Basic Biographical Details

Name: Thomas Smith
Designation: Architect, Builder
Born: 1785
Died: 1857
Bio Notes: John Smith (born 1783 - christened 28 March) and Thomas Smith (born 1785) were the sons of John Smith (c.1748-1815), master mason at Darnick and his wife Mary Williamson. They continued their father's business as both architects and builders and were very highly regarded by Sir Walter Scott and the local gentry. Although not members they gave a paper to the RIBA on the building of bridges in Whinstone in 1837. In 1848 they were financially ruined when their bridge at Ashiestiel collapsed during construction: it was the largest rubble span then attempted at 131 feet 6 inches and was successfully rebuilt.

Thomas Smith died in 1857 and John on 13 September 1864. James Smith of Edinburgh, architect to the Bank of Scotland, was their eldest brother.

Employment and Training


The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this architect, builder (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 1John & Thomas Smith  Partner 

Buildings and Designs

This architect, builder 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 311808Melrose Parish ChurchMelrose RoxburghshireScotland 
Item 2 of 311812Parish ChurchGalashiels SelkirkshireScotland 
Item 3 of 311816AbbotsfordMelrose RoxburghshireScotlandFirst phase - adapted designs of William Atkinson
Item 4 of 311816Darnley HouseMelrose RoxburghshireScotland 
Item 5 of 311817AbbotsfordMelrose RoxburghshireScotlandCourtyard walls and mounting block
Item 6 of 311817Chain BridgeDryburgh RoxburghshireScotland 
Item 7 of 311819Oberlisk in memory of John Thomson, poetEdnam RoxburghshireScotland 
Item 8 of 311820ChiefswoodDarnick RoxburghshireScotland 
Item 9 of 311821AbbotsfordMelrose RoxburghshireScotlandBuilder of second phase - drawing room, library, study, great hall, and clearance of original farmhouse
Item 10 of 311824Ettrick Parish ChurchEttrick SelkirkshireScotland 
Item 11 of 311824GattonsideMelrose RoxburghshireScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 12 of 311824Ravenswood House with stables and south lodgeMelrose RoxburghshireScotlandHouse and possibly south lodge
Item 13 of 311825Holylee HouseWalkerburn PeeblesshireScotland
Item 14 of 311825Wolflee HouseHawick RoxburghshireScotlandNew house built around single remaining vault of original 17th-century building
Item 15 of 311826GattonsideMelrose RoxburghshireScotlandEast lodge
Item 16 of 31c. 1826AbbotsmeadowMelrose RoxburghshireScotland 
Item 17 of 311831Bridge over the River Ettrick on the road from Selkirk to Galashiels  SelkirkshireScotland 
Item 18 of 311831Bridge over the River Tweed on road from Selkirk to Galashiels  SelkirkshireScotland 
Item 19 of 311832Bridge over Hermitage Water in Liddesdale for 5th Duke of Buccleuch  RoxburghshireScotland 
Item 20 of 311832North Bridge over River TeviotHawick RoxburghshireScotland 
Item 21 of 311833Tweed BridgePeebles PeeblesshireScotlandWidening
Item 22 of 311833Yarrow Bridge  SelkirkshireScotland 
Item 23 of 311834Bowhill HouseSelkirk SelkirkshireScotlandDrive-carrying bridge at Fauldshope
Item 24 of 311835Kirk Yetholm Parish ChurchKirk Yetholm RoxburghshireScotlandOriginal building
Item 25 of 311836Ettrick MillsSelkirk SelkirkshireScotlandFirst phase
Item 26 of 311839Westruther ChurchWestruther BerwickshireScotland 
Item 27 of 311847Wilton Parish ManseHawick RoxburghshireScotland 
Item 28 of 311848Ashiestiel BridgePeel SelkirkshireScotland 
Item 29 of 311850Ettrick MillsSelkirk SelkirkshireScotlandSecond phase
Item 30 of 31Early 1800sSchoolMorebattle RoxburghshireScotlandProvided design
Item 31 of 31Before 1937PavilionMelrose (near) RoxburghshireScotlandAddition of wings with cavity walls


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect, builder:
Item 1 of 2Colvin, H M1995A Biographical Dictionary of British Architects 1600-18403rd editionNew Haven and London: Yale University Press 
Item 2 of 2Johnston, W T2003Artists of Scotland Officina Publications CDROM 

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect, builder:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1NMRSJohn Smith of Darnick Extracts from Diary and Letter Book NMRS 10840 D3/L (NLS Acc 7792)