Basic Biographical Details

Name: Joseph John Tough
Designation: Architect
Born: 1870
Died: 15 August 1927
Bio Notes: Joseph John Tough was born in Kilcreggan in 1870, the son of Robert Tough, engineer's draughtsman. and his wife Jane Dalton He was articled to William Leiper in Glasgow in July 1888 and remained with him as an assistant, attending classes at Glasgow School of Art, the Glasgow and West of Scotland Technical College and Greenock School of Art. He joined the partnership of Stewart & Alexander (James B Stewart and James Montgomerie Alexander) in 1899, the firm then becoming Stewart, Tough & Alexander.

Tough was admitted LRIBA in the mass intake of 20 July 1911, proposed by John Bennie Wilson and the Glasgow Institute of Architects.

He died ion 15 August 1927. He was single. The practice was continued under the existing title of Stewart, Tough & Alexander.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 22, Hamilton Street, Greenock, Renfrewshire, ScotlandBusiness1911 *  
Item 2 of 218, Grafton Terrace, Greenock, Renfrewshire, ScotlandPrivate1911 *  

* 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 3William LeiperJuly 1888 Apprentice 
Item 2 of 3William Leiperc. 1892 Assistant 
Item 3 of 3Stewart, Tough & Alexander1899 Partner 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 1John Bennie Wilson20 July 1911for Licentiateship - as President of the Glasgow Institute of Architects

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 22After 1899Ashton UF ChurchGourock RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 2 of 22After 1899Broadstone CastlePort Glasgow RenfrewshireScotlandHalf-timbered gate lodge
Item 3 of 22After 1899Co-operative Society business premisesGreenock RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 4 of 22After 1899Co-operative Society business premisesGourock RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 5 of 22After 1899Destructor Works, Stables and OfficesPort Glasgow RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 6 of 22After 1899Gamble InstituteGourock RenfrewshireScotlandExtension and decoration
Item 7 of 22After 1899Greenock Poorhouse and Parochial AsylumGreenock RenfrewshireScotlandExtension
Item 8 of 22After 1899Headquarters and Drill Hall for 5th Battalion Argyle & Sutherland Highlanders  Renfrewshire?Scotland 
Item 9 of 22After 1899Mid KirkGreenock RenfrewshireScotlandDecoration
Item 10 of 22After 1899Middle Free ChurchGreenock RenfrewshireScotlandDecoration
Item 11 of 22After 1899Mount Pleasant UF ChurchGreenock RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 12 of 22After 1899South Parish ChurchGreenock RenfrewshireScotlandAdditions, including new chancel
Item 13 of 22After 1899Town HallPort Glasgow RenfrewshireScotlandDecoration
Item 14 of 22After 1899UF ChurchGreenock RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 15 of 22After 1899Villas, Upper AshtonGourock RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 16 of 22After 1899Wellpark Parish Church HallsGreenock RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 17 of 221903Business premises for Messrs Thomas Mackay & SonsGourock RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 18 of 221903Royal Gourock Yacht ClubhouseGourock RenfrewshireScotlandDid not win competition but secured job
Item 19 of 221908RoystonGourock RenfrewshireScotlandAttribution
Item 20 of 221909Church Institute Greenock    
Item 21 of 221909RestaurantGourock  Scotland 
Item 22 of 22c. 1914Gourock Municipal BuildingsGourock RenfrewshireScotlandWon competition to secure job


Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2H M Register HouseDeath Register  
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L v21 no1636