Basic Biographical Details

Name: James Spalding Bennet
Designation: Architect
Bio Notes: James Spalding Bennet was articled to Thomas Purves Marwick in September 1907, studying at Edinburgh College of Art and Heriot-Watt College. At the end of his apprenticeship in May 1912 he was appointed to the Scottish National Art Survey Studentship, on completion of which in October 1912 he entered the office of Rowand Anderson & Paul as junior assistant. He was awarded a travelling scholarship in May 1914 which enabled him to tour England. In October that year he enlisted in the armed forces.

He was demobilised in January 1919 and rejoined Rowand Anderson & Paul as senior assistant four months later. He was still there when he applied for admittance as ARIBA in March 1921, and he was admitted in the middle of that year, his proposers being John Watson, John Wilson and Harold Ogle Tarbolton. No further details are yet known.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 4156, Braid Road, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate1921 *  
Item 2 of 4Buckstane Farm House, Braid Road, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate/business1930 or 19311933 
Item 3 of 413, Rutland Square, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusiness19341940(?) 
Item 4 of 4Buckstane, Braid Road, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate1934After 1950 

* 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 3Thomas Purves MarwickSeptember 1907May 1912Apprentice 
Item 2 of 3Rowand Anderson & PaulOctober 1912Mid 1914Junior Assistant 
Item 3 of 3Rowand Anderson & PaulMay 1919After March 1921Senior Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Harold Ogle TarboltonMid 1921for Associateship
Item 2 of 3John WatsonMid 1921for Associateship
Item 3 of 3John WilsonMid 1921for Associateship


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 4Post Office Directories     
Item 2 of 4RIBA1930The RIBA Kalendar 1930-1931 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 3 of 4RIBA1939The RIBA Kalendar 1939-1940 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 4 of 4RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 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 1RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A no3245 (microfilm reel 25)