Basic Biographical Details
|Name: ||Thomas Bonnar |
|Designation: ||Builder |
|Born: ||c. 1821 |
|Died: ||1 October 1862 |
|Bio Notes: ||Thomas Bonnar was born in Saline, Fife about 1821, the son of Robert Bonnar and his wife Janet. He practised as a builder and mason in Dunfermline. He was one of the Bonnar family of Dunfermline who ran a business as builders, joiners and cabinetmakers. The firm finally was sold off in 1870. |
There is some confusion between this Thomas Bonnar and the Thomas Bonnar who died in 1847. Their relationship if any has yet to be established. (See separate entry for earlier Thomas Bonnar). It must have been the earlier Thomas Bonnar who was responsible for building in the New Town of Edinburgh. In 1851 Thomas Bonnar of Dunfermline was described as a building contractor accasionally employed as an architect and 'surgeon' (a mis-reading for surveyor?) and employing 7 masons and 3 apprentices.
In 1856 Thomas Bonnar of Dunfermline moved his office to Edinburgh, although he is still referred to at that time as 'of Dunfermline'. There is an entry for him in the 1856-7 Post Office directory showing he was in Edinburgh.
He was residing in Scotland Street, Edinburgh at the time of his death in Aberdeen on 1 October 1862.
According to Architects'Index, John Sinclair House, Bonnar's debts (but much more likely what he was owed) at the time of his death were as follows:
Scotsman Office, Cockburn Street £136 13.4
Blcok H Cockburn Street £29 5.6
Building Saxe Coburg Place £10.0.0
The last two were estimated at this stage at the time of his death.
Rev Dr Alexander's Congregation for building church: £29 11.6
Private and Business Addresses
|The following private or business addresses are associated with this builder:|
| ||Address||Type||Date from||Date to||Notes|
|Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland||Business|| ||Before 1856(?)|| |
|East Port Street or Viewfield, Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland||Private||1841 *|| || |
|Woodhead Cottage, Woodhead Street, Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland||Private||1851|| || |
|32, Clarence Street, Glasgow, Scotland||Private/business(?)||1856 *|| || |
|Silver Mills, Edinburgh, Scotland||Business||c. 1860|| || |
|Scotland Street Lane, Edinburgh, Scotland||Business(?)||1861|| || |
|28, Scotland Street, Edinburgh, Scotland(?)||Private||1862|| || |
* earliest date known from documented sources.
Buildings and Designs
|The following books contain references to this builder:|
|Scotlands People Website|| ||Wills & Testaments|| || ||Edinburgh Sheriff Court Wills Sc70/4/87 and Inventories SC70/1/117|
|The following archives hold material relating to this builder:|
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|Census records online||Censuses|| || |