Basic Biographical Details

Name: James Walter Thorburn Simpson
Born: 1944
Bio Notes: James Walter Thorburn Simpson set up in partnership with Andrew Stewart Brown in 1977. Mandy Ketchin became an associate in 1981and Andy Davey and Lyall Sutherland in 1985.

Employment and Training


The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 2Simpson & BrownBefore 1977 Partner 
Item 2 of 2Bernard Feilden, Simpson & BrownEarly 1980s Partner 

Buildings and Designs

This 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 85 Ard LamraigSleatSkyeInverness-shireScotlandScheme for restoration to original appearance
Item 2 of 85 Easter Dalry House  Edinburgh  
Item 3 of 8519742 Mansfield Place  EdinburghScotlandDecoration on walls
Item 4 of 851977House at GarthFortingall PerthshireScotland 
Item 5 of 851977St Giles Cathedral  EdinburghScotlandRestoration
Item 6 of 851977Traverse Theatre  EdinburghScotlandNew theatre bar, wardrobe areas and foyer.
Item 7 of 851977Tron Church  EdinburghScotlandContinuation of restoration work and scheme for re-use of interior (not adopted).
Item 8 of 851977Trotters Opticians  EdinburghScotlandNew shop front and shop interior
Item 9 of 851977Yester HouseGifford East LothianScotlandRepairs and restoration. Restoration of chapel 1991-1996
Item 10 of 85197846-48 Candlemaker Row  EdinburghScotlandRestoration
Item 11 of 851978Conservative Club  EdinburghScotlandRedevelopment
Item 12 of 85197928-30 The Close  Newcastle-upon-TyneEnglandRestoration of a substantial timber-framed late medieval town house on quayside
Item 13 of 851979Borthwick ChurchBorthwick MidlothianScotlandRoof and masonry repairs, including conservation works to medieval effigies.
Item 14 of 851979Muiresk House  AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 15 of 851979Queen Margaret CollegeCorstorphine EdinburghScotlandTeaching Building and Students' Union
Item 16 of 851980Alderman Fenwick's House  Newcastle-upon-TyneEnglandStructural and internal repairs to buildings to be used as offices for the Tyne & Weir Building Preservation Trust.
Item 17 of 851980Bamff HouseAlyth PerthshireScotlandRemoval of N range of quadrangle
Item 18 of 851980Monzie Castle and stablesCrieff PerthshireScotlandRoof repairs, alterations to top floor, new kitchen and alterations to stable block.
Item 19 of 851980Rosslyn CastleRoslin/Rosslyn, Esklee MidlothianScotlandRuinous part and roofed range repaired and restored and equipped for letting by the Landmark Trust.
Item 20 of 851980Sylvan House  EdinburghScotlandRoof repairs and re-harling
Item 21 of 851981Children's VillageHumbie East LothianScotlandNew music room added
Item 22 of 851981FarmsteadTomintoul KincardineshireScotlandProposals for conversion
Item 23 of 851981Oban Episcopal Cathedral of St John the DivineOban ArgyllScotlandReduction repair and re-ordering
Item 24 of 851981St Giles Cathedral  EdinburghScotlandStone staircase at end of S aisle
Item 25 of 851981St Salvadors Episcopal Church and Hall  DundeeScotlandLong-running restoration including conservation of organ, re-gilding the reredos, chancel screen and re-bedding and renewing the stone floor of the nave.
Item 26 of 851982CollegehillRoslin MidlothianScotlandRepairs and alteration
Item 27 of 851982Hawthornden CastleLasswade MidlothianScotlandDry-rot eradication and alterations
Item 28 of 851982Livingstone Institute and Medical Missionary Society's premises  EdinburghScotlandRepairs and reconfiguration for offices.
Item 29 of 851982St Paul's Church  DundeeScotlandRepairs to church and adjoining house
Item 30 of 851983Blair Adam  Kinross-shireScotlandRemoval of porch added by John Adam and addition of portico reusing some old materials
Item 31 of 851983Collairnie, farmhouse, steading and cottagesDunbog FifeScotlandRepairs to fragment of late medieval house within a 19th century steading
Item 32 of 851983Culter Parish ChurchCulter LanarkshireScotlandRepairs
Item 33 of 851983St Giles Cathedral, Chapel of the Order of the Thistle  EdinburghScotlandInternal porch
Item 34 of 851984Auchinleck HouseAuchinleck AyrshireScotlandRepairs and restoration - partner in charge
Item 35 of 851984Ferniehirst Castle  RoxburghshireScotlandRepairs and restoration and kitchen wing rebuilt and extended
Item 36 of 851984St Giles Cathedral  EdinburghScotlandGeneral restoration and re-ordering of interior, including new central holy table and pews.
Item 37 of 851984St Ninian's ManseLeith Edinburgh ScotlandRepair, restoration and conversion to offices
Item 38 of 851985Dunimarle Castle  FifeScotlandRepairs
Item 39 of 851985Leng Memorial Chapel, lodge and gateway, Vicarsford CemeteryForgan FifeScotlandRepairs to masonry, roof and leaded glass windows. Provision of lighting and heating.
Item 40 of 851985Loretto School, libraryMusselburgh MidlothianScotland 
