Basic Biographical Details

Name: James Maxwell Scott
Designation: Architect
Born: 1877
Died: 7 November 1956
Bio Notes: James Maxwell Scott was born in 1877 and articled to Arthur Forman Balfour Paul from 1899 to 1903, during which period he studied at the Edinburgh School of Applied Art. In the latter year (some sources give 1902) he became an assistant in the LCC Architects' Department from which he passed the qualifying exam in 1908. He was admitted ARIBA on 30 November of that year, his proposers being Alfred Cox and Frederic Richard Farrow both in private practice in London and William Edward Riley of the LCC Architects' Department. His connections with Cox and Farrow are not known, but he may have assisted their practices outwith office hours.

Scott was mainly engaged on housing and schools during his career with the LCC. Among the many schools for which he was responsible are Roehampton and Bellingham. He was also involved with the architectural aspects of the Vaushall and Chelsea Bridges and the proposed widening of Waterloo Bridge.

Scott retired from the LCC in 1945, having reached the rank of Assistant Architect but he was re-engaged the following year to assist with the Council's post-war housing drive. He finally left in 1955.

In retirement Scott returned to Edinburgh to live at Walton, Barnton. Between 1929 and 1935 he had exhibited etchings of the Old Town of Edinburgh at the RSA. He was a fine etcher and watercolourist. He resumed exhibiting in 1953, his subjects again being in the Old Town and the South Side of Edinburgh. He died on 7 November 1956.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 1Walton, Barnton, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate1945  

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 2Arthur Forman Balfour Paul18991903Apprentice 
Item 2 of 2London County Council Architects' Department (LCC Architects' Department)1903c. 1945Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Alfred Cox30 November 1908for Associateship
Item 2 of 3Frederic Richard Farrow30 November 1908for Associateship
Item 3 of 3William Edward Riley30 November 1908for Associateship

RIBA Proposals

This architect proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 2Archibald Stuart Soutar20 March 1911for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 2John Carrick Stuart Soutar20 March 1911for Licentiateship


Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1London Metropolitan Archives Biographical volumes on Council architects