Basic Biographical Details

Name: James Ross
Designation: Architect
Born: c. 1781
Died: 1853
Bio Notes: James Ross was born c.1781 and appears to have been Archibald Simpson's clerk of works at Stracathro. He settled there, perhaps with the promise of local estate work, as he was described as 'architect' at Huntly Hill when his son Alexander was born in 1834 and again as 'architect' in heritors' records for the parish of Dun. In 1833 he moved to Inverness to complete some further works by Archibald Simpson and established an episcopal church connection, designing churches for that denomination at Inverness in 1840 and Portsoy in 1841.

Ross died in 1853 at the age of seventy-two. His will was registered on 26 March 1856. His son Alexander Ross, then aged nineteen, took over the practice.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 3Inverness, Inverness-shire, ScotlandBusiness1833  
Item 2 of 3Dun, Angus, ScotlandBusinessBefore 1833  
Item 3 of 3Stracathro, Angus, ScotlandBusiness1834 *  

* 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 1Archibald Simpson  Clerk of Works 

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 2Alexander RossAfter 1848c. 1852(?)Apprentice 
Item 2 of 2Alexander Rossc. 1852(?)1853Assistant 

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 701836ManseCareston AngusScotlandAlterations to front
Item 2 of 701839Braelangwell HouseResolis Ross and CromartyScotlandNew fašade - perhaps completing work for Archibald Simpson
Item 3 of 701840St Mary's Episcopal ChurchInverurie AberdeenshireScotlandNave
Item 4 of 701841Bridge, PitmuiesGuthrie, Forfar AngusScotland 
Item 5 of 701841St John the Baptist Episcopal ChurchPortsoy BanffshireScotland 
Item 6 of 701842Aberchalder Farmhouse, steading and ploughman's cottagesStratherrick Inverness-shireScotlandSteading
Item 7 of 701842Laggan Parish ChurchLaggan Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 8 of 701843Dwelling houses and shops, Church StreetInverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 9 of 701843Lochhournhead and Glenquoich LodgeGlengarry Inverness-shireScotlandAlterations and new buildings
Item 10 of 701844Bunchrew Cottages  Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 11 of 701844St John the Evangelist Episcopal Church, MonumentInverness Inverness-shireScotlandMonument
Item 12 of 701844Vewfield Farmhouse and offices  Inverness-shireScotlandRepairs and additions
Item 13 of 701845Big Strath of Lochbroom, shooting cottage  Ross and CromartyScotland 
Item 14 of 701845Braelangwell HouseResolis Ross and CromartyScotlandServants' cottages, washing house, additions and repairs to offices and bridge
Item 15 of 701845Building yard, Shore of Inverness feuing for cottagesInverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 16 of 701845Eskadale House  Inverness-shireScotlandAlterations and repairs and stables, coachhouse etc
Item 17 of 701845Loch Broom Shooting Lodge  Ross and CromartyScotland 
Item 18 of 701845Lochhournhead and Glenquoich LodgeGlengarry Inverness-shireScotlandBuildings
Item 19 of 701845Royal Northern InfirmaryInverness Inverness-shireScotlandPorter's lodge (for previous building?)
Item 20 of 701845Shewglie, Farm officesGlenurquhart Inverness-shireScotlandAdditions and alterations
Item 21 of 701846Ardtornish Mansion HouseArdtornish Inverness-shireScotlandAdditions and garden wall
Item 22 of 701846Courthouse and PrisonFort William Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 23 of 701846Dunain, FarmhouseInverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 24 of 701846Easter Milltown (Easter Leys), farmhouseEaster Leys Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 25 of 701846HousePortreeSkyeInverness-shireScotland 
Item 26 of 701846House, lands of AultnashiachInverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 27 of 701846Inverguseran, farmhouseKnoydart Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 28 of 701846Kilmorack Church and Churchyard dykesKilmorack Inverness-shireScotlandRepairs and alterations
