Sir James Miller (16 March 1905- 20 March 77) was a builder and politician and the first person to hold each of the offices of Lord Mayor of London and Lord Provost of Edinburgh.

Born in Edinburgh, he was the son of an architect of the same name. He founded a building company with his brothers in 1934, eventually becoming the Miller Group. In 1936 he became a member of Edinburgh City Council and Lord Provost for three consecutive terms from 1951-54: he was knighted in 1953 as part of the coronation honours.

The family company expanded its activities into England with branches in Wakefield and London, and Miller became involved in the City of London's Livery Companies. He was a member of the Worshipful Company of Painter-Stainers and of the Worshipful Company of Coachmakers and Coach Harness Makers.

From 1958 he sat as Conservative Party member of the London County Council representing the Cities of London and Westminster until the council's abolition in 1965.

He was Sheriff of the City of London in 1956, an alderman for Bishopsgate Ward from 1957–72 and Lord Mayor of London for 1964-65.


  • "Obituary:Sir James Miller". The Times: p. 19. 22 March 1977. 

Some information here [1], here [2],and here [3]

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