Basic Biographical Details

Name: Ebeneezer Simpson
Designation: Architect
Born: 1854
Died: 26 December 1934
Bio Notes: Ebeneezer Simpson was born in 1854, the son of William Simpson, architect (born c1811) and his wife Catherine. His older brother William was also an architect (born 1843) but he moved south and was living in Suffolk by 1911. Ebenezer Simpson practised from 16 King Street, Stirling from c.1885. He was a keen volunteer as early as the 1890s and was a captain by 1892 with the 4th Stirlingshire Volunteer Battalion. He was promoted to Major in 1900 and by at least 1905 he had reached the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, and by 1907 Colonel and was the commanding officer of the Stirlingshire Rifle Volunteers. He served with the battalion in the First World War. He had retired from the Volunteer Force by the end of the War.

In the Valuation Roll of 1905 Simpson is shown as owning a significant number of properties in Stirling, incuding houses, shops and offices. This is presumably an indication of the success of his practice.

Simpson married late in life in 1918 in Hartlebury, Kidderminster to Mary Jean Hodges from the Weal. He planned to move to England after his marriage and was presented with a gift from local subscribers (manufacturers and contractors) shortly after his marriage.

His marriage and intended move to England may have been the reason that he entered into partnership with George MacCallum Davidson in 1920 and later that year assumed Alistair Marshall McMichael into partnership as well. He may not in fact have moved permanently to England as he would appear to have retained his house in Abercromby Place. He was a somewhat idiosyncratic: although his Museum Hall at Bridge of Allan is Italian Romanesque his later work is mainly free Jacobean.

He retired c.1924 and died on 26 December 1934, leaving moveable estate of 10,352 11s 6d. His home address was then 14 Abercromby Place, Stirling.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 316, King Street, Stirling, Stirlingshire, ScotlandBusinessc. 18851924Information from 1905 Valuation Roll

1 1905 Tenant SIMPSON EBENEZER GREEN 6 BAKER STREET STIRLING STIRLING BURGH VR80 / 26 / 393

2 1905 Owner SIMPSON EBENEZER HOUSE 33 FRIARS STREET STIRLING STIRLING BURGH VR80 / 26 / 395
3 1905 Owner SIMPSON EBENEZER HOUSE 33 FRIARS STREET STIRLING STIRLING BURGH VR80 / 26 / 395
4 1905 Owner SIMPSON EBENEZER OFFICE 33 FRIARS STREET STIRLING STIRLING BURGH VR80 / 26 / 395
5 1905 Owner SIMPSON EBENEZER WORKSHOP 33 FRIARS STREET STIRLING STIRLING BURGH VR80 / 26 / 395
6 1905 Owner SIMPSON EBENEZER SHOP 35 FRIARS STREET STIRLING STIRLING BURGH VR80 / 26 / 395
7 1905 Owner SIMPSON EBENEZER SHOP 37 FRIARS STREET STIRLING STIRLING BURGH VR80 / 26 / 395
8 1905 Tenant SIMPSON EBENEZER OFFICE 16 KING STREET STIRLING STIRLING BURGH VR80 / 26 / 414
9 1905 Owner SIMPSON EBENEZER SHOP AND BAKEHOUSE 43 UPPER CRAIGS STIRLING STIRLING BURGH VR80 / 26 / 436
10 1905 Owner SIMPSON EBENEZER STORE 47 UPPER CRAIGS STIRLING STIRLING BURGH VR80 / 26 / 436
11 1905 Owner SIMPSON EBENEZER STORE 47 UPPER CRAIGS STIRLING STIRLING BURGH VR80 / 26 / 436
12 1905 Owner SIMPSON EBENEZER STORE 47 UPPER CRAIGS STIRLING STIRLING BURGH VR80 / 26 / 436
13 1905 Owner SIMPSON EBENEZER SHOP 49 UPPER CRAIGS STIRLING STIRLING BURGH VR80 / 26 / 436
14 1905 Owner SIMPSON EBENEZER WORKSHOP 51 UPPER CRAIGS STIRLING STIRLING BURGH VR80 / 26 / 436
15 1905 Owner SIMPSON EBENEZER STORE 51 UPPER CRAIGS STIRLING STIRLING BURGH VR80 / 26 / 436
16 1905 Owner SIMPSON EBENEZER LAUNDRY AND STABLE 51 UPPER CRAIGS STIRLING STIRLING BURGH VR80 / 26 / 436
17 1905 Owner SIMPSON EBENEZER HOUSE 53 UPPER CRAIGS STIRLING STIRLING BURGH VR80 / 26 / 436
18 1905 Owner SIMPSON EBENEZER HOUSE 53 UPPER CRAIGS STIRLING STIRLING BURGH VR80 / 26 / 436
19 1905 Owner SIMPSON EBENEZER STORE 55 UPPER CRAIGS STIRLING STIRLING BURGH VR80 / 26 / 436
20 1905 Owner SIMPSON EBENEZER STORE 55 UPPER CRAIGS STIRLING STIRLING BURGH VR80 / 26 / 436
21 1905 Owner SIMPSON EBENEZER STABLE 55 UPPER CRAIGS STIRLING STIRLING BURGH VR80 / 26 / 436
22 1905 Owner SIMPSON EBENEZER ADVERTISING 55 UPPER CRAIGS STIRLING STIRLING BURGH VR80 / 26 / 436
23 1905 Owner SIMPSON EBENEZER HOUSE AND GARDEN 16 ABERCROMBY PLACE STIRLING STIRLING BURGH VR80 / 26 / 478
24 1905 Owner Occupier SIMPSON EBENEZER HOUSE AND GARDEN 14 ABERCROMBY PLACE STIRLING STIRLING BURGH VR80 / 26 / 478
25 1905 Owner SIMPSON EBENEZER HOUSE AND GARDEN 6 ABERCROMBY PLACE STIRLING STIRLING BURGH VR80 / 26 / 478
Item 2 of 361, King Street, Stirling, Stirlingshire, ScotlandBusiness1897 Address given in Post Office directories
Item 3 of 314, Abercromby Place, Stirling, Stirlingshire, ScotlandPrivate1934 *  

* earliest date known from documented sources.


