Basic Biographical Details

Name: David Lockerbie Thomson
Designation: Architect
Born: 30 May 1870
Died: Before December 1935
Bio Notes: David LockerbieThomson (his middle name appears in some sources as Lockerby, and in still others as Lockerbey but he signed his name on his marriage certificate as Lockerbie) was born on 30 May 1870, the son of Glasgow architect David Thomson and his wife Janet Giffen, and was apprenticed to his father c.1886. His father retired in 1897 and in later years moved to Helensburgh, where he died of congestion of the lungs on 6 November 1910 at his house, 'Flowerbank', West Church Street. His partner Colin Menzies continued the practice thereafter under the existing title of Thomson & Menzies.

David Lockerbie Thomson emigrated to work as a consulting engineer on colonial plantations and was based in Puerto Rico from at least 1905. He was married on 25 August 1905 in Glasgow to Agnes McMaster Murray, daughter of a surveyor. Thomson' usual residence was Ponce, Puerto Rico and this suggests he intended to return there at the time of his marriage. Their son John David Moore Thomson was born in 1906 or 1907 and they returned to Perto Rico soon afterwards. Evidence suggests that David Lockerbie Thomson continued to work abroad, probably in Puerto Rico, until his death in 1935.

After Menzies's death on 31 March 1935 it is not clear who continued the practice, perhaps John David Moore Thomson. John David Moore Thomson left this practice for the firm of Weddell & Inglis in which he became a partner in 1948 (the firm then becoming Weddell & Thomson), but he then merged his father's practice with his own.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 1ScotlandBusiness   

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 2David Thomsonc. 18861890Apprentice 
Item 2 of 2Thomson & Menzies1890(?)Before 1905(?)Assistant(?)Unclear at which stage he became a partner


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 also from Elspeth Dennis, great niece of Thomson.