Basic Biographical Details

Name: James Ritchie
Designation: Architect
Born: 1835
Died: 4 March 1910
Bio Notes: James Ritchie was born in 1835, the son of William Ritchie, farmer and Margaret Craig. He married Jane Gordon, sister of the architect John Gordon on 15 December 1859 at 50 Eglinton Street, Glasgow: the ceremony was Free Church. Ritchie first appears as a senior assistant to James Salmon c.1862-63, but whether he had been a pupil is not known. He disappeared from the directories in 1864-67 when he may have been working elsewhere, possibly in England, but in 1868 he reappears as Salmon and his son William Forrest Salmon's partner as Salmon Son & Ritchie at 141 West George Street. This partnership was dissolved c.1872, Ritchie thereafter practising alone.

At the time of the 1891 census all three of his children - William (30, an architect), Jessie M (29) and James (26, a measurer) - were living in the parental home. The elder James Ritchie died of nepalic cirrhosis on 4 March 1910 at 9 Woodstock Drive, Merrylee Park, Cathcart, leaving moveable estate of 738 2s 1d. His wife survived him.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 6200, St Vincent Street, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate   
Item 2 of 697, West Regent Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusinessBefore 1874c. 1880Worked on his own at this address.
Item 3 of 694, West Regent Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1886 *  
Item 4 of 628, Nithsdale Road, Pollokshields, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1888 *1891 
Item 5 of 6209, St Vincent Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusinessBefore 1888After 1910 
Item 6 of 69, Woodstock Drive, Merrylee Park, Cathcart, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1910 *  

* 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 2James Salmon (senior)1862 or 18631864(?)Senior Assistant 
Item 2 of 2Salmon, Son & Ritchie1867 or 18681872Partner 

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 2George GunnNovember 1886January 1891Apprentice 
Item 2 of 2David Henry Hunter18941898Apprentice 

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 201867 or 1868Deaf and Dumb InstituteLangside GlasgowScotland 
Item 2 of 201867 or 1868Gallowhill HousePaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 3 of 201868Cranstonhill Bakeries  GlasgowScotland 
Item 4 of 20c. 1868Bluevale ChurchDennistoun GlasgowScotland 
Item 5 of 201871Barony Parochial AsylumLenzie LanarkshireScotlandWon competition and secured job - began with linking blocks and wings
Item 6 of 201871British Linen Bank Eglinton Street  GlasgowScotland 
Item 7 of 201871Lanarkshire County Bridewell  GlasgowScotlandReconstruction and new house for governor: won in competition
Item 8 of 201871Middle Free ChurchGreenock RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 9 of 20c. 1871Templetons' Warehouse  GlasgowScotland 
Item 10 of 201876St Columba's Free Church Hall  GlasgowScotland 
Item 11 of 201880West Kilbride Free ChurchWest Kilbride AyrshireScotland 
Item 12 of 201882St Ninian's Established Church  GlasgowScotland 
Item 13 of 201882St Peter's SchoolArdrossan AyrshireScotland 
Item 14 of 20c. 1886Strathbungo Parish ChurchStrathbungo GlasgowScotlandWon competition but McKissack secured job as a member of the congregation
Item 15 of 20c. 1887CraigallionMugdock StirlingshireScotland 
Item 16 of 201888Larkhall Parish ChurchLarkhall LanarkshireScotlandReconstruction and enlargement
Item 17 of 201889Ardrossan Parish ChurchArdrossan AyrshireScotlandAlterations
Item 18 of 201889Shirt Factory  GlasgowScotland 
Item 19 of 20After 1894(?)F & J Smith Tobacco Factory  GlasgowScotlandPossibly involved, but more probably by Burnet & Boston
Item 20 of 201900Kelvindale Laundry  GlasgowScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 4Architects Engineers and Building Trades Directory1868Architect's, Engineer's and Building Trades' Directory London, Wyman 
Item 2 of 4British Architectural Library, RIBA2001Directory of British Architects 1834-1914   
Item 3 of 4Gomme, Andor and Walker, David1987Architecture of GlasgowSecond revised ednLondon: Lund Humphries 
Item 4 of 4Post Office Directories     

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2Courtesy of Nick Gordon, great great grandson of John Gordon's brotherInformation supplied to Dictionary Sent 20 February 2016
Item 2 of 2Professor David M Walker personal archiveProfessor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material Additional research by Iain Paterson