Basic Biographical Details

Name: Leslie Grahame-Thomson & Associates
Designation: Architectural practice
Started: After 1950
Ended: 1972 or 1973
Bio Notes: In 1949 Leslie Grahame-Thomson (born 1896) married as his second wife Coline (Collean) Helen Elizabeth MacDougall. She became Clan Chief as Madame MacDougall of MacDougall in 1953 and, on the instigation of Lord Lyon King of Arms of Scotland, her husband took the name of MacDougall in lieu of Thomson (officially changed 21 May 1953), their main residence becoming Dunollie Castle, Oban. The practice, however, continued as Leslie Grahame-Thomson & Associates. In the early 1960s an office opened at 2 Shore Street, Oban and by the late 1960s the Edinburgh office was being run down. MacDougall never completely retired, maintaining a small specialist practice from Dunollie from 1972 or 1973 until he died on 3 June 1974. In the last few years of his life he was working on a book on Dunollie and the Clan MacDougall, but it is unclear whether this ever reached publication.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architectural practice:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 36, Ainslie Place, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusinessAfter 1950c. 1970(?) 
Item 2 of 32, Shore Street, Oban, Argyll, ScotlandBusiness1967 *  
Item 3 of 3Dunollie Castle, Oban, Argyll, ScotlandBusiness1972 or 19731974 

* earliest date known from documented sources.

Employment and Training

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this architectural practice (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 2Leslie Grahame Thomson (or Leslie Grahame-Thomson; later Leslie Grahame MacDougall)After 19501972 or 1973Senior Partner 
Item 2 of 2Charles William Grayc. 1958 * Partner 

* earliest date known from documented sources.


RIBA Proposals

This architectural practice proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 1Thomas ('Tom') Riddell Spaven14 December 1948For Associateship

Buildings and Designs

This architectural practice 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 321950Moncur Memorial Church StronsayOrkneyScotlandBuilding executed c1948-53
Item 2 of 32c. 1950Casa FrancescaKingstonJamaicaJamaicaWest Indies 
Item 3 of 32c. 1950House in Midlothian  MidlothianScotland 
Item 4 of 32c. 1950Ulva CottageSalenMullArgyllScotland 
Item 5 of 321951Longstone Parish Church  EdinburghScotland 
Item 6 of 32c. 1951Ardalum HouseUlva ArgyllScotlandAlterations?
Item 7 of 321952Coldstream Parish ChurchColdstream BerwickshireScotlandFurnishings
Item 8 of 321952Torrisdale CastleCarradale ArgyllScotlandProposed alterations on castle
Item 9 of 321953HopelandsSilverburn MidlothianScotland 
Item 10 of 321954Christ's Church DunollieOban ArgyllScotland 
Item 11 of 321954Lochgilphead District Asylum for the InsaneLochgilphead ArgyllScotlandNew medical officer's house and conversion of byre into church
Item 12 of 321954Maidencraig Court (Block of flats)Blackhall EdinburghScotland 
Item 13 of 321954Memorial to Colonel MacDougall of MacDougall   Scotland 
Item 14 of 321954Tigh-na-Mara, KilmelfordKilmelford ArgyllScotlandConversion of old school to dwelling house
Item 15 of 321955House at Appin (Tigh Bhaan)Appin ArgyllScotland 
Item 16 of 321955Tranent Old Parish ChurchTranent East LothianScotlandInternal remodelling and additions, including porches in re-entrant angles to north and south
Item 17 of 32c. 1955Ulva House  ArgyllScotland 
Item 18 of 321957En-Dah-Win, Camus BanOban ArgyllScotland 
Item 19 of 321957Lednock Power StationLoch Lednock PerthshireScotland 
Item 20 of 321957St Moluag's ChurchAppin ArgyllScotland 
Item 21 of 321957Sydney Opera House  SydneyAustralia 
Item 22 of 321959City of Glasgow Bank  EdinburghScotlandRestoration of Marwick southern part
Item 23 of 321959House for Messrs J & A MacDougall, Camus BanOban ArgyllScotland 
Item 24 of 321959House for R Beattie, Camus BanOban ArgyllScotland 
Item 25 of 32c. 1959Loch Breaclaich Project (Dam and Reservoir)Loch Breaclaich PerthshireScotland 
Item 26 of 321960House in Argyll  ArgyllScotland 
Item 27 of 321960Struan ChurchBlair Atholl PerthshireScotland 
Item 28 of 32c. 1960Liverpool RC Cathedral of Christ the King  LiverpoolEnglandCompetition design
Item 29 of 321961House at Camus BanOban ArgyllScotland 
Item 30 of 321966St Mungo's Parish ChurchAlloa ClackmannanshireScotlandAdditions at gables. Also proposed chancel, choir room and session house
Item 31 of 321968Dunollie HouseOban ArgyllScotlandInterior alterations?
Item 32 of 321972Gylen CastleIsle of Kerrera ArgyllScotlandProposed restoration - not carried out


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architectural practice:
Item 1 of 1Scottish Biographies1938  E J Thurston (pub.)