Basic Biographical Details

Name: James Sampson (or Samson)
Designation: Architect
Born: 1796(?)
Died: 1869(?)
Bio Notes: James Sampson (sometimes spelt Samson) was born in about 1796 in Angus. In the 1841 census he is recorded as living in ' Black Croft, Samson's Land' which indicates the family had a long connection to Dundee. He practised in Dundee from at least 1837. It may be that he worked in David Neave's office, as he does not appear in the 1840 directory and was responsible for the sale of his house in Tay Street in February 1842. He was, however, one of the signatories to the protest to the Town Council against William Scott's appointment as Town's Architect with freedom to undertake private commissions.

After 1842 he practised from the somewhat downmarket address of Blackscroft, at least until 1869. In 1866 Sampson was called as a witness in the case brought to court by the Caledonian Railway Company against Brown's Trustees regarding the value of land.

He does not appear in the Directories after 1871-72. His will was registered on 9 August 1873. His widow, Isabella Archer died on 26 September 1877.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 484, Blackscroft, Dundee, ScotlandBusiness 1869(?) 
Item 2 of 4Ferry Road, Dundee, ScotlandBusiness(?)1837  
Item 3 of 4Black Croft, Samson's Land, Dundee, ScotlandPrivate1841  
Item 4 of 468, Blackscroft, Dundee, ScotlandBusinessAfter 1842 *Early 1870s 

* 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 1David Neave 1842 It is unclear whether Sampson was employed by Neave, but it seems likely as Sampson was responsible for the sale of Neave's house after his death.

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 6 Tenements, Alexander Street  DundeeScotlandDate unknown
Item 2 of 6 Tenements, Wellington Street  DundeeScotlandDate unknown
Item 3 of 61837House  DundeeScotland 
Item 4 of 61838Fisher Street, feus for south sideBroughty Ferry DundeeScotland 
Item 5 of 61838Murraygate and Craigie Terrace, feu plan  DundeeScotland 
Item 6 of 61839Roads in Craigie areaCraigie DundeeScotlandPlan of roads? Tenders to be submitted to Sampson


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 2Architects Engineers and Building Trades Directory1868Architect's, Engineer's and Building Trades' Directory London, Wyman 
Item 2 of 2Scotlands People Website Wills & Testaments  Dundee Sheriff Court SC45/31/24 and SC45/31/27 (his wife)

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Dundee Courier and Advertiser5 October 1866   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1Census records onlineCensuses