Basic Biographical Details

Name: Thomas Spiers Fraser
Designation: Architect
Born: 1871
Died: 27 October 1934
Bio Notes: Thomas Spiers Fraser was born at Cardross in 1871. He was articled to James Lindsay of Glasgow in 1889, attending classes at Glasgow School of Art and later at the Technical College, where he worked as an assistant lecturer in the architectural department under Charles Gourlay whilst remaining with Lindsay as an assistant. In 1903 he left Lindsay's office to become chief assistant in the office of Alexander Cullen in Hamilton, and he was still there when he passed the qualifying exam in November 1905 and was admitted ARIBA on 5 March 1906, his proposers being Cullen, Thomas Lennox Watson and John Keppie. His travels prior to that date had included visits to Oxford in 1897; to York and Durham in 1898; to Normandy in 1899; to Belgium in 1900; to Paris and the Loire Valley in 1901; a return trip to Paris in 1902; and a six-week spell in Northern Italy in 1903.

Fraser left Cullen to take up a partnership in Colwyn Bay, but later returned to Scotland to work as chief assistant to Colonel Simpson in Stirling. In 1911 he returned to the office of Cullen Lochhead & Brown as chief assistant, becoming a partner in 1925. When the partnership was dissolved in 1930 he started practice in Hamilton on his own account at the somewhat late age of sixty-three. His period of independent practice was brief as he died on 27 October 1934, Alex Cullen Junior completing the commissions he had in hand at the time of his death, although none of these has yet been identified.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 4Brandon Chambers, Hamilton, Lanarkshire, ScotlandBusiness1903c. 1927 
Item 2 of 4Parkview, Cardross, Dunbartonshire, ScotlandPrivateBefore 1905After 1914 
Item 3 of 4119, Cadzow Street, Hamilton, Lanarkshire, ScotlandBusinessc. 19271930 
Item 4 of 4Blackholm, South Park Road, Hamilton, Lanarkshire, ScotlandPrivate(?)1930(?)  

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 6James Lindsay18891894Apprentice 
Item 2 of 6James Lindsay18941903  
Item 3 of 6Alexander Cullen1903After 1905Assistant 
Item 4 of 6Ebeneezer SimpsonAfter 1905Before 1911Chief Assistant 
Item 5 of 6Cullen, Lochhead & BrownJanuary 19111925Chief Assistant 
Item 6 of 6Cullen, Lochhead & Brown19251930Partner 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Alexander Cullen5 March 1906for Associateship
Item 2 of 3John Keppie5 March 1906for Associateship
Item 3 of 3Thomas Lennox Watson5 March 1906for Associateship

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 181927Burgh of Hamilton Maternity HospitalHamilton LanarkshireScotlandExtension - 9 beds
Item 2 of 181927Clydebridge Motherwell commemoration panel  LanarkshireScotland 
Item 3 of 181927Larkhall Miners' Welfare InstituteLarkhall LanarkshireScotland 
Item 4 of 181927Police HousingBellshill LanarkshireScotland 
Item 5 of 181928Garden Village at Kirktonfield for the Bleachers' AssociationNeilston RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 6 of 181928Housing at Linnhouse for Hamilton District CouncilHamilton? LanarkshireScotland 
Item 7 of 181928Housing at Newfield for Hamilton District CouncilHamilton? LanarkshireScotland 
Item 8 of 181928Lodge St Thomas No 306Larkhall LanarkshireScotland 
Item 9 of 181928McGeachin's HouseLanark LanarkshireScotland 
Item 10 of 181928Sports Pavilion for the Bleachers' AssociationNeilston RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 11 of 181928Sports Pavilion, KirkfieldbankKirkfieldbank LanarkshireScotland 
Item 12 of 181928The Yews housing for Hamilton District CouncilHamilton? LanarkshireScotland 
Item 13 of 181928Udston House, BurnbankHamilton LanarkshireScotlandExtensions (single storey ward pavilion, operating theatre and laundry)
Item 14 of 181929Baillieston Police StationBaillieston GlasgowScotland 
Item 15 of 181929Douglas Police StationDouglas LanarkshireScotland 
Item 16 of 181929Larkhall Miners' Welfare Institute Sports PavilionLarkhall LanarkshireScotland 
Item 17 of 181929St Andrews ChurchMotherwell LanarkshireScotlandRepairs due to mineral damage
Item 18 of 18c. 1933Ardenclutha, Wellhall, bungalowHamilton LanarkshireScotlandLayout plan and bungalow


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 4RIBA1930The RIBA Kalendar 1930-1931 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 2 of 4Who's Who in Architecture1914    
Item 3 of 4Who's Who in Architecture1923    
Item 4 of 4Who's Who in Architecture1926    

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1RIBA Journal29 June 1935v42London: Royal Institute of British Architectsp947 - obituary

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A v16 p115 (microfilm reel 19)