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James Adam


1732 - 1794

Architect. Born in Edinburgh, the younger brother of Robert Adam (1728 - 92) and son of William Adam (1684 - 1748), who were both also noted architects. James began working with his brother John, following their father's death, but left in 1760 to undertake a 'Grand Tour' of Europe, which he completed in 1763. His achievements were somewhat eclipsed by those of Robert, with whom he worked closely, indeed his most notable work came after Robert's death, including the old Glasgow Royal Infirmary (1792; demolished 1907), Assembly Rooms (1794; demolished in 1890), and the Tron Kirk (1794) all in Glasgow. He died in London.


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