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Basic Biographical Details

Name: James Allan Hugh Mottram (or James A H Mottram)
Designation: Architect
Died: 1984
Bio Notes: The practice of Alfred Hugh Mottram was continued by his son James Allan (not Arthur) Hugh Mottram. He studied full-time at the day classes at Edinburgh College of Art from October 1933 to July 1936 and from the latter date served part of his apprenticeship with Dunn & Martin. He completed the course between October 1937 and mid-1939. In June of that year he travelled extensively in England and spent five weeks in Northern France, and in the Loire and Provence. His father who proposed him (with Alexander Alan Foote and Ebenezer Macrae) for associateship of the RIBA on 12 December 1939 stated that during his travels he had toured and sketched extensively, sketching and measuring in France, north middle and south, England, Scotland, Wales and Switzerland. He had also assisted his father in the office.

In 1947 he married Barbara Picken Howie who had also studied architecture at Edinburgh College of Art.

He became a partner in 1950 in his father's firm. He became a member of the TPI. In 1954 the younger Mottram invited Thomas Edward Patrick, a friend from Edinburgh College of Art, to join him in partnership; and in 1960 their long-serving chief assistant Andrew Martin Dalgleish also became a partner.

Mottram was a member of the Bruntsfield Links Golfing Society for whom he did work. He served as President of the Edinburgh Architectural Association in the late 1950s and President of the RIAS.

Mottram retired in late 1980 and resigned from the RIBa in January the following year.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 313, India Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate(?)1939 or 1940 *  
Item 2 of 3Maryville, Gullane, East Lothian, ScotlandPrivate1950 *  
Item 3 of 343, Glenorchy Road, North Berwick, East Lothian, ScotlandPrivate1980 *  

* 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 4J B Dunn & Martin  Apprentice 
Item 2 of 4A H Mottram & Son1950c. 1960Partner 
Item 3 of 4Mottram, Patrick & Dalgleish19601968Partner 
Item 4 of 4Mottram Patrick Whitehorn Dalgleish & Partners1968After 1975Partner 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Alexander Allan Foote12 December 1939For Associateship
Item 2 of 3Ebenezer James MacRae12 December 1970For Associateship
Item 3 of 3Alfred Hugh Mottram12 December 1939For Associateship

RIBA Proposals

This architect proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 2Rolf Koren7 July 1948for Associateship
Item 2 of 2Stanley Patrick Ross-Smith17 July 1968For Fellowship

