James Ferrigan

Architect; JHKM employee

James Ferrigan (1883–1947) was an architectural draughtsman, born and raised in Edinburgh. By 17, he was describing himself as an 'apprentice architect', and, from approximately 1899 until 1904, he was articled to the Edinburgh practice of Peddie & Washington Browne. 1 He worked briefly with Honeyman, Keppie & Mackintosh from May 1904 to March 1905. Ferrigan was working as a draughtsman, for architects J. W. & J. Laird, Bath Street, Glasgow, when he enrolled in a Territorial (part-time) battalion of the Royal Engineers in April 1908. 2

The Scottish Co-operative Wholesale Society's Building Department was established in 1885 or 1886. 3 Ferrigan was included in the list of S.C.W.S. staff who served in the war, suggesting that he began working for them before he was called up in 1915. His skill as a draughtsman was utilised in the Inland Waterways and Docks unit of the Royal Engineers, which dealt with infrastructure and supply-logistics, including building temporary wharves and loading-docks. 4

Ferrigan was discharged after a short period as a 'proficient' draughtsman in Calais. He was 'despatched to U.K. for disposal as a pivotal man', a class whose early release was deemed essential for resumption of civilian industry after the war. 5 He had resumed work with the S.C.W.S. office in Glasgow by 1919 where he continued until his death in 1947. 6

Notes:

1: Census information, www.ancestry.co.uk; 'James Ferrigan', Dictionary of Scottish Architects, www.scottisharchitects.org.uk [both accessed 16 March 2014].

2: British Army W.W.I Service Records, 1914–1920, online resource, www.ancestry.co.uk [accessed 16 March 2014].

3: J. A. Flanagan, Wholesale Co-operation in Scotland, Glasgow: S.C.W.S. Ltd, 1920, p. 125.

4: Roll of Honour1914–1919: Employees of the S.C.W.S., Glasgow: S.C.W.S., 1920, p. 3; British Army W.W.I Service Records, 1914–1920, online resource, www.ancestry.co.uk; 'James Ferrigan', Dictionary of Scottish Architects, www.scottisharchitects.org.uk [accessed 16 March 2014].

5: British Army W.W.I Service Records, 1914–1920, online resource, www.ancestry.co.uk [accessed 16 March 2014].

6: Statutory Deaths, www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk; 'James Ferrigan', Dictionary of Scottish Architects, www.scottisharchitects.org.uk [both accessed 16 March 2014].