Basic Biographical Details

Name: Charles Davidson
Designation: Architect
Born: c. 1841
Died: February 1925
Bio Notes: Charles Davidson was born in Friockheim, Forfar in about 1841 and moved to Coupar Angus at some point before the birth of his first son, Charles James Davidson in 1873. He seems to have been an assistant to Peddie & Kinnear in Edinburgh in 1874 but moved to Paisley in 1875 to work on their National Bank and Bank of Scotland commissions in St Mirren Street. Davidson appears to have remained in Paisley and commenced independent practice there c.1880. He was still in practice in 1913-14 but does not appear in 'Who's Who in Architecture', 1914. He died in February 1925. Davidson's two sons Charles James Davidson and George Veitch Davidson took over the practice, the name of which became C Davidson & Son and it continued to work in Paisley.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 3Terrace Buildings, Paisley, Renfrewshire, ScotlandBusiness   
Item 2 of 330, Calside, Paisley, Renfrewshire, ScotlandPrivate1900 *  
Item 3 of 3109, High Street, Paisley, Renfrewshire, ScotlandBusiness1911 *  

* earliest date known from documented sources.


Employment and Training

Employers

The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 1Peddie & Kinnear1875 *   

* earliest date known from documented sources.

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 5Ninian Macwhannell18841885Chief Draughtsman 
Item 2 of 5James Pearson Alison18861888Assistant 
Item 3 of 5David Forbes Smith18891889Assistant 
Item 4 of 5Larmont Douglas Penman18901892Assistant 
Item 5 of 5Alexander Adam18991904Apprentice 

