Basic Biographical Details

Name: Thomas Brown
Born: 30 August 1886
Died: 24 April 1949
Bio Notes: Thomas Brown was born in Shettleston on 30 August 1886, the eldest son of Thomas Brown, a Glasgow builder, and his wife, Betsy Brown. He was educated at Shettleston School and attended the Royal Technical College, Glasgow from 1902, gaining practical experience with the building contractors T Brown & Sons. From 1909 to 1914 he was assistant to the Surveyor of the Lower Ward District of Lanarkshire. He served in the ranks in the First World War and after his demobilisation he returned to the Royal Technical College as a lecturer in the School of Architecture, a post he still held when he passed the qualifying exam in London in December 1930 and was subsequently elected ARIBA in early 1931, his proposers being Thomas Harold Hughes, George Andrew Paterson and John Maurice Arthur. By that time he was an Associate of the Institute of Structural Engineers and prior to that had travelled in South Africa, India, Mesopotamia, Egypt and France. He was later head of the building department of Heriot-Watt College, Edinburgh for fifteen years to which he devoted his life's work. He wrote several books on practical geometry. He was elected ARIBA in 1931.

He died of cancer of the small intestine on 24 May 1949 aged 62 years. He was survived by his wife Elizabeth Ritchie Baird.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 214, Lennel Avenue, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate 1949 
Item 2 of 245, Kinghouse Avenue, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1930 *  

* earliest date known from documented sources.


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3John Maurice ArthurEarly 1931for Associateship
Item 2 of 3Thomas Harold HughesEarly 1931for Associateship
Item 3 of 3George Andrew PatersonEarly 1931for Associateship


Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this :
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1RIBA JournalOctober 1949 London: Royal Institute of British ArchitectsObituary note p548

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this :
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2H M Register HouseDeath Register  
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A no4622 (combined box 25)