Basic Biographical Details

Name: James Andrew Minty
Born: 1857
Died: 5 August 1947
Bio Notes: James Andrew Minty was born in 1857 and articled to T Farquharson, estate architect and resident engineer on the Macduff Harbour Works, in 1872. In 1878 he moved to Edinburgh to work for the School Board architect Robert Wilson, taking classes at Heriot-Watt College, and in 1882 moved again, this time to London to attend Professor T Roger Smith's classes at University College London. Shortly afterwards he began assisting in Smith's office. He passed the qualifying exam in April 1885.

Minty's movements over the ensuing years are unclear but he commenced practice on his own account at Gray's Inn Square in 1894 (nomination papers; although RIBAJ obituary gives 1890 as the year of his commencement in independent practice). He was admitted ARIBA in mid-1901, his proposers being Smith, Arthur Cates, and the hospital specialist Alfred Hessel Tiltman.

Sometime after 1904 he entered into partnership with another London Scot, John Campbell Turner Murray. The partnership of J C T Murray & J A Minty had ended by 1914 when Murray had his office at 35 Old Queen Street and Minty at 35 Craven Street, Charing Cross. Minty was still in the latter office when he was elected FRIBA on 14 June 1926, his proposers being E Guy Dawber, David Barclay Niven and T Roger Smith's son Ravenscroft Elsey Smith.

Minty died on 5 August 1947, his practice being continued by his sons W Stanley Minty and Robert James Hugh Minty.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 710, Gray's Inn Square, London, EnglandBusinessBefore 1894After 1901 
Item 2 of 745, Grange Park Road, Leyton, London, EnglandPrivate1901 *  
Item 3 of 742, Theobald's Road, London, EnglandPrivate/business(?)1904 *  
Item 4 of 735, Craven Street, Charing Cross, London, EnglandBusinessBefore 1914After 1926 
Item 5 of 7Beeleigh, Snaresbrook, Essex, EnglandPrivate1926 *  
Item 6 of 7Hermon Hill, Wanstead, London, EnglandPrivate1947 *  
Item 7 of 714, Bedford Row, London, EnglandBusiness1947 *  

* 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 4James Farquharson18721878Apprentice 
Item 2 of 4Robert Wilson18781882Assistant 
Item 3 of 4(Professor) Thomas Roger Smith18821894(?)Assistant 
Item 4 of 4J C T Murray & J A MintyAfter 1904Before 1914Partner 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 6Arthur CatesMid 1901for Associateship
Item 2 of 6(Sir) Edward Guy Dawber14 June 1926for Fellowship
Item 3 of 6David Barclay Niven14 June 1926for Fellowship
Item 4 of 6Ravenscroft Elsey Smith14 June 1926for Fellowship
Item 5 of 6(Professor) Thomas Roger SmithMid 1901for Associateship
Item 6 of 6Alfred Hessel TiltmanMid 1901for Associateship

RIBA Proposals

This proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Duncan Chisholm Cameron8 January 1934for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3Rhoderic (or Roderic/Roderick) Cameron29 November 1926for Fellowship
Item 3 of 3John Alexander Carfrae27 February 1911for Licentiateship

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 51899County Offices  EssexEngland 
Item 2 of 51900House near HytheHythe  England 
Item 3 of 51900Town Hall with bank belowLoughton EssexEngland 
Item 4 of 51901Harbour OfficesSwnasea GlamorganWales 
Item 5 of 51912William Wallace MonumentElderslie RenfrewshireScotlandWon cometition to secure job


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 4British Architectural Library, RIBA2001Directory of British Architects 1834-1914   
Item 2 of 4Graves, Algernon1905The Royal Academy of Arts: a complete dictionary of exhibitors and their works…1905-6London: Graves and Bell 
Item 3 of 4Walker, Frank Arneil1986South Clyde Estuary: An Illustrated Architectural Guide to Inverclyde and Renfrew  p52
Item 4 of 4Who's Who in Architecture1914    

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this :
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 4Architect and Building News8 August 1947v191 p105 - obituary
Item 2 of 4Architects Journal21 August 1947v106 p176 - obituary
Item 3 of 4Builder15 August 1847v173 p175 - obituary
Item 4 of 4RIBA JournalOctober 1947v54London: Royal Institute of British Architectsp619 - obituary

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this :
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A v14 p140 no1375 (microfilm reel 18); F no2380 (box 6)