Basic Biographical Details

Name: Thomas Bernard Collinson (Major General)
Born: 1821
Died: 1 May 1902
Bio Notes: Thomas Bernard Collinson was born in 1821, the son of Rev. John Collinson, Rector of Gateshead. He entered the Royal Engineers in 1838. He was posted to Wales where he undertook ordnance survey work, followed by similar work in Ireland and the north of England. In 1843 he sailed for Hong Kong where he worked on a survey of the coast. From there he moved to New Zealand via Sydney, Australia and assisted in the construction of roads on North Island and 'took part in the movements directed to quell the native disturbances in 1847'.

Collinson returned to England in 1850 and worked on the Great Exhibition. He afterwards moved to Waltham where he remained until 1856 when he obtained the post of commander of the Royal Engineers at Aldershot. That same year, 1856, he married Katherine Baker, daughter of the Rev J Baker, Chancellor to the Diocese of Durham. The following year, 1857, he was sent to Corfu remaining there for three years. For six years he taught architecture at Chatham but was then posted to Malta. In 1869 he was appointed to the command at Dover where he remained until his retirement from the corps in 1873. It is not ye clear when he reached the rank of Major General.

He retired to Basingstoke but accepted a post as architect to the Scottish Prison Commission in the 1880s. He was subsequently forced to retire from ill health and settled in Ealing.

He died on 1 May 1902.

There is a portrait on Collinson in the National Portrait Gallery (NPG D34043).

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 1Edinburgh, ScotlandBusiness   

Buildings and Designs

This 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 31880Barlinnie PrisonRiddrie GlasgowScotlandProbably by Collinson
Item 2 of 31881Calton Prison  EdinburghScotlandReconstruction
Item 3 of 31883Dumfries PrisonDumfries DumfriesshireScotland 


Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this :
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers1902v.150