Basic Biographical Details

Name: James Brewster
Designation: Architect
Born: 1805
Died: c. 1845
Bio Notes: James Brewster was born in about 1805, one of the three sons of Reverend Dr James Brewster, minister of Craig, near Montrose. Rev James Brewster joined the Free Church at the Disruption. The younger James Brewster moved to Dundee in 1832 when he entered the competition for the new seminaries there. He was placed second, although only narrowly beaten by George Angus. His designs won general approval. Later that year he was employed to lay out Euclid Crescent in consultation with Angus. He was beaten by Angus in the competitions for the Gaols and Bridewell. He had left Dundee by 1840 and died or possibly emigrated about 1845 (certainly before 1848).

Reverend James Brewster died in February 1847. Of his sons, David, the third son, died in Calcutta on 1 June 1848. He also had at least three daughters.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 17, New Inn Entry, Dundee, Scotland(?)Business1834  

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 20 Rossie Estate  AngusScotlandSurvey drawn from plan by William Ireland
Item 2 of 201829Dundee High School  DundeeScotlandCompetition design - not successful. However asked to draw up specifications for Angus's plan of wall and gateway.
Item 3 of 201830sConstitution Road CemeteryPerth PerthshireScotlandDesign for hearse house
Item 4 of 201832Euclid Crescent plan  DundeeScotland 
Item 5 of 201832Feuing plan of The Meadows and part of the Wards  DundeeScotland 
Item 6 of 201832Layout of Meadow Crescent  DundeeScotlandPrepared plans of crescent - plans to be laid before George Angus (who designed the seminaries).
Item 7 of 201833Dundee Court House and Bridewell  DundeeScotlandCompetition design - unsuccessful
Item 8 of 201833Feuing plans for ground between Bucklemaker Wynd and the House of HillbankHillbank DundeeScotland 
Item 9 of 201833Plan for the layout and feuing of Upper Chapelshade Gardens  DundeeScotlandCompetition design - unsuccessful
Item 10 of 201833Ward Congregational Chapel  DundeeScotlandOriginal building
Item 11 of 20January 1833Reform Street competition  DundeeScotlandTo prepare a survey of the ground in Reform Street and the 'town's ground contiguous'
Item 12 of 201834Feuing plan for the remainder of the field at Lower Chapelshade  DundeeScotlandSubmitted design in limited competition
Item 13 of 201835Feuing plans for ground between Bucklemaker Wynd and the House of HillbankHillbank DundeeScotlandPlan for remaining area at Hillbank and Seaman's Acres
Item 14 of 201835South Church and church hallKirriemuir AngusScotlandMay have been responsible for the design of the church but this is not certain.
Item 15 of 201835St James ChurchForfar AngusScotland 
Item 16 of 201835The Laws, KingennieMonifieth AngusScotland 
Item 17 of 201836Forfar Parish ChurchForfar AngusScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 18 of 201837South Church and church hallKirriemuir AngusScotlandProposed addition of a pinnacled tower to church.
Item 19 of 201837Webster's SeminaryKirriemuir AngusScotland 
Item 20 of 201838Dorward HouseMontrose AngusScotlandOriginal building.


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 2Colvin, H M1995A Biographical Dictionary of British Architects 1600-18403rd editionNew Haven and London: Yale University Press 
Item 2 of 2Dundee Post Office Directories     

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 4Builder1848VI p533. Indicates his death before 1848.
Item 2 of 4Dundee Courier2 August 1848   
Item 3 of 4Dundee Perth and Cupar Advertiser6 February 1847   
Item 4 of 4Fife Herald22 February 1838