Basic Biographical Details

Name: Thomas Lindsay Gray
Designation: Architect
Born: 1905
Died: 1979
Bio Notes: Thomas Lindsay Gray was born in 1905, the son of George Gray of Broughty Ferry, and was educated there at Grove Academy. He studied engineering at University College Dundee, beginning his career with the Anglo-American Oil Company in Aberdeen. He then joined the office of Robert Gibson in Dundee, training as a civil and structural engineer, and opened his own office at India Buildings, Dundee in 1930, moving to a larger office at 7 Ward Road in 1932. Prior to that, in 1928, he had married Janet Muriel Leslie Laird, daughter of William Laird, with whom he was to have two sons and one daughter.

Gray was primarily an engineer concerned with industrial projects particularly for Baxter Brothers, Low & Bonar and D C Thomson & Co, largely succeeding to Robert Gibson's practice, and in his earlier years engaged staff as necessary to deal with the larger architectural projects.

Gray was an enthusiastic territorial and served in Burma during the Second World War, reaching the rank of Colonel. He was appointed OBE in 1944. After the Second World War he was usually known as Colonel Gray and was a founder member and president of the Dundee Burma Star Association. Although of only average height, his slim distinguished appearance, assured military style, great structural competence and imperturbability commanded the confidence of corporate clients and churchmen alike.

By 1964 he was a representative of the Dundee chapter of the RIAS. He practised on his own until 1970 when first Graham Hughes and Stanley Zimmerman were taken into partnership followed by Nigel Gillan in 1974, but he remained a very active senior partner until his death in 1979.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 2India Buildings, Bell Street, Dundee, ScotlandBusinessc. 1930  
Item 2 of 27, Ward Road, Dundee, ScotlandBusiness1932After 1964 

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 1Robert Gibson  Apprentice 

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 5Kenneth Cameron  Assistant(?) 
Item 2 of 5Sydney ZimmermannAfter 1934After 1937Assistant 
Item 3 of 5Graham Hughes1970 Partner 
Item 4 of 5Sydney Zimmermann19701978Partner 
Item 5 of 5Nigel Robert Wedderburn Gillan1974 Partner 

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 46 St Aidan's Church HallBroughty Ferry DundeeScotlandNew building? Alterations? Date unknown
Item 2 of 46 St Mark's Greenfield Church  DundeeScotlandAlterations? May be by Gray - drawing in archive not signed
Item 3 of 46 Wormit Parish ChurchWormit FifeScotlandAlterations - date unknown
Item 4 of 46After 1930Clepington UF ChurchClepington DundeeScotlandAlterations (date unknown)
Item 5 of 461935Camperdown Gates  DundeeScotland 
Item 6 of 461935Dundee Crematorium with chapel  DundeeScotland 
Item 7 of 461935East Port Works  DundeeScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 8 of 461935Panmure Church and hallsMonifieth AngusScotland 
Item 9 of 461935St Margaret's Church, BarnhillBroughty Ferry DundeeScotlandPartial completion to design of Charles and subsequently Duncan Carmichael (session room and vestries 1979)
Item 10 of 4619363 Overgate  DundeeScotland 
Item 11 of 461936Bowling ClubhouseMonifieth AngusScotland 
Item 12 of 461936Sandford CottageWormit FifeScotlandAlterations, in consultation with Baillie Scott
Item 13 of 461937J and T Inglis Riverside Works, Carolina Port  DundeeScotlandAdditions
Item 14 of 461938Beach MissionBroughty Ferry DundeeScotlandAdditions
Item 15 of 461946Upper Dens Foundry  DundeeScotlandAlterations
Item 16 of 461947East Port Works  DundeeScotlandAddition of toilet block
Item 17 of 461947St Stephen's Church hallBroughty Ferry DundeeScotlandAlterations and reconstruction after fire
Item 18 of 461948D C Thomson and Co Printing WorksPort Dundas GlasgowScotlandArchitect for proposed alterations and additions to printing works
Item 19 of 461949St John's Church  DundeeScotlandAlterations
Item 20 of 461950St Salvadors Episcopal Church and Hall  DundeeScotlandAlterations
Item 21 of 461951Hermon Hall  DundeeScotlandAlterations?
Item 22 of 461954Royal Exchange  DundeeScotlandInternal alterations
Item 23 of 46After 1955Garage for Messrs Rossleigh Ltd  DundeeScotland 
Item 24 of 46After 1955Garage for Messrs Rossleigh LtdPerth PerthshireScotland 
Item 25 of 46After 1955Garage for Messrs Rossleigh LtdKirkcaldy FifeScotland 
Item 26 of 461956Tayport Free ChurchTayport FifeScotlandAlterations?
Item 27 of 461958University College Dundee, Chemical Laboratories  DundeeScotlandAdded attic in form of dormer studded mansard
Item 28 of 461959Printing works for D C Thomson  DundeeScotland 
Item 29 of 461959Printing Works for John Leng & Co  DundeeScotland 
Item 30 of 46After 1959Dundee Courier and Dundee Advertiser Offices  DundeeScotlandAdditions?
Item 31 of 461960Courier Building  DundeeScotlandAddition of tower
Item 32 of 461962Dundee West Chapel  DundeeScotlandAlterations
Item 33 of 461963St Andrew's Road and Glamis RoadKirriemuir AngusScotland 
Item 34 of 461965Kinpurnie CastleNewtyle AngusScotlandNew wing
Item 35 of 461968Dundee Savings Bank, head office  DundeeScotland 
Item 36 of 461969Dundee Corporation Public Works Department  DundeeScotland 
Item 37 of 461969Dundee Corporation Transport Department  DundeeScotland 
Item 38 of 461969Factory and offices for Gravure Cylinders LtdClaverhouse DundeeScotland 
Item 39 of 461969House for Mr D B ThomsonInvereighty AngusScotland 
Item 40 of 461970Frank Russell's bookshop  DundeeScotland 
Item 41 of 461972Shop for Menzies  DundeeScotland 
Item 42 of 461974Factory and offices for Bonar Long & Co  DundeeScotland 
Item 43 of 461974Low and Bonar's textile factory and George Bonar Memorial Club  DundeeScotlandGeorge Bonar Memorial Club and office alterations
Item 44 of 461979St Margaret's Church, BarnhillBroughty Ferry DundeeScotlandAdditional wondows inserted high in chancel
Item 45 of 46Early 1970s(?)Clydesdale Bank branches  DundeeScotland 
Item 46 of 46Mid 1900sSt Rule's ChurchMonifieth AngusScotlandAlterations


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 4Bailey, Rebecca M1996Scottish architects' papers: a source book Edinburgh: The Rutland Press 
Item 2 of 4Municipal Annual1964Scottish Municipal Annual1964-1965  
Item 3 of 4RIBA1939The RIBA Kalendar 1939-1940 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 4 of 4Scottish Biographies1938  E J Thurston (pub.) 

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 4Builder22 July 1949  p123
Item 2 of 4Builder14 April 1950  p505
Item 3 of 4Builder16 February 1951  p259
Item 4 of 4Dundee Courier and Advertiser*  Loose undated cutting in DMW Archive