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 1021875National Bank of Scotland, Paisley BranchPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 2 of 102October 1875Paisley AbbeyPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandExtensive repairs (as Clerk of Works and later architect)
Item 3 of 1021879Police StationBridge of Weir RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 4 of 1021879Police StationPolmadie GlasgowScotland 
Item 5 of 1021879Police StationKilbarchan, Johnstone RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 6 of 1021879Police StationNewton Mearns RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 7 of 1021880Police StationStrathbungo GlasgowScotland 
Item 8 of 102c. 1882Victoria SchoolPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandMain building
Item 9 of 102c. 1885Tenements, Glasgow RoadPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 10 of 102c. 1885Tenements, Greenlaw AvenuePaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 11 of 102c. 1885Tenements, Mansionhouse RoadPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 12 of 1021887Municipal Offices and Police BuildingsJohnstone RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 13 of 1021887Police BuildingsJohnstone RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 14 of 1021888Free High Church, Margaret Brough Memorial HallPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 15 of 1021888Oakshaw SchoolPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandAddition of science rooms
Item 16 of 1021888Tenements, Phillips Street / Dixon StreetPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 17 of 102188912 New Sneddon StreetPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandPlans for alteration on shop dated
Item 18 of 102188917 FergusliePaisley RenfrewshireScotlandAlterations
Item 19 of 102188951 Caledonia StreetPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandAlterations on shop
Item 20 of 1021889Tenement, Green RoadPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 21 of 1021889Tenement, Neilston Road / Braid RoadPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 22 of 1021889Weaving factory, ColinsleePaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 23 of 1021890Co-operative Manufacturing Society Factory, ColinsleePaisley RenfrewshireScotlandAlterations
Item 24 of 1021890Colinslee HousePaisley RenfrewshireScotlandAdditions
Item 25 of 1021890Nethercommon Carpet WorksPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandAddition
Item 26 of 1021890Royal Starch WorksPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandAdditions for new tuns
Item 27 of 1021890Shop, 20 BroomlandsPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandAlterations
Item 28 of 1021890Tenement, Gauze StreetPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 29 of 1021890Wadding factory, ColinsleePaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 30 of 102189123 Lawn StreetPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandAlterations to shop
Item 31 of 10218915 Neilston RoadPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandAlterations
Item 32 of 1021891House, Glasgow RoadPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 33 of 1021891Nethercommon Carpet WorksPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandAdditions, including washing machine house
Item 34 of 1021891Royal Starch WorksPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandBoiler sheds and chimney stalk
Item 35 of 1021891Tenements, Kilnside RoadPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandPlans dated
Item 36 of 1021892Double cottage, NethercommonPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 37 of 1021892Double Villa, BlackhallPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 38 of 1021892Police StationCathcart GlasgowScotland 
Item 39 of 1021892Potterhill farm steadingPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandAdditions and alterations
Item 40 of 1021892Tenement, 19 Well StreetPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 41 of 1021893Colinslee LaundryPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandPlans for additions and alterations dated
Item 42 of 1021893Express Office BuildingsPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandPlans dated
Item 43 of 1021893Shop, house, and bottling store, ColinsleePaisley RenfrewshireScotlandPlans dated
Item 44 of 1021893Tenement, Braids RoadPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandPlans dated
Item 45 of 1021894Tenements, Wester CoreflatPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 46 of 1021894Terrace BuildingsPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandAlterations to shop front
Item 47 of 1021895112 CauseysidePaisley RenfrewshireScotlandPlans for alterations dated
Item 48 of 1021895Abercorn Oil WorksPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandPlans for iron roof dated
Item 49 of 1021895Thomas Muir Memorial HallPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandPlans dated
Item 50 of 1021895Thrushgrove Preserve WorksPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandPlans for additions dated
Item 51 of 1021895Two villas, Greenlaw DrivePaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 52 of 1021896Carbrook Street SchoolPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 53 of 1021896Cottage, GockstonPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 54 of 1021896Feuing plan, GockstonPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 55 of 1021896Kibble InstitutionPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandAdditions
Item 56 of 1021896The Red House, Milliken ParkJohnstone RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 57 of 1021896Tower in the grounds of the Red HouseJohnstone RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 58 of 1021897'Daily Express' Office BuildingPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 59 of 1021897Caverbank Ladies SchoolPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 60 of 1021897Lodgings, Greenlaw AvenuePaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 61 of 1021898Carbrook Street SchoolPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 62 of 1021898Lodging, GreenlawPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandPlans dated
Item 63 of 1021898Lodgings, Greenlaw AvenuePaisley RenfrewshireScotlandPlans dated
Item 64 of 1021898Paisley Grammar School and William Barbour AcademyPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandAlterations
Item 65 of 1021898Royal Victoria Eye InfirmaryPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 66 of 1021898Tenements, Lacy StreetPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandPlans dated
Item 67 of 1021898Three double villas, Mansionhouse RoadPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandPlans dated
Item 68 of 1021898Thrushgrove Preserve WorksPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandPlans for further additions, gangway and alterations dated
Item 69 of 1021899Carnassarie, GreenlawPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandPlans for alterations dated
Item 70 of 1021899Colinslee Hair WorksPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandPlans for additions dated
Item 71 of 1021899Kelburne Cricket Club PavilionPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 72 of 1021899Tenement and stables, Abercorn StreetPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandPlans dated
Item 73 of 1021899Victoria SchoolPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandWorkshop
Item 74 of 10219001 West Campbell StreetPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandAlterations
Item 75 of 102190016 Stock StreetPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandAlterations
Item 76 of 102190021 Stock StreetPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandAlterations
Item 77 of 1021900Shops, tenements and outhouses, Lawn StreetPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 78 of 102c. 1900Police StationCardonald GlasgowScotland 
Item 79 of 1021901Espedair works, gatehouse and officesPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 80 of 1021902Royal Starch WorksPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandStore and counting house
Item 81 of 1021902South Free ChurchPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandHeating chamber
Item 82 of 1021902Tenement, 33 and 34 WellmeadowPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 83 of 1021902Two tenements, McFarlane StreetPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 84 of 1021903Galloway Library and Librarian's HouseColinsburgh FifeScotland 
Item 85 of 1021903Nethercommon Carpet WorksPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandPrinting shop addition
Item 86 of 1021903Riccartsbar AsylumPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandSuperintendent's House
Item 87 of 102190412 New Sneddon StreetPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandPlans for alteration dated
Item 88 of 1021904Camphill HousePaisley RenfrewshireScotlandPlans for alterations dated
Item 89 of 102190519 WilliamsburghPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandAlteration
Item 90 of 1021905Calder Glen Public SchoolLochwinnoch RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 91 of 1021905Good Templar Hall, hall-keeper's housePaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 92 of 1021905Kelburne Cricket Club PavilionPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandAddition
Item 93 of 1021906Monimail, 22 Thornly Park AvenuePaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 94 of 1021907'Daily Express' Office BuildingPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandMajor alterations
Item 95 of 1021907Thrushgrove Preserve WorksPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandAdditions
Item 96 of 1021908Premises for the Provident Co-operative SocietyPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandAlterations
Item 97 of 1021909Caledonia Soap WorksPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandAdditions
Item 98 of 1021911Police StationCathcart GlasgowScotlandAdditions
Item 99 of 1021913Business premises, CauseysidePaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 100 of 1021913Co-operative Manufacturing Society Factory, ColinsleePaisley RenfrewshireScotlandAddition
Item 101 of 1021914South Free ChurchPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 102 of 1021933Bank, High StreetPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 

References

Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
 Author(s)DateTitlePartPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 3Historic Scotland Lists    Information from HS List description of 'Monimail'
Item 2 of 3Measurers\' Companion1911The Scottish Architects' and Measurers' Companion   
Item 3 of 3Walker, Frank Arneil1986South Clyde Estuary: An Illustrated Architectural Guide to Inverclyde and Renfrew  p25, p57, p59, p73

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Paisley and Renfrewshire Gazette21 February 1925  p4

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1Renfrewshire CouncilPaisley Dean of Guild Records