Basic Biographical Details
|Name: ||John Alexander Thornton Dickson |
|Designation: ||Architect |
|Born: ||17 June 1910 |
|Died: ||18 November 1978 |
|Bio Notes: ||John Alexander Thornton Dickson was born on 17 June 1910, the son of Alexander Dickson, salesman, and his wife, Agnes Janes Thornton. and was articled to Robert Henderson Motion of Dunfermline on 15 March 1926, attending evening classes at an unspecified college. After completing his five-year apprenticeship he remained with Motion as junior assistant, and was promoted to draughtsman after three years. He was a member of the Edinburgh Architectural Association and was elected ARIAS on 23 February 1937. Motion promoted him to chief draughtsman on 15 March that year. From the following year Dickson was also employed by Fife Education Committee as a lecturer for the evening classes in Building Construction, Architectural Drawing and Quantity Surveying at Lauder Technical School, Dunfermline, where he himself had probably studied. |
On 5 July 1943 Dickson left Motion's office to take up the position of chief architectural assistant in the Engineer-in-Chief's Department of the Admiralty Naval Base at Port Edgar, West Lothian, where he was responsible for Admiralty duties in the Forth area. He was admitted LRIBA on 16 May 1944, his proposers being Thomas Rutherford, John Ross McKay and Thomas Forbes Maclennan.
At some point before 1970 Dickson was taken into partnership by A B Allan, the practice title being A B Allan & Co.
Dickson died on 18 November 1978 leaving a widow, Blanche Aitken Dickson (nee Parley), living at 7 Canmore Grove, Dunfermline. His son, who also lived in Dunfermline, registered his death.
Private and Business Addresses
|The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:|
| ||Address||Type||Date from||Date to||Notes|
|7, Canmore Gardens, Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland||Private|| ||1979|| |
|14, Athol Place, Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland||Private||1939 *|| || |
|4, Charles Street, Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland||Private/business(?)||1950 *|| || |
|3, Cross Wynd, Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland||Private||1970 *|| || |
* earliest date known from documented sources.
Employment and Training
Buildings and Designs
|The following books contain references to this architect:|
|RIBA||1939||The RIBA Kalendar 1939-1940|| ||London: Royal Institute of British Architects|| |
|The following archives hold material relating to this architect:|
| ||Source||Archive Name||Source Catalogue No.||Notes|
|RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert Museum||RIBA Nomination Papers|| ||L no5603 (combined box 90)|