Basic Biographical Details

Name: James Herbert Belfrage
Designation: Architect
Born: 1877
Died: 3 June 1955
Bio Notes: James Herbert Belfrage was born in 1877 and attended the Edinburgh Institution from 1891-93. His address at that date was 11A Thornton Hill, Wimbledon, London. In the latter year he was articled to Hippolyte Jean Blanc in Edinburgh. After serving an apprenticeship of five-and-a-half years he moved to the office of George Washington Browne, before leaving for London where he worked as assistant to James Glen Sivewright Gibson. He subsequently worked in the LCC Architect's Department and later for Frank Loughborough Pearson. He passed the qualifying exam in July 1902 and was admitted ARIBA on 1 December of that year, his proposers being Blanc, Pearson and John Slater. Prior to that he had travelled in France. He later practised on his own account in London. During the War I he saw active service being a Lieutenant in the Royal Army Service Corps.

He would appear to have spent his later years in Kelso as his address is given as such in 1950. He died on 3 June 1955.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 611A, Thornton Hill, Wimbeldon, London, ScotlandPrivate18911893 
Item 2 of 69, Trafalgar Square, Chelsea, London, EnglandBusiness1902 *  
Item 3 of 62, Mansfield Street, London W, EnglandPrivate1902 *  
Item 4 of 627, Chancery Lane, London WC, EnglandBusiness1914 *  
Item 5 of 6Norfolk House, Norfolk Street, Strand, London EC, EnglandBusiness1926 *  
Item 6 of 6Linton Mill Cottage, Kelso, Roxburghshire, ScotlandPrivate1950 *  

* 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 5Hippolyte Jean BlancOctober 18931899Apprentice 
Item 2 of 5Peddie & Washington Browne1899Before 1902Assistant 
Item 3 of 5James Glen Sivewright GibsonAfter 1899Before 1902Assistant 
Item 4 of 5London County Council Architects' Department (LCC Architects' Department)After 1899Before 1902Assistant 
Item 5 of 5Frank Loughborough Pearson1902 * Assistant 

* earliest date known from documented sources.


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Hippolyte Jean Blanc1 December 1902for Associateship
Item 2 of 3Frank Loughborough Pearson1 December 1902for Associateship
Item 3 of 3John Slater1 December 1902for Associateship

RIBA Proposals

This architect proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 1Thomas Gordon Jackson8 January 1912for 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 1c. 1900Lochdochart House stables kennels and byre  PerthshireScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 4British Architectural Library, RIBA2001Directory of British Architects 1834-1914   
Item 2 of 4Graves, Algernon1905The Royal Academy of Arts: a complete dictionary of exhibitors and their works…1905-6London: Graves and Bell 
Item 3 of 4RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 4 of 4Who's Who in Architecture1914    

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Builder10 June 1955v188 p961 - obituary - CHECK

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2Edinburgh Central LibraryEdinburgh Institution records  
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A v15 p55 no 1447 (microfilm reel 18)