Basic Biographical Details

Name: James Mackie Murray
Designation: Architect
Born: 30 April 1904
Died: 1984
Bio Notes: James Mackie Murray was born on 30 April 1904 and attended the diploma course of the Edinburgh College of Art from October 1922, during which he worked in the office of Thomas Aikman Swan from July 1923 until summer 1927. His early travels included three weeks in Italy in April 1922 (incorporating Florence, Venice and the north of the country), a visit to York and its environs in September 1927, seven weeks in Devon and Northampton in summer 1928, and four weeks in Holland and Belgium in September 1929. Three months prior to the latter trip he had passed his final examinations at the Edinburgh College of Art, and that December he passed the Professional Practice exam in Edinburgh, enabling him to be admitted ARIBA in early January 1930, his proposers being John Begg, Frank Charles Mears and Charles Denny Carus-Wilson. By that time he had joined the office of Leadbetter, Fairley & Reid, and he was living at 5 Dick Place, Edinburgh.

By 1960 Murray had moved to London and was working with Lawrence Farman & Partners. He retired before 1970. His death was registered in December 1984 in Surrey.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 15, Dick Place, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate1930 *  

* 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 2Thomas Aikman SwanJuly 1923c. August 1927Apprentice 
Item 2 of 2Leadbetter, Fairley & ReidOctober 1929 Assistant(?) 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3John BeggEarly 1930for Associateship
Item 2 of 3Charles Denny Carus-WilsonEarly 1930for Associateship
Item 3 of 3(Sir) Frank Charles MearsEarly 1930for Associateship


Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2England and WalesBirths, marriages and deaths  
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A no4471 (combined box 16)