Basic Biographical Details

Name: James Deuchars
Born: 3 October 1905
Died: 4 February 1968
Bio Notes: James Deuchars was born on 3 October 1905, the son of James Deuchars, gardener, and his wife Annie Bella Suttie Farmer. He was articled to Frank Drummond Thomson in September 1922, attending evening classes at Dundee Technical College and School of Art. He joined the Incorporation of Architects in Scotland as a Student in November 1924, and was raised to Associate (of the then RIAS, under the Dundee Institute of Architects) in June 1927. On completing his apprenticeship in September 1927 he was appointed assistant to the same firm, and from that time he also worked part-time as a lecturer at the Technical College.

He moved to Dundee City Architect's Office in February 1932, was appointed part-time lecturer and studio instructor at the School of Architecture, Dundee in September 1933, and was registered as an architect in June 1934. He passed the special final exam in Edinburgh in July 1938 (Part I) and July 1939 (Part II), and was admitted ARIBA on 12 December 1939, his proposers being Charles Geddes Soutar, William Salmond and John Donald Mills. At that time he was still working in the City Architect's Office. By 1950 Deuchars had secured the post of Architect to the Eastern Regional Hospital Board and was living in Dundee. He was welected FRIAS in 1953.

He died after a short illness at Maryfield Hospital, Dundee, on 4 February 1968. His wife, Muriel Mabel White, had predeceased him.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 4Quarry House, Auchterhouse, Angus, ScotlandPrivate 1968 
Item 2 of 4The Gardens, Ravenscraig, Broughty Ferry, Dundee, ScotlandBusiness1930 *After 1939(?) 
Item 3 of 412, Dundee Road, Broughty Ferry, Dundee, ScotlandPrivate1939 *  
Item 4 of 4Braeknowe/430, Blackness Road, Dundee, ScotlandPrivate1950 *After 1953 

* 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 4Frank Drummond ThomsonSeptember 1922September 1927Apprentice 
Item 2 of 4Frank Drummond ThomsonSeptember 1927February 1932Assistant 
Item 3 of 4Dundee City Architect's DepartmentFebruary 1932After 1939Assistant 
Item 4 of 4Eastern Regional Hospital Board1950 * Chief Architect 

* 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 3John Donald Mills12 December 1939for Associateship
Item 2 of 3William Salmond12 December 1939for Associateship
Item 3 of 3Charles Geddes Soutar12 December 1939for 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 11951Dundee Royal infirmary, Radiodiagnostic Department  DundeeScotlandPrepared plans - as architect to the Eastern Regional Hospital Board.


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 3RIBA1930The RIBA Kalendar 1930-1931 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 2 of 3RIBA1939The RIBA Kalendar 1939-1940 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 3 of 3RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this :
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Builder30 November 1951  p773
Item 2 of 2Building23 February 1968  p75

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 no7303 (combined box 183)