell AyrshireScotland 
Item 23 of 251924House, Sorn RoadMauchline AyrshireScotland 
Item 24 of 251925Clandeboye SchoolDunlop AyrshireScotlandAddition to S
Item 25 of 251927Villa, London RoadKilmarnock AyrshireScotlandAdditions and alterations


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architectural practice:
Item 1 of 2Measurers\' Companion1911The Scottish Architects' and Measurers' Companion   
Item 2 of 2Post Office Directories     

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architectural practice:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1Professor David M Walker personal archiveProfessor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material Information from Iain Paterson