top of page
1950 - James D. Inglis.png

In recognition of his 48 years as member of the club, James Denny Inglis was appointed honorary member of Ye Cronies in 1950.


James’ family stretched across three of Glasgow’s most renowned shipbuilding families - The Inglis, the Denny’s and via Past President John Hamilton the Napiers.


Born to his mother Agnes Denny and father Dr. John Inglis in 1870, James would join the family shipbuilding business in the 1890s when his uncle, John Hamilton, became Ye Cronies President.

Due to the club’s interest and preference for musical members, it would be James and his talents with the viola that would see him become a Cronies member in 1902. While we don’t have any musical programmes from the early 1900s, it is more than likely that James would have performed on the Cronies stage whilst his uncle held the Chairman’s gavel.


Outside of Ye Cronies, James was most responsible for the design and building of today’s famous local paddle-steamers

The Waverley

Launched in 1946, James was responsible for leading the design and build of this new ship following the sinking of the original Waverley during the Dunkirk evacuation in 1940, which was itself designed by his father

The Maid of the Loch

Around the same time as becoming an honorary member, James led the design of this popular Loch Lomond steamer. Having sailed for the last time in 1981, it remains moored on the shores of Balloch and is undergoing significant renovation.

Today the old site of the A&J Inglis Pointhouse Shipyard has been replaced by the new Riverside Museum of Transport and Maritime.


James would pass away in 1953, but within club’s ranks would be survived by his nephew, John G. Inglis, who went on to become Ye Cronies President in 1962.

bottom of page