Basic Biographical Details

Name: Robert Gibson
Designation: Architect, Engineer
Born: 1866
Died: 4 February 1937
Bio Notes: Robert Gibson was born in Arbroath in 1866, the eldest of four brothers and five sisters. He was trained as a civil engineer by George C Douglas & Co and commenced practice as a civil engineer and architect in the later 1890s, his first major clients being the printers and publishers D C Thomson & Co, and the governors of Dundee Technical College. For the latter he made a tour of the principal technical colleges in Britain and Germany with the principal, Dr Lumsden. The front elevation was the subject of a competition won by William Gillespie Lamond of J H Langlands' office.

Despite the demands of a very busy practice Gibson taught at the Dundee Technical College throughout his working life. He also took a keen interest in the Dundee YMCA, being appointed a Director in 1890 and a Vice-President in 1915. He was a member of St George's Church, where he was superintendent of the Sunday School for some years.

Gibson died at the home of his sister, Mrs J H Scott, at Craigbank, Tayport on 4 February 1937, at the age of seventy.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect, engineer:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 1Bell Street, Dundee, ScotlandBusiness   

Employment and Training

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this architect, engineer (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 3Thomas Lindsay Gray  Apprentice 
Item 2 of 3William Mollison Wilson  Apprentice 
Item 3 of 3Frank Coutts WebsterAfter 1902c. 1903Assistant 

Buildings and Designs

This architect, engineer was involved with the following buildings or structures from the date specified (click on an item to view details):
 Date startedBuilding nameTown, district or villageIslandCity or countyCountryNotes
Item 1 of 18 Upper and Lower Dens Works  DundeeScotlandAdditions and alterations at various dates
Item 2 of 181902Post OfficeCoupar Angus Angus/PerthshireScotland 
Item 3 of 181906D C Thomson and Co Printing WorksPort Dundas GlasgowScotlandPrinting works and office block
Item 4 of 181907Dundee Technical Institute  DundeeScotlandExcluding fašade - main building to rear
Item 5 of 181909Low and Bonar's textile factory and George Bonar Memorial Club  DundeeScotlandComplete rebuilding from 1909 onwards
Item 6 of 181911Corona HouseBroughty Ferry DundeeScotlandEnlarged house.
Item 7 of 181911D C Thomson and Co Printing WorksPort Dundas GlasgowScotlandAdditional floor to office block
Item 8 of 18c. 1912J and T Inglis Riverside Works, Carolina Port  DundeeScotlandExtensive additions at these and various other dates
Item 9 of 181913Building in Baltic Street  DundeeScotland 
Item 10 of 181913D C Thomson's office  ManchesterEngland 
Item 11 of 181913East Port Calender  DundeeScotlandRebuilding after fire
Item 12 of 181913G C Taylor's and Sons Ropeworks Jamaica WorksMaxwelltown DundeeScotland 
Item 13 of 181913Workshops in King's Road  DundeeScotland 
Item 14 of 18c. 1920Offices for Cox Brothers  DundeeScotlandAdditions for newly-formed Jute Industries Ltd
Item 15 of 181926Ward Road public gymnasium  DundeeScotlandRebuilt after fire
Item 16 of 181928School of Economics  DundeeScotland 
Item 17 of 181930D C Thomson and Co Printing WorksPort Dundas GlasgowScotlandExtension to printing works, in Port Dundas Road
Item 18 of 181930Upper Dens Foundry  DundeeScotlandExtension of Baxter Brothers' Upper Dens Foundry: new blocks to east and west, for Low & Bonar


Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect, engineer:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Scotsman5 February 1937  p9 - brief obituary

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect, engineer:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2Courtesy of Alison Hamilton, great niece of Robert GibsonInformation from website Sent March 2008
Item 2 of 2Professor David M Walker personal archiveProfessor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material Personal information given to DMW from the late Col T Lindsay Gray who trained with him and largely inherited his practice.