Basic Biographical Details

Name: James Maclaren Honeyman
Born: 11 November 1890
Died: 15 November 1948
Bio Notes: James Maclaren Honeyman was no relation to John Honeyman (1831-1914). Born on 11 November 1890, he was articled to Henry Edward Clifford from October 1907 to October 1912, attending evening classes at the Glasgow School of Architecture. He then was a 'full-day' student at the School for two years but continued initially to assist Clifford in his spare time, subsequently assisting in the office of Alex Adam, and after completing the course in June 1914 he remained with Adam full-time until December. In February the following year he found employment as a draughtsman in the Ministry of Works, Edinburgh. Later that year he was appointed resident superintendent at Alnwick Court, Northumberland under the District Officer of the Royal Engineers, along with Balfour Beatty. He was still there when he was admitted ARIBA in mid-1919 under the war exemption scheme, his proposers being John Watson, David Salmond, and Clifford, who wrote in his supporting statement that Honeyman had 'rendered me very able temporary assistance' during his full-time study at the Glasgow School of Art.

The following year, 1915, Honeyman became a senior draughtsman to Bradshaw Gass & Hope in Bolton. It was not until 1921 that he finally received his diploma from the Glasgow School of Art, and in 1922 he moved to York as senior draughtsman to Walter Brierley & Rutherford, returning to Glasgow a year later to commence practice on his own account.

Following the deaths of John Bennie Wilson in 1923, and of his son John Archibald Wilson in 1926, James M Honeyman continued their practice, initially under the style of John B Wilson, Son & Honeyman. He assisted in the architecture department of the Royal Technical College, Glasgow from 1926, and was a lecturer in Building Construction at the Royal Technical College, Paisley from 1928.

Honeyman took William Archibald Park Jack (born 1912) into partnership in 1937, but the practice went into abeyance during the Second World War, Honeyman serving as a Regional Officer with the Ministry of Works from 1941 until 1946 when the partnership resumed. The following year Jack's brother-in-law George William Robertson (born 1902) became a partner, the firm thereafter becoming Honeyman, Jack & Robertson. During the ensuing years the practice was involved mainly in factory work and in further jobs for the Ministry of Works.

Honeyman was elected FRIBA on 8 July 1947, his proposers being Andrew Graham Henderson, William James Smith and Thomas Johnston Beveridge. At that time the firm's office was at 92 Bath Street, Glasgow, and Honeyman was living at 41 Queensborough Gardens in the same city. By 1953, the practice had expanded to incorporate an Oban branch. Further branches were subsequently established in Kelso, Edinburgh and Stirling where Jack lived.

Honeyman died of heart failure on 15 November 1948 at 41 Queensborough Gardens.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 541, Queensborough Gardens, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate 1947 
Item 2 of 5Invermark, Castle Road, Cathcart, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1907After 1919 
Item 3 of 5Command Depot, Alnwick, Northumberland, EnglandBusiness1919 *  
Item 4 of 5194, West Regent Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness19241925 
Item 5 of 592, Bath Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1926After 1947Though the RIBA Kalander gives 98 Bath Street in 1939-40.

* 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 12Henry Edward CliffordOctober 19071909Apprentice 
Item 2 of 12Clifford & Lunan1909October 1912Apprentice 
Item 3 of 12Clifford & LunanOctober 19121913(?)AssistantSpare-time only
Item 4 of 12Alexander Adam1913December 1914AssistantInitially part-time, but full-time from June 1914
Item 5 of 12H M Office of Works (later Ministry of Works, Department of the Environment and Property Services Agency)February 1915November 1915Draughtsmanin Edinburgh office
Item 6 of 12Royal Engineers OfficeNovember 19151919 or 1920 Resident Superintendent at Alnwick Court, Northumberland
Item 7 of 12Bradshaw Gass & Hope19201922Senior Draughtsman 
Item 8 of 12Brierley & Rutherford19221923Senior Draughtsman 
Item 9 of 12John B Wilson, Son & Honeyman19261937(?)Partner 
Item 10 of 12Honeyman & Jack19371941Partner 
Item 11 of 12Honeyman & Jack19461947Partner 
Item 12 of 12Honeyman, Jack & Robertson19471948Partner 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 6Thomas Johnston Beveridge8 July 1947for Fellowship
Item 2 of 6Henry Edward CliffordMid 1919for Associateship
Item 3 of 6Andrew Graham Henderson8 July 1947for Fellowship
Item 4 of 6David SalmondMid 1919for Associateship
Item 5 of 6(Professor) William James Smith8 July 1947for Fellowship
Item 6 of 6John WatsonMid 1919for Associateship

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 201923University of Glasgow Athletics Pavilion  GlasgowScotlandWon competition to secure job
Item 2 of 201929University of Glasgow Students Union  GlasgowScotlandCompetition design - not successful
Item 3 of 201930Garscadden Primary SchoolKnightswood GlasgowScotland 
Item 4 of 201932Williamwood ChurchClarkston GlasgowScotland 
Item 5 of 201934Marine Biological Station, Keppel PierMillportGreat CumbraeButeScotlandNew wing (1934 or 1936-39)
Item 6 of 201935St Matthew's Episcopal ChurchPossilpark GlasgowScotlandIn conjunction with Harold Hughes
Item 7 of 201937FactoryDingwall Ross and CromartyScotland 
Item 8 of 201937(?)Houses, Mains EstateGiffnock RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 9 of 201937Newton Mearns ChurchNewton Mearns RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 10 of 201938MansionGiffnock RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 11 of 201939Burnside Church   ScotlandFirst premiated competition design
Item 12 of 201939Langside Orphanage  GlasgowScotland 
Item 13 of 201947E K Cole Limited (EKCO) FactoryRutherglen  Scotland 
Item 14 of 201947Factory for Mavor & Coulson  GlasgowScotland 
Item 15 of 201948Church of Scotland, Glendinning and Avenel Roads   GlasgowScotland 
Item 16 of 201948Storage Buildings, Dalsholm Paper Co Ltd  GlasgowScotland 
Item 17 of 201957298 dwellings, south of Roystonhill, Royston Redevelopment AreaRoyston GlasgowScotland 
Item 18 of 201960sDunblane United Associate Church HallDunblane StirlingshireScotlandConversion to Leighton House
Item 19 of 201960sScottish Churches HouseDunblane PerthshireScotlandConversion of 18th and 19th century cottages to church house with dining room and library
Item 20 of 20196894 flats in five blocks, Roystonhill II, Royston Redevelopment AreaRoyston GlasgowScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 1RIBA1939The RIBA Kalendar 1939-1940 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this :
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2Professor David M Walker personal archiveProfessor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material Additional Information from Iain Paterson
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A v24 no2798 (microfilm reel 23); F no4280 (combined box 5)