Basic Biographical Details

Name: James Bunyan
Born: 22 June 1905
Died: 15 June 2001
Bio Notes: James Bunyan was born on 22 June 1905, theo son of James Bunyan, clerk of works, and his wife, Annie Rankin. He attended Glasgow School of Architecture from 1921. He was articled to Henry Edward Clifford of Clifford & Lunan, Glasgow in 1923, remaining with him after the dissolution of the practice later that year. When Clifford retired two years later, Bunyan transferred to the office of James Taylor Thomson, where he completed his apprenticeship in 1928. He received his Diploma in June 1929, passed the RIBA qualifying exam in Edinburgh on 9 July of the same year, and was admitted ARIBA late that year or early the next, his proposers being Thomas Harold Hughes, John Watson and Thomas Lumsden Taylor. By that time he was draughtsman to Charles James McNair. After a year there he left to spend a further year as senior draughtsman to John Fairweather, before joining the architecture department of Cooper & Co Stores of 24 Howard Street and 32 Herbert Street, Glasgow, as assistant architect in 1931. In 1935 he became the chief architect at Cooper & Co, and was still there when he was admitted FRIBA in 1951. His work for Cooper & Co comprised new buildings as well as alterations and additions to existing premises in Scotland and England, including London. He retired in December 1970.

He died at Inverclyde Royal Hospital, Greenock on 15 June 2001 aged 95. He was survived by his wife, Margaret Binnie Penman and at least one son, James, who lived in Bedfordshire at the time of his father's death.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 642, Highfield Drive, Kelvinside, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate19291940 
Item 2 of 668, Randolph Road, Broomhill, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1951 *  
Item 3 of 632, Herbert Street, Hillhead, Glasgow, Scotland 1953 *1954 
Item 4 of 66, Woodend Drive, Jordanhill, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1955 *After 1960 
Item 5 of 6Broomhill/26, Hilbre Road, West Kirby, Wirral, West Kirby, EnglandPrivate(?)Before 1965After 1970(?) 
Item 6 of 617, Undercliff Road, Renfrewshire, ScotlandPrivatec. 19702001 

* 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 7Clifford & Lunan19231923ApprenticeUnder Henry Edward Clifford
Item 2 of 7Henry Edward Clifford19231925  
Item 3 of 7James Taylor Thomson19251928Apprentice 
Item 4 of 7Charles James McNair19291930Draughtsman 
Item 5 of 7John Fairweather19301931Senior Draughtsman 
Item 6 of 7Cooper & Co Architect's Department19311935Assistant 
Item 7 of 7Cooper & Co Architect's Department1935After 1951Chief Architect 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Thomas Harold HughesLate 1929 or early 1930for Associateship
Item 2 of 3Thomas Lumsden TaylorLate 1929 or early 1930for Associateship
Item 3 of 3John WatsonLate 1929 or early 1930for Associateship

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 71931Cooper and Co's shop, 23-25 West Princes StreetHelensburgh DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 2 of 7After 1935Cooper and Co's buildingBearsden GlasgowScotlandAs Chief Architect to Cooper & Co
Item 3 of 7After 1935Cooper and Co's buildingSaltcoats AyrshireScotlandAs Chief Architect to Cooper & Co
Item 4 of 7After 1935Cooper and Co's buildingPrestwick AyrshireScotlandAs Chief Architect to Cooper & Co
Item 5 of 7After 1935Cooper and Co's buildings  EdinburghScotlandAs Chief Architect to Cooper & Co
Item 6 of 71953Premises of Cooper and Co (Stores) Ltd, Bishop StreetAnderston GlasgowScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 7 of 71954Warehouse of Cooper Stores Ltd, Bishop Street  GlasgowScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 7NMRS Survey of Private Collections  NMRS note that there is a collection of student drawings by Bunyan dating from 1921-26 but do not give source
Item 2 of 7Post Office Directories     
Item 3 of 7RIBA1939The RIBA Kalendar 1939-1940 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 4 of 7RIBA1955Kalendar 1954-1955   
Item 5 of 7RIBA1960The RIBA Kalendar 1959-19601959-1960  
Item 6 of 7RIBA1964The RIBA Kalendar 1964-65   
Item 7 of 7RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this :
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 3Builder11 September 1953  p413
Item 2 of 3Builder11 June 1954  p1051
Item 3 of 3RIAS Chartered ArchitectJuly 2001v12, no5 Death note

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this :
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2H M Register HouseDeath Register  
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A no4368 and F no4597 (combined box 23)