Basic Biographical Details

Name: Thomas McCrae
Designation: Architect
Born:  
Died: c. 1968
Bio Notes: Thomas McCrae (mistakenly referred to in some sources as Macrae) practised as an architect on his own account in Edinburgh from c.1920. Nothing is known of his training, but he appears to be the son of Thomas McCrae of 4 Comely Bank Terrace, Edinburgh, as in his first entry in the Post Office Directories (1914-1915) he is referred to as Thomas McCrae Junior, living at 9 South East Circus Place. He was living at 6 North East Circus Place from at least 1922. By 1934 he had been elected FRIAS and had an office at 29 Hanover Street. He moved office sometime about 193 to 58 Queen Street. In at least 1949 he was a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. He moved house to 4 St Vincent Street c.1951 or 1952, and appears to have retired from practice in 1959. He seems to have died in or around 1968.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 69, South East Circus Place, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivateBefore 1914c. 1921 
Item 2 of 66, North East Circus Place, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate/businessc. 1922c. 1952Both office and house until c1931 but houses only thereafter
Item 3 of 61, Circus Place, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusiness1924 * 1924 plans signed with this address; the 1 is possibly a mis-read for 6 or 9
Item 4 of 629, Hanover Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusinessc. 19311937 
Item 5 of 658, Queen Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusinessc. 1937After 1958 
Item 6 of 64, St Vincent Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivatec. 1952c. 1968 

* earliest date known from documented sources.


Employment and Training

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 4John Guthrie TullochAugust 1932October 1934Apprentice 
Item 2 of 4David M Macdonald19341936Assistantnomination papers seem to say 'T MacClure' (of Hanover Street, Edinburgh), but this is almost certainly an error
Item 3 of 4Eileen May Sherwell (Mrs Goodman)September 1934September 1935Assistant 
Item 4 of 4John Eric Moore1938 * Assistant 

* earliest date known from documented sources.


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 44 2 Royal Circus  EdinburghScotlandProposed alterations - date unknown
Item 2 of 44 30 Regent Terrace  EdinburghScotlandUndated survey plans
Item 3 of 441905(?)Poltalloch HouseLochgilphead ArgyllScotlandAlterations and additions; plan of heating system: this may be another Thomas McCrae - the date is early for him, and the NMRS refers to him as heating engineer.
Item 4 of 44192210 Moray Place  EdinburghScotlandAlterations
Item 5 of 4419226 Belford Park  EdinburghScotlandAlterations
Item 6 of 44192412 Learmonth Terrace  EdinburghScotlandProposed reconstruction
Item 7 of 44192418 Learmonth Terrace  EdinburghScotlandProposed alterations
Item 8 of 4419242, 3, and 4 North Charlotte Street  EdinburghScotlandAlterations
Item 9 of 44192430 Dundas Street  EdinburghScotlandAlterations
Item 10 of 4419244 Manor Place  EdinburghScotlandAlterations
Item 11 of 44192491-93 George Street  EdinburghScotlandAlterations
Item 12 of 441924Ardmaddy CastleOban ArgyllScotlandProposed alterations to mid 18th century wing
Item 13 of 441924BalcraigScone PerthshireScotlandProposed alterations
Item 14 of 441924Britannic Assurance Company, 127-129 George Street  EdinburghScotlandAlterations
Item 15 of 441926Hamilton Place Hall and LibraryStockbridge EdinburghScotlandProposed alterations
Item 16 of 441926Numbers 8 and 10 Pilrig Street  EdinburghScotlandProposed alterations
Item 17 of 44192711 Royal Circus  EdinburghScotlandProposed reconstruction
Item 18 of 441927Edinburgh Burgess Golfing Society ClubhouseBarnton EdinburghScotlandExtension
Item 19 of 441927Kilninver Home Farm Farmhouse, Kilninver EstateKilninver ArgyllScotlandAlterations; proposed rebuilding
Item 20 of 441927MayfieldGullane East LothianScotlandAdditions (Noted as draughtsman for original house)
Item 21 of 44192861 Manor Place  EdinburghScotlandProposed reconstruction (for himself?)
Item 22 of 441928Barochreal Farm, KilninverKilninver ArgyllScotlandAlterations
Item 23 of 441928Corrichlorne Farm, CorrielorneCorrielorne ArgyllScotlandPlans of stable and byre, alterations
Item 24 of 441928Innie Farm, Kilninver EstateKilninver ArgyllScotlandAlterations
Item 25 of 441928Lagganmore Farm, Kilninver EstateKilninver ArgyllScotlandAlterations
Item 26 of 441928Park Farm, Kilninver Estate (McDermid)Kilninver ArgyllScotlandMinor additions
Item 27 of 441929(?)19 Magdala Crescent  EdinburghScotlandAlterations
Item 28 of 441929Kilninver Estate, Gamekeepers CottageKilninver ArgyllScotlandAlterations
Item 29 of 44After 192St Andrew's Parish Church  EdinburghScotlandSketch plan of stairs of St Andrew's Church, George Street - date unknown
Item 30 of 44193224 Belgrave CrescentDean EdinburghScotlandProposed reconstruction for himself
Item 31 of 441932Subscription Baths and Drawing Academy  EdinburghScotlandLithograph
Item 32 of 441933St Luke's Parish Church and Halls  EdinburghScotlandAddition of wallbell and heating installation with Mackenzie & Moncur, heating engineers
Item 33 of 44193412 Learmonth Terrace  EdinburghScotlandProposed reconstruction
Item 34 of 44193418 Learmonth Terrace  EdinburghScotlandProposed alterations
Item 35 of 44After 1936J A Todd WarehousesLeith EdinburghScotlandAdditions and alterations
Item 36 of 441937Edenhall  RoxburghshireScotlandProposed alterations
Item 37 of 441937New Crookston HouseStow (near) MidlothianScotlandAlterations
Item 38 of 441938ArdvreckCrieff PerthshireScotlandAlterations
Item 39 of 441938Villa, Ferry Road and Wardie Avenue  EdinburghScotlandExtension
Item 40 of 44193912 Learmonth Terrace  EdinburghScotlandProposed reconstruction
Item 41 of 44193918 Learmonth Terrace  EdinburghScotlandProposed alterations
Item 42 of 44194718 Chester Street  EdinburghScotlandAlterations
Item 43 of 441948(?)10 Magdala Crescent  EdinburghScotlandAlterations
Item 44 of 44194919 Northumberland Street  EdinburghScotlandProposed conversion to flats

References

Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
 Author(s)DateTitlePartPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Post Office Directories     
Item 2 of 2RIBA1939The RIBA Kalendar 1939-1940 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 1National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSDrawings Collection McCrae drawings deposited at NMRS 1973