Basic Biographical Details
|Name: ||Thomas William Leslie Dorrance |
|Designation: ||Architect |
|Born: ||19 October 1905 |
|Died: ||3 August 1972 |
|Bio Notes: ||Thomas William Leslie Dorrance was born on 19 October 1905, the son of Henry Dorrance, hairdresser, and his wife, Jessie Gray Beattie (or Leslie). He was articled to Ebenezer James MacRae, Edinburgh City Architect, from 1924 to 1929, studying at Edinburgh College of Art and Heriot-Watt College. He achieved first-class technical certificates and was exempt from the intermediate exam, and he won first prize in an Edinburgh Architectural Association competition. On completion of his apprenticeship and studies in 1929, he remained on MacRae's staff in the City Architect's Office. |
He was a member of the Edinburgh Architectural Association in 1939-40. His address at that date was 11 Orwell Place, Edinburgh. He served as a staff caption in the field during the Second World War, and was on Marshall Montgomerie's HP. On his demobilisation, he rejoined the City Architect's Office.
He was admitted LRIBA on 11 March 1947, his proposers being MacRae, John Ross McKay and Charles Edward Tweedie. He was still in the City Architect's Office at that time.
Dorrance died on 3 August 1972 aged 66 at the Royal Infirmary Edinburgh. He was survived by his wife Helen Thomson.
Private and Business Addresses
|The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:|
| ||Address||Type||Date from||Date to||Notes|
|16, Grange Terrace, Edinburgh, Scotland||Private|| ||1972|| |
|11, Orwell Place, Edinburgh, Scotland||Private/business(?)||1939|| || |
|11, Thirlestane Road, Edinburgh, Scotland||Private||Before 1947||After 1950|| |
Employment and Training
|The following books contain references to this architect:|
|RIBA||1950||The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951|| ||London: Royal Institute of British Architects|| |
|The following archives hold material relating to this architect:|
| ||Source||Archive Name||Source Catalogue No.||Notes|
|H M Register House||Death Register|| || |
|RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert Museum||RIBA Nomination Papers|| ||L no6049 (combined box 116)|