Basic Biographical Details

Name: James Brown Stewart
Born: c. 1855
Died: 7 December 1898
Bio Notes: James Brown Stewart was born in about 1855, the son of William Stewart, seedsman and his wife Euphemia Hill. He practised in Greenock in the 1880s and 1890s.

In 1883 he was taken into partnership by William Gilmour Wilson (born 1856) as Wilson & Stewart. In the early 1890s the practice seems to have run out of work and the partnership was dissolved. Stewart who had good connections in Greenock and Port Glasgow continued to practise on his own. In 1893 James Montgomerie Alexander, born Greenock on 8 October 1874 was articled to him. In 1898 Alexander left at the end of his apprenticeship to gain wider experience with James Milne Monro in Glasgow, but was invited to return to the practice as a partner in the same year. Stewart died on 7 December but the partnership must have prospered as in the following year the older and more experienced Joseph John Tough, born 1870 and also from Greenock, was became a partner, the practice name now becoming Stewart Tough & Alexander.

Stewart was survived by his wife, Elizabeth Simpson Macrae or Macara.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 6134, Wellington Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusinessc. 1883After 1887 
Item 2 of 64, Argyle Street, Greenock, Renfrewshire, ScotlandBusiness1886 or 1887  
Item 3 of 628, Esplanade, Greenock, Renfrewshire, ScotlandPrivate1886 or 18871890 or 1891 
Item 4 of 6Post Office Buildings, Greenock, Renfrewshire, ScotlandBusiness(?)1889 or 18901898 
Item 5 of 62, Hamilton Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1894 *  
Item 6 of 618, Bentinck Street, Greenock, Renfrewshire, ScotlandPrivate1894 *  

* earliest date known from documented sources.

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 2Wilson & Stewartc. 1888c. 1890Partner 
Item 2 of 2James B Stewart & Alexander18981898Partner 

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 1James Montgomerie Alexander18931897Apprentice 

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 251882Balfron Parish ChurchBalfron StirlingshireScotlandTower and transepts added
Item 2 of 251883Fynone Cottage, ForthillBroughty Ferry DundeeScotland 
Item 3 of 251884Buchlyvie Village HallBuchlyvie StirlingshireScotland 
Item 4 of 251884Tenement, Cadder Street  GlasgowScotland 
Item 5 of 251886Copland Road SchoolGovan GlasgowScotland 
Item 6 of 251886Moffat LibraryPort Glasgow RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 7 of 251886Motherwell Town Hall and Municipal OfficesMotherwell LanarkshireScotlandCompetition design - placed third
Item 8 of 251886Proposed Board SchoolBarrhead RenfrewshireScotlandFirst premiated competition design
Item 9 of 251886Public HallBothwell LanarkshireScotland 
Item 10 of 251887Moffat Orphanage, Carnegie Park Orphan HomesPort Glasgow RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 11 of 251890sErlsmereGreenock RenfrewshireScotlandAlterations
Item 12 of 251891Town HallPort Glasgow RenfrewshireScotlandPrison accommodation remodelled
Item 13 of 251892Congregational ChurchGreenock RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 14 of 251893Greenock Eye InfirmaryGreenock RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 15 of 251894Fleming Reid & Co's Hosiery FactoryGreenock RenfrewshireScotlandWarehouse
Item 16 of 251894Swimming and Turkish BathsGreenock RenfrewshireScotlandDesign of proposed new baths
Item 17 of 251895Eastern SchoolGourock RenfrewshireScotlandAdditions
Item 18 of 251895Fleming Reid & Co's Hosiery FactoryGreenock RenfrewshireScotlandHosiery stores
Item 19 of 251896Ardgowan SchoolGreenock RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 20 of 251896Reformed Presbyterian ChurchGreenock RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 21 of 251898Baptist ChurchGourock RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 22 of 251898Church HallsGreenock RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 23 of 251898SchoolPort Glasgow RenfrewshireScotlandExtension
Item 24 of 251909Church Institute Greenock    
Item 25 of 251909RestaurantGourock  Scotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 3Post Office Directories     
Item 2 of 3Scotlands People Website Wills & Testaments  Greenock Sheriff Court Inventories SC53/47/6 and SC53/41/9
Item 3 of 3Walker, Frank Arneil1986South Clyde Estuary: An Illustrated Architectural Guide to Inverclyde and Renfrew  p127, p130

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this :
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L v15 no1084 (Alexander's paper)