Basic Biographical Details

Name: James W Smith
Designation: Architect
Born: 1836 or 1837
Bio Notes: James W Smith was born in 1836 or 1837 the son of John Smith and his wife Margaret. He was a pupil of David Rhind. At the age of eighteen he was recommended to the Trustees' Academy by Rhind. He entered the Academy on 15 October 1853 and left on 12 July 1855. In the early 1860s he was in partnership with Charles Leadbetter as Leadbetter & Smith at 38 Hanover Street, but he left in the mid-1860s to set up his own office at 13 South Frederick Street. In 1871 he was living with his parents in the Canongate at which time his father is described as a prison governor.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 538, Hanover Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusinessc. 1861Mid 1860sIn partnership with Leadbetter
Item 2 of 54, St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusinessc. 1864  
Item 3 of 513, South Frederick Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusinessc. 1864c. 1869 
Item 4 of 516, Frederick Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusinessc. 1869  
Item 5 of 513, Frederick Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusinessc. 1870c. 1872No entry in directories from 1873

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 2David Rhindc. 1856c. 1861Apprentice 
Item 2 of 2Leadbetter & Smithc. 1861Mid 1860sPartner 

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 7186010 John StreetPortobello EdinburghScotland 
Item 2 of 71861Magdalene AsylumDalry EdinburghScotlandDesign exhibited
Item 3 of 7186521-23 WoodmarketKelso RoxburghshireScotland 
Item 4 of 71865Queensberry House  EdinburghScotlandNew wing
Item 5 of 71868Congregational ChurchDalkeith MidlothianScotlandDesign exhibited
Item 6 of 71868Congregational Church, near Dalkeith  MidlothianScotlandDesign exhibited
Item 7 of 71869Liberton Free ChurchLiberton EdinburghScotlandDesigned church (but not spire)


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 2Architects Engineers and Building Trades Directory1868Architect's, Engineer's and Building Trades' Directory London, Wyman 
Item 2 of 2Post Office Directories     

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSNMRS Architects Index