Basic Biographical Details

Name: Formans & McCall
Bio Notes: James Richardson Forman was born on 29 January 1823 in Nova Scotia to a family which originated in Coldstream, Berwickshire. He returned to his ancestral country and practised as an engineer in Glasgow in the partnership of Robson, Forman & McCall. Of his partners, nothing is yet known of Robson but McCall was David McCall, born in Glasgow in 1826 or 1827. The practice later became Forman & McCall, and later still Formans & McCall, presumably when Forman's son Charles de Neuville (born in Glasgow on 10 August 1852) was taken into partnership. It specialised in railway engineering but was also responsible for some very architectural road bridges.

The elder Forman died on 8 July 1900 at Craig Park, Ratho, and was buried in Glasgow Necropolis. His son died at Davos Platz, Switzerland on 8 February the following year, leaving estate of £96,306 0s 2d. McCall died on 14 November 1904 at Kelvinside, The practice continued in the hands of subsequent partners until 1949 when it was taken over by Crouch & Hogg.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 1160, Hope Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusinessBefore 1895After 1902 

Employment and Training

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 6John Ramsay Kirkwood1894 Apprentice 
Item 2 of 6John Taylor Babtie18941897Assistant 
Item 3 of 6Carl Roderique Louise Menni Bonn18951897Assistant 
Item 4 of 6William Baillie18951902Apprentice 
Item 5 of 6James Gorman18971899Assistant 
Item 6 of 6Gavin Lennox1901c. 1902(?)Assistant 

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 111895Dumbarton Central StationDumbarton DunbartonshireScotlandWilliam Baillie responsible according to Nomination Paper. However Carl R Bonn is given as being responsible in 'Buildings of Scotland'.
Item 2 of 111895Eldon Street Bridge over the River Kelvin  GlasgowScotland 
Item 3 of 111899Kirklee BridgeKelvingrove GlasgowScotlandJames Gorman assisted with detailing; William Baillie oversaw work
Item 4 of 11c. 1900Maryhill Central StationMaryhill GlasgowScotlandIn association with Robert Wemyss
Item 5 of 111901Callander and Oban Railway Company, Station Buildings  Perthshire/ArgyllScotland 
Item 6 of 111901Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway Company, Station buildings  LanarkshireScotland 
Item 7 of 111901Paisley and Barrhead Railway Company, Station Buildings  RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 8 of 111902Kentallen StationNorth Appin ArgyllScotland 
Item 9 of 111903StationBallachulish ArgyllScotland 
Item 10 of 111903Whitecraigs StationGiffnock RenfrewshireScotlandPossibly (HS)
Item 11 of 11c. 1903Duror StationNorth Appin ArgyllScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 1Johnston, W T Scottish Engineers and Shipbuilders   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this :
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 3Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers1900CXLII p356 (J R Forman)
Item 2 of 3Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers1901CXLVI pp282-285 (C De N Forman)
Item 3 of 3Trans… of Inst of Engineers & Shipbuilders of Scot1905XLVIIIInstitution of Engineers and Shipbuilders of Scotlandp397