Basic Biographical Details

Name: James Reed
Designation: Engineer
Bio Notes: James Reed graduated BSc at Edinburgh University and subsequently trained with Redpath Brown & Company and Balfour Beatty & Co before becoming chief assistant in the Edinburgh engineering firm of Blyth & Blyth in 1927. He was taken into partnership in 1930, the other partners at that time being Benjamin Hall Blyth II and James Simpson Pirie. Pirie retired in 1935, Blyth and Reid continuing in partnership thereafter. The practice title remained unchanged as Blyth & Blyth.

Blyth III was appointed Lord Dean of Guild of the City of Edinburgh in 1946, but was forced to resign on account of ill health in 1947. He continued in practice but the following year his failing health and an increase in business led to a decision to take into partnership Miss M I Fergusson, who had graduated BSc in Civil Engineering at Edinburgh University and had served as an apprentice and latterly assistant to the firm since 1936.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this engineer:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 1135, George Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusiness1927After 1935 

Employment and Training


The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this engineer (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 3Blyth & Blyth19271930Chief Assistant 
Item 2 of 3Balfour BeattyBefore 19271927(?)Assistant(?) 
Item 3 of 3Blyth & Blyth1930After 1935Partner 

Buildings and Designs

This engineer 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 141931New Dunglass BridgeOldhamstocks/Cockburnspath Berwickshire/East LothianScotland 
Item 2 of 141931Spey BridgeGrantown-on-Spey MorayshireScotland 
Item 3 of 141931Tyninghame BridgeTyninghame East LothianScotlandRebuilding
Item 4 of 141933Factory for Central Farmers Ltd, AberhillAberhill, Methil FifeScotland 
Item 5 of 141933Invermoriston BridgeInvermoriston Inverness-shireScotlandMears & Carus-Wilson as architects; Blyth & Blyth as enginners
Item 6 of 141933Lomond BridgeBalloch DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 7 of 141934Fort Augustus Bridge over the River OichFort Augustus Inverness-shireScotlandSir Frank Mears as architect, Blyth & Blyth as engineers
Item 8 of 141936Bridge of FindhornFindhorn MorayshireScotland 
Item 9 of 141938Findhorn Bridge over the River Findhorn  MorayshireScotland 
Item 10 of 141938Station BridgeGalashiels SelkirkshireScotland 
Item 11 of 141939Ancrum BridgeAncrum RoxburghshireScotland 
Item 12 of 141939Johnstone BridgeAnnan DumfriesshireScotland 
Item 13 of 141939New BridgeAncrum RoxburghshireScotland 
Item 14 of 141939Wick Harbour BridgeWick CaithnessScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this engineer:
Item 1 of 1Blyth & Blyth1948A history of the firm of Blyth & Blyth, chartered civil engineers, consulting structural engineers 1848-1948 Edinburgh: C J Cousland