Basic Biographical Details

Name: Thomas Arnold
Born: 27 October 1838
Died: 12 July 1912
Bio Notes: Thomas Arnold was born in Edinburgh on 27 October 1838 and articled to David Cousin, City Architect of Edinburgh from 1853. During that period he attended classes at the Edinburgh School of Design, studying under 'Mr Christie and Mr Dallaes'. He remained as assistant with Cousin until 1863 when he moved to London to become assistant to Horace Jones (later Sir), City Architect. During these early years he made 'frequent excursions for study' around Britain and to Europe. He commenced independent practice in 1869 at South Place, Finsbury, moving about a year later to 10 Basinghall Street in the City. He was elected ARIBA on 3 June 1867, proposed by Edward I'Anson, Sir Horace Jones and Charles Fowler. He applied for elevation to FRIBA in 1902 but was not admitted until 6 June 1904, his proposers this time being Andrew Murray, William Henry Syme and George Lethbridge. He appears to have maintained a second home in Edinburgh and returned there on or after his retirement in the latter year. He died in Edinburgh on 12 July 1912 and is buried at Dean Cemetery.

Whilst in independent practice in London Arnold designed various Presbyterian and Congregational churches, houses, warehouses and business premises, including some for the Bank of Scotland. He also wrote various papers on early Scottish architecture which appear in early numbers of 'The Architect'; an account of St Columba's Abbey, Inchcolm printed in Archeologie Scotica (1869); and a number of other articles for the Transactions of the Edinburgh Architectural Association and those of the RIBA.

Thomas Arnold left personal estate in the UK valued at £4,356

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 65, Vincent Terrace, London N, EnglandPrivate1867 *  
Item 2 of 6South Place, Finsbury, London, EnglandBusiness1869c. 1870 
Item 3 of 610, Basinghall Street, London EC, EnglandBusinessc. 1870After 1902 
Item 4 of 61, Bond Street, Bedford Square, London WC, EnglandPrivate1902 *  
Item 5 of 6Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivatec. 19041912 
Item 6 of 622, Brougham Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate1912 Address at time of death

* earliest date known from documented sources.

Employment and Training


The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 3David Cousin18531858Apprentice 
Item 2 of 3David Cousin18581863Assistant 
Item 3 of 3(Sir) Horace Jones18631869AssistantIn London City Architect's Office, under Horace Jones, City Architect


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 6Charles Fowler3 June 1867for Associateship
Item 2 of 6Edward I'Anson3 June 1867for Associateship
Item 3 of 6(Sir) Horace Jones3 June 1867for Associateship
Item 4 of 6George Lethbridge6 June 1904for Fellowship
Item 5 of 6Andrew Murray6 June 1904for Fellowship
Item 6 of 6William Henry Syme6 June 1904for Fellowship

RIBA Proposals

This proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 1David Robertson3 December 1905for Fellowship


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 2Avery    Obituary
Item 2 of 2British Architectural Library, RIBA2001Directory of British Architects 1834-1914   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this :
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 5Builder29 November 1912  p661 Obituary
Item 2 of 5Building News2 August 1912  p144 - obituary
Item 3 of 5Building News18 October 1912  p558 - details of estate
Item 4 of 5RIBA Journal27 July 1912 London: Royal Institute of British ArchitectsObituary
Item 5 of 5Trans… of the Edinburgh Architectural Association* Edinburgh: Edinburgh Architectural Association 

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this :
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 3British Architectural Library, RIBARIBA Biographical Files  
Item 2 of 3National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSNMRS Architects Index Unpublished material
Item 3 of 3RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A v4 p45 (microfiche 10/E7), F v15 p1 no940 (microfilm reel 11) (includes job list, not entered as not in Scotland)