Basic Biographical Details

Name: James Paxton
Designation: Architect
Born: c. 1864
Bio Notes: James Paxton was born c.1863 or 1864, possibly in Kilmarnock. He was articled to John Hutchison in 1879, remaining with him as an assistant until 1887, and studied at Glasgow School of Art from 1886 to 1888. Thereafter he moved to London and worked in a number of offices of which only that of John William Simpson is specified, in order to study at the Royal Academy Schools which he entered in 1888. He passed the qualifying exam in 1892 and was admitted ARIBA on 21 November of that year, his proposers being Richard Phené Spiers, Alfred Burnell Burnell and John Macvicar Anderson. Shortly thereafter he obtained a salaried post in the Storey's Gate London office of the Office of Works.

A sketch of his appears in the Charles Rennie Mackintosh sketchbook in the possession of Moira Dingwall, who was a fellow apprentice in Hutchinson's office.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 315, Florence Place, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1886 *  
Item 2 of 3Richardland, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, ScotlandPrivate1887 *  
Item 3 of 3London, EnglandPrivate/business1888  

* 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 4John Hutchison1879c. 1884Apprentice 
Item 2 of 4John Hutchisonc. 18841887Assistant 
Item 3 of 4(Sir) John William SimpsonAfter 1887c. 1893Assistant 
Item 4 of 4H M Office of Works (later Ministry of Works, Department of the Environment and Property Services Agency)c. 1893 AssistantIn London office


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3John Macvicar Anderson21 November 1892for Associateship
Item 2 of 3Alfred Burnell Burnell21 November 1892for Associateship
Item 3 of 3Richard Phené Spiers21 November 1892for Associateship


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 1Post Office Directories     

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1Professor David M Walker personal archiveProfessor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material Research by Iain Paterson