Basic Biographical Details

Name: Thomas Bell Main
Designation: Architect
Born: 20 April 1917
Died: 23 February 1992
Bio Notes: Thomas Bell Main was was born on 20 April 1917, the son of John Main, estimating clerk, and his wife Jean Rowat Wilson. He was admitted ARIBA in 1948 and FRIAS in 1954. He was resident in Airdrie in 1950.

In 1947 John Thomson King took over the practice James Austen Laird & Partners and the firm then practiced as J T King. About a year later Thomas Bell Main was taken into partnership and in the 1950s Eric D Ellison joined them as partner. In 1955 the practice name changed to J Thomson King & Partners and in 1964 it became King Main & Ellison. In 1971 James S Inglis was taken into partnership followed by Hugh Taylor and Robert Barbour in 1978.

Main was still working in the practice in 1979 but does not appear in the directories in 1987.

He died in Monklands General Hospital Airdrie on 23 February 1992. He was survived by his wife Frances Cleland Smith and his daughter.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 222, Parnell Street, Airdrie, Lanarkshire, ScotlandPrivate(?)1950 *After 1954 
Item 2 of 212, Cairnhill Avenue, Airdrie, Lanarkshire, ScotlandPrivateBefore 1963 *After 1970 

* 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 3J T Kingc. 19481955Partner 
Item 2 of 3J Thomson King & Partners19551964Partner 
Item 3 of 3King Main & Ellison1964After 1970Partner 

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 311956Uddingston Grammar SchoolUddingston LanarkshireScotlandEric Doig Ellison as partner in charge
Item 2 of 311960sBlairdardie Primary SchoolDrumchapel GlasgowScotland 
Item 3 of 311960sEpic House  GlasgowScotland 
Item 4 of 311960sFaifley School     
Item 5 of 311960s(?)St Saviour's Primary School  RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 6 of 311960s(?)Windlaw Primary SchoolCastlemilk GlasgowScotland 
Item 7 of 311960Blawarthill Church of ScotlandGarscadden GlasgowScotland 
Item 8 of 311960Tenements, Clune ParkPort Glasgow RenfrewshireScotlandModernisation
Item 9 of 311963Bellshill AcademyBellshill LanarkshireScotlandModernisation and extension - Eric Doig Ellison as partner in charge
Item 10 of 311963Larkfield Primary SchoolLarkfield, Greenock RenfrewshireScotlandEric Doig Ellison as partner in charge
Item 11 of 311963Stamperland ChurchClarkston RenfrewshireScotlandEric Doig Ellison as partner in charge
Item 12 of 311964Springhill Primary SchoolBarrhead  ScotlandEric Doig Ellison as partner in charge
Item 13 of 311965Fitzpatrick House  GlasgowScotland 
Item 14 of 311965Orchardpark ChurchGiffnock RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 15 of 311967Multi-storey carpark  GlasgowScotland 
Item 16 of 311967Sewage treatment works, offices etc     
Item 17 of 311968Lightburn Hospital, administration block  GlasgowScotland 
Item 18 of 311968Proposed Central Mosque for Pakistani community in Glasgow  GlasgowScotlandEric Doig Ellison as partner in charge
Item 19 of 311968Regional Sports CentreBlairdardie GlasgowScotland 
Item 20 of 311969Aged persons' hostel  GlasgowScotland 
Item 21 of 311969Radnor Park Parish ChurchClydebank DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 22 of 311970164 units of housing for Glasgow Corporation  GlasgowScotland 
Item 23 of 311970Old Person's HomeStrathmore GlasgowScotland 
Item 24 of 311970Old Person's HomeCraigend GlasgowScotland 
Item 25 of 311971Insurance Office  GlasgowScotland 
Item 26 of 311971St Luke's ChurchMilngavie GlasgowScotland 
Item 27 of 311973208 units of housing for Stevenston BurghStevenston LanarkshireScotland 
Item 28 of 311973Law HospitalCarluke LanarkshireScotlandSurgical theatres
Item 29 of 311973Scottish Amicable Building  GlasgowScotland 
Item 30 of 311974218 units of housing for Glasgow Corporation  GlasgowScotland 
Item 31 of 311982Corunna House  GlasgowScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 5Bailey, Rebecca M1996Scottish architects' papers: a source book Edinburgh: The Rutland Pressp145
Item 2 of 5RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 3 of 5RIBA1964The RIBA Kalendar 1963-64   
Item 4 of 5RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   
Item 5 of 5RIBA1979Directory of members   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Builder28 April 1961  'Glasgow Institute of Architects' p829 - Main elected vice-president along with A H Livingstone and H J D Hamilton
Item 2 of 2RIAS NewsletterApril 1992v3, no6 Death note

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2H M Register HouseDeath Register  
Item 2 of 2RIAS, Rutland SquareRecords of membership