Basic Biographical Details

Name: James Lowson
Designation: Architect
Born: 1869
Died:  
Bio Notes: James Lowson was born in 1869 and articled to Thomas Saunders Robertson of Edward & Robertson, Dundee in 1884. In 1890 he moved to Glasgow to become an assistant on the joint railway under the Caledonian and Glasgow & South Western Railway Architects Departments, and he continued this work until 1892 when he joined the Great North of Scotland Railway Company, working under John J Smith. He succeeded Smith as the company's architect in 1900 and was admitted LRIBA on 4 December 1911, his proposers being Arthur Clyne, Arthur Hay Livingstone Mackinnon, and William Edgar Gauld of Aberdeen, whom he had met when the latter was a fellow assistant in the Great North of Scotland Railway Company in the late 1890s.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 280, Guild Street, Aberdeen, ScotlandBusiness1911 *  
Item 2 of 235, Carlton Place, Aberdeen, ScotlandPrivateBefore 1911After 1914 

* 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 5Edward & Robertson18841890ApprenticeWorking under Thomas Saunders Robertson
Item 2 of 5Caledonian Railway Company Architect's and Engineer's Department18901892AssistantWorking on joint project with Caledonian Railway Company
Item 3 of 5Glasgow and South Western Railway18901892AssistantWorking on joint project with Glasgow & South Western Railway Company
Item 4 of 5Great North of Scotland Railway Company Architect's Department18921900Assistant 
Item 5 of 5Great North of Scotland Railway Company Architect's Department1900After 1911Chief Architect 

RIBA

RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Arthur Clyne4 December 1911for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3William Edgar Gauld4 December 1911for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3Arthur Hay Livingstone Mackinnon4 December 1911for Licentiateship

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 22After 1884Wormit estate, feuing plan and villasWormit FifeScotlandAs apprentice/assistant to Edward & Robertson
Item 2 of 221885Auchmithie Parish ChurchAuchmithie AngusScotlandAs apprentice to Edward & Robertson
Item 3 of 221889Beach MissionBroughty Ferry DundeeScotlandAs apprentice/assistant to Edward & Robertson
Item 4 of 221889Fowlis Easter Parish Church and Monument to Lord GrayFowlis AngusScotlandRestoration, including new roof and bellcote - as assistant to Edward & Robertson
Item 5 of 22After 1890Barrhead Goods StationBarrhead GlasgowScotlandWorking under the Caledonian and Glasgow & South Western Railway Companies
Item 6 of 22After 1890Kennishead Station  GlasgowScotlandExtensions/alterations? - working under the Caledonian and Glasgow & South Western Railway Companies
Item 7 of 22After 1892Alterations and decorations for three Great North of Scotland Railway Co hotels   ScotlandAs assistant/architect to Great North of Scotland Railway Company
Item 8 of 22After 1892Locomotive, carriage and waggon workshopsInverurie AberdeenshireScotlandAs assistant/architect to Great North of Scotland Railway Company
Item 9 of 22After 1892Offices, stores, superintendent's house & workmen's dwellingsInverurie AberdeenshireScotlandAs assistant/architect to Great North of Scotland Railway Company
Item 10 of 22After 1892Passenger StationBanchory Kincardineshire/AberdeenshireScotlandAs assistant/architect to Great North of Scotland Railway Company
Item 11 of 22After 1892Passenger StationFraserburgh AberdeenshireScotlandAs assistant/architect to Great North of Scotland Railway Company
Item 12 of 22After 1892Passenger StationBucksburn AberdeenScotlandAs assistant/architect to Great North of Scotland Railway Company
Item 13 of 22After 1892Passenger StationMurtle AberdeenScotlandAs assistant/architect to Great North of Scotland Railway Company
Item 14 of 22After 1892Railway StationAlford AberdeenshireScotlandRemodelling and extensions - as assistant/architect to Great North of Scotland Railway Company
Item 15 of 22After 1892Railway StationBallater AberdeenshireScotlandRemodelling and extensions - as assistant/architect to Great North of Scotland Railway Company
Item 16 of 22After 1892Railway StationRothes MorayshireScotlandRemodelling and extensions - as assistant/architect to Great North of Scotland Railway Company
Item 17 of 221895Passenger StationAboyne AberdeenshireScotlandAs assistant/architect to Great North of Scotland Railway Company
Item 18 of 221898House, Hilton Street  AberdeenScotland 
Item 19 of 221898Passenger StationElgin MorayshireScotlandAs assistant/architect to Great North of Scotland Railway Company
Item 20 of 221902Passenger StationInverurie AberdeenshireScotlandAs assistant/architect to Great North of Scotland Railway Company
Item 21 of 221913Passenger Station  AberdeenScotlandAs assistant/architect to Great North of Scotland Railway Company
Item 22 of 221913Railway Station and road overbridge  AberdeenScotlandMainly responsible according to 'Buildings of Scotland'

References

Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
 Author(s)DateTitlePartPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2British Architectural Library, RIBA2001Directory of British Architects 1834-1914   
Item 2 of 2Who's Who in Architecture1914    

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 v22 no1717