Basic Biographical Details

Name: Thomas Johnston Beveridge
Born: 15 July 1888
Died: 25 July 1964
Bio Notes: Thomas Johnston Beveridge was born on 15 July 1888, the son of Robertson Beveridge, (profession indeciperable) and his wife Helen Johnston. . He studied at the School of Architecture, Edinburgh College of Art from 1904, receiving his diploma in July 1909. He was awarded a National Art Survey Scholarship in 1908 and a travelling bursary in 1909. From 1903 he had been employed in the drawing office of Scott Morton and in the office notebook was described as 'Bulger Bev' with a note written in 1910 to say he had won manu bursaries. He completed his training in the offices of John Kinross for whom he retained a life-long affection and shared his artistic bias and love of the Renaissance, and Sir Robert Lorimer.

From 1910 to 1914 he spent time studying old work in London, Cambridge, Guildford, Hampton Court and elsewhere, and in the latter year began collecting material for his book 'English Renaissance Woodwork 1660-1730', published in 1921. In his preface he indicates the origin of this publication: 'In 1910 I found that I had the opportunity for a prolonged measuring tour. On the advice of Mr John Kinross RSA Edinburgh, I began to study the woodwork of the period of Sir Christopher Wren, with the object of publishing drawings of it in book form later on'. Several entries in the Scott Morton Letterbook of 1909 refer to Beveridge's work with Plenderleith, the firm's craftsman, on the carvings at Ardtornish, during which he must have developed an interest in fine woodwork. Beveridge was both architect and designer throughout his life.

He commenced practice on his own account in 1920, at 22 Ainslie Place, Edinburgh, and in 1924 moved to 248 West George Street, Glasgow where he specialised in domestic architecture in a Scottish traditional style. He was an assistant teacher at Glasgow School of Architecture for eight hours per week from 1928 to 1930. He was elected LRIBA in 1931, his proposers being John Watson, Thomas Lumsden Taylor and Thomas Harold Hughes.

By c.1935 Beveridge had taken John Eadie Waddel Dallachy, formerly of Wylie Wright & Wylie, into partnership.

On 6 March 1939 Beveridge was elected FRIBA, his proposers being Hughes again, William Ross and Professor William James Smith. His nomination papers state that his output included ship decoration, foundry work and the design of reinforced concrete buildings, bridges etc., in association with Macdonald & Partners of Glasgow. However his obituary in the Glasgow Herald attributed Beveridge's practice with a wider range of buildings: schools, industrial estates and country houses, along with quality oak furnishings for Glasgow Cathedral and Clarence House. In his later years he worked in partnership with John Eadie Waddel Dallachy (born 1904). In 1957 he became an Associate of the RSA.

Beveridge died at the Victoria Infirmary, Glasgow on 25 July 1964. He was survived by his wife Agnes Cowan Brown.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 517, Stewarton Drive, Cambuslang, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate 1968 
Item 2 of 512 (or 22?), Ainslie Place, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusiness1920Before 1930 
Item 3 of 55, Grenville Drive, Cambuslang, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivateBefore 1930 *After 1939 
Item 4 of 5248, West George Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusinessBefore 1930After 1950 
Item 5 of 5242, West George Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1930 or 1931 * This may be an error in the RIBA Kalendars as his nomination papers of 1930 and 1939 clearly state his address as 248 West George Street

* 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 5John Kinross 1910Assistant 
Item 2 of 5(Sir) Robert Stodart Lorimer Before 1920  
Item 3 of 5John Kinross1903 Apprentice 
Item 4 of 5Scott Morton & Co (later Scott Morton & Tynecastle Co Ltd; finally Scott Morton Ltd)1903 Draughtsman 
Item 5 of 5Beveridge & Dallachyc. 19351964Partner 

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 3Alexander Archibald Macfarlane19271933Apprentice 
Item 2 of 3James Paton Fulton19311936Apprentice 
Item 3 of 3Joseph McKayAfter 1932Before 1935AssistantDuring holiday


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 6Thomas Harold Hughes1931for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 6Thomas Harold Hughes6 March 1939for Fellowship
Item 3 of 6William Ross6 March 1939for Fellowship
Item 4 of 6(Professor) William James Smith6 March 1939for Fellowship
Item 5 of 6Thomas Lumsden Taylor1931for Licentiateship
Item 6 of 6John Watson1931for Licentiateship

