Basic Biographical Details

Name: Simpson & Brown
Designation: Architectural practice
Bio Notes: James Walter Thorburn Simpson set up in partnership with Andrew Stewart Brown (usually known simply as Stewart Brown) in 1977. Mandy Ketchin became an associate in 1981 and Andy Davey and Lyall Sutherland in 1985.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architectural practice:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 2Quayside Mills, Quayside Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusiness   
Item 2 of 23, Grosvenor Gardens, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusiness1981  

Employment and Training

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this architectural practice (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 4Mandy KetchinAfter 1977 Architect 
Item 2 of 4James Walter Thorburn SimpsonBefore 1977 Partner 
Item 3 of 4Andrew Stewart BrownBefore 1977 Partner 
Item 4 of 4Mark Douglasc. 1980After 1985Architect 

Buildings and Designs

This architectural practice 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 86 Ard LamraigSleatSkyeInverness-shireScotlandScheme for restoration to original appearance
Item 2 of 86 Easter Dalry House  Edinburgh  
Item 3 of 861889Gargunnock House  StirlingshireScotlandExternal repairs and interior conservation and alteration.
Item 4 of 861977House at GarthFortingall PerthshireScotland 
Item 5 of 861977St Giles Cathedral  EdinburghScotlandRestoration
Item 6 of 861977Traverse Theatre  EdinburghScotlandNew theatre bar, wardrobe areas and foyer.
Item 7 of 861977Tron Church  EdinburghScotlandContinuation of restoration work and scheme for re-use of interior (not adopted).
Item 8 of 861977Trotters Opticians  EdinburghScotlandNew shop front and shop interior
Item 9 of 861977Yester HouseGifford East LothianScotlandRepairs and restoration. Restoration of chapel 1991-1996
Item 10 of 86197846-48 Candlemaker Row  EdinburghScotland 
Item 11 of 861978Conservative Club  EdinburghScotlandRedevelopment
Item 12 of 86197928-30 The Close  Newcastle-upon-TyneEnglandRestoration of a substantial timber-framed late medieval town house on quayside
Item 13 of 861979Borthwick ChurchBorthwick MidlothianScotlandRoof and masonry repairs, including conservation works to medieval effigies.
Item 14 of 861979Muiresk House  AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 15 of 861979Queen Margaret CollegeCorstorphine EdinburghScotlandTeaching Building and Students' Union
Item 16 of 861980Alderman 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 861980Bamff HouseAlyth PerthshireScotlandRemoval of N range of quadrangle
Item 18 of 861980Monzie Castle and stablesCrieff PerthshireScotlandRoof repairs, alterations to top floor, new kitchen and alterations to stable block.
Item 19 of 861980Rosslyn CastleRoslin/Rosslyn, Esklee MidlothianScotlandRuinous part and roofed range repaired and restored and equipped for letting by the Landmark Trust.
Item 20 of 861980Sylvan House  EdinburghScotlandRoof repairs and re-harling
Item 21 of 861981Children's VillageHumbie East LothianScotlandNew music room added
Item 22 of 861981FarmsteadTomintoul KincardineshireScotlandProposals for conversion
Item 23 of 861981Oban Episcopal Cathedral of St John the DivineOban ArgyllScotlandReduction repair and re-ordering
Item 24 of 861981St 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 25 of 861982CollegehillRoslin MidlothianScotlandRepairs and alteration
Item 26 of 861982Hawthornden CastleLasswade MidlothianScotlandDry-rot eradication and alterations
Item 27 of 861982Livingstone Institute and Medical Missionary Society's premises  EdinburghScotlandRepairs and reconfiguration for offices.
Item 28 of 861982St Paul's Church  DundeeScotlandRepairs to church and adjoining house
Item 29 of 861983Blair Adam  Kinross-shireScotlandRemoval of porch added by John Adam and addition of portico reusing some old materials
Item 30 of 861983Collairnie, farmhouse, steading and cottagesDunbog FifeScotlandRepairs to fragment of late medieval house within a 19th century steading
Item 31 of 861983Culter Parish ChurchCulter LanarkshireScotlandRepairs
Item 32 of 861983St Giles Cathedral, Chapel of the Order of the Thistle  EdinburghScotlandInternal porch
Item 33 of 861984Auchinleck HouseAuchinleck AyrshireScotlandRepairs and restoration
Item 34 of 861984Ferniehirst Castle  RoxburghshireScotlandRepairs and restoration and kitchen wing rebuilt and extended
Item 35 of 861984Newcastle Building Society Premises  EdinburghScotlandinstallation of shop
Item 36 of 861984St Giles Cathedral  EdinburghScotlandGeneral restoration and re-ordering of interior, including new central holy table and pews.
Item 37 of 861984St Ninian's ManseLeith Edinburgh ScotlandRepair, restoration and conversion to offices
Item 38 of 861985Dunimarle Castle  FifeScotlandRepairs
