Basic Biographical Details

Name: Edward Tough
Born: 1878
Bio Notes: Edward Tough was born in 1878 and articled to James Hutton in 1893, attending Patrick Hill Thoms's classes at Dundee Technical College. On completion of his apprenticeship he moved to the office of Dykes and Robertson, Glasgow in order to widen his experience and attend the classes of the Glasgow and West of Scotland Technical College. From there he moved to London to work for Wimperis & Best, from which office Hutton invited him to return as partner.

Tough was admitted LRIBA on 24 June 1910, his proposers being the three leading Dundee practitioners Patrick Hill Thoms, William Fleming Wilkie and John Donald Mills. But shortly thereafter he was implicated in a financial impropriety relating to houses in Bingham Terrace ('Burke's Richels') built by a trust operated by the Dundee solicitor A Fordyce Burke. Tough had signed duplicate certificates which were subsequently found to differ from the originals. But the finaincial scandal may not have amounted to a great deal. He then emigrated to the United States. However the Dundee Telegraph of 2 June 1910 noted that Mr Tough had been invited to take up an important official appointment in Chicago. Then in 27 Nov 1928 the same newspaper noted that he was designing a big school in Wisconsit (Richard B Dudgein School) based on a unit construction method. He also designed the University Presbyterian Church and Student Center in Madison in 1931-35. He had been a member of St Davidís Masonic Lodge in Dundee (he came up in a list of elected committee) and designed a Lodge in the US. The fact that the Courier continued to report favourably on Tpugh's later career suggests that he did not leave Dundee under a cloud.

Tough's practice was almost wholly domestic. His best work is in an Arts and Crafts manner which at times shows American influence. Some of it is close in style to the work of William Gillespie Lamond, suggesting that Lamond may have provided spare-time assistance, but Lamond's daughter Jessie had no recollection of him working for Tough.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 261, Reform Street, Dundee, ScotlandBusiness1910 *  
Item 2 of 2Elysia, Ancrum Road, Dundee, ScotlandPrivate1910 *  

* 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 4James Hutton1893c. 1898ApprenticeLater partner
Item 2 of 4T Dykes & Robertsonc. 1898c. 1900Assistant 
Item 3 of 4Wimperis & Bestc. 19001901Assistant 
Item 4 of 4Hutton & Tough1901c. 1910(?)PartnerContinued practice after Hutton's death in 1901


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3John Donald Mills14 June 1910for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3Patrick Hill Thoms14 June 1910for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3William Fleming Wilkie14 June 1910for 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 startedBuilding nameTown, district or villageIslandCity or countyCountryNotes
Item 1 of 9After 1901Morrison EU Church  DundeeScotlandAlterations
Item 2 of 91904RosegillBroughty Ferry DundeeScotland 
Item 3 of 91904SeacliffeBroughty Ferry DundeeScotland 
Item 4 of 91904Semi-detached cottages in street off Adelaide Place  DundeeScotland 
Item 5 of 91905Houses, Lammerton Terrace  DundeeScotland 
Item 6 of 9c. 1905Hillside, 57 Forfar Road  DundeeScotland 
Item 7 of 91908Semi-detached houses, Bingham Terrace  DundeeScotlandNos 40 and 42 may be 1909
Item 8 of 91909Cottages, Bank Avenue  DundeeScotland 
Item 9 of 91909Druimbeg mansion house and motor house  DundeeScotland 


Bibliographic References

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

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this :
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Dundee Telegraph2 June 1910   
Item 2 of 2Dundee Telegraph27 November 1928   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this :
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L v3 no224 (microfilm reel 30)