Basic Biographical Details

Name: Robert Black and Alexander George Thomson
Designation: Architectural practice
Started: 1853(?)
Ended: Before 1857
Bio Notes: Robert Black was born at Shotts in 1800, the son of John Black, tailor and Janet Strathern. There is no record of his training but he commenced practice in Glasgow in the late 1820s. By 1838 he had become architect to the Union Bank. In 1843 he formed a partnership with James Salmon (born 1805), who had obtained an apprenticeship with John Brash and commenced practice in Glasgow, reputedly in a Trongate basement, c. 1825. Black lost his Union Bank position to William Railton of Kilmarnock in 1852, and his partnership with Salmon was dissolved c. 1853.

Thereafter Black entered a short-lived partnership with civil engineer Alexander George Thomson. Thomson had been born on 16 January 1825, the son of William Thomson, naval officer and Caroline Montfleury, and had probably been either a pupil or an assistant with Black & Salmon. The partnership of Black and Thomson was dissolved by 1857 when Thomson designed the restoration of Penkill Castle for Spencer Boyd; both partners continued to practise alone thereafter.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architectural practice:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 2146, Buchanan Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1853 *  
Item 2 of 2141, Moore Place, West George Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1853After 1854 

* 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 2Alexander George Thomsonc. 1853Before 1857Partner 
Item 2 of 2Robert Blackc. 1853(?)Before 1857Partner 


Currently, there are no references for this architectural practice. The information has been derived from: the British Architectural Library / RIBA Directory of British Architects 1834-1914; Post Office Directories; and/or any sources listed under this individual's works.