Basic Biographical Details

Name: James Cairns
Designation: Architect
Born: 1853
Bio Notes: James Cairns was born about 1853 in Madderty, Perthshire. He trained as a joiner and was described as a joiner journeyman in the 1881 census. By 1891 he had become a clerk of works and practised as an architect in and around Glasgow in the early decades of the 20th century. If he was indeed responsible for the work listed in the late 1920s he was into his 70s by then. It is possible that his son, also James, was reponsible.

No further details of him are yet known. There is a small collection of drawings for four projects in Strathclyde Regional Archives.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 3124, Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1901  
Item 2 of 3116, Hope Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusinessBefore 19021930 or after 1931 
Item 3 of 312, Holyrood Crescent, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1930 or 1931 *  

* earliest date known from documented sources.

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 151889London & Glasgow Colour Company premises  GlasgowScotland 
Item 2 of 151903Gleniffer Soap WorksPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandOffice and store
Item 3 of 151905Sawmill for the Scottish Wood Haskinising Co  GlasgowScotland 
Item 4 of 151906Great Western Hotel and TerraceOban ArgyllScotlandScullery at rear added
Item 5 of 151907CarnellHurlford AyrshireScotlandStables and lodge
Item 6 of 151908Barnasheen and Fernlea  GlasgowScotlandAlterations and additions to no 7 - may be by J D Cairns or A Wilson
Item 7 of 151909Springfield Grain StoresKingston GlasgowScotland 
Item 8 of 15April 1913WilliamfieldIrvine AyrshireScotland 
Item 9 of 151918Lincombe HallHartlebury WorcestershireEngland 
Item 10 of 151919Canteen for Linlithgow District CommitteeRiccarton West LothianScotland 
Item 11 of 151921Drumchapel HospitalDrumchapel GlasgowScotlandExtensions to provide additional beds
Item 12 of 151922Tenement, King StreetRutherglen LanarkshireScotlandAlterations
Item 13 of 15July 1922TorwoodhillRhu|Row DunbartonshireScotlandAlterations (?)
Item 14 of 151925South Queensferry Police StationSouth Queensferry West LothianScotlandAdditions
Item 15 of 151929Drumchapel HospitalDrumchapel GlasgowScotlandMajor extensions, including five additional wards, nurses' home and new administration block


Currently, there are no references for this architect. The information has been derived from: the British Architectural Library / RIBA Directory of British Architects 1834-1914; Post Office Directories; and/or any sources listed under this individual's works.