James Fraser

Place of Birth

  • Born                      1794       Ross-shire Scotland
  • Died                       19 April 1879
  • Burial                     Salford

James Fraser was born in Ross-shire Scotland about 1794. In 1819, when his eldest son John was born, he was engaged in the construction of extensive dock and other works at Charlestown on the Firth of Forth, for the Earl of Elgin. James Fraser moved to Pendleton, Salford, with his wife Agnes Elizabeth, his son John and two daughters, Margaret and Frances about 1832. Eight or nine further children, including James Barlow Fraser, were born in Manchester by the time of the 1851 census. In Manchester he practiced as a land agent and surveyor, being responsible for the laying out of the 250 acres Prestwich Hills Estate, three miles north of Manchester. In later years he also styled himself architect.

His son, James Barlow Fraser was articled to him for five years and joined him in partnership about 1859. The Manchester directories indicate that the partnership established a branch office in Leeds in 1863. J B Fraser probably moved permanently to Leeds following his marriage to Emma Louisa Calvert, daughter of Thomas Calvert. However, the Manchester Directories continue to record the existence of the Manchester partnership until 1878, a year before his death.

James Fraser died on 19 April 1879

1837        James Fraser Ford Lane, Pendleton
1838        James Fraser 20 Ford Lane, Pendleton
1841        James Fraser 4 St James’s Square
1843        James Fraser Booth Street, Pendleton
1845-1858    James Fraser 2 St James’s Square
1861        James Fraser & Son 11 John Dalton Street
1863        James Fraser & Son 11 John Dalton Street and at Leeds
1876-1877    James Fraser Son & Co 8 St Mary’s Street Manchester

1846-1850:     Booth Street, Pendleton
1850-1853    Richmond Place, Pendleton
1863        James Fraser, architect (James Fraser & Son) 15 Booth Street, Pendleton (Slater)
1879        Italian Villas, Union Street, Stretford,


Name Designation Formed Dissolved Location
Fraser James and Son Architectural practice 1859 1878 Manchester