Basic Biographical Details

Name: John Thomson King
Designation: Architect
Born: 16 July 1904
Died: Before 1988
Bio Notes: John Thomson King was born on 16 July 1904 and was articled to Burnet Son & Dick from 1923 to 1927, studying at the Glasgow School of Art where he received his diploma and passed the qualifying exam in July 1928. He was working with Burnet Son & Dick as assistant at the time of his admittance as ARIBA in late 1928, his proposers being Thomas Harold Hughes, William Brown Whitie and John Watson. By that time he had travelled widely, visiting Paris, Versailles and Fontainebleau in 1926; Holland, Germany, Switzerland, Italy and Morocco in 1927; and France, Switzerland and Belgium in 1928. Directories give his office address in 1939 as 111 Union Street, Glasgow, and his home address as 220 Titwood Road, Maxwell Park, Glasgow, where he had lived for at least a decade.

In 1947 he took over the practice James Austen Laird & Partners and the firm then practiced as J T King. About a year later Thomas B Main was taken into partnership and in the 1950s Eric D Ellison joined them as partner. In 1955 the practice name changed to J Thomson King & Partners and in 1964 it became King Main & Ellison. In 1971 James S Inglis was taken into partnership followed by Hugh Taylor and Robert Barbour in 1978.

John Thomson King retired about 1969. A note stored with his ARIBA papers indicates that King died before 1988.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 4Rokeby/220, Titwood Road, Maxwell Park, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1928After 1939 
Item 2 of 4111, Union Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1939 *  
Item 3 of 455, West Regent Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1947  
Item 4 of 445, Castle Bay Court, Largs, Ayrshire, ScotlandPrivatec. 1988 *  

* 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 5Burnet, Son & Dick19231927Apprentice 
Item 2 of 5Burnet, Son & Dick1927 or 1928 Assistant 
Item 3 of 5J T King19471955Partner 
Item 4 of 5J Thomson King & Partners19551964Partner 
Item 5 of 5King Main & Ellison1964 Partner 

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 3Archibald Thomas Lindsay1930s Assistant 
Item 2 of 3John George Drysdale Henderson19341936AssistantSummers only
Item 3 of 3Alexander Buchanan Campbellc. May 1935c. September 1935Junior Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Thomas Harold HughesLate 1928for Associateship
Item 2 of 3John WatsonLate 1928for Associateship
Item 3 of 3William Brown WhitieLate 1928for 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 321935Glasgow Humane Society House  GlasgowScotland 
Item 2 of 321935The Castle HotelGlenowin PerthshireScotland 
Item 3 of 321936King's Warehouse  GlasgowScotland 
Item 4 of 321936Offices for the Abbey Building Co.  GlasgowScotland 
Item 5 of 321936Warehouse, South Bridge  EdinburghScotland 
Item 6 of 32c. 1936Police Barracks, Clyde Street  GlasgowScotlandConverted barracks to hostel
Item 7 of 32194769-71 West Street  GlasgowScotlandReconstruction and additions
Item 8 of 321951Premises for James Thomson & Sons, The Drygate  GlasgowScotland 
Item 9 of 321951Premises for Messrs Brownlie, Seandrett & Graham Ltd, James StreetBridgeton Cross GlasgowScotlandFor reconstruction of the premises
Item 10 of 321956Uddingston Grammar SchoolUddingston LanarkshireScotlandEric Doig Ellison as partner in charge
Item 11 of 321960sBlairdardie Primary SchoolDrumchapel GlasgowScotlandMay have retired by the time this school was being designed and built.
Item 12 of 321960sEpic House  GlasgowScotland 
Item 13 of 321960s(?)Faifley School     
Item 14 of 321960s(?)St Saviour's Primary School  RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 15 of 321960sWindlaw Primary SchoolCastlemilk GlasgowScotland 
Item 16 of 321960Blawarthill Church of ScotlandGarscadden GlasgowScotland 
Item 17 of 321960Tenements, Clune ParkPort Glasgow RenfrewshireScotlandModernisation
Item 18 of 321960Tenements, Clune ParkPort Glasgow RenfrewshireScotlandModernisation
Item 19 of 321963Bellshill AcademyBellshill LanarkshireScotlandModernisation and extension - Eric Doig Ellison as partner in charge
Item 20 of 321963Larkfield Primary SchoolLarkfield, Greenock RenfrewshireScotlandEric Doig Ellison as partner in charge
Item 21 of 321963Stamperland ChurchClarkston RenfrewshireScotlandEric Doig Ellison as partner in charge
Item 22 of 321964Springhill Primary SchoolBarrhead  ScotlandEric Doig Ellison as partner in charge
Item 23 of 321965Fitzpatrick House  GlasgowScotland 
Item 24 of 321965Orchardpark ChurchGiffnock RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 25 of 321967Multi-storey carpark  GlasgowScotland 
Item 26 of 321967Sewage treatment works, offices etc     
Item 27 of 321968Lightburn Hospital, administration block  GlasgowScotland 
Item 28 of 321968Proposed Central Mosque for Pakistani community in Glasgow  GlasgowScotlandEric Doig Ellison as partner in charge
Item 29 of 321968Regional Sports CentreBlairdardie GlasgowScotland 
Item 30 of 321969Radnor Park Parish ChurchClydebank DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 31 of 321970164 units of housing for Glasgow Corporation  GlasgowScotlandNot clear if involved in the early stages of this.
Item 32 of 321971Insurance Office  GlasgowScotlandNot clear if involved in the early stages of this.


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 3Post Office Directories     
Item 2 of 3RIBA1939The RIBA Kalendar 1939-1940 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 3 of 3RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Builder9 March 1951  p367

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 A no4258 (combined box 3)