Basic Biographical Details
|Name: ||James Dorward |
|Designation: ||Architect |
|Born: ||28 September 1877 |
|Died: ||21 October 1945 |
|Bio Notes: ||James Dorward was born on 28 September 1877, the son of Andrew Dorward, baker, and his wife, Isabella Milne. He was articled to an unspecified architect in Edinburgh in 1895, studying at Heriot-Watt College. On completion of his apprenticeship in 1900 he found employment with the North British Railway Company as an assistant on the North British Station Hotel, presumably in association with George Beattie & Son. In 1903 he left to join the practice of William Nicholas Thomson as an assistant, and he was made a partner in 1915 under the practice title of W N Thomson & Co, the office at that time being at 87 Constitution Street, Leith. |
Dorward was elected FRIAS in 1923. In 1935 Samuel Edwin Duncan, who had completed his apprenticeship in the practice after the First World War and had remained as assistant and since 1925 as principal assistant, was also taken into partnership, the practice moving to Hope Chambers, 52 Leith Walk.
In 1938 Thomson retired at the age of seventy, his interest in the practice passing to his son William Innes Thomson, who had been working immediately prior to that time as an assistant with W Scott Morton & Co, probably for practical experience in bar fitting which was the staple business of the Thomson practice. The younger Thomson's return appears to have unsettled Duncan who withdrew from the partnership in the following year.
Dorward was admitted LRIBA late in life on 20 July 1943, his proposers being John Ross McKay, Thomas Forbes Maclennan and William Innes Thomson, son of William Nicholas Thomson and Dorward's partner since the father's retirement in 1938. Dorward was also a Fellow of the Edinburgh Architectural Association. He retired c.1944, the practice being continued by William Innes Thomson.
Outwith his professional life Dorward was active in Masonic circles and was a Past Master of Lodge Canongate, Kilwinning no 2.
Dorward who is described as architect and surveyor died on 21 October 1945 at his home in Edinburgh. He was survived by his wife Henrietta Wright Kerr.
Private and Business Addresses
|The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:|
| ||Address||Type||Date from||Date to||Notes|
|87, Constitution Street, Leith, Edinburgh, Scotland||Business||1915||1935|| |
|Hope Chambers/52, Leith Walk, Leith, Edinburgh, Scotland||Business||1935||After 1943|| |
|8, Paties Road, Edinburgh, Scotland||Private||1943 *||1945|| |
* earliest date known from documented sources.
Employment and Training
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 started||Building name||Town, district or village||Island||City or county||Country||Notes|
|1900||North British Railway Hotel|| || ||Edinburgh||Scotland||As assistant to North British Railway Company, and presumably in association with George Beattie & Son|
|1908||The Knowe||Colinton|| ||Edinburgh||Scotland|| |
|1930||Garage and workshops||Leith|| ||Edinburgh||Scotland|| |
|1934||Offices and warehouse for D Buchan||Leith|| ||Edinburgh||Scotland|| |
|1938||Seafield Crematorium||Leith|| ||Edinburgh||Scotland|| |
|The following books contain references to this architect:|
|Post Office Directories|| || || || || |
|RIBA||1930||The RIBA Kalendar 1930-1931|| ||London: Royal Institute of British Architects|| |
|RIBA||1939||The RIBA Kalendar 1939-1940|| ||London: Royal Institute of British Architects|| |
|The following periodicals contain references to this architect:|
| ||Periodical Name||Date||Edition||Publisher||Notes|
|Scotsman||2 November 1945|| || ||p3 Obituary|
|The following archives hold material relating to this architect:|
| ||Source||Archive Name||Source Catalogue No.||Notes|
|H M Register House||Death Register|| || |
|RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert Museum||RIBA Nomination Papers|| ||L no5458 (combined box 80)|