Basic Biographical Details

Name: James Smith
Born: 1776
Died: 1845
Bio Notes: James Smith was born in Banffshire in about 1776. He moved to Inverness before 1800 and worked there for fifty years as an architect, builder and contractor. He served as a magistrate of Inverness and was 'extensively known and justly respected'. He was the contractor for many public buildings and work extensively in the north of Scotland. He worked presumably as contractor or builder on the lighthouses of Tarbetness, Lismore and Covesea Skerries.

His wife was Sophia (born 1801) and he had one daughter and three sons.

In 1804 he was appointed one of the two surveyors of the Highland churches built under the direction of Thomas Telford. He was a subscriber to the Inverness Lunatic Asylum in 1845.

He died in December 1845.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 131, Shore Street, Inverness, Inverness-shire, ScotlandPrivate1841  

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 181804Moniack House  Inverness-shireScotlandAddition of battlements and bartizans to tower
Item 2 of 181805Erchless Castle  Inverness-shireScotlandStables
Item 3 of 181810Royal AcademyTain Ross and CromartyScotland 
Item 4 of 181811St Duthac's ChurchTain Ross and CromartyScotland 
Item 5 of 181811Tain Parish ChurchTain Ross & CromartyScotland 
Item 6 of 181822Gaelic ChurchInverness Inverness-shireScotlandRepairs
Item 7 of 181822ManseTain Ross & CromartyScotland 
Item 8 of 181825Croick Parish ChurchCroick Ross & CromartyScotland 
Item 9 of 181825Kinlochluichart Parish ChurchLochluichart Ross & CromartyScotland 
Item 10 of 181826Strathy ChurchStrathy CaithnessScotland 
Item 11 of 181828Poolewe Parish ChurchPoolewe Ross & CromartyScotland 
Item 12 of 181833Lighthouse, Eilean Musdilenear Lismore  Scotland 
Item 13 of 181836St Mary's RC ChurchInverness Inverness-shireScotlandInverness Courier 29 August 1838 implies that he was the architect for this chapel but he may have simply been the contractor.
Item 14 of 181837St John's Episcopal ChurchInverness Inverness-shireScotlandInverness Courier implies that he was the architect for this building but may simply have been the contractor.
Item 15 of 181838HotelInverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 16 of 181842Post OfficeInverness Inverness-shireScotlandUnclear if he acted as architect or contractor
Item 17 of 18Before 1845Lighthouse, Covesea Skerriesnear Lossiemouth MorayshireScotland 
Item 18 of 18Before 1845Tarbat Ness LighthouseTarbat Ness Ross & CromartyScotlandMay have been architect?


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 1Colvin, Howard2008A Biographical Dictionary of British Architects 1600-1840 London: YUP. 4th edition 

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this :
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Inverness Courier12 March 1845   
Item 2 of 2Inverness Courier10 December 1845