Basic Biographical Details

Name: James Grewar Falconer
Designation: Architect
Born: 25 June 1853
Died: 23 March 1928
Bio Notes: James Grewar Falconer was the son of William Falconer, estate overseer and his wife Jean Grewar and younger brother of Lake Falconer. The brothers founded their practice in Blairgowrie in the early 1880s. A branch office was opened in Fort William before 1900 by James Falconer and then another at 22 Alexandra Place, Oban, which became the main office and was later to be run by Lake Falconer junior.

Most of their practice was estate work, their buildings being in a lightweight harled idiom with half-timbered gables. James Falconer was in charge of the Fort William and Oban offices. Although 'Who's who in Architecture' 1914 lists only Lake Junior at the Oban office, James Grewar Falconer continued to practice into the 1920s, though the office in Fort William may have been closed. In 1922 he made extensive additions to Meoble shooting lodge for Sir Berkeley Sheffield.

He died on 25 March 1928 at his home in Blairgowrie, Invergloy. He was married twice, first to Bessie McFarlane and then to Euphemia Henderson Douglas. His son who lived in Huntly survived him.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 4Blairgowrie, Perthshire, ScotlandBusiness   
Item 2 of 4Fort William, Inverness-shire, ScotlandBusiness   
Item 3 of 4Invergloy (?), Blairgowrie, Perthshire, ScotlandPrivate 1928 
Item 4 of 422, Alexandra Place, Oban, Argyll, ScotlandBusinessc. 1900  

Employment and Training


The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 1L & J G FalconerEarly 1880sAfter 1922Partner 

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 1William Farquharson Smith19251926Assistant 


RIBA Proposals

This architect proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 1George MacRitchie24 June 1912for Licentiateship

