Basic Biographical Details

Name: Thomas Smellie
Designation: Architect
Born: 1860
Died: 24 June 1938
Bio Notes: Thomas Smellie was born in 1860 in Partick (presumably a son of the John Smellie of Partick who appears in the 'Architect's, Engineer's and Building Trades' directory') and completed his training as an architect with Gabriel Andrew before commencing practice in Kilmarnock in about 1899. He was an able Arts and Crafts school designer and as pencil draughtsman and etcher was also a book illustrator, notably in his own 'Sketches of Old Kilmarnock' and the reprint of Kelso Hunter's 'Retrospect of an artist's life'. Smellie's house and office was at 46 Portland Road Kilmarnock, a mid-Victorian villa he had altered for his own use. He died in Glasgow on 24 June 1938, leaving moveable estate of 1370 13s 4d.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 4Burnside, London Road, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, ScotlandPrivate(?) Before he moved to Portland Road
Item 2 of 446, Portland Road, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, ScotlandPrivate/businessAfter 1880(?)  
Item 3 of 4Grange Place, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, ScotlandBusinessAfter 1885(?)  
Item 4 of 4Woodstock Street, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, ScotlandBusiness1911 *  

* 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 1Gabriel Andrew  Assistant 

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 2Hugh Dykes Simpson18901898Apprentice 
Item 2 of 2Hugh Dykes Simpson18991905Assistant 

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 16After 188046 Portland RoadKilmarnock AyrshireScotlandAlterations including first-floor studio
Item 2 of 16c. 1890Seamill HydropathicSeamill AyrshireScotlandN extension - possibly by Smellie as he exhinited designs
Item 3 of 161898EnrickKilmarnock AyrshireScotlandAdditions - to rear and side
Item 4 of 16c. 190045-47 London RoadKilmarnock AyrshireScotland 
Item 5 of 16c. 1900Smith's Printing WorksKilmarnock AyrshireScotlandAttribution by 'Buildings of Scotland'
Item 6 of 16c. 1900Villas, Bank StreetIrvine AyrshireScotland'Probably' (Buildings of Scotland).
Item 7 of 161901Victoria BuildingsKilmarnock AyrshireScotland 
Item 8 of 16c. 19026-bay house, Mirrlees Drive  GlasgowScotland 
Item 9 of 16c. 1902Terrace of houses, Bellshaugh Road and Mirrlees Drive  GlasgowScotland 
Item 10 of 16c. 1902Terrace of houses, Cleveden Drive  GlasgowScotland 
Item 11 of 16190360 Bank StreetKilmarnock AyrshireScotland 
Item 12 of 16c. 1904Villas, York RoadTroon AyrshireScotland'Buildings of Scotland' attribution
Item 13 of 16c. 1905Pair of semi-detached villasKilmarnock AyrshireScotland 
Item 14 of 161906Henderson ChurchKilmarnock AyrshireScotland 
Item 15 of 161908Saxone Shoe FactoryKilmarnock AyrshireScotland 
Item 16 of 16Early 1900sClerkland FarmStewarton AyrshireScotlandPerhaps


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 4Close, Robert1992Ayrshire and Arran, an Illustrated Architectural Guide Edinburgh: RIASp112
Item 2 of 4Johnston, W T2003Artists of Scotland Officina Publications CDROM 
Item 3 of 4Love, Dane2005Lost Ayrshire Edinburgh: Birlinnp143
Item 4 of 4Measurers\' Companion1911The Scottish Architects' and Measurers' Companion   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1Strathclyde Regional ArchivesGlasgow Dean of Guild1/9292