Basic Biographical Details

Name: James Mollison Wilson
Designation: Architect
Born: 28 March 1887
Died: 26 June 1965
Bio Notes: James Mollison Wilson was born on 28 March 1887 and articled to William Alexander, City Architect of Dundee in 1903. When Alexander died in May 1904 and his practice was closed, his articles were taken over by Thomas Martin Cappon, with whom he remained until 1909 when he moved to Thoms & Wilkie as an assistant. In 1910 he moved to London as assistant to Gibson Skipwith & Gordon (James Glen Sivewright Gibson being a fellow Dundonian), enabling him to study at the RA Schools. He remained with Gibson's practice until 1912 or 1913 when he moved to that of Sir Edwin Landseer Lutyens, assisting him on the buildings at New Delhi. He remained with Lutyens until he enlisted in the Indian army in 1915. At the end of the war he became Deputy Director of Civil Works in Baghdad in 1918, being promoted to Director of Public Works in Iraq in 1920. He carried out much work for the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company when he was in the Middle East. While in Baghdad he took advantage of the war exemption scheme to be admitted ARIBA on 1 December 1924, probably in preparation for setting up independent practice in London in January 1926. His proposers were Gibson, Walter Symington Athol Gordon and Alexander Godolphin Bond.

Subsequently he founded the practice J M Wilson, H C Mason & Partners and was described as a 'consultant' to the firm at the time of his death. He was belatedly admitted FRIBA. proposed by H C Mason, M Savage and Walter Gordon at the age of 69 on 10 April 1956 and died on 26 June 1965.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 23, Chandos Street, London W, EnglandBusiness1955 *  
Item 2 of 2312, Rodney House, Dolphin Square, London SW, EnglandPrivate1955 *  

* 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 9William Alexander1903 Apprentice 
Item 2 of 9Thomas Martin Cappon1904c. 1907Apprentice 
Item 3 of 9Thomas Martin Capponc. 19071909Assistant 
Item 4 of 9Thoms & Wilkie19091910Assistant 
Item 5 of 9Gibson, Skipwith & Gordon19101912 or 1913Assistant 
Item 6 of 9Edwin Landseer Lutyens1912 or 19131915Assistant 
Item 7 of 9Pulbic Works Department, Baghdad19181920ArchitectDeputy Director of Civil Works
Item 8 of 9Pulbic Works Department, Baghdad1920January 1926Chief ArchitectDirector of Public Works
Item 9 of 9J M Wilson, H C Mason & PartnersLate 1920s1950sPartner 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 6Alexander Godolphin Bond1 December 1924for Associateship
Item 2 of 6James Glen Sivewright Gibson1 December 1924for Associateship
Item 3 of 6Walter Symington Athol Gordon1 December 1924for Associateship
Item 4 of 6Walter Symington Athol Gordon10 April 1956For Fellowship
Item 5 of 6H C Mason10 April 1956For Fellowship
Item 6 of 6M Savage10 April 1956For Fellowship

RIBA Proposals

This architect proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 1Ernest Howard Sadler12 May 1959For Fellowship

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 11928Standard Life Assurance Office  LondonEnglandworking in association with Peddie & Walker Todd


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 1British Architectural Library, RIBA2001Directory of British Architects 1834-1914   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Builder2 July 1965v209 p29 - obituary

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A no3778 (microfilm reel 28); F no5201 (combined box 63)