Basic Biographical Details

Name: John Thomson
Designation: Architect
Born: 24 September 1886
Bio Notes: John Thomson was born on 24 September 1886. He was articled to Robert Lorimer. He saw active service during the First World War but returned to Lorimer on demobilisation in January 1919. During his time in Lorimer's office he was involved mainly with ecclesiastical works and large country houses. During this period he studied part-time at Edinburgh College of Art and Heriot Watt College.

on From 1920-26 he was chief architect with Alexander Stephen & Sons Ltd, Linthouse, Glasgow. During his employment with this firm amongst other work he designed the interiors of various ocean liners.

He moved to Kent to become chief architect with George Beer & Rigden Ltd, brewers, Faversham, later absorbed into Fremlins Limited, Maidstone.

He was a member of the Glasgow Institute of Architects from before 1930 until at least 1939. During that time his home address was 7 Briton Road, Faversham, Kent. He was elected LRIBA in 1956, proposed by H Campbell Ashenden, Anthony Swaine and H Anderson.

He was expelled from non-payment of his subscription in 1972, but he may have died before then.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 17, Briton Road, Faversham, Kent, EnglandPrivate/business(?)Before 1930After 1939(?) 

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 4(Sir) Robert Stodart LorimerNovember 1912August 1915Apprentice 
Item 2 of 4(Sir) Robert Stodart LorimerJanuary 1919February 1920Apprentice 
Item 3 of 4Alexander Stephens & Co Ltd (Shipbuilders), Architects19201926Architect 
Item 4 of 4George Beer & Rigden1926After 1955Architect 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Harold Anderson10 October 1956For Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3Harold Campbell Ashenden10 January 1956For Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3Arthur Swaine10 January 1956For Licentiateship

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 2Early 1920sSS California, Anchor Line    Design of interior
Item 2 of 2Early 1920sSS Chitral, P&O Line    Design of interior


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 2RIBA1930The RIBA Kalendar 1930-1931 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 2 of 2RIBA1939The RIBA Kalendar 1939-1940 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 

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 PapersL 6643 (Box 151)