Basic Biographical Details
|Name: ||Thomas Kerr Irving |
|Designation: || |
|Born: ||12 January 1912 |
|Died: ||February 1987 |
|Bio Notes: ||Thomas Kerr Irving was born on 12 January 1912, the son of Thomas Kerr irving, school attendance officer and his wife Catherine Rowan. He was articled to James Hay & Steel in Kilmarnock from 1928-35 and simultaneously attended Kilmarnock Technical School (1928-32) and Glasgow School of Art (1932-34). He noted in his RIBA Licentiate Nomination Paper that his studies were interrupted because he moved to a remoter area but it is not clear where he went. He moved as Junior Assistant to the practice of Alexander Dunlop, also in Kilmarnock in 1936 but styed only a matter of months. |
Later in 1936 he took a post with Ayr County Council before moving to a senior assistant post in 1938 at Wigtown County Council. His career was interrupted by the Second World War when he served from 1940-45 with the RAF. In the latter year he returned to his old post with Wigtown County Council.
He set up business on his own account in 1948 and continued as Thomas K Irving for a number of years. He was elected LRIBA in 1956, proposed by Gabriel Steel, R G Lindsay and James Andrew Carrick and was elected ARIAS in 1964.
Although when he reported his father's death in 1987, Irving's son stated that he had retired in 1975, the 1981 directory indicates that Irving was in partnership with A M Buchanan, presumably Alexander Murdoch Buchanan, who seems to have also been a partner with Stevenson & Ferguson at this time. Between 1981 and 1984 Irving moved to run his practice in the SAI office, Edinburgh Road in Stranraer. At some point J & J A Carrick took over his practice.
He died in early 1987. His wife, Elizabeth Chatham McInroy, had predeceased him.
Private and Business Addresses
|The following private or business addresses are associated with this :|
| ||Address||Type||Date from||Date to||Notes|
|1, Linwood Gardens, Stranraer, Wigtownshire, Scotland||Private|| ||1987|| |
|4, Castle Street, Stranraer, Wigtownshire, Scotland||Business||Before 1956||After 1965|| |
|34, Charlotte Street, Stranraer, Wigtownshire, Scotland||Private||1970 *|| || |
|56, Charlotte Street, Stranraer, Wigtownshire, Scotland||Business||1979 *|| || |
|SAI Chambers, Edinburgh Road, Stranraer, Wigtownshire, Scotland||Business||1984 *|| || |
* earliest date known from documented sources.
Employment and Training
|The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):|
| ||Name||Date proposed||Notes|
|James Andrew Carrick||9 October 1956||For Licentiateship|
|Robert Govan Lindsay||9 October 1956||For Licentiateship|
|Gabriel Steel||9 October 1956||For Licentiateship|
Buildings and Designs
|This was involved with the following buildings or structures from the date specified (click on an item to view details):|
| ||Date started||Building name||Town, district or village||Island||City or county||Country||Notes|
|1959||Girvan Bowling Club||Girvan|| ||Ayrshire||Scotland||Old Clubhouse superseded by new one|
|The following archives hold material relating to this :|
| ||Source||Archive Name||Source Catalogue No.||Notes|
|RIAS, Rutland Square||Records of membership|| || |
|RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert Museum||RIBA Nomination Papers||L no 6762 (Combined Box 158)|| |