Basic Biographical Details
|Name: ||James Maclaren Honeyman |
|Designation: ||Architect |
|Born: ||11 November 1890 |
|Died: ||15 November 1948 |
|Bio Notes: ||James Maclaren Honeyman was no relation to John Honeyman (1831-1914). Born on 11 November 1890, he was articled to Henry Edward Clifford from October 1907 to October 1912, attending evening classes at the Glasgow School of Architecture. He then was a 'full-day' student at the School for two years but continued initially to assist Clifford in his spare time, subsequently assisting in the office of Alex Adam, and after completing the course in June 1914 he remained with Adam full-time until December. In February the following year he found employment as a draughtsman in the Ministry of Works, Edinburgh. Later that year he was appointed resident superintendent at Alnwick Court, Northumberland under the District Officer of the Royal Engineers, along with Balfour Beatty. He was still there when he was admitted ARIBA in mid-1919 under the war exemption scheme, his proposers being John Watson, David Salmond, and Clifford, who wrote in his supporting statement that Honeyman had 'rendered me very able temporary assistance' during his full-time study at the Glasgow School of Art. |
The following year, 1915, Honeyman became a senior draughtsman to Bradshaw Gass & Hope in Bolton. It was not until 1921 that he finally received his diploma from the Glasgow School of Art, and in 1922 he moved to York as senior draughtsman to Walter Brierley & Rutherford, returning to Glasgow a year later to commence practice on his own account.
Following the deaths of John Bennie Wilson in 1923, and of his son John Archibald Wilson in 1926, James M Honeyman continued their practice, initially under the style of John B Wilson, Son & Honeyman. He assisted in the architecture department of the Royal Technical College, Glasgow from 1926, and was a lecturer in Building Construction at the Royal Technical College, Paisley from 1928.
Honeyman took William Archibald Park Jack (born 1912) into partnership in 1937, but the practice went into abeyance during the Second World War, Honeyman serving as a Regional Officer with the Ministry of Works from 1941 until 1946 when the partnership resumed. The following year Jack's brother-in-law George William Robertson (born 1902) became a partner, the firm thereafter becoming Honeyman, Jack & Robertson. During the ensuing years the practice was involved mainly in factory work and in further jobs for the Ministry of Works.
Honeyman was elected FRIBA on 8 July 1947, his proposers being Andrew Graham Henderson, William James Smith and Thomas Johnston Beveridge. At that time the firm's office was at 92 Bath Street, Glasgow, and Honeyman was living at 41 Queensborough Gardens in the same city. By 1953, the practice had expanded to incorporate an Oban branch. Further branches were subsequently established in Kelso, Edinburgh and Stirling where Jack lived.
Honeyman died of heart failure on 15 November 1948 at 41 Queensborough Gardens.
Private and Business Addresses
|The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:|
| ||Address||Type||Date from||Date to||Notes|
|41, Queensborough Gardens, Glasgow, Scotland||Private|| ||1947|| |
|Invermark, Castle Road, Cathcart, Glasgow, Scotland||Private||1907||After 1919|| |
|Command Depot, Alnwick, Northumberland, England||Business||1919 *|| || |
|194, West Regent Street, Glasgow, Scotland||Business||1924||1925|| |
|92, Bath Street, Glasgow, Scotland||Business||1926||After 1947||Though the RIBA Kalander gives 98 Bath Street in 1939-40.|
* earliest date known from documented sources.
Employment and Training
Buildings and Designs
|The following books contain references to this architect:|
|RIBA||1939||The RIBA Kalendar 1939-1940|| ||London: Royal Institute of British Architects|| |
|The following archives hold material relating to this architect:|
| ||Source||Archive Name||Source Catalogue No.||Notes|
|Professor David M Walker personal archive||Professor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material|| ||Additional Information from Iain Paterson|
|RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert Museum||RIBA Nomination Papers|| ||A v24 no2798 (microfilm reel 23); F no4280 (combined box 5)|