Basic Biographical Details

Name: T M Copland & Blakey
Designation: Architectural practice
Started: After 1923
Bio Notes: Thomas Mair Copland was born on 23 November 1866 in Laurieston, Stirlingshire, the son of John Copland and Elizabeth Mair. He served his apprenticeship with James Strang of Falkirk and set up business on his own sometime before 1897. Some years later, probably at the end of the First World War, Copland took Alexander Nisbet Malcolm into partnership. This partnership was dissolved in 1921 when Malcolm was appointed architect to Stirlingshire Education Authority. Copland then took Leonard Cawood Blakey into partnership, the firm thereafter being known as Copland & Blakey. It seems that Blakey had been in Copland's office from the early years of the century, as his signature appears on the Lint Riggs buildings dating from that time. In the late 1920s and early 1930s they worked with James Gavin Callander on branches for the local Co-operative Society.

Copland designed some interesting Arts and Crafts houses, the best of them being Hatherley where the client William John Gibson, later an architect, may have had a considerable influence on the design.

Copland was prominent in local masonic circles and was for time Master of his Lodge, No 88 Falkirk. He died in Edinburgh on 6 March 1942, leaving moveable estate of 2197 13s 11d. Blakey remained in the practice until his death on 19 February 1968 when it was taken over by Ronald B Blakey.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architectural practice:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 287, High Street, Falkirk, Stirlingshire, ScotlandBusiness   
Item 2 of 276, High Street, Falkirk, Stirlingshire, ScotlandBusiness1948 Builder 28 May 1948 p656

Employment and Training

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this architectural practice (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 3Thomas Mair CoplandAfter 19231942Partner 
Item 2 of 3Leonard Cawood BlakeyAfter 19231968Partner 
Item 3 of 3David Hain1939 or 1940 * Architect 

* earliest date known from documented sources.

Buildings and Designs

This architectural practice 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 221926Houses, Mungalhead RoadBainsford, Falkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 2 of 221926Shop and hallFalkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 3 of 221926Shop for Mackie & CoFalkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 4 of 221927Shop, Callendar RiggsFalkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 5 of 221927Shop, Callendar RiggsFalkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 6 of 221927Shops, Bean Row and Cow WyndFalkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 7 of 221928106 High Station RoadFalkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 8 of 221928House, Glasgow RoadCamelon StirlingshireScotland 
Item 9 of 221928House, Moncks RoadFalkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 10 of 221928House, SunnysideCamelon StirlingshireScotland 
Item 11 of 221930102-104 High Station RoadFalkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 12 of 221930House, Mungalhead RoadBainsford, Falkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 13 of 2219355-13 Princes StreetFalkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 14 of 221935Tudor House Restaurant and shopsFalkirk StirlingshireScotlandBlakey probably mainly responsible
Item 15 of 221937Double villa for Messrs James K MillarFalkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 16 of 221938Bungalows for Mr W J KaneFalkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 17 of 221938Falkirk Royal Infirmary Nurses' HomeFalkirk StirlingshireScotlandCompetition design - placed third
Item 18 of 221938Gribloch House, LodgeKippen StirlingshireScotlandResponsible for lodge according to 'Buildings of Scotland' - or is this a different lodge?
Item 19 of 221940Commercial Buildings and GarageLarbert StirlingshireScotland 
Item 20 of 221940Pair of semi-detached 'woodless houses'Stenhousemuir StirlingshireScotland 
Item 21 of 221948Flat Conversion ChapeltonChapelton LanarkshireScotland 
Item 22 of 221950Bungalow, Easter CarmuirsCamelon StirlingshireScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architectural practice:
Item 1 of 1Johnston, W T2003Artists of Scotland Officina Publications CDROM 

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architectural practice:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Falkirk Herald14 March 1942  Obituary of Copland