Basic Biographical Details

Name: Thomas Frame
Designation: Architect, Joiner
Born: c. 1813
Died: 21 October 1875
Bio Notes: Thomas Frame was born in Culross c.1813. He became a joiner there, but was working in Dunfermline in the later 1830s before returning to Culross where he was for some two or three years a magistrate. In the summer of 1853 he transferred his business to Alloa, taking over the premises of Archibald Melvin in Mar Place, and in 1856 was responsible for the woodwork of John, James Murdoch and William Hardie Hay's Free Church in Bank Street. From 1864 he was a commissioner for the burgh and for a time its valuator.

Thomas Frame's son Adam was born in Dunfermline c.1837 and apprenticed to his father as a joiner. He was however 'bent on attaining a higher position in the building line which he did by becoming a complete architect' under his father's supervision, the firm becoming Thomas Frame and Son, architects, land surveyors and measurers. It is not clear when the transition took place but in 1863 they were considered as architects for the building of their church, West UP in Alloa. Peddie and Kinnear were appointed, but the Frames were appointed to supervise its building. Some of the firm's classical work has a Thomsonesque character; there is no record of Frame working in Glasgow but his brother Thomas was a merchant there.

Thomas died at Kellie Place, Alloa on 21 October 1875 and was buried at Greenside Cemetery. He was survived by his wife Janet Scotland who died on 22 November 1893.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect, joiner:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 5Culross, Fife, ScotlandPrivatec. 1813Late 183L 
Item 2 of 5Dunfermline, Fife, ScotlandBusinessLate 1830s *  
Item 3 of 5Culross, Fife, ScotlandBusinessLate 183L1853 
Item 4 of 5Mar Place, Alloa, Clackmannanshire, ScotlandBusiness1853  
Item 5 of 5Kellie Place, Alloa, Clackmannanshire, ScotlandPrivate21 October 1875 Place of death

* earliest date known from documented sources.

Employment and Training


The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this architect, joiner (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 1Thomas Frame & SonBefore 18631875Partner 

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this architect, joiner (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 1Adam Framec. 1852Before 1863ApprenticeAs a joiner

Buildings and Designs

This architect, joiner 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 10c. 1860BeechwoodTillicoultry ClackmannanshireScotlandIn partnership
Item 2 of 101862Co-operative Society Buildings, High StreetAlloa ClackmannanshireScotlandIn partnership
Item 3 of 10c. 1865Alloa Corn ExchangeAlloa ClackmannanshireScotlandIn partnership
Item 4 of 101872BirkendaleAlloa ClackmannanshireScotlandIn partnership
Item 5 of 101873Burgh ChambersAlloa ClackmannanshireScotland 
Item 6 of 101873Savings bankDunfermline FifeScotlandExtension
Item 7 of 101873St Margaret's Chapel-SchoolDunfermline FifeScotland 
Item 8 of 101874Tenement for J and J Dawson, Mill StreetAlloa ClackmannanshireScotlandIn partnership
Item 9 of 10c. 1874Houses, 29-31 Grange RoadAlloa ClackmannanshireScotlandAttributed to partnership
Item 10 of 101876Duty-free warehouse and store for Bruce & GlenDunfermline FifeScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect, joiner:
Item 1 of 1Scotlands People Website Wills & Testaments  Alloa Sheriff Court SC64/42/19

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect, joiner:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 3Alloa Advertiser25 June 1853   
Item 2 of 3Alloa Advertiser23 October 1875  Obituary
Item 3 of 3Alloa Journal23 October 1875