Basic Biographical Details

Name: Thomas Mair Copland
Designation: Architect
Born: 23 November 1866
Died: 6 March 1942
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 account sometime before 1897. He took Alexander Nisbet Malcolm into partnership, probably on the latter's return from war service in 1919. The partnership was dissolved in 1921 when Malcolm was appointed Stirling County Architect. Copland then took Leonard Cawood Blakey into partnership, the firm thereafter being known as Copland & Blakey. In the late 1920s and early 1930s they worked with James Gavin Callander on branches for the local Co-operative Society.

Copland was prominent in local masonic circles and was for time Master of his Lodge, No 88 Falkirk. He was also an enthusiastic bowler, being a life-long member of the Falkirk Bowling Club. His wife was Helen Millar. He died in Edinburgh on 6 March 1942, leaving moveable estate of 2,197 13s 11d. Blakey remained in the practice until his death on 19 February 1968 when it was taken over by Ronald B Blakey.

[Copland also made alterations to farms for Callendar Estates at Tippetcraig, Parkhead, Doghilloch, Garth, Muirhead, Kirkland, Middlefield, Lochlands, Loanfoot and Rashiehill (information per Geoff Bailey at Falkirk Council Museums services)]

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 34, Learmonth Street, Falkirk, Stirlingshire, ScotlandPrivate   
Item 2 of 387, High Street, Falkirk, Stirlingshire, ScotlandBusiness1899  
Item 3 of 376, High Street, Falkirk, Stirlingshire, ScotlandBusiness1911 *  

* 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 3James Strangc. 1881(?)Before 1897Apprentice 
Item 2 of 3Copland & Malcolm1919(?)1921Partner 
Item 3 of 3T M Copland & BlakeyAfter 19231942Partner 

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 2Leonard Cawood BlakeyBefore 1903(?)After 1923(?)Assistant(?) 
Item 2 of 2Francis Lorne19051910Apprentice 

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 55 Houses at Muirhad CottageGlen Village StirlingshireScotlandDate uncertain
Item 2 of 551897House in Benmore Street  GlasgowScotland 
Item 3 of 55189871 High StreetFalkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 4 of 551898Cottages for the Falkirk Building SocietyFalkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 5 of 551898Villa for H WoodwardFalkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 6 of 551899CottageBainsford, Falkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 7 of 551899Five Double Cottages, Mungalhead Road Falkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 8 of 551899Tenements for Falkirk Building Society, BainsfordFalkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 9 of 551900Cottage, Rennie StreetFalkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 10 of 551900Double villa, WoodlandsFalkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 11 of 551900Shop for Thomas JohnstonFalkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 12 of 551900Shops for Robert BarrFalkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 13 of 551900Shops, Graham's RoadGrahamston StirlingshireScotland 
Item 14 of 551900Villa, Highfield, ArnothillFalkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 15 of 5519018 Cow WyndFalkirk StirlingshireScotlandAlterations
Item 16 of 551901Building, High Station RoadFalkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 17 of 551901Cottages for the Falkirk Building Society, BainsfordFalkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 18 of 551901Shops and Offices, 74-78 High StreetFalkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 19 of 551901TenementsCamelon StirlingshireScotland 
Item 20 of 551901Tenements for Camelon Co-operative SocietyFalkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 21 of 551902Railway HotelFalkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 22 of 551903Lint Riggs, east sideFalkirk StirlingshireScotlandMasonic Temple in middle of east side (nos 5-15), departing from David Ronald's suggested elevation
Item 23 of 551904HatherleyFalkirk StirlingshireScotlandProduced working drawings and carried out to Gibson's sketch designs
Item 24 of 551906Tredinnock, Slamannan RoadFalkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 25 of 551911CraigmarlochFalkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 26 of 551911RedhurstFalkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 27 of 551919Tenement for the Grahamston & Bainsford Co-operative SocietyFalkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 28 of 55c. 1920(?)Larbert Co-operative Society StoreLarbert StirlingshireScotland 
Item 29 of 551922House, Drossie RoadFarkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 30 of 551922House, Hodge StreetFalkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 31 of 551922Office, High StreetFalkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 32 of 551923Grahamston & Bainsford Co-operative Society central premisesBainsford, Falkirk StirlingshireScotlandShared the commission with T M Copland or perhaps did different parts?
Item 33 of 551923House, Major's LoanFalkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 34 of 551926Houses, Mungalhead RoadBainsford, Falkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 35 of 551926Shop and hallFalkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 36 of 551926Shop for Mackie & CoFalkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 37 of 551927Shop, Callendar RiggsFalkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 38 of 551927Shop, Callendar RiggsFalkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 39 of 551927Shops, Bean Row and Cow WyndFalkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 40 of 551928106 High Station RoadFalkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 41 of 551928House, Glasgow RoadCamelon StirlingshireScotland 
Item 42 of 551928House, Moncks RoadFalkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 43 of 551928House, SunnysideCamelon StirlingshireScotland 
Item 44 of 55Late 1920sShops etc associated with the new bus stationFalkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 45 of 551930102-104 High Station RoadFalkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 46 of 551930House, Mungalhead RoadBainsford, Falkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 47 of 5519355-13 Princes StreetFalkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 48 of 551935Tudor House Restaurant and shopsFalkirk StirlingshireScotlandCopland's partner Leonard Cawood Blakey probably mainly responsible
Item 49 of 551937Double villa for Messrs James K MillarFalkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 50 of 551938Bungalows for Mr W J KaneFalkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 51 of 551938Bungalows for Mr W J KaneFalkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 52 of 551938Falkirk Royal Infirmary Nurses' HomeFalkirk StirlingshireScotlandCompetition design - placed third
Item 53 of 551938Gribloch House, LodgeKippen StirlingshireScotlandResponsible for lodge according to 'Buildings of Scotland' - or is this a different lodge?
Item 54 of 551940Commercial Buildings and GarageLarbert StirlingshireScotland 
Item 55 of 551940Pair of semi-detached 'woodless houses'Stenhousemuir StirlingshireScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 1Measurers\' Companion1911The Scottish Architects' and Measurers' Companion   

Periodical References

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