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By Gary Nisbet
James Hoey Craigie
(d. 1930)

Craigie joined the Glasgow architects Clarke & Bell as their Chief Draughtsman around 1890, after travelling in Italy on an Alexander Thomson scholarship.

He became George Bell II's partner in 1906, after R A Bryden's death, and eventually took the firm over in 1915, after Bell's death.

His important work includes the attic additions to the Grosvenor Building, 72-80 Gordon Street (1907); the reconstruction of the Justiciary Courthouse, Jocelyn Square (1910-13); and St Mary's Parish Church, Kirkintilloch (1912-14).

His additions to the Grosvenor Building included the insertion of a magnificent marble staircase by Galbraith & Winton, which featured relief panels by Albert Hodge , who also produced plaster caryatids for the building's new ballroom. Craigie's interiors were destroyed by fire in 1973.

Craigie's reconstruction of the Justiciary Courthouse involved the removal of the magnificent heraldic group from the tympanum of the building's pediment and carved details from the metopes below it, together with the destruction of copies of panels from Walter Buchan 's Trial By Jury frieze in the building's interior.

The latter were copied in plaster by Archibald Macfarlane Shannan in 1911, before their destruction, and exhibited at the RGIFA prior to being installed in the new buiding.

Prior to World War I he was active in the volunteer movement, becoming an officer in the 7th Battallion, Highland Light Infantry, and served as a Captain of Royal Engineers during the war.


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