Basic Biographical Details

Name: Thomas Callender Campbell Mackie
Designation: Architect
Born: 17 June 1886
Died: 17 August 1952
Bio Notes: Thomas Callender Campbell Mackie was born at Helensburgh on 17 June 1886 and educated at Larchfield School, Helensburgh. He was articled to Alexander Nisbet Paterson c.1902-7 and was at some point an assistant with William Leiper, studying at the Glasgow School of Architecture under Eugène Bourdon from c.1904 and contributing an article to 'Vista' in 1908. At the School he was regarded as 'most promising of architect students, gifted with outstanding imagination of unusual quality and supreme draughtsmanship'. In the years before the First World War he designed ship interiors for Alexander Stephen of Linthouse, and made a visit to Venice.

Mackie was unfit for military service and spent the First World War with the Red Cross. At the end of it he designed memorials for Martyns of Cheltenham, but in 1920 he was appointed Head of the School of Design at Glasgow School of Art, his home address being Broomhouse, Helensburgh. Throughout the inter-war years he travelled extensively in France, practising chiefly as a painter in oil and pastel and as a lithographer and etcher rather than an architect. In the early 1930s he moved house from Helensburgh to Moorcroft, Milngavie where he died on August 17 1952, two years after his retirement from Glasgow School of Art. His friend Alfred G Lochhead organised a memorial exhibition of his work. Lochhead wrote of him 'he was a man apart, in having an inward something, call it an intensely Celtic flame or what you will, which gave him an awareness of beauty which was exceptionally keen… [he had] a flair for garden lay-out and gardening; verse speaking; writing including the creation of fanciful plays'. A number of his paintings of Scottish scenery are held in public collections.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 6Greenknowe, Helensburgh, Dunbartonshire, ScotlandBusiness1919 *  
Item 2 of 6Broomhouse, Helensburgh, Dunbartonshire, ScotlandPrivate1920 *  
Item 3 of 6Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness19201950 
Item 4 of 6318, Bath Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1929 * Studio
Item 5 of 623, Lilybank Gardens, Glasgow, ScotlandBusinessBefore 1930After 1934 
Item 6 of 6Moorcroft, Milngavie, Dunbartonshire, ScotlandPrivateBefore 193917 August 1952 

* 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 3Alexander Nisbet Patersonc. 1902Early 1903Apprentice 
Item 2 of 3Campbell Douglas & PatersonEarly 1903c. 1907Apprentice 
Item 3 of 3Leiper & McNabc. 1907Before 1909Assistant 

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 41919Southcourt, 28 West Montrose StreetHelensburgh DunbartonshireScotlandGarage
Item 2 of 41919Union Bank of Scotland Head Office  GlasgowScotlandWar memorial (transferred from former Head Office on Ingram Street)
Item 3 of 4c. 1924Unspecified memorials   Scotland 
Item 4 of 41933Family memorialPitcaple AberdeenshireScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 3McEwan, P J M1994Dictionary of Scottish Art and Architecture   
Item 2 of 3RIBA1930The RIBA Kalendar 1930-1931 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 3 of 3RIBA1939The RIBA Kalendar 1939-1940 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1RIAS QuarterlyNovember 1952no 90Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS)