Basic Biographical Details

Name: James Thomson (junior)
Designation: Architect
Born: 17 April 1878
Died: 19 March 1921
Bio Notes: James Thomson, Junior was born on 17 April 1878 and educated at Airdrie Academy. He was articled to his father and grandfather's firm of James Thomson & Sons in 1892, and attended Glasgow School of Art under William James Anderson and Alexander McGibbon. He was taken into partnership by his father in 1906, and admitted LRIBA in the mass intake of 20 July 1911, proposed by John Bennie Wilson and the Glasgow Institute of Architects. He is said to have been a skilful painter and etcher. He died on 19th March 1921 survived by his widow Jenny McBride Thomson and his three daughters. The practice was continued by his younger brother Alexander Houston Thomson, born 1 May 1882.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 2Auchenlone, Airdrie, Lanarkshire, ScotlandPrivate1911 *  
Item 2 of 27, Victoria Place, Airdrie, Lanarkshire, ScotlandBusinessBefore 1911After 1912 

* 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 3James Thomson & Sons1892c. 1897Apprentice 
Item 2 of 3James Thomson & Sonsc. 18971906Assistant(?) 
Item 3 of 3James Thomson & Sons19061921Partner 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 1John Bennie Wilson20 July 1911for Licentiateship - as President of the Glasgow 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 20After 1892Airdrie County BuildingsAirdrie LanarkshireScotlandRestoration and alterations on three occasions - as apprentice/assistant to James Thomson & Sons
Item 2 of 20After 1892Villa for John KennedyAirdrie LanarkshireScotlandAs apprentice/assistant to James Thomson & Sons
Item 3 of 20After 1892Villa for R Adam EsqAirdrie LanarkshireScotlandAs apprentice/assistant to James Thomson & Sons
Item 4 of 20After 1897Masonic HallBellshill LanarkshireScotlandAs assistant to James Thomson & Sons
Item 5 of 20After 1897Villa for Colin BrownAirdrie? Lanarkshire?ScotlandProbably involved, as assistant to James Thomson & Sons
Item 6 of 20After 1897Villa for John MotherwellAirdrie? Lanarkshire?ScotlandProbably involved, as assistant to James Thomson & Sons
Item 7 of 20After 1897Villa for William McAllisterAirdrie? Lanarkshire?ScotlandProbably involved, as assistant to James Thomson & Sons
Item 8 of 20After 1906Chapelside Public SchoolAirdrie LanarkshireScotland 
Item 9 of 20After 1906Masonic HallNew Stevenston Lanarkshire/Ayrshire?ScotlandWon competition to secure job
Item 10 of 20After 1906Post officeBathgate West LothianScotlandDesigns - approved but possibly unexecuted
Item 11 of 20After 1906Victoria SchoolAirdrie LanarkshireScotlandProbably involved in additions
Item 12 of 20After 1906Villa for A Frame EsqBearsden GlasgowScotland 
Item 13 of 201910Sir John Wilson Town HallAirdrie LanarkshireScotlandWon competition to secure job
Item 14 of 201911St Margaret's SchoolAirdrie LanarkshireScotlandManual instruction rooms
Item 15 of 20c. 1911Cairnhill HouseAirdrie LanarkshireScotlandRestoration
Item 16 of 201920Offices for the North West Rivet Bolt & Nut FactoryAirdrie LanarkshireScotland 
Item 17 of 20c. 1920Cairnhill Housing SchemeAirdrie LanarkshireScotland 
Item 18 of 20Before 192320 Council HousesGreengair LanarkshireScotland 
Item 19 of 20Before 192350 Council HousesChapelhall LanarkshireScotland 
Item 20 of 20Before 192380 Council HousesNew Stevenston LanarkshireScotland 


Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 3BuilderApril 1921  Obituary
Item 2 of 3RIBA Journal9 April 1921 London: Royal Institute of British ArchitectsDeath notice p339
Item 3 of 3Scotsman12 January 1938  Marriage of Thomson's youngest daughter

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2Professor David M Walker personal archiveProfessor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material Letters from Dr Philip McWilliams to DMW, 21 March and 17 October 1988
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L v21 no1621