Basic Biographical Details

Name: James Mather
Designation: Architect
Born: 29 December 1876
Died: 26 August 1931
Bio Notes: James Mather was born on 29 December 1876 at Lampits Farm near Carstairs into a large family. His four brothers went on to become farmers. He was educated at Lanark Grammar School where he had a distinguished record. He was articled to an as yet unidentified practice in Glasgow and qualified as both surveyor and architect.

In 1897 he took a post as assistant to the chamberlain to the Duke of Hamilton. He remained there for some time but in 1907 spent a brief period farming with one of his younger brothers at Dinwoodie Mains Farm, Dumfriesshire. Later that year he became sub-factor to the Earl of Wemyss and March, perhaps at Gosford, East Lothian which was the principal seat of the family. Two years later in 1909 he became Valuer or District Valuer to the Treasury. It was during this period that he acted as architect to the Congregational Committee of Cramond Kirk to repair and enlarge the building from 1911-12. This was completed nine months ahead of schedule.

He remained a civil servant for the rest of his career, being assistant Chief Valuer [Scotland]. About 1922 he moved to the Board of Agriculture to become Assistant Chief Secretary [Scotland] and latterly Chief Technical Officer [Land].

Mather died at Ravelston Bank, Blackhall, Edinburgh on 26 August 1931.

Private and Business Addresses

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

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 11911Cramond Parish ChurchCramond EdinburghScotlandAlterations, enlargement and decoration


Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 3Glasgow Herald27 August 1931  Obituary of Mather
Item 2 of 3Hamilton Advertiser5 September 1931  Obituary of Mather
Item 3 of 3Scotsman27 August 1931  Obituary of Mather

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1Courtesy of William ScholesInformation sent to DSA via website contact button Sent November 2009