Basic Biographical Details
|Name: ||James Meldrum Mitchell |
|Designation: ||Architect |
|Born: ||6 November 1904 |
|Died: ||14 August 1946 |
|Bio Notes: ||James Meldrum Mitchell was born on 6 November 1904 in Edinburgh, the son of John Mitchell, joiner journeyman, and his wife Ellen Crighton Meldrum. He was articled to Reginald Fairlie in 1920, attending morning classes at Edinburgh College of Art and evening classes at Heriot-Watt College. In May 1924 he joined Leadbetter, Fairley & Reid as assistant. He left that office in July 1926 and the following month joined John Alexander Carfrae, moving in November 1927 to the office of Thomas Aikman Swan and in February 1931 to that of William Baillie in Glasgow, by which time he was an Associate of the Edinburgh Architectural Association. In November 1934 he was appointed Assistant Architect to Perth Town Council rising to the position of senior architect in the Perth Hosuing Department. He worked in Perth for ten years. |
In May 1945 Mitchell became Housing Architect to the Royal Burgh of Arbroath. He was admitted LRIBA on 11 December of the latter year, his proposers being Swan and the then president (William Wallace Friskin) and secretary (name uncertain) of the Dundee Institute of Architects. His declaration accepting his admittance was witnessed by J Bissett Scott, Burgh Engineer of Arbroath.
He should not be confused with the J M Mitchell who was working in the County Buildings at Cupar in 1933 and was responsible for the design of a Kirkcaldy school in that year (see separate entry).
Mitchell died aged 41 at the Infirmary in Arbroath on 14 August 1941, survived by his wife Margaret Lowe Wightman Ferguson.
Private and Business Addresses
|The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:|
| ||Address||Type||Date from||Date to||Notes|
|7, St Colme Street, Edinburgh, Scotland||Private||1930 *|| ||Probably in the office of Thomas Aikman Swan|
|Housing Architect's Office, Gravesend, Arbroath, Angus, Scotland||Business||1945 *|| || |
|41, Brechin Road, Arbroath, Angus, Scotland||Private||1945 *||1946|| |
* earliest date known from documented sources.
Employment and Training
|The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):|
| ||Name||Date proposed||Notes|
|William Wallace Friskin||11 December 1945||for Licentiateship|
|Thomas Aikman Swan||11 December 1945||for Licentiateship|
|The following books contain references to this architect:|
|RIBA||1930||The RIBA Kalendar 1930-1931|| ||London: Royal Institute of British Architects|| |
|The following periodicals contain references to this architect:|
| ||Periodical Name||Date||Edition||Publisher||Notes|
|Scotsman||15 August 1946|| || ||Obituary p3|
|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 no5804 (combined box 101)|