Basic Biographical Details

Name: Charles Robert Thomson
Designation: Architect
Born: 28 January 1900
Died: 1 August 1966
Bio Notes: Charles Robert Thomson was born on 28 January 1900, the son of John Johnson Thomson, joiner, and his wife, Elizabeth Wilkie Welsh. He was articled to Mills & Shepherd of Dundee in 1914. His apprenticeship was broken by two years' military service but he returned after the war and remained as draughtsman until 1927. In the latter year he left to work on the development of the garden village at Silver End, Essex for the Crittall Manufacturing Company, and from 1932 to 1935 he was involved in the layout and development of coastal estates near Clacton-on-Sea. In 1935 he entered Dundee City Architect's Department, and it was not until two years later that he passed the qualifying exam, in Edinburgh. He was still in the City Architect's Office when he was admitted ARIBA on 4 April 1938, his proposers being Charles Geddes Soutar, William Salmond and John Donald Mills, the latter writing in his supporting statement that he held 'a very high opinion of [Thomson] as to his ability and character'.

Thomson died on 1 August 1966 at Murrayfield Hospital, Dundee. He was survived by his wife, Olive Lilley Eade.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 4Waterston Crook, Newport-on-Tay, Fife, ScotlandPrivate 1966 
Item 2 of 4Silver End, Essex, EnglandBusiness19271932 
Item 3 of 4Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, EnglandBusiness19321935 
Item 4 of 434, Ancrum Drive, Dundee, ScotlandPrivate1938 *After 1950 

* 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 3Mills & Shepherd1914c. 1921ApprenticeBroken by two years' war service
Item 2 of 3Mills & Shepherdc. 19211927Draughtsman 
Item 3 of 3Dundee City Architect's Department1935After 1938Assistant(?) 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3John Donald Mills4 April 1938for Associateship
Item 2 of 3William Salmond4 April 1938for Associateship
Item 3 of 3Charles Geddes Soutar4 April 1938for Associateship


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 1RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 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 Papers A no6757 (combined box 158)