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James Henry Gray was born in Pollokshields, Glasgow on 23rd July 1885, of Mary Harris Gray (née White) and James Henry Gray, a biscuit maker. Gray attended The Glasgow School of Art from 1906 to 1909 and from 1913 to 1914 as a student of architecture under Professor Bourdon and Professor McGibbon. According to the Dictionary of Scottish Architects, Gray was admitted to the ARIBA in 1911 before serving in the Royal Field Artillery during the First World War, reaching the rank of Captain. Gray was a partner in the architectural firm Watson, Salmond & Gray of West George Street, Glasgow, from 1914 until his death in 1938. The firm won the first RIBA Scottish Architecture medal for the best city building for its work on the extension to the City Chambers. Gray is commemorated on The Glasgow School of Art's First World War Roll of Honour and on the Glasgow Institute of Architects Roll of Honour (Associate). A biography of Gray is available from the Dictionary of Scottish Architects website.
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