Basic Biographical Details

Name: James Strang
Designation: Architect
Born: 1855
Died: 28 January 1940
Bio Notes: James Strang was born at Denny in 1855, the son of James Strang and Marion Kirkland and educated at Grossarts School. He was articled to Alexander Black of Falkirk c.1879 and commenced independent practice as a civil engineer and architect in Falkirk in 1880. In 1922 he took into partnership Robert Wilson. Strang retired in 1937, (although Strang's Scotsman obituary says he retired about 1930) Wilson continuing the practice in partnership with the unrelated Henry Wilson at its existing office at 39 Vicar Street.

Outwith his professional life Strang was an office-bearer at St Andrews Church in Falkirk, having been connected with the church for twenty-five years. He was a member of the Falkirk Natural History and Archaeologival Society for many years.

Strang died at 6 Hodge Street (or South Pleasance Avenue - both addresses given in will), Falkirk on 28 January 1940, leaving moveable estate of £29,809 9s 5d.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 46, Hodge Street, Falkirk, Stirlingshire, ScotlandPrivate 1940Gives two addresses in will
Item 2 of 4South Pleasance Avenue, Falkirk, Stirlingshire, ScotlandBusiness 1940Gives two addresses in will
Item 3 of 4102, High Street, Falkirk, Stirlingshire, ScotlandBusiness1897 Builder 19 June 1897 p558
Item 4 of 439, Vicar Street, Falkirk, Stirlingshire, ScotlandBusinessBefore 1911(?)After 1930 

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 2Alexander Blackc. 1870 Apprentice 
Item 2 of 2Strang & Wilson19221937Partner 

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 11Copland & Malcolm    
Item 2 of 11Thomas Mair Coplandc. 1881(?)Before 1897Apprentice 
Item 3 of 11James Thomson18821887Apprentice 
Item 4 of 11James Thomson18871890Assistant 
Item 5 of 11John Douglas Dixon Watt19001905Apprentice 
Item 6 of 11John Douglas Dixon Watt1905 Assistant 
Item 7 of 11Robert Wilson19071912Apprentice 
Item 8 of 11William Adam19141919Apprentice 
Item 9 of 11George BartholomewNovember 19181922Apprentice 
Item 10 of 11William Adam19191922Assistant 
Item 11 of 11Robert WilsonApril 19191922Chief Assistant 

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 271881Cemetery and Superintendentís HouseBo'ness West LothianScotlandLayout and Superintendentís House
Item 2 of 271882Oddfellows HallGrahamston StirlingshireScotland 
Item 3 of 27After 1882EU Congregational ChurchFalkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 4 of 271893Falkirk Free ChurchFalkirk StirlingshireScotlandWon competition and secured job
Item 5 of 271896Maddiston SchoolMaddiston StirlingshireScotlandNorth part - built as infants' school
Item 6 of 271897ShopStenhousemuir StirlingshireScotland 
Item 7 of 271898Denny West UF ChurchDenny StirlingshireScotland 
Item 8 of 271898Polmont Parish Church HallPolmont StirlingshireScotland 
Item 9 of 271898Schools, West CarronCarron StirlingshireScotlandCompetition design - placed second
Item 10 of 271900Carmuirs SchoolCamelon StirlingshireScotland 
Item 11 of 271900Larbert East UF ChurchLarbert StirlingshireScotland 
Item 12 of 271901St Francis Xavier Church HouseFalkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 13 of 2719031-9 Grahams RoadGrahamston, Falkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 14 of 271903Cairneymount ChurchMaddiston StirlingshireScotland 
Item 15 of 271903Camelon UF Church HallFalkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 16 of 271903Lint Riggs, west sideFalkirk StirlingshireScotlandNumbers 2-6
Item 17 of 271905VelloreMaddiston StirlingshireScotlandAdditions
Item 18 of 271906Airth SchoolAirth StirlingshireScotland 
Item 19 of 271908Free ChurchNairn NairnshireScotland 
Item 20 of 27c. 1908Free Church ManseNairn NairnshireScotland 
Item 21 of 27191046-50 Vicar StreetFalkirk StirlingshireScotlandOriel windows inserted
Item 22 of 271914Denny Iron Works OfficeDenny StirlingshireScotland 
Item 23 of 27Before 1922Camelon Co-operative Society premisesFalkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 24 of 27Before 1922RC SchoolFalkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 25 of 27c. 1922Grangemouth High SchoolGrangemouth StirlingshireScotlandFurther work?
Item 26 of 27c. 1922Methodist ChurchFalkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 27 of 271936Reinforced concrete warehouse for A YoungFalkirk StirlingshireScotland 


Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Falkirk Herald31 January 1940  Obituary
Item 2 of 2Scotsman29 January 1940  p3

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1New Register HouseWills and Testaments