Basic Biographical Details

Name: James Thomas Alexander Taylor
Born: 1873
Bio Notes: James Thomas Alexander Taylor was born in 1873 and articled to Andrew Scobie of Dunfermline in 1888. In 1894 he moved to Edinburgh as assistant to Alexander Hunter Crawford for a year followed by a further year with J M Forrester and four years with Alexander Wood MacNaughtan from 1896 to 1900. In the latter year he joined W R Herring, an industrial architect and engineer to Edinburgh and Leith Corporations Gas Commissioners. He was still with him in 1911 when he was admitted LRIBA on 9 January, his proposers being Crawford, William Williamson of Kirkcaldy and Thomas Purves Marwick. He was then living at 41 Queens Avenue, Blackhall but had moved to Ormidale, Clermiston Road, Corstorphine by 1914. His name does not appear in the post-war editions of 'Who's who in architecture'.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 241, Queen's Avenue, Blackhall, Midlothian, ScotlandPrivate1911 *  
Item 2 of 2Chief Engineer's Office, Gas Commissioners/15, Calton Hill, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusiness1911 *  

* 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 5Andrew Scobie18881894Apprentice 
Item 2 of 5Alexander Hunter Crawford18941895Assistant 
Item 3 of 5John M Forrester18951896Assistant 
Item 4 of 5Alexander Wood MacNaughtan (or McNaughton)18961900Assistant 
Item 5 of 5Walter Ralph Herring1900After 1911Assistantin Chief Engineer's Department, Edinburgh & Leith Corporations Gas Commissioners Office


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Alexander Hunter Crawford9 January 1911for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3Thomas Purves Marwick9 January 1911for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3William Williamson9 January 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 1After 1900Edinburgh & Leith Corporations Gas Commissioners Office  EdinburghScotlandAs assistant to W R Herring, Chief Engineer & Manager to the Edinburgh & Leith Corporations Gas Commissioners


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 L no432 (microfilm reel 31)