Basic Biographical Details

Name: James Brown Cairns
Born: 13 January 1909
Died: 29 June 1984
Bio Notes: James Brown Cairns (who is described as 'junior' in the RIBA Kalendar) was born on 13 January 1909, the son of James Brown Cairns, grocery manager, and his wife Ethel Mabel Gray. He was articled to Alexander David Hislop of Campbell & Hislop in 1924, remaining as assistant under the new partnership of Hislop & Welsh after completing his apprenticeship and studying at the Glasgow School of Architecture. He travelled in Germany in August 1930 and passed the qualifying exam in Edinburgh in July 1931. He was admitted ARIBA late that year or early the next, his proposers being Thomas Harold Hughes, William James Smith and John Watson.

Cairns died on 29 June 1984. His wife, Helen Stewart Rough, had predeceased him, but he was survived by at least one daughter who lived in Suffolk.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 219, Burlington Avenue, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1931 *  
Item 2 of 2Tolliard/5, Airyligg Drive, Eagelsham, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1950 *1984 

* 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 3Campbell & Hislop19241924Apprentice 
Item 2 of 3Hislop & Welsh1924c. 1929Apprentice 
Item 3 of 3Hislop & Welshc. 1929After 1931Assistant 


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 1931 or early 1932for Associateship
Item 2 of 3(Professor) William James SmithLate 1931 or early 1932for Associateship
Item 3 of 3John WatsonLate 1931 or early 1932for Associateship


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 1RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 

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 no4728 (combined box 32)