Item 29 of 701846Kilmorack ManseKilmorack Inverness-shireScotlandAddition
Item 30 of 701846Steading at ArdtornishArdtornish Inverness-shireScotlandAdditions and alterations
Item 31 of 701847Braelangwell HouseResolis Ross and CromartyScotlandSouth Lodge
Item 32 of 701847Lochcarron (Janetown) InnLochcarron Ross and CromartyScotlandAlteraatiosn and additions
Item 33 of 701847Lochhournhead and Glenquoich LodgeGlengarry Inverness-shireScotlandCourt of offices
Item 34 of 701847Morven Established ManseMorven ArgyllScotland 
Item 35 of 701848Armadale CastleArdvasarSkyeInverness-shireScotlandService court added
Item 36 of 701848Armadale Castle Home Farm SkyeInverness-shireScotland 
Item 37 of 701848Dumnadrochit, Lodge near post officeDumnadrochit Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 38 of 701848Garve InnGarve Ross and CromartyScotlandRepairs and additions to inn and offices
Item 39 of 701848Old CourthouseLochmaddyNorth UistInverness-shireScotlandAdditions
Item 40 of 701848Shop, 6-8 Inglis StreetInverness Inverness-shireScotland'Buildings of Scotland' attribution
Item 41 of 701848St George's Episcopal ChurchFolla Rule AberdeenshireScotlandChancel
Item 42 of 701849Bunchrubin, HouseTruim Bridge, Glenntruim Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 43 of 701849House of Corrybrough  Inverness-shireScotlandAdditions
Item 44 of 701849Laggan ManseLaggan Inverness-shireScotlandRepairs and additions
Item 45 of 701849Strathvaich Shooting Lodge  Ross and CromartyScotland 
Item 46 of 701850Boundary Wall, Castle HillInverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 47 of 701850Daviot ManseDaviot Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 48 of 701850Guisachan SteadingTomich Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 49 of 701850Ord HouseMuir of Ord Ross and CromartyScotlandRemodelling of house
Item 50 of 701850Scatwell Lodge  Ross and CromartyScotlandExtensive additions
Item 51 of 701850Shooting Lodge, InverlailLochbroom Ross and CromartyScotland 
Item 52 of 70c. 1850Guisachan Home Farm, farmhouseBy Tomich Inverness-shireScotlandAdditions
Item 53 of 701851Cromarty House and storehousesCromarty Ross and CromartyScotlandAlterations?
Item 54 of 701851Dreim, Park SquareUrray, Muir of Ord Ross and CromartyScotland 
Item 55 of 701851House for Captain BaringGarve Ross and CromartyScotland 
Item 56 of 701851Leys of Inshes farmsteadInverness (in or near) Inverness-shireScotlandLarge court of offices
Item 57 of 701851Milltown of Kilravock, farmsteadMilton of Kilravock NairnshireScotland 
Item 58 of 701851Muirtown HouseInverness Inverness-shireScotlandAddition
Item 59 of 701851Petty Free Church manse  Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 60 of 701851St James the Great Episcopal ChurchDingwall Ross and CromartyScotlandExecutant work for J L Pearson
Item 61 of 701852Garve, farmsteadGarve Ross and CromartyScotland 
Item 62 of 701852Laggan Parish School and schoolhouseLaggan Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 63 of 701853Caledonian BreweryInverness Inverness-shireScotlandAdditions
Item 64 of 701853Garve Lodge, farmhouse and officesGarve Ross and CromartyScotland 
Item 65 of 701853Garve Shooting LodgeGarve Ross and CromartyScotland 
Item 66 of 701853Highfield Estate, buildingsTain Ross and CromartyScotland 
Item 67 of 701853Kingsmills HouseInverness Inverness-shireScotlandExtensive additions
Item 68 of 701853MarcusTannadice AngusScotland 
Item 69 of 701853School and schoolhouseLaggan Bridge Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 70 of 70Before 1853UP Church, King StreetInverness Inverness-shireScotlandProbably designed by James rather than Alexander Ross


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 1Scotlands People Website Wills & Testaments  Inverness Sheriff Court SC29/44/9