Basic Biographical Details

Name: John Sim
Designation: Architect
Born: 1854 or 1855(?)
Died: October 1919
Bio Notes: John Sim was born c.1854-55. He was the 'laird of Little Balnald', his Perthshire connections suggesting that he came of the same family as the Stanley and Strathtay architect-builder Charles Sim. Nothing definite is yet known of his training but he started business as architect and valuer in Montrose in 1879. For many years he acted as district valuer for the Inland Revenue Department. At the outbreak of the First World War he was appointed to the staff of Scottish Command as valuer of requisitioned buildings. He held the rank of Captain in the 5th Battalion Black Watch (TF).

He died in October 1919 at Kirkmichael, Perthshire.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 3Montrose, Angus, ScotlandBusiness1879  
Item 2 of 3160, High Street, Montrose, Angus, ScotlandBusiness1911 *  
Item 3 of 3Kirkmichael, Perthshire, ScotlandPrivate1919 * Place of death

* earliest date known from documented sources.

Employment and Training

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 4Edwin Evan Smith18851889Apprentice 
Item 2 of 4Arthur James Driver18891893Apprentice 
Item 3 of 4Douglas Pairman Hallc. 1895c. 1900Apprentice 
Item 4 of 4Douglas Pairman Hallc. 19001903Assistant 

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 251880Melville ChurchMontrose AngusScotlandRestoration work
Item 2 of 251885Established Church Mission HallMontrose AngusScotland 
Item 3 of 251885Montrose Old ChurchMontrose AngusScotlandOn s side semi-octagonal apse added
Item 4 of 251885Montrose UP ChurchMontrose AngusScotlandHall added
Item 5 of 251888Mission ChurchMontrose AngusScotland 
Item 6 of 251888Natural History MuseumMontrose AngusScotlandLibrary added to rear (not completed)
Item 7 of 251888SchoolAuchinblae / Auchenblae KincardineshireScotland 
Item 8 of 251890SchoolFordoun KincardineshireScotland 
Item 9 of 251890South Esk Street SchoolMontrose AngusScotland 
Item 10 of 251891Montrose AcademyMontrose AngusScotlandAdditions (now removed)
Item 11 of 251892118-120 High StreetMontrose AngusScotland 
Item 12 of 251892Chapel of Ease of St John'sMontrose AngusScotlandAlterations and new hall
Item 13 of 251892Kirkmichael Parish ChurchKirkmichael PerthshireScotlandRenovated interior and probably added porch
Item 14 of 251895Montrose Victoria Golf Club HouseMontrose AngusScotland 
Item 15 of 25After 1895(?)SchoolsStornowayLewisRoss and CromartyScotlandProbably responsible, with Douglas Pairman Hall as assistant - but may be by H J Blanc
Item 16 of 251896Inglis Memorial Hall and LibraryEdzell AngusScotlandCompetition design - placed second
Item 17 of 251896Montrose Asylum, Carnegie HouseHillside, Montrose AngusScotlandAsylum block carried out to William Kelly's design
Item 18 of 251896Montrose Congregational Church Memorial HallMontrose AngusScotland 
Item 19 of 251897Montrose Drill HallMontrose AngusScotland 
Item 20 of 251898Craig Free ChurchFerryden AngusScotlandRecasting
Item 21 of 251899Savings BankMontrose AngusScotland 
Item 22 of 251901Kirkmichael HotelKirkmichael PerthshireScotlandReconstruction
Item 23 of 251901Science and Art SchoolMontrose AngusScotlandAdditions
Item 24 of 25c. 1901Montrose Asylum, Howden VillaHillside, Montrose AngusScotland 
Item 25 of 251918Cairnsgreig MansionMethil FifeScotlandto be reinstated


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 1Measurers\' Companion1911The Scottish Architects' and Measurers' Companion   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Builder24 October 1919  Obituary