Basic Biographical Details
|Name: ||Thomas Barclay |
|Designation: ||Architect |
|Born: ||17 March 1897 |
|Died: ||26 July 1966 |
|Bio Notes: ||Thomas Barclay was born in Glasgow on 18 March 1897, the son of Thomas Barclay, meat inspector, and his wife Agnes Lindsay. He served his apprenticeship with the Office of Public Works there from 5 August 1912 until 1917, studying at Glasgow School of Architecture and Royal Technical College and receiving the Halden Bursary in 1916. He served in the army in 1917 and 1918, and the following year was appointed assistant architect in the Glasgow Corporation Housing Department, continuing his studies at the Royal Technical College for a further two years. He remained in the Housing Department thereafter, acting as resident architect for the Mosspark and Knightswood housing schemes from 1923 to 1931, and in 1937 was appointed principal assistant architect in the Department. |
He was admitted LRIBA on 13 August 1940, his proposers being Thomas Gilchrist Gilmour, John Fairweather and Andrew Graham Henderson. His nomination papers state that he had carried out a study of Moorish architecture in southern Spain in 1933.
During the Second World War Barclay was seconded to the Architectural Section of the City Engineer's Department of Glasgow Corporation. He was involved in civil defence work which included: the protection of the Police Divisional Headquarters, the design and erection of decontamination stations, alterations to police buildings and the design and erection of police wireless control and workshops.
On 30 May 1945 he was appointed Deputy Chief Architect of the Housing Department in Glasgow and was promoted to Chief Architect on 14 July 1952. On 1 April 1953 he became Principal Architect (Housing), in the Architecture and Planning Department of Glasgow Corporation. He was admitted FRIBA in early 1959, his proposers being A G Jury, Ronald Bradbury and W A P Jack.
Barclay was married to Nan Bell. He retired to Kirkcudbrightshire and died there of a cerebral haemorrage on 26 July 1966, survived by his wife.
Private and Business Addresses
|The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:|
| ||Address||Type||Date from||Date to||Notes|
|Nether Achie Cottage, Kells, Kirkcudbrightshire, Scotland||Private|| ||1966|| |
|20, Jordanhill Drive, Glasgow, Scotland||Private||1940 *|| || |
|8, Lynedoch Cresecent, Glasgow, Scotland||Private||1950 *|| || |
|9, Claremont Terrace, Glasgow, Scotland||Private||1959 *|| || |
|Architectural & Planning Department/20, Trongate, Glasgow, Scotland||Business||1959 *|| || |
* earliest date known from documented sources.
Employment and Training
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 started||Building name||Town, district or village||Island||City or county||Country||Notes|
|1923||Glasgow Housing competition, Mosspark housing estate||Mosspark|| ||Glasgow||Scotland||Resident Architect|
|1923||Knightswood Housing Scheme|| || ||Glasgow||Scotland||Resident Architect|
|After 1939||Boilerhouse for Markets' Department, Glasgow Corporation|| || ||Glasgow||Scotland||As architect with City Engineer's Department during WW2|
|After 1939||Brenachoil Lodge, Loch Katrine Water Works||Loch Katrine|| ||Stirlingshire||Scotland||Alterations and additions|
|After 1939||Royal Cottage, Loch Katrine Water Works||Loch Katrine, Aberfoyle|| ||Stirlingshire||Scotland||Alterations and additions?- as architect with City Engineer's Department, Glasgow Corporation|
|After 1939||Stronachlachar House, Loch Katrine Water Works||Loch Katrine|| ||Stirlingshire||Scotland||Survey and planning of alterations and addtions to administration block|
|After 1939||Workshop buildings over railway tunnel|| || ||Glasgow||Scotland||Underpinning required due to subsidence|
|1942||Corporation clinic, Brown Street and Broomielaw corner|| || ||Glasgow||Scotland||As assistant with City Engineer's Department|
|1952||Housing, Merrylee|| || ||Glasgow||Scotland||CHECK - Builder (25 April 1952) refers to plans by 'Director of Housing'... Thomas Barclay?|
|The following books contain references to this architect:|
|RIBA||1950||The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951|| ||London: Royal Institute of British Architects|| |
|The following archives hold material relating to this architect:|
| ||Source||Archive Name||Source Catalogue No.||Notes|
|RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert Museum||RIBA Nomination Papers|| ||L no4903 (combined box 43); F no5377 (combined box 75)|