Basic Biographical Details

Name: James Ingram
Died: 27 July 1879
Bio Notes: James Ingram was born in Kilmarnock in 1799 (christened 16 August) the son of Andrew Ingram and his wife Janet McMillan. He set up practice in Kilmarnock c.1830: prior to that he had married Mary Samson on 1 October 1828 at Sorn. In the early-1860s he took his fourth son William (born c.1831) into partnership and set up a branch office in Glasgow at 154 West Regent Street. Another son, Robert Samson Ingram, born 5 May 1841 was sent to London to gain wider experience. He seems to have studied under Professor Thomas Leverton Donaldson (who had Ayrshire connections at Williamshaw) at University College as he proposed him for Associate membership of the RIBA on 26 March 1866 (lapsed c.1883). At that date Robert's address was 1 Westminster Chambers, indicating that he was an assistant of Charles Barry Junior who was one of the signatories to his nomination paper. By 1868 he had joined William at West Regent Street, but subsequently moved to Kilmarnock to join his father, the Kilmarnock practice becoming J and R Ingram.

James Ingram commenced practice as a neo-classical and late Georgian Gothic designer. By the time he built Irvine Town Hall in 1859 his classical architecture had become an attenuated Italianate. With his Corn Exchange at Kilmarnock in 1862-63 it reached new levels of Italian Renaissance sophistication, but whether that relates to his son William of whose training nothing is known, or more probably to his son Robert is unclear: the latter was then in London as an assistant to Charles Barry Junior. James 's later work was probably mainly designed by Robert.

James died of senile decay and apoplectic seizure at Dundonald Road, Kilmarnock on 27 July 1879 leaving moveable estate of 730 14s 9d. The practice was restyled W and RS Ingram by August.

There is a portrait of James Ingram in the Dick Institute, Kilmarnock.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 2114, King Street, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, ScotlandBusiness1882 *  
Item 2 of 241, Dundonald Road, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, ScotlandPrivate1888 R S Ingram at same address?

* 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 2J & W Ingram18621868Senior Partner 
Item 2 of 2J & R S IngramAfter 18681878 or 1879Senior Partner 

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 471831Auchinleck Barony ChurchAuchinleck AyrshireScotlandProduced plans -not executed
Item 2 of 471831Martyrs ChurchNew Cumnock AyrshireScotland 
Item 3 of 471834Buildings, King Street and St Marnock streetKilmarnock AyrshireScotlandBuildings of Scotland attribution
Item 4 of 471834St Marnock's Parish ChurchKilmarnock AyrshireScotland 
Item 5 of 471835Glaisnock HouseNew Cumnock (near) AyrshireScotlandAlterations - or original house? Buildings of Scotland suggests this is the date of the original house.
Item 6 of 47c. 1835Craig HouseGatehead ( near) AyrshireScotlandAlterations and new portico
Item 7 of 471836Catrine UP ChurchCatrine AyrshireScotland 
Item 8 of 471837Fullarton Parish ChurchIrvine AyrshireScotland 
Item 9 of 471840St Andrews ChurchKilmarnock AyrshireScotland 
Item 10 of 47c. 1840House, Polwarth StreetGalston AyrshireScotland 
Item 11 of 47c. 1840SpringhillKilmarnock AyrshireScotland'Buildings of Scotland' attribution
Item 12 of 471841TourKilmaurs AyrshireScotland 
Item 13 of 471844Loudoun Parish ChurchNewmilns AyrshireScotland 
Item 14 of 47Before 1850Bank VillaTroon AyrshireScotland 
Item 15 of 47c. 1850British Linen BankKilmarnock AyrshireScotland 
Item 16 of 47c. 1850TremolesworthKilmarnock AyrshireScotland 
Item 17 of 47c. 1857Holy Trinity ParsonageKilmarnock AyrshireScotland 
Item 18 of 471859Duke StreetKilmarnock AyrshireScotlandDesigned most of flanking buildings
Item 19 of 471859Irvine Town HallIrvine AyrshireScotland 
Item 20 of 471859Villa, Dundonald RoadKilmarnock AyrshireScotland 
Item 21 of 471860Winton Place EU Church and hallKilmarnock AyrshireScotland 
Item 22 of 471862Kilmarnock Corn ExchangeKilmarnock AyrshireScotland 
Item 23 of 471863Kildalton House IslayArgyllScotlandUnexecuted proposals
Item 24 of 471867Milnathort UP ChurchMilnathort Kinross-shireScotland 
Item 25 of 471868Ardrossan RC ChurchArdrossan AyrshireScotland 
Item 26 of 471868Ardrossan RC SchoolArdrossan AyrshireScotland 
Item 27 of 471868Stewarton Parish ChurchStewarton AyrshireScotlandInterior recast
Item 28 of 47After 186814 London RoadKilmarnock AyrshireScotlandRemodelling? - attribution by Craig McLelland, South Ayrshire Council.
Item 29 of 47Late 1860s(?)Woodstock CottageKilmarnock AyrshireScotlandHS attribution; HS gives date of 1865 but if attribution is correct, the date must be slightly later (the partnership was not formed until between 1866 and 1868)
Item 30 of 47c. 1870DeanmontKilmarnock AyrshireScotland 
Item 31 of 47c. 1870Villa, Dundonald RoadKilmarnock AyrshireScotland 
Item 32 of 471872St John's RC ChurchFauldhouse West LothianScotland 
Item 33 of 471873Commercial building, John Finnie StreetKilmarnock AyrshireScotland 
Item 34 of 471874Garallan SchoolSkares AyrshireScotland 
Item 35 of 471874Hurlford Parish Church and manseHurlford AyrshireScotland 
Item 36 of 471874Operetta HouseKilmarnock AyrshireScotland 
Item 37 of 471875New Cumnock Primary SchoolNew Cumnock AyrshireScotland 
Item 38 of 471875St Margaret'sJohnstone RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 39 of 47c. 1875Office building, West George StreetKilmarnock AyrshireScotlandHS attribution
Item 40 of 471876Smith's Building, John Finnie StreetKilmarnock AyrshireScotlandHS attribution
Item 41 of 471876Symington SchoolSymington AyrshireScotland 
Item 42 of 471877Grange Free ChurchKilmarnock AyrshireScotland 
Item 43 of 471877RC School, East Shaw StreetGreenock RenfrewshireScotland?
Item 44 of 471879Galston Parish ChurchGalston AyrshireScotlandSW porch
Item 45 of 47Before 1879Dalmore HouseStair (near) AyrshireScotlandAttribution by Davis
Item 46 of 47Early 1800sHouse, London RoadKilmarnock AyrshireScotlandBuildings of Scotland attribution
Item 47 of 47Late 1800sVilla, Dundonald RoadKilmarnock AyrshireScotlandHS attribution (James Ingram if before 1879 when he died; after that J & R S Ingram)


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 2Johnston, W T2003Artists of Scotland Officina Publications CDROM 
Item 2 of 2Scotlands People Website Wills & Testaments  Ayr Sheriff Court Inventories SC6/44/41 and Ayr Sheriff Court Wills SC6/46/13

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this :
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Kilmarnock Standard2 August 1879  Obituary