Basic Biographical Details

Name: James Augustus Souttar
Designation: Architect
Born: 26 December 1866
Died: 24 May 1952
Bio Notes: James Augustus Souttar was born on 26 December 1866, the eldest son of James Souttar of Aberdeen and his Swedish wife Maria Sophie Georgina Westerberg. He was educated at The Gymnasium, Old Aberdeen and then Aberdeen Grammar School. He attended classes at Gray's School of Art from 1885-89 and was articled to his father from 1882 to 1887, remaining for a further three years as a draughtsman and studying for the South Kensington certificates. He then sought experience elsewhere, moving to Wales as chief assistant to Alfred Swash of Newport, Monmouthshire, but in 1892 returned to his father's firm to act as clerk of works on the Salvation Army Citadel in Aberdeen.

He was taken into partnership by his father in 1897, as James Souttar & Son, but the partnership was dissolved the following year, James Augustus moving to London to practise alone. The split was clearly amicable as his father was among his proposers for admittance as LRIBA in late 1910, the others being Arthur Clyne and Arthur Hay Livingstone Mackinnon, also of Aberdeen. His nomination papers state that he had been a member of the Society of Architects since 1901, and his father's statement mentions that James Augustus had travelled in Sweden, France, Germany, Italy and Egypt.

James Augustus became architect to the British and Foreign School Society and the Cambrian Coast Hotels Company, and was superintending valuator to the War Office Western Command from 1919 to 1925. He was admitted FRIBA in 1925 and died in Elie, Fife on 24 May 1952.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 7Beech Lodge, Aberdeen, ScotlandPrivate1885 * At this date described as architect, rather than apprentice - which is odd as he was only 19
Item 2 of 742, Union Street, Aberdeen, ScotlandBusiness1898 *1897 
Item 3 of 741, Bishopsgate Street, London EC, EnglandBusiness1910 *  
Item 4 of 751, Eardley Crescent, London SW, EnglandPrivate1910 *  
Item 5 of 752, Bishopsgate, London, EnglandBusiness1914 *  
Item 6 of 717, Wimpole Street, London, EnglandPrivate1914 *  
Item 7 of 715, Upper Wimpole Street, London, EnglandPrivate1922 *  

* 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 5James Souttar18821887Apprentice 
Item 2 of 5James Souttar18871890Draughtsman 
Item 3 of 5Alfred Swash18901893(?)Chief Assistant 
Item 4 of 5James Souttar1893(?)1897ClerkClerk of Works
Item 5 of 5James Souttar & Son18971898Partner 

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 1Robert Thomson Garrow1903 Apprentice 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Arthur ClyneLate 1910for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3Arthur Hay Livingstone MackinnonLate 1910for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3James SouttarLate 1910for 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 241882Banchory Free ChurchBanchory KincardineshireScotlandAs apprentice to his father
Item 2 of 24After 1882Free ChurchDufftown BanffshireScotlandAs apprentice/clerk of works to his father
Item 3 of 24After 1882Town and County BankBervie KincardineshireScotlandAs apprentice to his father
Item 4 of 241883Rosemount Public School  AberdeenScotlandAs apprentice to his father
Item 5 of 24c. 1887TillymaudCruden Bay AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 6 of 241893Salvation Army Citadel  AberdeenScotlandAs clerk of works for his father
Item 7 of 241894Two Houses for Mrs Willox on Desswood Place  AberdeenScotlandPossibly involved, as clerk of works to his father
Item 8 of 241895The Sailors' Home  AberdeenScotlandAs clerk of works to his father, and possibly with a design role
Item 9 of 241897Episcopal SchoolStonehaven KincardineshireScotlandNamed as architect in The Builder
Item 10 of 241897House for W Sinclair on Leslie Terrace  AberdeenScotland 
Item 11 of 241897Lodging HouseStonehaven KincardineshireScotlandWon in competition
Item 12 of 241897MaxieburnStonehaven KincardineshireScotland 
Item 13 of 241897 or 1898The HeughStonehaven KincardineshireScotland 
Item 14 of 241898Fetteresso LodgeStonehaven KincardineshireScotland 
Item 15 of 241898House for J McRobb on Orchard Street  AberdeenScotland 
Item 16 of 241898Two Houses for G Greig on Stanley Street  AberdeenScotland 
Item 17 of 241899Pathological Building, Oxford UniversityOxford OxfordshireEngland 
Item 18 of 241903WillaparkBossiney, Tintagel CornwallEngland 
Item 19 of 241904White LodgeLiphook HampshireEngland 
Item 20 of 241905MallaigSevenoaks KentEngland 
Item 21 of 241908Hayes CourtHenley SurreyEngland 
Item 22 of 241909HernewoodSevenoaks KentEngland 
Item 23 of 241909HillsideHenley SurreyEngland 
Item 24 of 24Before 1914Police Orphanage Central BuildingRedhill SurreyEngland 


Bibliographic References

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

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Builder30 May 1952v182 p813 - obituary

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 v5 no318 (microfilm reel 30); F no2123