Item 41 of 851986Prestonfield House  EdinburghScotlandRepairs/alterations to house and stables and addition of bedroom block
Item 42 of 851986Town's Churches, Old St Paul's  DundeeScotlandComprehensive repairs
Item 43 of 851986Tyninghame House  East LothianScotlandConversion of stable block to house for Dowager Lady Haddington.
Item 44 of 851986Tyninghame House  East LothianScotlandDivision of house into 10 smaller houses
Item 45 of 851987Cousland SmiddyCousland MidlothianScotlandRestoration, and conversion to visitor centre for the Smiddy Trust
Item 46 of 851987Royal College of Physicians  EdinburghScotlandRepairs, removal of inappropriate additions, reinstatement of plaster ceilings, period furniture added etc
Item 47 of 851987The HirselColdstream BerwickshireScotlandRepairs
Item 48 of 851988Penicuik HousePenicuik MidlothianScotlandConsolidation of ruin to provide training and education opportunities.
Item 49 of 851989House of GrayInvergowrie DundeeScotlandRestoration to form hotel
Item 50 of 851989Kilbirnie Parish ChurchKilbirnie AyrshireScotlandRepairs
Item 51 of 851989Kinlochmoidart House and east and west lodge  Inverness-shireScotlandRepairs restoration and division into two houses. Service wing subdivided to form four houses for holiday letting. Simpson & Brown gives dates as 1988-1998.
Item 52 of 851989Udrigle  Ross & CromartyScotlandRepairs and restoration
Item 53 of 851989William Adam Tercentenary Exhibition, Scottish National Portrait Gallery  EdinburghScotland 
Item 54 of 851990Gargunnock House  StirlingshireScotlandExternal repairs and interior conservation and alteration.
Item 55 of 851990Lindisfarne Castle  NorthumberlandEnglandThree major phases of work: complete re-roofing, repairs to parapets and chimneys, consolidation of masonry on N elevation and repairs to windows and other external features. Latest phase is to stabliise the eroded south rock face and to rebuild approach ramp. New reception building 2007
Item 56 of 851990Old Auchentroig  StirlingshireScotlandRestoration
Item 57 of 851990Oxenfoord Castle  MidlothianScotlandRepairs. Scheme for arts block within service wing.
Item 58 of 851990St Mark's Unitarian Chapel  EdinburghScotlandRepairs
Item 59 of 851990Tinwald House  DumfriesshireScotlandEntrance door replaced. Interior of house reinstated in appropriate way, repairs and alterations to restore house in manner of William Adam.
Item 60 of 851991Lady Cathcart's HouseAyr AyrshireScotlandRestoration
Item 61 of 851991Mavisbank House  EdinburghScotlandRestoration planned - for holiday letting with interpretation and public access.
Item 62 of 851991Selby Hall  NottinghamshireEnglandRestoration. New interiors.
Item 63 of 851992Aykley Heads House  Co Durham Restoration reinstatement and repair
Item 64 of 851992Ballachulish HouseNorth Appin ArgyllScotlandImprovements. Simpson & Brown give alterations to form country house hotel 1988-1997.
Item 65 of 851992Torsonce HouseStow MidlothianScotlandNew house using salvaged material from old house
Item 66 of 851993Burnhead House  DundeeScotlandRestoration
Item 67 of 851994Steading  PerthshireScotlandConversion of steading to house
Item 68 of 851995339-343 High StreetKirkcaldy FifeScotlandRestoration
Item 69 of 851995Baxter Public Park, layout, pavilion and north lodge  DundeeScotlandConservation plan and advice on park and pavilion
Item 70 of 851996Brocklesby Park  LincolnshireEnglandWorks to extend alter and upgrade the house
Item 71 of 851996Cowdenknowes  BerwickshireScotlandAlterations and restoration
Item 72 of 851996St Michael's Parish ChurchInveresk MidlothianScotlandRepairs and additions
Item 73 of 851996St Paul's Church of ScotlandGreenock RenfrewshireScotlandRepairs
Item 74 of 851997Ballachulish HouseNorth Appin ArgyllScotlandFurther improvements
Item 75 of 851999Arbroath Abbey Visitor Centre  AngusScotland 
Item 76 of 851999Astley Village HallArisaig Inverness-shireScotlandRefurbishment
Item 77 of 851999Nunton Steading BenbeculaRoss & CromartyScotlandConversion to offices and local history and environmental centre
Item 78 of 851999Town HouseStirling StirlingshireScotlandRestoration
Item 79 of 852000Dunglass CastleBowling (near) DunbartonshireScotlandConsolidation
Item 80 of 852000Sauchie TowerSauchie ClackmannanshireScotlandRestoration
Item 81 of 852001Morgan's Hospital  DundeeScotlandReinstatment after fire - in conjunction with Dundee Council
Item 82 of 852006Gardyne's Land  DundeeScotlandRestoration as back packer's hostel
Item 83 of 852008Burns MuseumAlloway AyrshireScotlandrestoration
Item 84 of 852008Robert Burns Birthplace MuseumAlloway AyrshireScotland 
Item 85 of 85c. 2009Teangue Knock Farmhouse and steadingEilean SionnachSkyeInverness-shireScotlandConversion of steading to whisky distillery and visitor centre


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 1Glendinning, M, MacInnes, R and MacKechnie, A1996A History of Scottish Architecture  p595