Basic Biographical Details

Name: Ernest Ogilvie Thomson
Designation: Architect
Born: 30 October 1912
Died: 8 June 1969
Bio Notes: Ernest Ogilvie Thomson was born at Toerangi Estate, near Medan, Sumatra, to Scottish parents, Ernest Ogilvie Thomson, tea planter, and his wife Nell Barrie on 30 October 1912. It is not clear when the family returned to Scotland, but Ernest attended evening classes at Dundee Technical College from 1929 to 1932 and was articled to Gordon & Scrymgeour in December 1929. He remained with the same firm as assistant after completing his apprenticeship in December 1934, but had left by January 1938 when he was appointed temporary technical assistant in the LCC Architects Department (Housing). He registered as an architect on 9 January 1941 and was admitted LRIBA on 16 March 1943, his proposers being J William Hepburn, Edwin Williams and R Wilson. His nomination papers state that he was still with the LCC at the time of his application for Licentiateship in November the previous year, but give a private address of 'Scotswood', 24 Victoria Street, Arbroath, perhaps indicating an intention to return to Scotland.

Thomson returned to Scotland and died in Dundee on 8 June 1969. His wife's name is Hilary Millar Robertson, they had a daughter Gillean and twin sons Gavin and Graham.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 38 Ashwood/81, Dundee Road, West Ferry, Dundee, ScotlandPrivate 1969 
Item 2 of 3Toerangi Estate, Medan (near), SumatraPrivate30 October 1912 Place of birth
Item 3 of 3Scotswood/24, Victoria Street, Arbroath, Angus, ScotlandPrivate1943 *  

* 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 3Gordon & ScrymgeourDecember 1929December 1934Apprentice 
Item 2 of 3Gordon & ScrymgeourDecember 1934Before January 1938Assistant 
Item 3 of 3London County Council Architects' Department (LCC Architects' Department)January 1938After November 1942AssistantTemporary technical assistant (Housing)


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3James William Hepburn16 March 1943for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3Edwin Williams16 March 1943for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3R Wilson16 March 1943for Licentiateship


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 no5379 (combined box 75)