Item 39 of 861985Leng Memorial Chapel, lodge and gateway, Vicarsford CemeteryForgan FifeScotlandRepairs to masonry, roof and leaded glass windows. Provision of lighting and heating.
Item 40 of 861985Loretto School, libraryMusselburgh MidlothianScotland 
Item 41 of 861986Prestonfield House  EdinburghScotlandRepairs/alterations to house and stables and addition of bedroom block
Item 42 of 861986Town's Churches, Old St Paul's  DundeeScotlandComprehensive repairs
Item 43 of 861986Tyninghame House  East LothianScotlandConversion of stable block to house for Dowager Lady Haddington.
Item 44 of 861986Tyninghame House  East LothianScotlandDivision of house into 10 smaller houses
Item 45 of 861987Cousland SmiddyCousland MidlothianScotlandRestoration, and conversion to visitor centre for the Smiddy Trust
Item 46 of 861987Royal College of Physicians  EdinburghScotlandRepairs, removal of inappropriate additions, reinstatement of plaster ceilings, period furniture added etc
Item 47 of 861987The HirselColdstream BerwickshireScotlandRepairs
Item 48 of 861987Tinwald House  DumfriesshireScotlandEntrance door replaced. Interior of house reinstated in appropriate way, repairs and alterations to restore house in manner of William Adam.
Item 49 of 861988Penicuik HousePenicuik MidlothianScotlandConsolidation of ruin to provide training and education opportunities.
Item 50 of 861989House of GrayInvergowrie DundeeScotlandRestoration to form hotel
Item 51 of 861989Kilbirnie Parish ChurchKilbirnie AyrshireScotlandRepairs
Item 52 of 861989Kinlochmoidart 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 53 of 861989Udrigle  Ross & CromartyScotlandRepairs and restoration
Item 54 of 861989William Adam Tercentenary Exhibition, Scottish National Portrait Gallery  EdinburghScotland 
Item 55 of 861990Lindisfarne 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 861990Old Auchentroig  StirlingshireScotlandRestoration
Item 57 of 861990Oxenfoord Castle  MidlothianScotlandRepairs. Scheme for arts block within service wing.
Item 58 of 861990St Mark's Unitarian Chapel  EdinburghScotlandRepairs
Item 59 of 861991Lady Cathcart's HouseAyr AyrshireScotlandRestoration
Item 60 of 861991Mavisbank House  EdinburghScotlandRestoration planned - for holiday letting with interpretation and public access.
Item 61 of 861991Selby Hall  NottinghamshireEnglandRestoration and new interiors
Item 62 of 861992Aykley Heads House  Co Durham Restoration reinstatement and repair
Item 63 of 861992Ballachulish HouseNorth Appin ArgyllScotlandImprovements. Simpson & Brown give alterations to form country house hotel 1988-1997.
Item 64 of 861992Ballachulish HouseNorth Appin ArgyllScotlandFurther improvements
Item 65 of 861992Torsonce HouseStow MidlothianScotlandNew house using salvaged material from old house
Item 66 of 861993Burnhead House  DundeeScotlandRestoration
Item 67 of 861994Steading  PerthshireScotlandConversion of steading to house
Item 68 of 861995339-343 High StreetKirkcaldy FifeScotlandRestoration
Item 69 of 861995Baxter Public Park, layout, pavilion and north lodge  DundeeScotlandConservation plan and advice on park and pavilion
Item 70 of 861995Cowdenknowes  BerwickshireScotlandAlterations and restoration
Item 71 of 861996Brocklesby Park  LincolnshireEnglandWorks to extend alter and upgrade the house
Item 72 of 861996St Michael's Parish ChurchInveresk MidlothianScotlandRepairs and additions
Item 73 of 861996St Paul's Church of ScotlandGreenock RenfrewshireScotlandRepairs
Item 74 of 861999Arbroath Abbey Visitor Centre  AngusScotland 
Item 75 of 861999Astley Village HallArisaig Inverness-shireScotlandRefurbishment
Item 76 of 861999Nunton Steading BenbeculaRoss & CromartyScotlandConversion to offices and local history and environmental centre
Item 77 of 861999Rowardennan Visitor Centre  StirlingshireScotlandWith Richard Shorter
Item 78 of 861999Town HouseStirling StirlingshireScotlandRestoration
Item 79 of 862000Dunglass CastleBowling (near) DunbartonshireScotlandConsolidation
Item 80 of 862000Sauchie TowerSauchie ClackmannanshireScotlandRestoration
Item 81 of 862001Morgan's Hospital  DundeeScotlandReinstatement after fire in conjunction with Dundee Council
Item 82 of 862006Gardyne's Land  DundeeScotlandRestoration as back packer's hostel
Item 83 of 862008Burns MuseumAlloway AyrshireScotlandRestoration
Item 84 of 862008Robert Burns Birthplace MuseumAlloway AyrshireScotland 
Item 85 of 86c. 2009Teangue Knock Farmhouse and steadingEilean SionnachSkyeInverness-shireScotlandConversion of steading to whisky distillery and visitor centre
Item 86 of 862012Biggar & Upper Clydesdale MuseumBiggar LanarkshireScotlandConversion and extension to form museum


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architectural practice:
Item 1 of 2Glendinning, M, MacInnes, R and MacKechnie, A1996A History of Scottish Architecture  p595
Item 2 of 2RIBA1981Directory of Practices 1981