Basic Biographical Details
|Name: ||Thomas Reid Peacock |
|Designation: ||Architect |
|Born: ||20 May 1866 |
|Died: ||10 November 1937 |
|Bio Notes: ||Thomas Reid Peacock was born on 20 May 1866, the eldest son of Thomas Reid Peacock and Catherine Binnie (or Binny) Webster. They lived in Portobello, Edinburgh. The younger Thomas Reid Peacock was educated at Edinburgh High School. He was articled to George Washington Browne in Edinburgh in 1885, attending classes at Edinburgh School of Architecture and probably also at Heriot-Watt College. He spent his holidays measuring and sketching old buildings, including Melrose, Dryburgh and Sweetheart Abbeys. After completing his apprenticeship in 1890 he spent six years assisting in various Edinburgh offices, including those of Kinnear & Peddie and Robert Rowand Anderson - and appearing to conduct a small private practice from 34 St Andrew Square, before moving to Glasgow in 1896 to join the practice of Robert Turnbull and his son, Thomson & Turnbull, as senior assistant. This was somewhat surprising as Robert Turnbull was then embroiled in sequestration proceedings in respect of his Lenzie properties. Peacock was made junior partner in 1898, the firm then becoming Thomson, Turnbull & Peacock. |
In 1901 Campbell Douglas 'found it necessary' to dissolve his partnership with Alexander Morrison, the latter's practice, nut this was quickly dissolved, the practice title returning to Thomson Turnbull & Peacock.
Robert Turnbull died on 21 October 1905. Although the practice then had two sizeable commissions for school at Bluevale and London Road in hand, Robert's death seems to have been the catalyst for Peacock deciding to emigrate to Quebec in the following year. There he joined the office of George-Emile Tanguay as head draughtsman. In 1910 he returned to Glasgow to marry Ena Stewart before commencing independent practice. Some time later he returned to Quebec. He was admitted LRIBA in 1911, his proposers being unknown as most of his papers are lost; and in 1920 was elevated to FRIBA, his proposers this time being James Macintyre Henry, Alexander Lorne Campbell, and Victor Daniel Horsburgh, who wrote in a supporting statement: 'Mr. Peacock first as assistant and laterly [sic] as principal in practice has been to my knowledge responsible for a very large portion of the best work in the city of Quebec in his time.' He was a member of the Province of Quebec Architects' Association and served for a time on its Council.
Peacock was People's Warden at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in Quebec. At the time of his death after a short illness on 10 November 1937, he was also President of the Quebec Literary and Historical Society and of the St Andrew's Society.
Private and Business Addresses
|The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:|
| ||Address||Type||Date from||Date to||Notes|
|34, St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, Scotland||Business||c. 1894 *||c. 1896|| |
|122, Wellington Street, Glasgow, Scotland||Business||1896||After 1901|| |
|81, St Peter Street, Quebec, Canada||Business||1920 *|| || |
|76, De Salaberry Street, Quebec, Canada||Private||1920 *|| || |
* earliest date known from documented sources.
Employment and Training
Employees or Pupils
|The following individuals were employed or trained by this architect (click on an item to view details):|
| ||Name||Date from||Date to||Position||Notes|
|Robert McDowall Symonds||1913||1916||Assistant|| |
Buildings and Designs
|The following books contain references to this architect:|
|Post Office Directories|| || || || || |
|Williamson, William||2011||Robert Turnbull IA of Lenzie|| || || |
|The following periodicals contain references to this architect:|
| ||Periodical Name||Date||Edition||Publisher||Notes|
|RIBA Journal||17 October 1938||v45||London: Royal Institute of British Architects||p1043 - obituary|
|The following archives hold material relating to this architect:|
| ||Source||Archive Name||Source Catalogue No.||Notes|
|Professor David M Walker personal archive||Professor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material|| ||Letter from Jean Francois Caron re Peacock 18 January 2001|
|RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert Museum||RIBA Nomination Papers|| ||L v15 no1080; F no1814 (microfilm reel 15)|