Basic Biographical Details

Name: James Irving Tweedie
Born: 1881
Bio Notes: James Irving Tweedie was born in 1881 and educated at Annan Academy. After a year's practical experience in a builder's office he was articled to Frank James Chambers Carruthers of Dumfries in August 1897, and began attending classes at Dumfries Academy and Art School. In September 1902 he moved to Ecclefechan to work under W H Veitch of Hoddom, who was presumably the architect to the Hoddom Castle estate. He was still working in the same capacity when he passed the qualifying exam in 1906 and was admitted ARIBA on 4 March 1907, his proposers being John Slater, William Flockhart and Leonard Stokes, all of London, probably because he did not know any Fellows or Associates well enough to ask. His nomination papers state that he had made several week-long measuring tours of the Borders Abbeys, including those of Lincluden, Melrose, Dundrennan, Carlisle, Sweetheart, Caerlaverock, Crossreigle and others.

Despite this auspicious start to his career, Tweedie seems to have built surprisingly little. He was still in practice in 1914 but does not appear in the later editions of 'Who's who in architecture'. His one known work is completely plain.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 3Kelhead, Annan, Dumfriesshire, ScotlandPrivate1906 *  
Item 2 of 3Hoddom, Ecclefechan, Dumfriesshire, ScotlandBusiness1906 *  
Item 3 of 3Mount Pleasant, Newton Stewart, Dumfriesshire, ScotlandPrivate/business(?)1914 *  

* 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 2Francis (Frank) James Chambers Carruthers9 August 1897September 1902Apprentice 
Item 2 of 2W H Veitch26 September 1902After 1906Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3William Flockhart4 March 1907for Associateship
Item 2 of 3John Slater4 March 1907for Associateship
Item 3 of 3Leonard Aloysius Scott Stokes4 March 1907for Associateship

RIBA Proposals

This proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 1David Williamson Campbell20 July 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 11905Cummertrees SchoolCummertrees DumfriesshireScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 1Who's Who in Architecture1914    

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 v17 p96 (microfilm reel 19)