- Born: 1827/28 Died: 1860
Architect and engineer. James Blake was a native of Ballinasloe, Co. Galway. Nothing is known of his training and career. In 1857 or 1858 he delivered a paper on the remains of Kilconnell Abbey, Co. Galway, to the Royal Institute of British Architects and was awarded a silver medal by the institute for a set of measured drawings of the abbey.(1) He was elected an associate of the institute in the same year.(2) He was working in Oswestry, Shropshire, at the time of his death in London on 28 May 1860 at the age of thirty-two.(3)
(1) Margaret Richardson, ed., Catalogue of the Drawings Collection of the Royal Institute of British Architects: B (RIBA, 1972), 85.
(2) Directory of British Architects 1834-1914 (RIBA 2001), I, 198.
(3) Civil Engineer and Architect's Journal 23, (Aug 1860), 220.