Basic Biographical Details

Name: David Thomson
Designation: Architect
Born: 6 April 1878
Bio Notes: David Thomson was born on 6 April 1878 and articled to Thomas Saunders Robertson in Dundee from 1894 to 1898, remaining with him as assistant until 1900. During that time he attended the classes at Dundee Technical Institute and YMCA Rooms. Robertson's practice being in decline by 1900 he left to join the office of the city architect William Alexander, initially as a junior assistant rising to become assisitant in 1902, where he remained until Alexander's death in 1904. He then found a place with Thomas Martin Cappon and remained with him until 1911 when he was fortunate in being engaged by the Inland Revenue Valuation Department to advise it under the Finance Act of 1909. He was admitted LRIBA on 24 June 1912, proposed by William Fleming Wilkie as President of the Dundee Institute of Architects; at that time he was based at 31 Albert Square.

Nothing else in known.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 231, Albert Square, Dundee, ScotlandBusiness1912 * Valuation Department, Inland Revenue
Item 2 of 29, Blackness Avenue, Dundee, ScotlandPrivateBefore 1912After 1914 

* 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 Saunders Robertson18941898Apprentice 
Item 2 of 4Thomas Saunders Robertson18981900Assistant 
Item 3 of 4William Alexander19001904Assistant 
Item 4 of 4Thomas Martin Cappon19041911Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 1William Fleming Wilkie24 June 1912for Licentiateship - as President of the Dundee 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 211898Dundee Royal Lunatic AsylumLiff AngusScotlandAs assistant to Thomas Saunders Robertson - New private asylum and new sick wards (building dated 1900)
Item 2 of 21After 1898Balgavies  AngusScotlandAs assistant to Robertson
Item 3 of 21c. 1898Central Electricity Station  DundeeScotlandAs assistant with William Alexander
Item 4 of 211899Perth TheatrePerth PerthshireScotlandAs assistant to William Alexander, City Architect
Item 5 of 211900Dundee Parish Council Offices  DundeeScotlandAs assistant to Willism Alexander, City Architect
Item 6 of 211900Sidlaw SanatoriumAuchterhouse DundeeScotlandAs assistant to William Alexander, City Architect
Item 7 of 21After 1900Victoria Hall  DundeeScotlandReconstruction to form Gaiety Theatre of Varieties - as assistant to William Alexander
Item 8 of 21c. 1900Dundee Tramway Depot and sheds  DundeeScotlandAs assistant with Alexander
Item 9 of 21c. 1900East Poorhouse and Maryfield HospitalStobswell DundeeScotlandNew wards - as assistant to William Alexander
Item 10 of 211902St Mary's RC School (Boys)  DundeeScotlandAdditions - as assistant to Cappon
Item 11 of 211904Clepington UF ChurchClepington DundeeScotlandAs assistant to T M Cappon
Item 12 of 21After 1904Balgersho  PerthshireScotlandAs assistant to Cappon
Item 13 of 21After 1904Dundee Royal Lunatic Asylum, Nurses' Home etcLiff AngusScotlandNurses' home and drainage and heating - as assistant to Thomas Martin Cappon
Item 14 of 21After 1904Newport SchoolNewport FifeScotlandAs assisitant to Cappon
Item 15 of 21After 1904Panmure Golf ClubhouseBarry AngusScotland 
Item 16 of 21After 1904SchoolsTayport FifeScotlandAs assistant to Cappon
Item 17 of 21After 1904Scotscraig Golf ClubhouseTayport FifeScotlandExecution of original design? Alterations? As assistant to Cappon
Item 18 of 211907Lawside Convent and school  DundeeScotlandAdditions and building of new school (including dormitories) - as assistant to Cappon
Item 19 of 211907Pitlair House  FifeScotlandAs assistant to Cappon
Item 20 of 211911Dundee Training College for Teachers  DundeeScotlandAs assistant to Thomas Martin Cappon - assisted with the plans of college, schools and hostel (presumably not the execution)
Item 21 of 21c. 1911Mills Observatory, Balgay Park  DundeeScotlandAssisted Cappon with the plans for this


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 2British Architectural Library, RIBA2001Directory of British Architects 1834-1914   
Item 2 of 2Who's Who in Architecture1914    

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L v26 no2117