Basic Biographical Details

Name: James Stevenson
Born: 10 November 1906
Died: 18 July 1991
Bio Notes: James ('Jim') Stevenson was born on 10 November 1906, the son of William Stevenson, coal miner, and his wife Minnie Munnoch. He was articled to Eric Sinclair Bell of Stirling from 1922-27, during which period he attended architectural continuation classes at the High School of Stirling and was a gold medallist. he remained with Bell as chief assistant and as associate.

He served with the Royal Engineers during the Second World War, as Civilian Garrison Engineer from 1939-43 in the Works Services (Scottish Command). From 1944-46 he was commissioned in the RE Corps and served as Garrison Engineer to the Military Engineer Services, Eastern Command, India Command and reached the rank of Captain. After the cease of hostilities he was re-employed as Civilian Garrison Engineer (Scottish Command) remaining in this post until 1950.

In that same year 1950 he joined Clackmannan County as 'principal assistant'. He went on a study tour of Denmark in 1954 under the auspices of the RIAS and the following year made a study of Germany. He was Depute County Architect by 1952 and was elected LRIBA in 1956, his proposers being Alexander Cullen, William McCrea and Eric Sinclair Bell. Before 1971 he had become County Architect of Clackmannanshire. He retired from this post in November of that year.

He was elected ARIAS in 1933 and FRIAS in 1938 serving as President of the Stirling Chapter and Vice-President of the RIAS. He was a Fellow of the Stirling Society of Architects by 1939-40 and his address at that date was 24 Allan Park, Stirling. He also edited the RIAS Quarterly from 1956 for many years.

He died in Randolph Hill Nursing Home, Leewood Drive, Dunblane which was also his permanent home, on 18 July 1991. His wife, Janet Gartshore Wilson, a secretary, had predeceased him.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 124, Allan Park, Stirling, Stirlingshire, ScotlandBusiness1939 or 1940 *  

* 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 6(Captain) Eric Sinclair Bell19221927Apprentice 
Item 2 of 6(Captain) Eric Sinclair Bell19271933Chief Assistant 
Item 3 of 6(Captain) Eric Sinclair Bell19331939AssociateWorked in 'association with' Bell.
Item 4 of 6Clackmannanshire County Architect's Department1950 Chief Assistant 
Item 5 of 6Clackmannanshire County Architect's Department1952 Depute Chief Architect 
Item 6 of 6Clackmannanshire County Architect's Department1970s Chief Architect 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3(Captain) Eric Sinclair Bell6 March 1956For Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3Alexander Cullen (junior)6 March 1956For Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3William McCrea6 March 1956For 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 11933Bannockburn Chapel of EaseBannockburn StirlingshireScotlandVestry and kitchen added


Bibliographic References

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

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this :
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1RIAS NewsletterJuly 1991v3, no2 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 PapersL 6658 (Box 152)