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Basic Biographical Details

Name: James Beveridge
Designation: Architect
Born: 1930
Bio Notes: James ('Jimmy') Beveridge was born in 1930. He began serving his articles in the office of Rowand Anderson Kininmonth & Paul in 1946 but moved in the same year to continue his apprenticeship in the office of Basil Spence when he set up practice on his own account. Beveridge was Spence's first pupil. From 1947 to 1950 he studied part-time at Edinburgh College of Art but from 1950 studied full-time. In his final year he won the RIBA Silver Medal. He graduated in 1953 but spent a further year from 1953 to 1954 in the School of Town Planning at the College. He returned to Spence's office thereafter. He was elected ARIAS on 30 June 1954.

In 1963 Beveridge became an associate with the practice, and he was taken into partnership in May 1968. By that time the practice was known as Sir Basil Spence, Glover & Ferguson, the principle partners alongside Spence being John Hardie Glover and Peter Scott Ferguson. Ferguson was taken ill that year and died in 1969, and Spence retired in 1972, leaving Beveridge as senior partner. A further partner, Andrew Merrylees, was taken on in that year, with John Mamoch Legge being taken into partnership in 1973, but the practice title remained unchanged.

Beveridge closed the Spence office in 1992, when he was still senior partner. Merrylees had left the firm in 1985, and Legge went on to practise on his own account.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 374, Baird Drive, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate1954After 1960 
Item 2 of 340, Moray Place, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusiness19631992Basil Spence & Partners and subsequently Sir Basil Spence, Glover & Ferguson
Item 3 of 313, Craigmount View, Corstorphine, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivateBefore 1970After 2010 

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 6Rowand Anderson Kininmonth & Paul1946November 1946ApprenticeBegan apprenticeship in this office but quickly moved to join Spence instead
Item 2 of 6Basil Spence & PartnersNovember 1946c. 1951Apprentice 
Item 3 of 6Basil Spence & Partnersc. 1951(?)1963Assistant(?) 
Item 4 of 6Basil Spence & Partners1963Late 1963Associate 
Item 5 of 6Sir Basil Spence, Glover & Ferguson19641968Associate 
Item 6 of 6Sir Basil Spence, Glover & Ferguson19681992PartnerBeveridge was the senior partner when the office was closed in 1992.

Buildings and Designs

This architect 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 231948Housing, 1-6 Harbour Court, Castle GateDunbar East LothianScotlandWorked in team
Item 2 of 231948Housing, 15A-15D Victoria Street and 8 Writer's CourtDunbar East LothianScotlandWorked in team
Item 3 of 231948Housing, 19A, 19B, 19C Victoria Street and 10, 12 Writer's CourtDunbar East LothianScotlandWorked in team
Item 4 of 231948Housing, Victoria PlaceDunbar East LothianScotlandWorked in team
Item 5 of 231953Housing, Buncles Court and Lamer StreetDunbar East LothianScotlandWorked on project
Item 6 of 231955Scottish Agricultural Industries Fertilizer WorksLeith Edinburgh, MidlothianScotlandJob architect with Spence
Item 7 of 231960sGlasgow Royal Infirmary  GlasgowScotlandPartner in charge
Item 8 of 231961St Cuthbert's Chapel of Ease  EdinburghScotlandRe-ordering of interior
Item 9 of 231970sAston University Library  BirminghamEngland 
Item 10 of 231971University of Strathclyde, Queen Elizabeth Building  GlasgowScotland 
Item 11 of 231972Heriot-Watt University, libraryRiccarton MidlothianScotland 
Item 12 of 231972Scottish Widows Fund and Life Assurance Head Office  EdinburghScotland 
Item 13 of 231974Automobile Association HeadquartersErskine RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 14 of 23Before 1975Sydney Jones Library, University of Liverpool  LiverpoolEngland 
Item 15 of 231976National Bank of Scotland, Edinburgh West End  EdinburghScotlandNew bank encapsulating old building.
Item 16 of 231980Kirkcaldy Burgh Infectious Diseases HospitalKirkcaldy FifeScotlandNew block to north of Hayfield Road
Item 17 of 231980Post office letter sorting office  EdinburghScotland 
Item 18 of 23Before 1981Aston University, management centre  BirminghamEngland 
Item 19 of 23Before 1981Project for oil refineryInvergordon Ross & CromartyScotland 
Item 20 of 23Before 1981University of Newcastle, Departments of Mining and Geology  Newcastle-upon-TyneEngland 
Item 21 of 231984National Library of Scotland, Causewayside Building  EdinburghScotland 
Item 22 of 231984St James Centre and Government Offices  EdinburghScotlandProposal to extend building
Item 23 of 231985Eastern District College of Nursing  GlasgowScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 6Gifford, John, McWilliam, Colin and Walker, David M1984Edinburgh (The Buildings of Scotland) Harmondsworth: Penguin Books Ltdp403
Item 2 of 6Glendinning, Miles1997Rebuilding Scotland: The Postwar Vision, 1945-75  Tuckwell Press Ltdp14 Harbour Court Housing, Dunbar
p96-7 Lamer Street Housing, Dunbar
Item 3 of 6RIBA1954RIBA Kalendar 1953-54   
Item 4 of 6RIBA1961Kalendar 1961-62   
Item 5 of 6RIBA1979Directory of members   
Item 6 of 6Willis, Peter1977New architecture in Scotland  p60-1 Scottish Widows Fund and Life Assurance Head Office

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 3Interview with Eric Davidson, 20 October 2010Information to Yvonne Hillyard   
Item 2 of 3RIAS, Rutland SquareRecords of membership  
Item 3 of 3Sent to DSA by emailInformation from AHRC/RCAHMS Spence project per David W Walker and Clive Fenton Clive Fenton's research notes (sent July 2010)


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