Basic Biographical Details

Name: James Kerr
Born: 11 April 1861
Bio Notes: James Kerr was born on 11 April 1861 at Sanquhar, Dumfriesshire and began his training first as a joiner (1875-79) and then as a mason (1879-81). Thereafter he was a pupil of McKissack & Rowan of Glasgow, leaving in 1885 to take the post of architect and clerk of works on the Earl of Home's Douglas estates. He commenced practice on his own account in Lanark in 1894 and was admitted LRIBA in the mass intake of 20 July 1911, proposed by John Bennie Wilson and the Glasgow Institute of Architects. His office at that time was at 30 Bloomgate, and he continued there after the First World War until moving to 7 West Port Street in the early 1920s.

In 1911 Kerr advertised his serivces regularly in the Cumnock Chronicle.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 230, Bloomgate, Lanark, Lanarkshire, ScotlandBusinessBefore 1909After 1919 
Item 2 of 27, West Port Street, Lanark, Lanarkshire, ScotlandBusiness1924 *  

* 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 1McKissack & Rowan18811885Apprentice 

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 1Robert Alexander Cameron Macfarlane (or McFarlane)19251928ApprenticeMacfarlane's RIBA nomination paper appears to say 'John Kerr', but this is probably an error as James Kerr was practising in Lanark


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 1John Bennie Wilson20 July 1911for Licentiateship - as President of the Glasgow Institute of Architects

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 101885Douglas Castle  LanarkshireScotlandVarious works as Architect & Clerk of Works to the estate
Item 2 of 101888Douglas Cottage HospitalDouglas LanarkshireScotland 
Item 3 of 10After 1894Bloomgate UF Church HallLanark LanarkshireScotland 
Item 4 of 10After 1894Lanark Grammar SchoolLanark LanarkshireScotland 
Item 5 of 10After 1894Lanark Parish ChurchLanark LanarkshireScotlandInterior
Item 6 of 10After 1894Smyllum OrphanageLanark LanarkshireScotlandAdditions - schools, refectories, dormitories and hospital
Item 7 of 10After 1894Young Men's Christian Association InstituteLanark LanarkshireScotland 
Item 8 of 101897Covington Mains Farm  LanarkshireScotlandAlterations
Item 9 of 101898Girvan Bowling ClubGirvan AyrshireScotland 
Item 10 of 101900109 West Clyde StreetHelensburgh DunbartonshireScotlandExtension to provide photographic studio


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 3Measurers\' Companion1911The Scottish Architects' and Measurers' Companion   
Item 2 of 3Post Office Directories     
Item 3 of 3Who's Who in Architecture1914    

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this :
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 3Courtesy of Rob CloseInformation via 'Contact Us' on website Sent April 2011.
Item 2 of 3Professor David M Walker personal archiveProfessor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material Research on addresses by Iain Paterson
Item 3 of 3RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L v18 no1382