Employment and Training

Employers

The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 1Simpson, McMichael & Davidson19201924Partner 

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 5George MacCallum Davidson18971902Apprentice 
Item 2 of 5George MacCallum Davidson19021905Assistant 
Item 3 of 5Thomas Spiers FraserAfter 1905Before 1911Chief Assistant 
Item 4 of 5Gordon Grantc. 1906 Apprentice 
Item 5 of 5Alastair Marshall McMichael19201920Assistant(?) 

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 42 Monksford   ScotlandDate unknown
Item 2 of 42c. 1881Macfarlane Museum and Art GalleryBridge of Allan StirlingshireScotland 
Item 3 of 421890Bridge of Teith ChurchBridge of Teith, Doune Perthshire/StirlingshireScotlandRenovation
Item 4 of 42c. 1890Dollarbeg House and lodgeDollar ClackmannanshireScotland 
Item 5 of 421894Adam Smith Memorial and Beveridge Halls and LibraryKirkcaldy FifeScotlandCompetition design - placed third
Item 6 of 421897Viewfield and lodge buildingStirling StirlingshireScotlandLodge - with William Leiper
Item 7 of 421898Schools, West CarronCarron StirlingshireScotlandCompetition design - placed third
Item 8 of 421900Argyle Street and James Watt Street corner  GlasgowScotlandAlterations
Item 9 of 421900Glendelvine  PerthshireScotlandRebuilding - date unknown
Item 10 of 421900Tenement, 58-70 Port StreetStirling StirlingshireScotland 
Item 11 of 421900Wolfs Craig BuildingStirling StirlingshireScotland 
Item 12 of 42190152-56 Port StreetStirling StirlingshireScotlandDean of Guild drawings show that Simson was architect
Item 13 of 421901Auchentroig HouseDrymen StirlingshireScotlandRemodelling and enlargement
Item 14 of 421901Stirling Combination Hospital, RaplochStirling StirlingshireScotland 
Item 15 of 421902National Bank of Scotland, Kilsyth BranchKilsyth StirlingshireScotland 
Item 16 of 421902TenementStirling StirlingshireScotland 
Item 17 of 421903Clackmannan Town HallClackmannan ClackmannanshireScotlandRefronted
Item 18 of 421905Bannockburn Hospital, Convalescent HomeBannockburn StirlingshireScotland 
Item 19 of 421906Grangehill, farm steadingKinghorn (near) FifeScotlandAlterations
Item 20 of 421908Police StationDenny StirlingshireScotland 
Item 21 of 421909Caputh Village HallCaputh PerthshireScotland 
Item 22 of 421910Parish Council OfficesDenny StirlingshireScotland 
Item 23 of 421910Tenement and shopsAberfeldy PerthshireScotland 
Item 24 of 421910West Fife Infectious Diseases HospitalDunfermline FifeScotlandAdditional pavilions to west and north
Item 25 of 421912Model Village for Messrs J G Stein & Co Ltd, Castlecary WayFalkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 26 of 421914Port Street and Upper Craigs corner buildingStirling StirlingshireScotland 
Item 27 of 42After 1920Allan Water HydropathicBridge of Allan StirlingshireScotlandAdditions?
Item 28 of 42After 1920Bridge HouseWestfield  ScotlandInvolved if within this period
Item 29 of 42After 1920Crianlarich HotelCrianlarich PerthshireScotlandInvolved if within this period
Item 30 of 42After 1920Dreadnought HotelCallander PerthshireScotlandAlterations
Item 31 of 42After 1920Dunblane CathedralDunblane PerthshireScotlandAlterations - involved if before 1924
Item 32 of 42After 1920GlencairnaigCallander PerthshireScotlandInvolved if built within this period
Item 33 of 42After 1920Housing for Callander Burgh CouncilCallander PerthshireScotlandInvolved if before 1924
Item 34 of 42After 1920Housing for Doune Burgh CouncilDoune PerthshireScotlandInvolved if before 1924
Item 35 of 42After 1920Housing for Dunblane Burgh CouncilDunblane PerthshireScotlandInvolved if before 1924
Item 36 of 42After 1920Housing for Perthshire County Council  PerthshireScotlandInvolved if the date is before 1924
Item 37 of 42After 1920Kingshouse HotelBalquhidder PerthshireScotlandInvolved if within this period
Item 38 of 42After 1920Longcroft HouseLinlithgow West LothianScotlandInvolved if work dates from this period
Item 39 of 42After 1920Macfarlane Museum and Art GalleryBridge of Allan StirlingshireScotlandInvolved if before 1924. Alterations?
Item 40 of 42After 1920Royal HotelTyndrum StirlingshireScotlandInvolved if within this period
Item 41 of 42After 1920The GartCallander PerthshireScotlandInvolved if built in this period
Item 42 of 42After 1920Trossachs InnCallander PerthshireScotlandAlterations?

References

Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
 Author(s)DateTitlePartPublisherNotes
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 6Falkirk Herald20 September 1905   
Item 2 of 6Falkirk Herald29 June 1907   
Item 3 of 6Falkirk Herald22 January 1908   
Item 4 of 6Falkirk Herald25 January 1908   
Item 5 of 6Falkirk Herald25 January 1908   
Item 6 of 6Stirling Observer23 April 1918   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1Courtesy of Morag CrossInformation sent to DSA Sent November 2015