Basic Biographical Details

Name: John Elmsly Inglis
Designation: Architect
Born: 1861
Bio Notes: John Elmsly Inglis was born in 1861 and was probably a native of St Andrews, where he first went to school. Thereafter he was educated at the High School, Dundee, and was articled to Young & Meldrum of Dundee from 1877 to 1882. Because of recession he appears to have found it difficult to obtain a place in another office, working for Alexander Matthew, builder, Edinburgh, for one year, and then another for Kinnear Moodie & Co. He then spent some time with the Edinburgh architect Alexander McTavish and with B Herbert Fawcett, who may have been in some kind of informal partnership with McTavish as they both operated from 74 George Street in the mid-1880s, before obtaining a place in H M Prison Commissioners Architects Office in Edinburgh.

He moved to London in the mid-1880s, studying for some time at the RA Schools and publishing sketches in 'The Architect' (1884), and commenced independent practice in 1887 with an office at 9 Great Russell Street, continuing in his artistic pursuits as well as in architecture. He published articles and sketches in 'The Builder' and the 'Art Annual' (1887), exhibited five designs for bookplates at the Ex Libris Society Liverpool, and provided souvenir sketches for 'Julius Caeser' and 'King John' at Her Majesty's Theatre. Much of his work involved assisting other practitioners, including the painters Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema and Sir Edward John Poynter, presumably on architectural backgrounds, and the architectural offices of St Aubyn & Wadling, Alfred Hessel Tiltman, the Great Eastern Railway Company (under the engineer John Wilson), Richard Creed, Robert Braxton Perress and the London School Board before finally settling in the LCC Architects Department in 1910. He was admitted LRIBA in the mass intake of 20 July 1911, his proposers being Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema (an honorary fellow), Henry John Wadling, and John Stacey Davis of St Aubyn's office.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 29, Great Russell Street, London, EnglandBusiness1911 *  
Item 2 of 215, Holly Mount, Hampstead, London, EnglandPrivate1911 *  

* 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 13Young & Meldrum18771882Apprentice 
Item 2 of 13Alexander Matthew18821883Assistant(?) 
Item 3 of 13Kinnear Moodie & Co18831884Assistant(?) 
Item 4 of 13Alexander McTavish1884Before 1885Assistant(?) 
Item 5 of 13H M Prison Commissioners for Scotland Architects OfficeAfter 18841885(?)Draughtsman 
Item 6 of 13B Herbert FawcettAfter 1884Before 1885Assistant(?) 
Item 7 of 13London School Board Architect's Office (LCC Education Committee)After 18871904Assistant 
Item 8 of 13Richard CreedAfter 1887Before 1910Assistant 
Item 9 of 13Great Eastern Railway Company Architects' and Engineers' DepartmentsAfter 1887Before 1910Assistant 
Item 10 of 13Robert Braxton PerressAfter 1887Before 1910Assistant 
Item 11 of 13St Aubyn & WadlingAfter 1887Before 1910Assistant 
Item 12 of 13Alfred Hessel TiltmanAfter 1887Before 1910Assistant 
Item 13 of 13London County Council Architects' Department (LCC Architects' Department)1904After 1910Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3(Sir) Lawrence Alma-Tadema20 July 1911for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3John Stacey Davis20 July 1911for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3Henry John Wadling20 July 1911for Licentiateship


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 1British Architectural Library, RIBA2001Directory of British Architects 1834-1914   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L v14 no901