Basic Biographical Details

Name: James Smith Leslie
Born: 10 September 1891
Died: 1968
Bio Notes: James Smith Leslie was born on 10 September 1891 and was articled to James Findlay of Dundee on 27 September 1907, studying at the Dundee Technical Institute where he was awarded a first-class certificate for the design course. On completion of his apprenticeship in 1912 he worked for a year for J Bruce & Sons, also in Dundee before moving to the office of Maclaren Sons & Soutar in the same town. He served with the Royal Air Force during the First World War, achieving the rank of Captain by the time of his demobilisation in 1919, and returned Maclaren Sons & Soutar - soon to become Maclaren Soutar Salmond - for two further years thereafter. He then moved to St Annes-on-Sea, Lancashire, where he spent a year as assistant to Arthur Ashton. He was elected an associate of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland on 6 May 1922, and the following year moved again, to Skegness, to work as assistant in the Derby and Skegness architectural and surveying firm of John Wills & Sons. He was still in the latter office, by then as chief assistant, when he was admitted LRIBA in early 1931, his proposers being Charles Geddes Soutar, William Salmond and the then secretary of the Dundee Institute of Architects.

Leslie was still at the same address in Skegness in 1960-61 but is no longer listed in 1970. He probably died in 1968, though the age given in the Death Register is slightly at variance with that in the Nomination Paper.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 2Inverdale, Kirkby Crescent, Seacroft, Skegness, Lincolnshire, EnglandPrivate(?)1931 *  
Item 2 of 230, Laythorpe Avenue, Skegness, Yorkshire, EnglandPrivate1950s1960s 

* 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 7James Findlay27 September 19071912Apprentice 
Item 2 of 7John Bruce & Son19121913Assistant 
Item 3 of 7Maclaren Sons & Soutar19131920AssistantWith the exception of war service, 1915-19
Item 4 of 7Maclaren Soutar Salmond19201921Assistant 
Item 5 of 7Arthur Ashton19211922Assistant 
Item 6 of 7Wills & Sons1923Before 1931Assistant(?) 
Item 7 of 7Wills & Sons1931 * Chief Assistant 

* earliest date known from documented sources.


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 2William SalmondEarly 1931for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 2Charles Geddes SoutarEarly 1931for Licentiateship


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 1RIBA1961Kalendar 1960-61   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this :
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2England and WalesBirths, marriages and deaths  
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L no3833 (box 17)