Basic Biographical Details

Name: James Nisbet Gilmore
Designation: Architect
Born: 15 July 1871
Died: 15 January 1939
Bio Notes: James Nisbet Gilmore was born on 15 July 1871, the son of John Gilmore, master of books, and his wife Margaret Martin. He was articled to J & J Armour of Irvine in 1886, studying at the Glasgow and West of Scotland Technical College where he was awarded a number of medals and prizes from both the Science and the Art Departments. He remained with the Armour firm after completing his apprenticeship, finally leaving to set up practice on his own account in Lesmahagow in July 1900. He became a Fellow of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland and of the Glasgow Institute of Architects around 1920.

He did not seek admission to the RIBA until 1930 and was elected as a Licentiate late that year or early the next, his proposers being James Lochhead, George Arthur Boswell and William Brown. In that same year he was a member of the Council of the Glasgow Institute of Architects and was still living and working in Lesmahagow.

Gilmore died on 15 January 1939, survived by his wife Una (or Ana?) Wilcox Connar and his son John.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 2Friar's Park, Lesmahagow, Lanarkshire, ScotlandPrivate 1939 
Item 2 of 2Lesmahagow, Lanarkshire, ScotlandPrivate/business1930 *  

* 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 2J & J Armour1886c. 1891Apprentice 
Item 2 of 2J & J Armourc. 18911900Assistant(?) 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3George Arthur BoswellLate 1930 or early 1931for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3William BrownLate 1930 or early 1931for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3James LochheadLate 1930 or early 1931for Licentiateship

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 31920sNine housing schemes for Lanarkshire County Council  LanarkshireScotland 
Item 2 of 31923Birkwood HouseLesmahagow LanarkshireScotlandConversion to institution for juvenile mentally disabled patients
Item 3 of 31929Birkwood HouseLesmahagow LanarkshireScotlandNew ward block for low-grade patients


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 1RIBA1930The RIBA Kalendar 1930-1931 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2H M Register HouseDeath Register  
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L no3513 (box 12)