Basic Biographical Details

Name: James Thomson
Designation: Architect
Born: 27 August 1867
Died: (?)
Bio Notes: James Thomson was born on 27 August 1867 and articled to James Strang in Falkirk in 1882, remaining as an assistant until 1890. He moved to Edinburgh to widen his experience with Cousin & Ormiston in 1891 and remained with them until January 1898 when he commenced independent practice in Bo'ness. He was admitted LRIBA on 24 June 1912, proposed by James Bown Dunn and the Edinburgh Architectural Association: at that date his office was at 17 East Pier Street and his home address Rosemount Bo'ness, but by 1914 East Pier Street was the only address.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 317, East Pier Street, Bo'ness / Borrowstouness, West Lothian, ScotlandBusinessBefore 1911After 1914 
Item 2 of 3Rosemount, Bo'ness / Borrowstouness, West Lothian, ScotlandPrivate1912 *  
Item 3 of 3Clydesdale Bank Buildings, Bo'ness / Borrowstouness, West Lothian, ScotlandBusiness1930 *1939 or after 1940 

* earliest date known from documented sources.

Employment and Training


The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 3James Strang18821887Apprentice 
Item 2 of 3James Strang18871890Assistant 
Item 3 of 3Cousin & Ormiston1891January 1898Assistant 

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 1John Taylorc. 1900c. 1905Apprentice 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 1James Bow Dunn24 June 1912for Licentiateship - as president of the Edinburgh Architectural Association

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 24After 1882EU Congregational ChurchFalkirk StirlingshireScotlandAs assistant to James Strang
Item 2 of 24After 1890Business premises, George Street  EdinburghScotlandAs assistant to Cousin & Ormiston
Item 3 of 24After 1898Burgh Commissioners BuildingsBo'ness / Borrowstouness? West Lothian?Scotland 
Item 4 of 24After 1898Co-operative bakeryBo'ness / Borrowstouness? West Lothian?Scotland 
Item 5 of 24After 1898CraigdarrochBo'ness / Borrowstouness? West Lothian?Scotland 
Item 6 of 24After 1898GraemesdykeBo'ness / Borrowstouness? West Lothian?Scotland 
Item 7 of 24After 1898Law ChambersBo'ness / Borrowstouness? West Lothian?Scotland 
Item 8 of 24After 1898RosythBo'ness / Borrowstouness? West Lothian?Scotland 
Item 9 of 24After 1898SchoolBo'ness / Borrowstouness? West Lothian?ScotlandAdditions
Item 10 of 24After 1898Union Bank buildingsBo'ness / Borrowstouness? West Lothian?Scotland 
Item 11 of 24Late 1800sGardener's Arms public houseBo'ness / Borrowstouness West LothianScotlandPossibly (HS)
Item 12 of 24190054-60 South StreetBo'ness / Borrowstouness West LothianScotland 
Item 13 of 24c. 1900Tenement with shops, 43-45 South StreetBo'ness / Borrowstouness West LothianScotland 
Item 14 of 24190319-21 South StreetBo'ness / Borrowstouness West LothianScotland 
Item 15 of 24190362 South StreetBo'ness / Borrowstouness West LothianScotland 
Item 16 of 241903Ochil TowerBo'ness / Borrowstouness West LothianScotland 
Item 17 of 241903Tenement with shops, 47 and 49 South StreetBo'ness / Borrowstouness West LothianScotland 
Item 18 of 241903Terrace of houses, Corbiehall and Church WyndBo'ness / Borrowstouness West LothianScotland 
Item 19 of 241904Ye Olde Carriers QuarterBo'ness / Borrowstouness West LothianScotlandPossibly incorporating earlier fabric
Item 20 of 241907Clydesdale BankBo'ness / Borrowstouness West LothianScotlandAdditions
Item 21 of 241909Crown Inn, GrangepansBo'ness / Borrowstouness West LothianScotland 
Item 22 of 241909Tenement, Commissioner Street and Dock StreetBo'ness / Borrowstouness West LothianScotland 
Item 23 of 241911Post OfficeBo'ness / Borrowstouness West LothianScotland 
Item 24 of 241914St Ninian's Episcopal ChurchBo'ness / Borrowstouness West LothianScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 4British Architectural Library, RIBA2001Directory of British Architects 1834-1914   
Item 2 of 4Measurers\' Companion1911The Scottish Architects' and Measurers' Companion   
Item 3 of 4RIBA1939The RIBA Kalendar 1939-1940 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 4 of 4Who's Who in Architecture1914    

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L v26 no2118