Basic Biographical Details

Name: Thomas Lumsden Taylor
Designation: Architect
Born: 3 July 1880 or 3 July 1881(?)
Died: 1 August 1944
Bio Notes: Thomas Lumsden Taylor was born in 1881 at Blackfriars, Glasgow (Reg Dist 644/5, Entry No 772), the son of Thomas Taylor, bowl manufacturer and Isabella Lumsden. He was educated at Kelvinside Academy and Kings College on the Isle of Man. In 1897 he was articled to Honeyman & Keppie, attending classes at Glasgow School of Art (1897 to 1902) and Royal Technical College. After completing his articles, he remained with the same firm for a year-and-a-half as an assistant working closely with John Honeyman, before moving in 1904 to James Miller's office and then joining Rowand Anderson & Paul a year later. In 1906 he travelled extensively in the French cathedral towns and the Loire Valley. Thereafter he is said to have spent his summer holidays touring England and Scotland with his sketchbook.

On completing his travels in 1906 he formed a partnership with David Bateman Hutton at 212 Bath Street, Glasgow. They were accomplished designers, particularly in ecclesiastical work, but had few large-scale opportunities. Taylor was admitted LRIBA in 1910, his proposers being Keppie, Miller and Hutton. His nomination papers give a birth date of 3 July 1880, but since this conflicts with birth records it seems that he gave a false date in order to appear to have reached the required age of thirty. He became FRIBA in 1915, proposed by Keppie, Miller and John Watson. During the First World War he was commissioned as Lieutenant, Kings Own Scottish Borderers.

Taylor married Agnes Cassels Millar at the Grand Hotel, Glasgow on 9 June 1914. The partnership of Hutton & Taylor continued until the Second World War; Taylor retired through ill health in 1943 and died of cancer of the intestine at Glenburn, Innellan on 1 August 1944, Hutton continuing the practice alone thereafter.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 813, Derby Crescent, Kelvinside, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivateBefore 1897After 1902 
Item 2 of 8212, Bath Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness19061930 or after 193 
Item 3 of 838, Granby Terrace, Hillhead, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1910 *  
Item 4 of 838, Hillhead Street, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1914 *  
Item 5 of 857, Kersland Street, Hillhead, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1915 *  
Item 6 of 826, Glasgow Street, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1934 *  
Item 7 of 85, India Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusinessBefore 1934After 1939 
Item 8 of 8Glenburn, Innellan, Argyll, ScotlandPrivate1944 *  

* 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 6Honeyman & Keppie18971 January 1901Apprentice 
Item 2 of 6Honeyman, Keppie & Mackintosh1 January 19011902Apprentice(?) 
Item 3 of 6Honeyman, Keppie & Mackintosh19021904Assistant'Particular assistant' to John Honeyman
Item 4 of 6James Miller19041905Assistant 
Item 5 of 6Rowand Anderson & Paul19051906Assistant 
Item 6 of 6Hutton & Taylor19061943Partner 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 6David Bateman Hutton1910for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 6John Keppie1910for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 6John Keppie1915for Fellowship
Item 4 of 6James Miller1910for Licentiateship
Item 5 of 6James Miller1915for Fellowship
Item 6 of 6John Watson1915for Fellowship

RIBA Proposals

This architect proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 9Thomas Johnston Beveridge1931for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 9James BunyanLate 1929 or early 1930for Associateship
Item 3 of 9Alexander Graham GlenJune 1920For Associateship
Item 4 of 9(Captain) Arthur James Scott Hutton22 July 1935for Fellowship
Item 5 of 9William McCreaLate 1928For Associateship
Item 6 of 9Thomas MitchellLate 1929for Associateship
Item 7 of 9Alexander Smellie15 October 1930for Licentiateship
Item 8 of 9James Smith (junior)Late 1932for Associateship
Item 9 of 9Edward Grigg WylieMid 1920for 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 24After 1906House for A D Mackinnon EsqKilmacolm/Kilmalcolm RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 2 of 24After 1906Magdalene Home and Females House of RefugeLochburn GlasgowScotlandAlterations, additions and renovation
Item 3 of 24After 1906Offices and Works for the North British Bottle Manufacturing Company LtdShettleston GlasgowScotland 
Item 4 of 24After 1906Offices for Burmeister & Wain Diesel Oil Engine Company Ltd  GlasgowScotland 
Item 5 of 24After 1906Percy Street Special School for Invalid ChildrenCessnock GlasgowScotland 
Item 6 of 241909Blantyre Cottage HospitalBlantyre LanarkshireScotlandWon competition to secure job in 1908
Item 7 of 241912Kelbourne School, Hotspur Street  GlasgowScotland 
Item 8 of 241912Offices and Works for the North British Bottle Manufacturing Company LtdShettleston GlasgowScotlandFurnace house added
Item 9 of 241913Boiler works for the London & Glasgow Engineering & Iron Ship Building Co  GlasgowScotlandAddition to office block
Item 10 of 241914Garrioch Special School  GlasgowScotland 
Item 11 of 24c. 1920Royal Engineers War MemorialChatham KentEngland 
Item 12 of 241921Council housing, Henrietta StreetGirvan AyrshireScotland 
Item 13 of 241922Chicago Tribune TowerChicago IllinoisUnited States of AmericaReceived honourable mention, though did not win competition
Item 14 of 241924Hillhead Established ChurchHillhead GlasgowScotlandNew pulpit
Item 15 of 241925DrimardHelensburgh DunbartonshireScotlandHouse and garage
Item 16 of 241926The RowansBridge of Allan StirlingshireScotland 
Item 17 of 241929DrimardHelensburgh DunbartonshireScotlandMaid's room
Item 18 of 241929MoorcroftKilmacolm/Kilmalcolm RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 19 of 241929Town Hall and Municipal OfficesDumfries DumfriesshireScotlandAwarded 2nd premium in competition
Item 20 of 241931ChurchCarntyne GlasgowScotland 
Item 21 of 241931King's Park Parish Church  GlasgowScotlandWon job in competition
Item 22 of 241934Newbank ChurchParkhead GlasgowScotlandWon job in competition
Item 23 of 241935KnockavalleyGirvan AyrshireScotland 
Item 24 of 241939Braehead Street RC School  GlasgowScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 5British Architectural Library, RIBA2001Directory of British Architects 1834-1914   
Item 2 of 5Post Office Directories     
Item 3 of 5RIBA1930The RIBA Kalendar 1930-1931 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 4 of 5RIBA1939The RIBA Kalendar 1939-1940 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 5 of 5Who's Who in Architecture1914    

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Builder18 August 1944v167 p139 - obituary

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2Professor David M Walker personal archiveProfessor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material Additional research by Iain Paterson
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L v3 no222 (microfilm reel 30); F no1580 (microfilm reel 13)