Basic Biographical Details

Name: Robert Thom Ross
Designation: Architect
Born: 1878
Bio Notes: Robert Thom Ross was born in 1878 and articled to Thomas Smith of Coatbridge in 1895, attending classes at Coatbridge Technical School and Glasgow School of Art (1898-99) where Smith was the original studio master. Ross remained with Smith at the end of his apprenticeship and was taken into partnership in January 1910. He was admitted LRIBA in the mass intake of 20 July 1911, proposed by John Bennie Wilson and the Glasgow Institute of Architects, which he had joined two years previously.

The partnership, its office being at 3 Church Street, Coatbridge, appears to have continued after the First World War but Ross was practising alone from Neilson Terrace by 1924. By 1926 he had taken a post with Lanarkshire County Architect's Department in Motherwell where he remained until he retired. He lived in Strathaven from at least 1929.

Some further information on his working career: He also worked for Lanarkshire County Council in the architects office in Motherwell. Definetely from 1926 until retirement. Not sure of the exact starting date, it may have been as early as 1924

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 420, Muiryhall Street, Coatbridge, Lanarkshire, ScotlandPrivateBefore 1898After 1899 
Item 2 of 43, Church Street, Coatbridge, Lanarkshire, ScotlandBusinessBefore 1914After 1920 
Item 3 of 4Neilson Terrace, Coatbridge, Lanarkshire, ScotlandBusiness1924 *  
Item 4 of 4Edgehill, Strathaven, Lanarkshire, ScotlandPrivateBefore 1929After 1939(?) 

* 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 4Thomas Smith1895c. 1900ApprenticeRemained with Smith after apprenticeship and was subsequently taken into partnership
Item 2 of 4Thomas Smithc. 19001910Assistant 
Item 3 of 4Smith & Ross1910Before 1924Partner 
Item 4 of 4Lanarkshire County Architect's Department1926 Architect 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 1John Bennie Wilson20 July 1911for Licentiateship - as President of the Glasgow Institute of Architects

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 6After 1895BarncluithHamilton LanarkshireScotlandRestoration, remodelling of interior, new entrance porch and new wing - as apprentice, assistant or partner of Thomas Smith
Item 2 of 6After 1895Business premises for William Bain & CoCoatbridge LanarkshireScotlandAs apprentice, assistant or partner of Thomas Smith
Item 3 of 6After 1895Coatdyke UF ChurchCoatdyke, Coatbridge LanarkshireScotlandAs apprentice, assistant or partner of Thomas Smith
Item 4 of 6After 1895Holytown Parish Church hallsHolytown LanarkshireScotlandAs apprentice, assistant or partner of Thomas Smith
Item 5 of 6c. 1900(?)RedholmeDunbeath, Coatbridge LanarkshireScotlandProbably involved, as assistant to Thomas Smith
Item 6 of 61906Offices for Messrs Stewart & LloydCoatdyke, Coatbridge LanarkshireScotlandAs assistant to Thomas Smith


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 3Post Office Directories     
Item 2 of 3RIBA1930The RIBA Kalendar 1930-1931 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 3 of 3RIBA1939The 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 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 v20 no1562