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Basic Biographical Details

Name: Thomas Leverton Donaldson
Designation: Architect
Born: 17 October 1795
Died: 1 August 1885
Bio Notes: Thomas Leverton Donaldson was born at 8 Bloomsbury Square, London on 17 October 1795. He was the younger son of James Donaldson, architect (c.1756-1843) who was articled to Thomas Leverton in 1774 and married his niece Jane; he subsequently inherited the family estate of High Williamshaw, Ayrshire. Although of Scottish descent, his education was wholly English at the King Edward Grammar School, St Albans, with his father in London from age sixteen and at the Royal Academy Schools where he won the silver medal in 1817. He travelled in Italy and Greece from 1818 to 1823 and commenced independent practice in London the following year. He was first professor of architecture at University College 1842-1865 and emeritus professor from 1865 until his death on 1 August 1885. The statement in his obituary in the Kilmarnock Standard that he was born at High Williamshaw does not appear to be correct.

Private and Business Addresses

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

Employment and Training

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 5William Smith IIAfter 1835Before 1844Assistant 
Item 2 of 5John Pollard Seddon18471851Apprentice 
Item 3 of 5Alfred WilliamsAfter 18521857Apprentice 
Item 4 of 5Edward Augustus Gruning18531858Apprentice 
Item 5 of 5James SouttarAfter 18601863AssistantTeaching assistant


RIBA Proposals

This architect proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 7David Bryce15 December 1845for Fellowship
Item 2 of 7John Gibson5 February 1849for Associateship
Item 3 of 7Robert Samson Ingram26 March 1866for Associateship
Item 4 of 7James Salmon (senior)4 December 1876for Fellowship
Item 5 of 7William Forrest Salmon4 December 1876for Fellowship
Item 6 of 7William Smith II25 July 1842for Associateship
Item 7 of 7James Souttar3 April 1865for 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 3 Kingsford School HouseKingsford AyrshireScotlandDate unknown
Item 2 of 3Before 1858Hallyburton HouseCoupar Angus AngusScotlandUnexecuted designs for house (exhibited 1858)
Item 3 of 31862High WilliamshawStewarton AyrshireScotlandMay have added the wings.


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 3Colvin, H M1995A Biographical Dictionary of British Architects 1600-18403rd editionNew Haven and London: Yale University PressSee James Donaldson
Item 2 of 3Crook, J Mordaunt1984Architecture and historyv XXVII, 1984Design and practice in British architecture, Architectural History vXXVII, 1984, pp554-578pp555-558
Item 3 of 3Salmon, Frank1996British Architects: Italian Fine Art Academies and the Foundation of the RIBA,1816-43v93Architectural History, v39, 1996For Donaldson in general

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 5Builder24 July 1869  Portrait
Item 2 of 5Builder15 August 1885  Obituary
Item 3 of 5Building News7 August 1885  Obituary
Item 4 of 5Kilmarnock StandardAugust 1885  Obituary
Item 5 of 5RIBA Transactions1886v2 New series, pp89-108

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 5British Architectural Library, RIBARIBA Biographical Files  
Item 2 of 5RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Drawings Collection  
Item 3 of 5RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA MSS Collection  
Item 4 of 5RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers F vi p4
Item 5 of 5RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Photographs Collection  


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