Basic Biographical Details

Name: James Hamilton
Designation: Architect
Born: c. 1807
Died: 1861
Bio Notes: James Hamilton was born in 1807, one of the sons of David Hamilton of Glasgow. A talented designer, he worked in partnership with his father during the latter's last years as D & J Hamilton. After his father's death on 5 December 1843 he continued in practice in partnership with his brother-in-law James Smith, but in the following year the firm was sequestrated, apparently as a result of money owing on the Royal Exchange Square development. Smith continued but Hamilton withdrew from practice as a principal thereafter, apparently working for his brother-in-law as an assistant. He died in 1861.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 1Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness   

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 3D & J HamiltonBefore 1830December 1843Partner 
Item 2 of 3Hamilton & Smith18431844Partner 
Item 3 of 3James Smith1844 Assistant 

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 241829Priory LodgeLargs AyrshireScotland 
Item 2 of 24c. 1830WarristonLargs AyrshireScotland 
Item 3 of 241834Dunoon Parish ChurchDunoon ArgyllScotlandEnlargement
Item 4 of 241834Glasgow Necropolis, screen wall and Bridge of Sighs etcDennistoun GlasgowScotlandBridge of Sighs etc and general processional way with gates, gatepiers and gatehouse
Item 5 of 241835Cleland Testimonial Building  GlasgowScotland 
Item 6 of 241835St Paul  GlasgowScotland 
Item 7 of 241836Normal School  GlasgowScotland 
Item 8 of 241837Glasgow Necropolis, Egyptian Vaults  GlasgowScotland 
Item 9 of 24After 1837British Linen Bank Head Office  GlasgowScotlandOriginal building. Colvin gives 1840-41.
Item 10 of 241838Mosesfield ParkSpringburn Park GlasgowScotland 
Item 11 of 241839Hutcheson's Boys' School  GlasgowScotland 
Item 12 of 241839Royal Infirmary  GlasgowScotlandWest extension
Item 13 of 241839Western Club  GlasgowScotlandOriginal building
Item 14 of 241840Clydesdale Bank  GlasgowScotland 
Item 15 of 241840Western Bank, Glasgow  GlasgowScotland 
Item 16 of 24c. 1840Camis Eskan HouseCraigendoran DunbartonshireScotlandAddition
Item 17 of 24c. 1840Stonebyres HouseLesmahagow LanarkshireScotlandAdditions
Item 18 of 241841Hamilton Palace Mausoleum and keeper's lodge  LanarkshireScotlandOriginal scheme, later superseded by Bryce's
Item 19 of 241841Union Bank  GlasgowScotlandBuchanan Mansion incorporated
Item 20 of 241842Free Church, AscogRothesayButeArgyll & ButeScotlandMainly responsible for design as David Hamilton incapacitated by then.
Item 21 of 241843Glenburn HydropathicRothesayButeButeScotlandOriginal building
Item 22 of 241843Muirshiel HouseLochwinnoch RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 23 of 241843St FillansLargs AyrshireScotland 
Item 24 of 241859Manchester Assize Courts  ManchesterEnglandCompetition design - unplaced


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 1Colvin, H M1995A Biographical Dictionary of British Architects 1600-18403rd editionNew Haven and London: Yale University PressEntry on David Hamilton

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Builder27 October 1961  'Architectural Historians' Conference: Papers Submitted to the Edinburgh Meeting' p787 - David Walker mentions James in a paper entitled 'Towards a New Style' delivered at the SAH (UK) Conference in Edinburgh on 15-17 Sept 1961