Basic Biographical Details

Name: Thomas Martin
Designation: Architect
Born: 1868
Died: Before 1939
Bio Notes: Thomas Martin was born in 1868 and articled to James Davidson for five years from 1883, remaining as junior assistant after completing his apprenticeship and subsequently being promoted to senior assistant in 1893 or 1894. Throughout this period he studied at Gartsherrie Science School and Glasgow School of Art. In 1898 Davidson took him into a partnership which was dissolved in 1903, Martin practising alone thereafter with offices in Main Street, Bellshill and Main Street, Coatbridge. He continued to supplement his practice income by part-time teaching at Coatbridge Technical School, where he had been a lecturer in Architecture and Building Construction since 1894. He was admitted LRIBA on 18 July 1910, his proposers being Andrew Danskine Aitken of Airdrie who also taught at Coatbridge Technical School, Professor Charles Gourlay, and Charles Forsyth of Glasgow.

Martin must have died or retired before 1939 as his name does not appear in the RIBA Kalendar of that year.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 3Main Street, Coatbridge, Lanarkshire, ScotlandBusinessAfter 1903After 1910 
Item 2 of 3Main Street, Bellshill, Lanarkshire, ScotlandBusinessAfter 19031931 
Item 3 of 3Blairhill, Coatbridge, Lanarkshire, ScotlandPrivate1910 *  

* 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 4James Davidson18831888Apprentice 
Item 2 of 4James Davidson18881893 or 1894Junior Assistant 
Item 3 of 4James Davidson1893 or 18941898Senior Assistant 
Item 4 of 4Davidson & Martin18981903Partner 

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 1Alexander Smart Todd19281935Apprentice(?) 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Andrew Danskine Aitken18 July 1910for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3Charles Forsyth18 July 1910for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3Charles Gourlay18 July 1910for Licentiateship

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 14After 1888Bothwell Free ChurchBothwell LanarkshireScotlandAdditions - possibly with James Davidson
Item 2 of 14After 1888Higher Grade School competition design   Scotland 
Item 3 of 14After 1888Memorial HallCoatbridge LanarkshireScotlandPossibly with James Davidson (if before 1903)
Item 4 of 14After 1888The Cross MansionsBellshill LanarkshireScotlandPossibly with James Davidson (if before 1903)
Item 5 of 14After 1888Villas and residences  LanarkshireScotland 
Item 6 of 141898Ross Street Masonic HallCoatbridge LanarkshireScotland 
Item 7 of 141902Coatbridge Bowling ClubCoatbridge LanarkshireScotland 
Item 8 of 141905Bellshill TheatreBellshill LanarkshireScotland 
Item 9 of 141908Gartsherrie AcademyCoatbridge LanarkshireScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 10 of 141908Villa for Alex BoothCoatbridge LanarkshireScotland 
Item 11 of 141909Shops and flatsWhifflet, Coatbridge LanarkshireScotland 
Item 12 of 141911Bellshill TheatreBellshill LanarkshireScotlandConversion to Picture House
Item 13 of 141913Pavilion Picture HouseDumbarton DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 14 of 141920Pavilion CinemaUddingston LanarkshireScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 2Measurers\' Companion1911The Scottish Architects' and Measurers' Companion   
Item 2 of 2RIBA1930The RIBA Kalendar 1930-1931 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 

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 L v2 no158 (microfilm reel 29)