Basic Biographical Details

Name: Thomas Stewart Purdie
Designation: Architect
Born: 17 January 1870
Died:  
Bio Notes: Thomas Stewart Purdie was born on 17 January 1870, the son of Thomas Purdie, dairyman from Carluke, and his wife Jane from Hamilton. He was articled to John Murdoch of Ayr in September 1886. On completing his articles in December 1890 he went to Glasgow as assistant to John Hutchison. He was unmarried at the time of the 1891 census, and worked briefly on his own account before joining the office of Burnet Son & Campbell in December 1893. After the break-up of that partnership in 1897 he remained with Burnet. During those years he studied at Glasgow School of Art, from 1890 to 1894 and again from 1896 to 1897.

In March 1903 Purdie left Burnet to gain experience in London with Aston Webb, remaining there until March 1910 when he joined the London office of Glasgow architect James Miller. He was admitted LRIBA on 24 June 1912, his proposers being Aston Webb, John James Burnet and Miller, at which time he was still in Miller's London office. His nomination papers state that he had travelled throughout 'the greater part of Scotland', in several English counties, and in France, including Paris, Versailles, Normandy and Sevres.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 7188, St Vincent Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusinessBefore 1889After 1894 
Item 2 of 73, Annette Street, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1890(?) * Uncertain whether this address is for Thomas Purdie Junior or Thomas Stewart Purdie
Item 3 of 75, Bellgrove Street, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1891(?) * Uncertain whether this address is for Thomas Purdie Junior or Thomas Stewart Purdie
Item 4 of 79, Dixon Avenue, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1893(?) * Uncertain whether this address is for Thomas Purdie Junior or Thomas Stewart Purdie
Item 5 of 713, Bellgrove Street, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1901(?) * Uncertain whether this address is for Thomas Purdie Junior or Thomas Stewart Purdie
Item 6 of 76 (or 9), Montagu Gardens, Wallington, Surrey, EnglandPrivate1912 *  
Item 7 of 739, Kempshott Road, Streatham Common, London, EnglandPrivate1924 *  

* earliest date known from documented sources.


Employment and Training

Employers

The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 6John MurdochSeptember 1886December 1890Apprentice 
Item 2 of 6John HutchisonDecember 1890December 1893Assistant 
Item 3 of 6Burnet Son & CampbellDecember 18931897Assistant 
Item 4 of 6John Burnet & Son1897March 1903Assistant 
Item 5 of 6Aston WebbMarch 1903March 1910Assistant 
Item 6 of 6James MillerMarch 1910After 1912AssistantIn London office

RIBA

RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3(Sir) John James Burnet24 June 1912for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3James Miller24 June 1912for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3Aston Webb24 June 1912for Licentiateship

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 111894Glasgow Savings Bank Headquarters  GlasgowScotlandFurther storey added - as assistant to John James Burnet
Item 2 of 111894Kirklee Station  GlasgowScotlandAs assistant to John James Burnet
Item 3 of 111895Glasgow Cross Station  GlasgowScotlandAs assistant to John James Burnet
Item 4 of 111895Public Baths and gymnasiumAlloa ClackmannanshireScotlandAs assistant to John James Burnet
Item 5 of 111896Anderston Cross Station and associated buildings  GlasgowScotlandAs assistant to John James Burnet
Item 6 of 111898Glasgow Savings Bank Headquarters  GlasgowScotlandBanking hall in Ingram Street added - as assistant to John James Burnet
Item 7 of 11After 1899Elder Maternity HomeGovan GlasgowScotlandAs assistant to John James Burnet
Item 8 of 111901Elder Public LibraryGovan GlasgowScotlandAs assistant to John James Burnet
Item 9 of 111903South Kensington MuseumSouth Kensington LondonEnglandAs assistant to Sir Aston Webb
Item 10 of 111910Institution of Civil EngineersWestminster LondonEnglandAs assistant to James Miller
Item 11 of 111910Institution of Mechanical EngineersWestminster LondonEnglandMajor addition to match Institution of Civil Engineers across Storey's Gate - as assistant to James Miller

References

Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
 Author(s)DateTitlePartPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2RIBA1912The RIBA Kalendar 1912-1913 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 2 of 2RIBA1924The RIBA Kalendar 1924-1925 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 2Professor David M Walker personal archiveProfessor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material Additional research by Iain Paterson (NB: this confuses Thomas Purdie Junior with Thomas Stewart Purdie)
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L v25 no2068