Basic Biographical Details

Name: James Smith Forbes
Designation: Architect
Bio Notes: James Smith Forbes collaborated with Reginald Francis Joseph Fairlie and George Reid on the winning entry for the Northfield Housing Scheme competition in Edinburgh in 1919, their short-lived partnership being known as Fairlie, Reid & Forbes. On completion of the scheme, Fairlie continued to practise alone whilst Reid and Forbes remained in partnership.

Forbes & Reid continued in partnership until Forbes retired in 1961. The following year Reid sold the practice to Cairns & Ford.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 27, Ainslie Place, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusiness c. 1930Still at this address after partnership with Fairlie ceased
Item 2 of 217, Great Stuart Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate/business(?)c. 1931 *After 1940 

* 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 2Fairlie, Reid & Forbes1919c. 1926Partner 
Item 2 of 2Reid & Forbes19261961Partner 

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 471919Northfield Housing Estate  EdinburghScotland 
Item 2 of 47After 1921Bank of Scotland, Marchmont BranchMarchmont EdinburghScotland 
Item 3 of 47After 1921Coldstream Secondary SchoolColdstream BerwickshireScotland 
Item 4 of 47After 1921Housing schemeTranent East LothianScotland 
Item 5 of 47After 1921Housing scheme  EdinburghScotland 
Item 6 of 47After 1921Primary and Secondary SchoolsInnerleithen PeeblesshireScotland 
Item 7 of 47After 1921Richmond Congregational ChurchCraigmillar EdinburghScotland 
Item 8 of 471924St John's RC School  EdinburghScotland 
Item 9 of 471924St John's RC SchoolPortobello EdinburghScotland 
Item 10 of 471926Jedburgh Grammar SchoolJedburgh RoxburghshireScotlandNorth-west extension
Item 11 of 471928Edinburgh Castle, Bruce and Wallace Memorial  EdinburghScotlandIn collaboration with Clapperton, Lorimer & Carrick
Item 12 of 471928Leith Academy Secondary SchoolLeith EdinburghScotlandWon competition to secure job
Item 13 of 471928Lodge Roman Eagle no 160  EdinburghScotland 
Item 14 of 471928Offices for Roxburghshire Education CommitteeNewtown St Boswells RoxburghshireScotland 
Item 15 of 471929RC College and Schools, Melville Grange FarmGilmerton EdinburghScotlandWon competition and selected as architects
Item 16 of 471930Victoria SchoolNewhaven EdinburghScotlandExtension
Item 17 of 471931Alexander's garage  EdinburghScotland 
Item 18 of 471931Primary SchoolMorebattle RoxburghshireScotland 
Item 19 of 471931Royal High Primary School  EdinburghScotland 
Item 20 of 471932Inverness High SchoolInverness Inverness-shireScotlandWon competition and secured job
Item 21 of 471932St Mary's RC Cathedral  EdinburghScotlandReconstruction of nave with aisles; also pulpit
Item 22 of 471932Union Bank, West Maitland Street and Palmerston Place  EdinburghScotlandBank - remodelling?
Item 23 of 471933Bank of Scotland, North West Circus PlaceStockbridge EdinburghScotlandAlterations
Item 24 of 471933Eldin HouseBonnyrigg/Lasswade MidlothianScotlandAddition of dormitory and school block
Item 25 of 471933George Heriot's School, Preparatory Department and technical classrooms  EdinburghScotland 
Item 26 of 471933Kelso AcademyKelso RoxburghshireScotland 
Item 27 of 471934Maxime's Ballroom  EdinburghScotland 
Item 28 of 471934Niddrie Church and HallsCraigmillar EdinburghScotland 
Item 29 of 471934Trinity Primary SchoolHawick RoxburghshireScotland 
Item 30 of 471935Broughton SchoolBroughton PeeblesshireScotlandExtension, also gates and railings
Item 31 of 471935Eyemouth High SchoolEyemouth BerwickshireScotlandExtension
Item 32 of 471935Jedburgh Grammar SchoolJedburgh RoxburghshireScotlandAdditions
Item 33 of 471935LaundryStenhouse EdinburghScotland 
Item 34 of 471935Niddrie Marischal Junior Secondary School  EdinburghScotland 
Item 35 of 471935Wardie Hotel  EdinburghScotlandExtension
Item 36 of 471936Primary SchoolHobkirk/Hopekirk RoxburghshireScotland 
Item 37 of 47c. 1936Peebles High SchoolPeebles PeeblesshireScotlandExtension and reconstruction
Item 38 of 471937Central SchoolChirnside BerwickshireScotland 
Item 39 of 471937Wilkies Buildings, Shandwick Place  EdinburghScotland 
Item 40 of 471938Primary SchoolWest Linton PeeblesshireScotlandReconstruction
Item 41 of 471938St Joseph's RC SchoolInverness Inverness-shireScotlandLarge extensions
Item 42 of 471938Tanfield Primary School  EdinburghScotlandCompetition design - not successful
Item 43 of 471949George Heriot's Hospital  EdinburghScotlandAdditions and repairs to war memorial
Item 44 of 47Before 1955Holyrood School  EdinburghScotland 
Item 45 of 47c. 1955Dalkeith High SchoolDalkeith MidlothianScotlandLater school
Item 46 of 471956Coldstream Primary SchoolColdstream BerwickshireScotland 
Item 47 of 47Before 1962Royal High School  EdinburghScotlandCairns & Ford who took over the practice mainly responsible.


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 2Post Office Directories     
Item 2 of 2RIBA1939The RIBA Kalendar 1939-1940 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1Courtesy of Mr William TerrellInformation via 'Contact Us' on website Sent February 2015