James Brown


B/W Advertisement for James Brown, 'Glasgow Building Trades Exchange', 1896, p. 250

Because 'James Brown' is such a common name in Glasgow, there are several possible candidates for the contractor employed by Honeyman, Keppie & Mackintosh. The Glasgow Post Office Directory, 1905–6 and 1906–7, lists two James Browns, both plumbers and gasfitters, one at 97 North Street, the other at 10 Cleland Street (who was sufficiently modern to have a telephone). They had various namesakes: a tinsmith and gasfitter at 137 West Nile Street, and an engraver, stencil-plate and brand-cutter at 28 Green Street, Bridgeton. There were also numerous other firms that employed metal in making finished items, such as J. & G. Brown, who made packing boxes and cases from zinc and tin, at 25 Douglas Street.