Basic Biographical Details

Name: Thomas Kemp
Designation: Architect
Born: c. 1833
Died: 13 December 1853
Bio Notes: Thomas Kemp was the elder son of the architect George Meikle Kemp. His mother, Elizabeth Wilson Bonnar, was the only daughter of William Bonnar, decorator and heraldic painter, Edinburgh. Her grandfather, John Bonnar, was a contemporary of the Runcimans, and was associated with Alexander Runciman in the decoration of Penicuik House.

George Meikle Kemp's family consisted of two sons and two daughters., Thomas, served an apprenticeship of seven years as an architect under David Cousin, and while pursuing his studies obtained the travelling prize given by the Royal Scottish Academy. On various occasions he exhibited in the Scottish Academy galleries drawings of the interior of Roslin Chapel, together with suggestions for the restoration of the chapel and adjoining castle. A brilliant career seemed to be before him, when, he died at the early age of twenty or twenty-one years on 13 December 1853

(Information from St Cuthbert's Churchyard)

Private and Business Addresses

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

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 1David Cousin  Apprentice 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 1King, David David Cousin 1809-78 Unpublished thesisUncertain if this is useful for Thomas

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Building News16 September 1904  p394 - obituary of William George Kemp

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1National Archives of Scotland (formerly SRO)Gifts and deposits GD1/621 research papers relating to George Meikle Kemp