RIBA Proposals

This proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 13Stuart Lothian Barclay6 March 1956For Associateship
Item 2 of 13James Black9 October 1939for Associateship
Item 3 of 13James Macneil Cowie12 December 1939for Associateship
Item 4 of 13James Paton Fulton19 June 1956For Licentiateship
Item 5 of 13James Maclaren Honeyman8 July 1947for Fellowship
Item 6 of 13Archibald Thomas Lindsay13 December 1939For Associateship
Item 7 of 13Alexander Archibald Macfarlane9 March 1948For Licentiateship
Item 8 of 13William McCrea22 September 1942for Fellowship
Item 9 of 13Hugh Ross12 November 1940for Associateship
Item 10 of 13George Ferguson Smellie Shanks11 March 1947for Fellowship
Item 11 of 13Robert George Haddon Turnbull24 June 1947For Associateship
Item 12 of 13Alistair Robertson Whitelaw (or Alexander Robertson Whitelaw)8 July 1947For Associateship
Item 13 of 13Derreck Roy Wyler10 December 1946For Associateship

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 31 Colquhalzie  PerthshireScotlandAlterations
Item 2 of 31 WaltryMilton of Campsie StirlingshireScotlandDate unknown
Item 3 of 311920Cairns Memorial UF Church, war memorialGorgie EdinburghScotland 
Item 4 of 311925Kirkhill Golf ClubhouseCambuslang LanarkshireScotland 
Item 5 of 311930Rothesay Bathing StationRothesayButeButeScotland 
Item 6 of 311931Glen BridgeDunfermline FifeScotland 
Item 7 of 311932HotelNewtonmore Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 8 of 311933Rothesay Indoor BathsRothesayButeButeScotland 
Item 9 of 311933RoughhillsDalbeattie KirkcudbrightshireScotland 
Item 10 of 31c. 1935ClevedenKillearn StirlingshireScotlandDate in 'Buildings of Scotland' is given as 1961-2 and by Beveridge alone.
Item 11 of 31c. 1935House, Pendicle RoadBearsden GlasgowScotland 
Item 12 of 31c. 1935Kelburne Cricket ClubPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 13 of 311936Earn BridgeBridge of Earn PerthshireScotland 
Item 14 of 311936Flat, 69 Arlington HouseSt James's LondonEnglandDecoration of flat for Lord Horne
Item 15 of 311936House for Mrs McAnslinDrymen StirlingshireScotland 
Item 16 of 311936House, AldonaigRhu/Row DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 17 of 311937Glasgow Cathedral  GlasgowScotlandFurniture in Blacader aisle
Item 18 of 311937Kirkhill Bowling ClubhouseCambuslang LanarkshireScotland 
Item 19 of 311938Johnstone Infants' SchoolJohnstone RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 20 of 311943House for Mr and Mrs Thomas BeattieStrathblane StirlingshireScotland 
Item 21 of 31194797-103 King Street and Bridgegate   GlasgowScotlandAdditions and alterations
Item 22 of 311947Clarence House, wedding present from Glasgow Corporation to Queen Elizabeth     
Item 23 of 311947New structures, Scottish Tar Distillers Ltd  GlasgowScotland 
Item 24 of 311948Scottish Tar Distillers Ltd  GlasgowScotland 
Item 25 of 31c. 1950Thistle Foundation, Robin Chapel  EdinburghScotlandWeathervane (is this correct? Or is it perhaps a Thomas Beveridge the sculptor?)
Item 26 of 311954Symington Parish ChurchSymington AyrshireScotlandCommunion table
Item 27 of 311955Hillhead Established ChurchHillhead GlasgowScotlandSession room added
Item 28 of 311961St Andrew's ChurchCambuslang GlasgowScotlandAlso responsible for design of communion table
Item 29 of 311961St Margaret's Church HallKnightswood GlasgowScotland 
Item 30 of 311962Cathcart Established Church and manse  GlasgowScotlandMcKellar chapel - this may be by a different Beveridge - if not, he was very elderly!
Item 31 of 311963Alexandria Parish ChurchBalloch DunbartonshireScotlandAttributed to Beveridge alone in 'Buildings of Scotland'.


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 2Post Office Directories     
Item 2 of 2RIBA1939The RIBA Kalendar 1939-1940 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this :
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Glasgow Herald27 July 1964  Obituary
Item 2 of 2Glasgow Herald29 July 1964  Appreciation

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this :
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 4H M Register HouseDeath Register  
Item 2 of 4National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSScott Morton (formerly Peter Miller) Collection, RIAS SMO S/20/20
Item 3 of 4Professor David M Walker personal archiveProfessor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material Information from D C Mays
Item 4 of 4RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L no3673 (box 15); F no3541 (box 25)