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James McLaren Honeyman was born in Cathcart on 11 November 1890 to Jemima Honeyman (née McLaren) and Andrew Stark Honeyman, a wholesale grocer. From 1907 to 1915 he studied architecture at The Glasgow School of Art under M Bourdon and Alexander McGibbon. From 1907 to 1912 he was articled to Henry Edward Clifford, while studying part-time. Thereafter he studied full-time for two years while continuing to assist Clifford and latterly Alex Adam. In 1915, Honeyman became a senior draughtsman to Bradshaw Gass & Hope in Bolton. He finally received his diploma from GSA in 1921, and moved to York the following year to take up employment as a senior draughtsman to Walter Brierley & Rutherford. He returned to Glasgow in 1923 to begin practice on his own account. After the death of John Bennie Wilson (1923) and his son, who died three years later, Honeyman took over their practice, under the name John B Wilson, Son & Honeyman. During this time he lectured at the Royal Technical Colleges in Glasgow and Paisley. In 1937 he took William Archibald Park Jack into partnership but their work had to be temporarily suspended during the Second World War, during which Honeyman served as a Regional Officer with the Ministry of Works. They resumed practice in 1946, becoming Honeyman, Jack & Robinson the following year. In 1947 Honeyman was elected FRIBA. He died in 1948. James McLaren Honeyman is commemorated on The Glasgow School of Art's First World War Roll of Honour.
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