Basic Biographical Details

Name: James Watson
Born: 2 September 1901
Died: 7 February 1971
Bio Notes: James Watson was born on 2 September 1901,the son of William Watson, architect, and his wife, Mary Miller Kerr. He was articled to John Gaff Gillespie in 1919, studying at Glasgow School of Architecture. On completion of his apprenticeship in 1923 he moved to the office of Burnet, Son & Dick as assistant, and remained there until the end of April 1930, joining James G Aitchison as chief assistant in the following month. He was admitted LRIBA on 1 June 1933, his proposers being Thomas Harold Hughes, John Begg, and A Nicol Bruce, the then secretary of the RIAS. At that time he was still working for Aitchison and was living at 'Woodburn', Portincaple, near Garelochhead.

He died at Duntocher Hospital, Hardgate, on 7 February 1971. He was survived by his wife Agnes Bryce, and his son, also William.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 4Rockmount, Portincaple, Dunbartonshire, ScotlandPrivate 1971 
Item 2 of 4239, St Vincent Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1930 * Address of Burnet, Son & Dick
Item 3 of 4Woodburn, Portincaple, by Garelochhead, Dunbartonshire, ScotlandPrivate1932 *  
Item 4 of 4Oakbank/15, Suffolk Street, Helensburgh, Dunbartonshire, ScotlandPrivatec. 1946c. 1950 

* 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 3John Gaff Gillespie19191923Apprentice 
Item 2 of 3Burnet, Son & Dick1923April 1930Assistant 
Item 3 of 3James Gray AitchisonMay 1930After 1939Chief Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 2John Begg1 June 1933for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 2Thomas Harold Hughes1 June 1933for Licentiateship


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 2RIBA1930The RIBA Kalendar 1930-1931 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 2 of 2RIBA1939The RIBA Kalendar 1939-1940 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 

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 L no4282 (combined box 5)