Basic Biographical Details

Name: James Wright (junior)
Designation: Architect
Born: 1871
Died: 2 July 1950
Bio Notes: James Wright (Junior) was born in England in 1871, the son of James Wright. He commenced his architectural training in September 1887, spending the following two years partly in the office of A & A Heiton of Perth, partly in engineering work in Glasgow, and partly in study. In November 1889 he began an articled apprenticeship with John James Burnet, who was then in partnership with James Archibald Campbell as Burnet Son & Campbell. He studied at the Glasgow and West of Scotland Technical College and at the Glasgow School of Art from 1890 to 1892, during which time he was living with his older civil engineer brother George (born c. 1868) at 231 Bath Street, the house of his step-grandmother Agnes Turnbull. He remained with the same firm as draughtsman until 1908 when he commenced independent practice.

He was admitted LRIBA in the mass intake of 20 July 1911, proposed by John Bennie Wilson and the Glasgow Institute of Architects. His travels prior to that time had been limited to Scotland and England, and at that time he still appears to have been based in the same offices as Burnet's firm. By 1914 his office was at 261 West George Street, where he remained until at least 1930. Shortly thereafter he relocated his office to Stirling, where he continued to practise until at least 1939.

Wright retired on account of poor health in 1945 and died on 2 July 1950.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 5231, Bath Street, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1890 *  
Item 2 of 5219, St Vincent Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1911 *  
Item 3 of 523, Carnarvon Street, Charing Cross, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1911 *  
Item 4 of 5261, West George Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusinessBefore 1914After 1931(?) 
Item 5 of 527, Albert Place, Stirling, Stirlingshire, ScotlandBusinessBefore 1934After 1939 

* earliest date known from documented sources.


Employment and Training

Employers

The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 4Andrew Heiton (junior)September 1887Before November 1889Apprentice(?) 
Item 2 of 4Burnet Son & CampbellNovember 1889c. 1894(?)Apprentice 
Item 3 of 4Burnet Son & Campbellc. 1894(?)1897Assistant 
Item 4 of 4John Burnet & Son18971908Assistant 

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 2Charles Robertson Muir19201925ApprenticeCheck this is the correct Wright
Item 2 of 2Robert McMillan Clive19221927Apprentice 

RIBA

RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 1John Bennie Wilson20 July 1911for Licentiateship - as President of the Glasgow Institute of Architects

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 18After 1889New houseWhiting BayArranButeScotlandAs assistant to John James Burnet
Item 2 of 181893Feuing at Whiting BayWhiting BayArranButeScotlandFeuing plan - as assistant to John James Burnet
Item 3 of 181894Glasgow Stock Exchange  GlasgowScotlandExtension in St George's Place - as assistant to John James Burnet
Item 4 of 181894Kirklee Station  GlasgowScotlandAs assistant to John James Burnet
Item 5 of 181895Glasgow Cross Station  GlasgowScotlandAs assistant to John James Burnet
Item 6 of 181896Kelvinside Station  GlasgowScotlandAs assistant to John James Burnet
Item 7 of 181898Finlaystone HouseLangbank RenfrewshireScotlandReconstruction, extension, decorative work, stable offices and entrance - as assistant to John James Burnet
Item 8 of 181898Glasgow Royal Asylum for Lunatics, entrance lodge & gateway  GlasgowScotlandAs assistant to John James Burnet
Item 9 of 181900Glasgow Royal Asylum for Lunatics, piggeries  GlasgowScotlandAs assistant to John James Burnet
Item 10 of 18After 1900InglistonBishopton RenfrewshireScotlandAdditions and alterations - as assistant to John James Burnet
Item 11 of 181904Glasgow Stock Exchange  GlasgowScotlandAdditions/reconstruction - as assistant to John James Burnet
Item 12 of 181907Glasgow Royal Asylum for Lunatics  GlasgowScotlandAdditions to south wing of east house - as assistant to John James Burnet
Item 13 of 18After 1908Cornhill House, cottage and north lodgeBiggar LanarkshireScotlandNew drainage system and septic tank
Item 14 of 18After 1908Glasgow Stock Exchange  GlasgowScotlandAlterations
Item 15 of 18After 1908Petrol store and officeKeppochhill GlasgowScotland 
Item 16 of 18After 1908Shop, 331 Sauchiehall Street  GlasgowScotlandAlterations
Item 17 of 18After 1909Coulter SchoolCoulter LanarkshireScotlandIn collaboration with William Arthur Laurie Carrick
Item 18 of 18After 1909Public Hall and LibrarySymington LanarkshireScotlandIn collaboration with William Arthur Laurie Carrick

References

Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
 Author(s)DateTitlePartPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 5British Architectural Library, RIBA2001Directory of British Architects 1834-1914   
Item 2 of 5Post Office Directories     
Item 3 of 5RIBA1930The RIBA Kalendar 1930-1931 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 4 of 5RIBA1939The RIBA Kalendar 1939-1940 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 5 of 5Who's Who in Architecture1914    

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Scotsman3 July 1950  p3 Obituary

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2Professor David M Walker personal archiveProfessor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material Additional research by Iain Paterson
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L v21 no1692