Basic Biographical Details

Name: Robert Thomson
Designation: Architect
Born: c. 1854
Died: c. 1914(?)
Bio Notes: Robert Thomson was born c. 1854 at Blantyre, the son of William Thomson, master joiner and Margaret Affleck. No details are known of his architectural training. He married Marion Wilson Kyle, daughter of Robert Kyle, inspector of poor, at Mansefield Cottage, Kirk Street, Strathaven on 15 January 1879. Their son Robert Kyle Thomson was born on 5 September 1880 at Hill House, Uddingston. By that year Robert Thomson had commenced independent practice at 40 St Enoch Square, Glasgow. In the late 1890s he was assisted by Andrew Wilson, of whom little is known, but who is believed to have been largely responsible for the design of several of the practice's notable office blocks.

Thomson continued to practise from various addresses in Glasgow until sometime between 1913 and 1915, Frank Worsdall giving this as the time of his death at his home, 164 Nithsdale Road, Pollokshields. Wilson, who had been made a partner by that time, inherited his practice.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 1440, St Enoch Square, Glasgow, ScotlandBusinessBefore 18781879 or 1880 
Item 2 of 149, South Apsley Place, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1879 *  
Item 3 of 1469, Buchanan Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1879 or 1880After 1881 
Item 4 of 14Hill House, Uddingston, Lanarkshire, ScotlandPrivateBefore 1880After 1881 
Item 5 of 14173, St Vincent Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusinessBefore 1888After 1895 
Item 6 of 14Aldersyde, Uddingston, Lanarkshire, ScotlandPrivateBefore 1888After 1895 
Item 7 of 14231, St Vincent Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusinessBefore 1897After 1899 
Item 8 of 1428, Burnbank Gardens, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivateBefore 1898After 1901 
Item 9 of 1421, Bothwell Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusinessBefore 1901After 1902 
Item 10 of 1416, Royal Terrace West, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1902 *  
Item 11 of 1467, Hope Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusinessBefore 1904After 1909 
Item 12 of 14Elmtree/21, St Andrew's Drive, Pollokshields, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivateBefore 19041910 or 1911 
Item 13 of 14164, Nithsdale Road, Pollokshields, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1910 or 1911After 1913 
Item 14 of 14276, St Vincent Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusinessBefore 1911After 1914 

* earliest date known from documented sources.

Employment and Training

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 4Larmont Douglas Penman18921892Assistant 
Item 2 of 4Andrew WilsonBefore 1898After 1899Assistant 
Item 3 of 4Andrew WilsonAfter 1899c. 1914Partner 
Item 4 of 4Hamilton Neil1904c. 1905Assistant 

Buildings and Designs

This architect 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 261876Leaside VillaStrathaven LanarkshireScotland 
Item 2 of 261881Ewing Gilmour Institute for MenAlexandria DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 3 of 26188990 Buchanan Street  GlasgowScotlandAlterations to drains
Item 4 of 261889Alterations to shop at King StreetTradeston GlasgowScotland 
Item 5 of 26189017 Lynedoch Crescent  GlasgowScotlandLaundry and washhouse additions
Item 6 of 26189019 Woodside Crescent  GlasgowScotlandAlterations to house
Item 7 of 26189025 Millroad Street  GlasgowScotlandAlterations to shop
Item 8 of 261891169 West George Street  GlasgowScotlandAlterations to offices
Item 9 of 261891Offices of Glasgow Property Investment Company  GlasgowScotland 
Item 10 of 26189250 Charlotte Street  GlasgowScotlandAddition of WCs to tenement
Item 11 of 261892Store, 101 Boden StreetDalmarnock GlasgowScotland 
Item 12 of 261892Tenement at Stirling Street and Garscube Lane  GlasgowScotlandAlterations
Item 13 of 261892Tenements and workshop at Gardner Street  GlasgowScotland 
Item 14 of 261893131-135 Sauchiehall Street  GlasgowScotlandAlterations to shop
Item 15 of 261894North British Rubber Building  GlasgowScotlandOriginal building - with Andrew Wilson as assistant mainly responsible for design
Item 16 of 261894Oriel window, 11 Park Circus (rear)Kelvingrove GlasgowScotland 
Item 17 of 261895Addition of WCs to tenements at Dobbie's Loan  GlasgowScotland 
Item 18 of 261895Alterations to shop at Stevenson StreetCalton GlasgowScotland 
Item 19 of 261895Alterations to tenement at Bright Street  GlasgowScotland 
Item 20 of 261895Alterations to tenement at Charles StreetSt Rollox GlasgowScotland 
Item 21 of 261895The KnoweAyr AyrshireScotlandExtension
Item 22 of 26189919 Woodside Crescent  GlasgowScotlandAddition of laundry to rear
Item 23 of 261899Glasgow Evening News building  GlasgowScotlandOriginal building - with Andrew Wilson as assistant mainly responsible for design
Item 24 of 261907Tradeston Paint Mill  GlasgowScotland 
Item 25 of 261910Tobacco Warehouse, James Watt Street  GlasgowScotlandUpper floor added
Item 26 of 261911Grain store  GlasgowScotlandEnlarged


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 1Post Office Directories     

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1Professor David M Walker personal archiveProfessor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material Research by Iain Paterson; information on role of Andrew Wilson from Alexander Wright