Master James of St George


 

Master James of St George used a combination of building techniques to raise Conwy Castle and the others that form Edward I’s Iron Ring in northern Wales.

 

National Affiliation: England
Occupation: Architect, Constable
Allies: Edward I
Castles: Conwy Castle
Personality: Ingenious, Quiet

 

Edward I employed master architect James of St George to design his major castles in Wales.  James’s father had been a master mason and imparted a knowledge of working stone that made the future designer one of the most celebrated engineers of his time.

 

Little information remains about the man, but Edward I must have thought highly of him as James oversaw or directly contributed to the construction of at least eight castles. The King also appointed James to various command posts at fortifications around England.

Master James of Saint George used a combination of building techniques to raise Conwy Castle and the others that form Edward I’s Iron Ring in northern Wales.