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 691886Rattray SchoolRattray PerthshireScotland 
Item 2 of 691889Glenshee Parish ChurchGlenshee PerthshireScotlandInternal alterations
Item 3 of 691890Kirkmichael Free ChurchKirkmichael PerthshireScotland 
Item 4 of 691895Clayquhat HouseEricht PerthshireScotland 
Item 5 of 691895Rattray Mission HallRattray PerthshireScotland 
Item 6 of 691896Blairgowrie Public SchoolBlairgowrie PerthshireScotlandAddition
Item 7 of 691897Drill HallFort William Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 8 of 691898Burrelton SchoolBurrelton PerthshireScotlandExtension and verandah
Item 9 of 691899193 High StreetFort William Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 10 of 691899Blairgowrie and Rattray District Cottage HospitalBlairgowrie PerthshireScotland 
Item 11 of 691899Farm Steading, BurnsideRannagulzion  Scotland 
Item 12 of 691899Persie Manse Blairgowrie Blairgowrie PerthshireScotland 
Item 13 of 691899Two VillasSpean Bridge Inverness-shireScotlandFort William Office
Item 14 of 69Late 1800sMamore LodgeNorth Lorn ArgyllScotland 
Item 15 of 691900Fort William Infectious Diseases HospitalFort William Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 16 of 691900Steam LaundryBlairgowrie PerthshireScotland 
Item 17 of 691901Blairgowrie Public SchoolBlairgowrie PerthshireScotlandAdditions
Item 18 of 691901Mrs Cameron-Campbell LibraryFort William Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 19 of 691903Argyll HotelFort William Inverness-shireScotlandAlterations
Item 20 of 691903Fort William Masonic HallFort William Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 21 of 691903Higher Grade SchoolFort William Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 22 of 691903Shooting lodge, gardener's cottage and officesKinlochmore ArgyllScotland 
Item 23 of 691903St Columba's Parish ChurchMallaig Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 24 of 69After January 1903Achdalien Lodge and kennels  Inverness-shireScotlandAdditions
Item 25 of 69After January 1903Ben Nevis DistilleryFort William Inverness-shireScotlandReconstruction
Item 26 of 69After January 1903Business premises for Messrs D & J McGregorFort William Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 27 of 69After January 1903Corriechoille Lodge (Inverlochy Estate?)  Inverness-shireScotlandAddition
Item 28 of 69After January 1903Inverlochy CastleTorlundy Inverness-shireScotlandNew gate lodge
Item 29 of 69After January 1903Kingairloch Mansion House  ArgyllScotlandAddition and remodelling
Item 30 of 69After January 1903Kingairloch Parish ChurchKingairloch ArgyllScotland 
Item 31 of 69After January 1903Primary SchoolFort William Inverness-shireScotlandAddition
Item 32 of 69After January 1903Shooting Lodge and officesMamore Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 33 of 69After January 1903Town HallFort William Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 34 of 691904Camesky Shooting LodgeInverlochy Inverness-shireScotlandAdditions
Item 35 of 691904Corrour  Inverness-shireScotlandExtensive remodelling, and unexecuted designs for garden
Item 36 of 691906Ardsheal HouseNorth Appin ArgyllScotlandLarge additions
Item 37 of 691907Station HotelMorar Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 38 of 691908Corrour and Fersit (Invergarry Estate), buildingsInvergarry Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 39 of 691908DalbhanOnich Inverness-shireScotlandExtensive additions
Item 40 of 691909Onich Parish ChurchOnich Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 41 of 691909UF ManseFort Augustus Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 42 of 691910Garage, off Soroba RoadOban ArgyllScotlandCorrugated iron extension on garage. Also same appears under 1913
Item 43 of 691910Glenurquhart UF ChurchGlenurquhart Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 44 of 691910Manse KilbrandonKilbrandonSeilArgyllScotland 
Item 45 of 69November 1910Arduaine HouseArduaine ArgyllScotlandAdditions - drawings signed by him - but Lake Falconer must have been involved as he claims this in Nomination Papers
Item 46 of 691911Broadford UF Church and ManseBroadfordSkyeInverness-shireScotland 
Item 47 of 691911Falls of Lora HotelConnel ArgyllScotlandReconstruction after fire
Item 48 of 691911Sheriff Courthouse and county buildingsOban ArgyllScotlandVestibule screen to Sherriff Courthouse
Item 49 of 691911The Manor HouseOban ArgyllScotlandLavatory
Item 50 of 691911Thirty-six workmen's housesRaasay Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 51 of 691911UF ChurchMallaig Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 52 of 691911UF ManseAcharacle / Aharcle Argyll/Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 53 of 691912Garage, Dunollie RoadOban ArgyllScotland 
Item 54 of 691912Iron Miners' Cottages for William Baird and CoInverarish SutherlandScotland 
Item 55 of 691912Lorn Combination Poorhouse, DalintartOban ArgyllScotlandAddition - new bathroom at Male Sick Ward
Item 56 of 691912Premises, George Street and Argyll StreetOban ArgyllScotlandConversion of store room into tweed room and additional office accommodation
Item 57 of 691912Rattray UF ChurchRattray PerthshireScotland 
Item 58 of 691912Spean Bridge School Spean Bridge Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 59 of 691913Argyll Chemical WorksOban ArgyllScotlandNew store, chemical laboratory and WC
Item 60 of 691914Commercial HotelOban ArgyllScotlandInternal alterations
Item 61 of 691914Park HotelOban ArgyllScotlandInternal alterations
Item 62 of 691914Portree MansePortreeSkyeInverness-shireScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 63 of 691914Premises, George Street and John StreetOban ArgyllScotlandInternal alterations to form shop and bakery
Item 64 of 691914The Manor HouseOban ArgyllScotlandMotor garage
Item 65 of 691915Sleat ManseSleatSkyeInverness-shireScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 66 of 691920Argyll Chemical WorksOban ArgyllScotlandNew building and sulphur store
Item 67 of 691920Old Railway Gas Works site, new kilns and other buildings for kippering herringsOban ArgyllScotlandErection of three new kilns for kippering herrings
Item 68 of 691920Store and garageOban ArgyllScotland 
Item 69 of 691921Corrugated iron hut for seasonal workersOban ArgyllScotland 


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