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 50 Rosyth Parish Church HallRosyth FifeScotland 
Item 2 of 501950Housing scheme, Factor's Park  EdinburghScotland 
Item 3 of 50After 195046-50 Lauriston Place  EdinburghScotlandAlterations
Item 4 of 50c. 1950(?)Clubhouse for Bruntsfield Links Golfing SocietyBarnton EdinburghScotland 
Item 5 of 501954Rosyth Parish ChurchRosyth FifeScotlandChurch hall
Item 6 of 506 February 1959Craigroyston High SchoolCraigroyston EdinburghScotlandas architect per Builder p297. The practice title chencged in 1960 to Mottram Patrick & Dalgleish - but this reference predates the change.
Item 7 of 50Late 1950sSt Cuthbert's Co-operative Association Department Store and Dairy  EdinburghScotlandAlterations?
Item 8 of 501960sChildren's home for RSSPCCColinton EdinburghScotland 
Item 9 of 501960sCo-operative Society StoreMoredun EdinburghScotland 
Item 10 of 501960sCo-operative Society StorePennywell Edinburgh  
Item 11 of 501960sColtbridge HallMurrayfield EdinburghScotlandAlterations
Item 12 of 501960sFactory for Di RolloGorgie EdinburghScotland 
Item 13 of 501960sHousing, Harden PlacePortobello EdinburghScotland 
Item 14 of 501960sLodge Celtic  EdinburghScotlandRestoration
Item 15 of 501960sPark Brewery  EdinburghScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 16 of 501960sSt Cuthbert's Co-operative Association Premises  EdinburghScotlandAlterations?
Item 17 of 501960sStore and garages for SSEBCurrie Midlothian  
Item 18 of 501960sWhitefoord House  EdinburghScotlandAdditions
Item 19 of 501960Craigroyston High SchoolCraigroyston EdinburghScotland 
Item 20 of 5026 February 1960Dunbartonshire County Council OfficesDumbarton DunbartonshireScotlandcompetition assessor per Builder p403
Item 21 of 50Before 1960Caledonian Brewery  EdinburghScotlandAlterations?
Item 22 of 501963Block of buildings, 52-58 Nicolson Street  EdinburghScotland 
Item 23 of 501966Assurance Offices, Life Association of Scotland  EdinburghScotland 
Item 24 of 501968Licensed bar and restaurantBonnington Toll EdinburghScotland 
Item 25 of 501968Licensed bar and restaurant  EdinburghScotland 
Item 26 of 501968Service and Sales Centre for Globe & Simpson  EdinburghScotland 
Item 27 of 501968TC CentreAlnwickhill EdinburghScotland 
Item 28 of 50c. 1968(?)Co-ownership HousingDalgety Bay FifeScotland 
Item 29 of 50c. 1968(?)Hopetoun HouseAbercorn West LothianScotlandAlterations and restoration
Item 30 of 50c. 1968(?)Hotel for the DisabledNorth Berwick East LothianScotland 
Item 31 of 50c. 1968(?)Housing for Royal Burgh of ForfarForfar AngusScotland 
Item 32 of 501960s or 1970sJohn Watson's School  EdinburghScotlandAlterations
Item 33 of 501970sAnchor InnGranton EdinburghScotlandReconstruction
Item 34 of 501970sGalleon Public House  EdinburghScotland 
Item 35 of 501970sGreen HotelKinross Kinross-shireScotlandRestoration and alterations
Item 36 of 501970sHousing for Lowland & Grampian Housing Association  AberdeenScotland 
Item 37 of 501970sHousing for Lowlands & Grampian Housing Association  EdinburghScotland 
Item 38 of 501970sHousing for Lowlands & Grampian Housing AssociationEast Kilbride LanakshireScotland 
Item 39 of 501970sLaboratories and offices for Inveresk Research InternationalMusselburgh East LothianScotland 
Item 40 of 501970sMelville Lounge  EdinburghScotland 
Item 41 of 501970sPort of Leith Association premisesLeith EdinburghScotland 
Item 42 of 501970sResearch laboratories and offices for Inveresk Research InternationalElphinstone East LothianScotland 
Item 43 of 501970sThe Regent Buffet  EdinburghScotland 
Item 44 of 501972Craigroyston High SchoolCraigroyston EdinburghScotlandAdditions
Item 45 of 501972Dalhousie Castle  MidlothianScotlandInterior replanned as a hotel
Item 46 of 50Before 1975Autopoint for Burmah  EdinburghScotland 
Item 47 of 50Before 1975Bridge Bar  EdinburghScotland 
Item 48 of 50Before 1975HousingPortobello EdinburghScotland 
Item 49 of 50Before 1975Housing for Lowland & Grampian Housing AssociationLeven FifeScotland 
Item 50 of 50c. 1975Borthwick CastleBorthwick MidlothianScotlandRestoration


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 3Bailey, Rebecca M1996Scottish architects' papers: a source book Edinburgh: The Rutland Pressp281
Item 2 of 3RIBA1939The RIBA Kalendar 1939-1940 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 3 of 3RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 5Builder7 June 1957  p1025 - lists J. A. H. Mottram as vice-president of Edinburgh AA - CHECK
Item 2 of 5Builder10 April 1959  'Edinburgh Architectural Association: An Excellent Year Book' p679
Item 3 of 5Builder1 May 1959  'Edinburgh Architectural Association' p832 - notes that Mottram is past-president
Item 4 of 5Builder9 October 1959  'Stirling Architects' Competition' p416
Item 5 of 5Builder28 April 1961  'Edinburgh Architectural Association: A Lively 1961 Year Book' p803

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 James Allan Hugh Mottram: A 7354 (Combined Box 185)


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