Basic Biographical Details

Name: James Brown
Born: 1813
Died: 6 July 1878
Bio Notes: James Brown was born in 1813. Nothing is known of his early years, but he may have been in the office of John Bryce or John Herbertson as in 1839 he formed a partnership with John Carrick, then aged only twenty, who had been articled to Bryce and had worked for Herbertson as an assistant.

Brown & Carrick's most important commission was the 13,000 'United Presbyterian Cathedral' in Renfield Street of 1849, a very competent essay in Westminster Palace neo Tudor. In the same year, although still in partnership with Carrick, Brown collaborated with John Thomas Rochead on the Great Western Road terraces. Brown & Carrick are said to have carried out a great deal of good quality tenement work, but in 1854 the partnership was dissolved as Carrick was increasingly engaged in civic duties. In 1855 Brown inherited the estate of Currie at Gorebridge, and had to spend time on the management of his estate, but he maintained a small private practice from Currie House, his most important undertaking being the completion of the asylum at Larbert, Stirlingshire after the death of William Stirling III.

Brown died at Currie House on 6 July 1878.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 6Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness   
Item 2 of 658, Rose Street, Garnethill, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate18421843 
Item 3 of 6144, Queen Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness18441845Brown & Carrick's address
Item 4 of 69, Bath Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1851 * Brown & Carrick's address
Item 5 of 63, Wellington Place, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness18531854James Brown on his own
Item 6 of 6Currie House, Gorebridge, Midlothian, ScotlandPrivate/business1865 *1878 

* 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 1Brown & Carrick1839c. 1854Partner 

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 231840Property at Eglinton and William StreetsHutchesontown GlasgowScotland 
Item 2 of 231842Sandyford Place  GlasgowScotland 
Item 3 of 231844Corn Exchange  GlasgowScotlandOriginal building
Item 4 of 231844Monument to Buchanan of Dowanhill  GlasgowScotland 
Item 5 of 231845Wee KirkHelensburgh DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 6 of 231846Polmont Free ChurchPolmont StirlingshireScotland 
Item 7 of 231847Pollokshaws UP ChurchPollokshaws GlasgowScotland 
Item 8 of 231849Free Church Eglinton Street  GlasgowScotland 
Item 9 of 231849Kew Terrace, Great Western Road  GlasgowScotlandIn collaboration with J T Rochead
Item 10 of 231849Renfield Street UP Church  GlasgowScotland 
Item 11 of 231850Free Church, Paterson and Morrison Streets  GlasgowScotland 
Item 12 of 231850Orr and Sons  GlasgowScotland 
Item 13 of 231851Glasgow Infirmary  GlasgowScotlandRemoval of mound, new porch.
Item 14 of 231851Kettle UP ChurchKingskettle FifeScotland 
Item 15 of 231852Tenements, Elliot Street and Broomielaw  GlasgowScotland 
Item 16 of 231853Cairns ChurchStewarton AyrshireScotland 
Item 17 of 23c. 1854Free ManseAberuthven PerthshireScotlandProvided plans - did not secure job
Item 18 of 23Before 1857Monument to Stewart of Omoa  GlasgowScotland 
Item 19 of 231858Free ManseAuchtermuchty FifeScotlandEnlargement
Item 20 of 231865Dysart UP Church, Normand RoadDysart FifeScotland 
Item 21 of 231866Glasgow Necropolis, Monument to Robert Stewart of Murdostoun and Langbyres   Scotland 
Item 22 of 231868Stirling District AsylumLarbert StirlingshireScotlandCompleted Asylum after William Stirling III became ill
Item 23 of 231869Harvieston House  MidlothianScotlandAdditions


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 3APSD The Dictionary of Architectureed Wyatt PapworthThe Architectural Publication Society (8v 1852-1892) 
Item 2 of 3Post Office Directories     
Item 3 of 3Withey, K Matthew2003The Glasgow Improvement Trust: an analysis of its genesis, impact and legacy and an inventory of its buildings PhD thesis 

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this :
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2Mitchell LibraryGildard's manuscript reminiscences of John Carrick  
Item 2 of 2National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSNMRS Architects Index