Basic Biographical Details

Name: James Anderson Hamilton
Designation: Architect
Born: 1816
Died: 1875
Bio Notes: James Anderson Hamilton was born in about 1816 in Barony Parish, Lanarkshire and married Elsie Fleming in 1839. He was principal clerk to William Henry Playfair at the time of Playfair's death in 1857, completing the National Gallery from Playfair's drawings in 1858. In 1868 his office was at 28 South Frederick Street. Despite the disciplined Greek revival background of his professional training his architecture was baronial and of a studied eccentricity. He died in 1875.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 6Barony Parish, Lanarkshire, ScotlandPrivate1816 Place of birth
Item 2 of 64, Hunter Square, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusinessc. 1855  
Item 3 of 616, South Frederick Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusinessc. 1860c. 1863 
Item 4 of 628, South Frederick Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusiness1868 *  
Item 5 of 626, Frederick Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusinessc. 1869  
Item 6 of 61, Alva Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusinessc. 1870c. 1874Also home address sometime before this date.

* earliest date known from documented sources.

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 1William Henry PlayfairBefore 1857 Principal Clerk 

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 101852Old Newhaven Free ChurchNewhaven EdinburghScotlandOriginal church
Item 2 of 101857(?)St Andrews Town HallSt Andrews FifeScotlandWon competition and executed job
Item 3 of 101859Balgone, East Lodge  East LothianScotland 
Item 4 of 101859Balgone, South LodgeDirleton East LothianScotland 
Item 5 of 10c. 1859Balgone House  East LothianScotlandAddition of new wing
Item 6 of 101861Tenement, Duke StreetLeith EdinburghScotland 
Item 7 of 101862Balgone, North LodgeNorth Berwick East LothianScotland 
Item 8 of 101862Bonded warehouse, 12-14 John's PlaceLeith EdinburghScotlandno 13
Item 9 of 101863Balgone, West Lodge  East LothianScotlandDesign exhibited
Item 10 of 101865Stobs CastleCavers RoxburghshireScotlandAdditions - may be this JAH


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 4Clifford, Timothy and Gow, Ian1988The National Gallery of Scotland: an architectural and decorative history   
Item 2 of 4Laperriere, Charles Baile de (ed.)1991The Royal Scottish Academy Exhibitors 1826-1990   
Item 3 of 4Post Office Directories     
Item 4 of 4Pride, Glen L1999The Kingdom of Fife2nd EditionThe Rutland Pressp127