Basic Biographical Details

Name: Eric Doig Ellison
Designation: Architect
Born: 25 February 1928
Died: 16 June 1995
Bio Notes: Eric Doig Ellison was born on 25 February 1928, the son of Richard Farrington Ellison, canned foods agent and his wife, Susan Hutcheson Doig and brought up in Cambuslang. He attended Allan Glen's School in Glasgow, and studied full-time at Glasgow School of Art from September 1945, securing vacational employment in the offices of Miller, Son & Manson, W A Gladstone and J Thomson King. On finishing his full-time studies in 1950, he joined King's firm. He took the final exam in Edinburgh in December 1953, and was admitted ARIBA on 15 June 1954, his proposers being Professor William James Smith, Jack Antonio Coia and Walter Underwood. He was elected ARIAS in October of 1954. In the same year he was promoted to senior assistant in King's firm. He was taken into partnership in 1957, the practice title changing in that year to J Thomson King & Partners. As of 1964, the firm became known as King, Main & Ellison.

Ellison was elected FRIBA on 3 April 1968, proposed by Underwood, Coia and Peter L A Williams. He served on the General Council of the Glasgow Institute of Architects in the 1970s, introducing the annual award scheme.

Although outwardly quiet, Ellison had strong ideas on design and standards and was keen to give the best possible service to his clients.

He retired in 1986 and lived in Troon where he was an active member of the Royal Troon Golf Club.

He died at Crosshouse Hospital, Kilmarnock on 16 June 1995, survived by his wife Helen Natalie Jenkins and daughters Ann and Carol and his grandchildren.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 6135, Bentinck Drive , Trron, Ayrshire, ScotlandPrivate 1995 
Item 2 of 617, Brownside Road, Cambuslang, Lanarkshire, ScotlandPrivate1950After 1953 
Item 3 of 62, Milton Avenue, Cambuslang, Lanarkshire, ScotlandPrivate1954 *  
Item 4 of 655, West Regent Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1954 * with Thomson King & Partners
Item 5 of 61, Whitefield Avenue, Cambuslang, Lanarkshire, ScotlandPrivateBefore 1960 *After 1970 
Item 6 of 672, Waterloo Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1979 *  

* 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 8William A GladstoneAfter September 1945Before 1950Assistant(?)holiday employment
Item 2 of 8J T KingAfter September 1945Before 1950Assistant(?)holiday employment
Item 3 of 8Miller, Son & MansonAfter September 1945Before 1950Assistant(?)holiday employment
Item 4 of 8J T King19501954Assistant 
Item 5 of 8J T King19541955Senior Assistant 
Item 6 of 8J Thomson King & Partners19551957Senior Assistant 
Item 7 of 8J Thomson King & Partners19571964Partner 
Item 8 of 8King Main & Ellison1964After 1968Partner 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 6Jack Antonio Coia15 June 1954for Associateship
Item 2 of 6Jack Antonio Coia3 April 1968for Fellowship
Item 3 of 6(Professor) William James Smith15 June 1954for Associateship
Item 4 of 6Walter Underwood15 June 1954for Associateship
Item 5 of 6Walter Underwood3 April 1968for Fellowship
Item 6 of 6Peter Leslie Aitken Williams3 April 1968for Fellowship

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 421956Uddingston Grammar SchoolUddingston LanarkshireScotlandas partner in charge
Item 2 of 421960sBlairdardie Primary SchoolDrumchapel GlasgowScotland 
Item 3 of 421960sEpic House  GlasgowScotland 
Item 4 of 421960s(?)Faifley School     
Item 5 of 421960s(?)St Saviour's Primary School  RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 6 of 421960s(?)Windlaw Primary SchoolCastlemilk GlasgowScotland 
Item 7 of 421960Blawarthill Church of ScotlandGarscadden GlasgowScotland 
Item 8 of 421963Bellshill AcademyBellshill LanarkshireScotlandModernisation and extension - as partner in charge
Item 9 of 421963Larkfield Primary SchoolLarkfield, Greenock RenfrewshireScotlandas partner in charge
Item 10 of 421963Stamperland ChurchClarkston RenfrewshireScotlandas partner in charge
Item 11 of 421964Springhill Primary SchoolBarrhead  Scotlandas partner in charge
Item 12 of 421965Fitzpatrick House  GlasgowScotlandas Partner in Charge
Item 13 of 421965Orchardpark ChurchGiffnock RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 14 of 421967Multi-storey carpark  GlasgowScotland 
Item 15 of 421967Sewage treatment works, offices etc     
Item 16 of 421968Lightburn Hospital, administration block  GlasgowScotland 
Item 17 of 421968Proposed Central Mosque for Pakistani community in Glasgow  GlasgowScotlandas partner in charge
Item 18 of 421968Regional Sports CentreBlairdardie GlasgowScotland 
Item 19 of 421969Aged persons' hostel  GlasgowScotlandas Partner in Charge
Item 20 of 421969Radnor Park Parish ChurchClydebank DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 21 of 42After 1969Housing for SSHA  GlasgowScotland 
Item 22 of 42After 1969Old Person's HomeEasterhouse GlasgowScotland 
Item 23 of 42After 1969Old persons homeAyr AyrshireScotland 
Item 24 of 421970164 units of housing for Glasgow Corporation  GlasgowScotland 
Item 25 of 421970Old Person's HomeStrathmore GlasgowScotland 
Item 26 of 421970Old Person's HomeCraigend GlasgowScotland 
Item 27 of 421971Insurance Office  GlasgowScotland 
Item 28 of 421971St Luke's ChurchMilngavie GlasgowScotland 
Item 29 of 421973208 units of housing for Stevenston BurghStevenston LanarkshireScotland 
Item 30 of 421973Law HospitalCarluke LanarkshireScotlandSurgical theatres
Item 31 of 421973Scottish Amicable Building  GlasgowScotland 
Item 32 of 421974218 units of housing for Glasgow Corporation  GlasgowScotland 
Item 33 of 421974Supermarket for G & P MerchantsStevenston LanarkshireScotland 
Item 34 of 421974Supermarket for G & P MerchantsBishopbriggs LanarkshireScotland 
Item 35 of 421974Supermarket for G & P MerchantsDunfermline FifeScotland 
Item 36 of 421974Supermarket for G & P Merchants  Newscastle-upon-TyneEngland 
Item 37 of 421974Tenements, Old Swan  GlasgowScotlandModernisation
Item 38 of 421977Housing, Hartlaw Crescent  GlasgowScotland 
Item 39 of 421977NFU Mutual Assurance Society offices  GlasgowScotland 
Item 40 of 421980Exhibition stand for NFU Assurance SocietyIngliston West LothianScotland 
Item 41 of 421980Industrial development for Cambuslang BSC Ltd IndustrialCambuslang LanarkshireScotland 
Item 42 of 421982Corunna House  GlasgowScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 6Bailey, Rebecca M1996Scottish architects' papers: a source book Edinburgh: The Rutland Pressp145
Item 2 of 6RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 3 of 6RIBA1954RIBA Kalendar 1953-54   
Item 4 of 6RIBA1961Kalendar 1960-61   
Item 5 of 6RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   
Item 6 of 6RIBA1979Directory of members   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1RIAS NewsletterAugust 1995v6, no6 Death notice

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2RIAS, Rutland SquareRecords of membership  
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A no16081 (stored under F5911); F no5911 (combined box 107)