Basic Biographical Details

Name: James Jackson Wilson
Designation: Architect
Born: 1879
Bio Notes: James Jackson Wilson was born in 1879 and articled to architect and civil engineer James L Proudfoot from 1894 to 1899, during which period he attended classes at a technical college, presumably Heriot-Watt, and undertook private study including sketching tours of England, Ireland and Scotland. He subsequently gained experience in general architectural practice, although it is unclear whether he remained with Proudfoot or found employment with other firms. He commenced independent practice in Glasgow in 1905.

By 1908 Wilson was practising in partnership with David Woodburn Sturrock as Sturrock & Wilson. Wilson was admitted LRIBA in the mass intake of 20 July 1911, proposed by John Bennie Wilson and the Glasgow Institute of Architects. At that date his office address was 140 Hope Street and his home address 17 Millbrae Crescent, Langside, Glasgow, and the practice consisted principally of 'domestic work in the suburbs of Glasgow, in Dunbartonshire, Stirlingshire & Ayrshire, also steam laundries, school in Ayrshire, tenements and farm buildings'. The partnership was dissolved c. 1917, presumably due to one or both partners being called up for war service. It was not resumed after the war.

Wilson continued to practise until about 1930, possibly assisted by Henry Neil Whimster. The last five years of his practice seem to have been very unsettled.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 9Giffnock Gardens, Helensburgh, Dunbartonshire, ScotlandBusinessBefore 1903After 1904 
Item 2 of 9216, West George Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusinessMarch 1905 *  
Item 3 of 9109, Hope Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusinessDecember 1905 *  
Item 4 of 9140, Hope Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusinessBefore 19071917 
Item 5 of 917, Millbrae Crescent, Langside, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1911 *  
Item 6 of 930, Renfield Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusinessBefore 19191924 
Item 7 of 9140, Hope Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1924 *  
Item 8 of 9219, St Vincent Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1929 *  
Item 9 of 930, Renfield Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1929After 1930 

* 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 2James L Proudfoot18941899Apprentice 
Item 2 of 2Sturrock & WilsonBefore 19051917Partner 

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 1Sam Bunton16 January 1922Before 1930Apprentice 


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 101898125 East Clyde StreetHelensburgh DunbartonshireScotlandAlterations
Item 2 of 101900Tenement, 34 William StreetHelensburgh DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 3 of 101903OmahaHelensburgh DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 4 of 101904NetherbyHelensburgh DunbartonshireScotlandBathroom addition
Item 5 of 10190566 Sinclair StreetHelensburgh DunbartonshireScotlandReconstruction of house as shop
Item 6 of 101905Timber office for Helensburgh Steam Laundry Ltd, East King StreetHelensburgh DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 7 of 101913VillasNewlands GlasgowScotland 
Item 8 of 101913VillasGiffnock RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 9 of 101914VillaNewlands GlasgowScotland 
Item 10 of 101915Double villasWhitecraigs GlasgowScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 1Who's Who in Architecture1914    

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 no 1682