Basic Biographical Details

Name: Archibald Thomson Caldwell
Born: 4 October 1900
Died: 26 April 1957
Bio Notes: Archibald Thomson Caldwell was born on 4 October 1900, the son of James Caw Caldwell, pit inspector, and his wife Catherine Murray Thomson. He was articled to Alexander Nisbet Malcolm of Vicar Chambers, Falkirk in November 1914, studying at Falkirk Science and Art School. His apprenticeship was interrupted when Malcolm left for War Service in February 1916, and Caldwell transferred to A & W Black, Civil Engineers and Architects in the same town. Having himself been called up for War Service as a draughtsman in May 1918, Caldwell finally completed his apprenticeship from April 1919 to October 1920 in the office of T M Copland and Malcolm, Alexander Nisbet Malcolm seemingly having gone into partnership with Thomas Mair Copland on his own return from the war. Caldwell remaining with them for nine months as junior assistant. In mid-1921 Malcolm was appointed Architect to the Education Authority of the County of Stirling, and in November of that year Caldwell joined him as First Assistant.

Caldwell taught the evening continuation classes in building drawing at Falkirk High School from September 1924, and was elected ARIAS in December 1926. He became LRIBA in January 1932, his proposers being Malcolm, George Arthur Boswell and the then secretary of the Glasgow Institute of Architects.

By 1939 Caldwell had moved to a position in the County Architects' Office in Kirkcudbright. By 1950 he was Kirkcudbrightshire County Architect.

Caldwell died on 26 April 1957 at Dumfries Infirmary, survived by his wife, Violet Jane Sutherland.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 4Bourtree Park, Kirkcudbright, Kirkcudbrightshire, ScotlandPrivate 1957 
Item 2 of 4Old Burgh Buildings, King Street, Stirling, Stirlingshire, ScotlandBusinessc. 1930 *  
Item 3 of 45, Ronald Place, Stirling, Stirlingshire, ScotlandPrivate1931 *  
Item 4 of 4County Offices, Kirkcudbright, Kirkcudbrightshire, ScotlandBusinessc. 1939 *After 1950(?) 

* 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 6Alexander Nisbet MalcolmNovember 1914February 1916Apprentice 
Item 2 of 6A & W BlackFebruary 1916May 1918Apprentice 
Item 3 of 6Copland & MalcolmApril 1919October 1920Apprentice 
Item 4 of 6Copland & MalcolmOctober 1920July 1921Junior Assistant 
Item 5 of 6Stirling County Council Architects' DepartmentNovember 1921 First AssistantUnder Alexander Nisbet Malcolm, Architect to the Education Authority
Item 6 of 6Kirkcudbright County Architect's DepartmentBefore 1939After 1950  


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 2George Arthur Boswell1930 or 1931for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 2Alexander Nisbet Malcolm1930 or 1931for 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 61943Lochfoot Village HousingLochfoot KirkcudbrightshireScotlandA R Caldwell is probably an error for A T Caldwell.
Item 2 of 61950Primary School, New AbbeyNew Abbey KirkcudbrightshireScotland 
Item 3 of 61950Secondary School, DalbeattieDalbeattie KirkcudbrightshireScotlandUnder Kirkcudbrightshire County Council
Item 4 of 61950Stewarty County BuildingsStewarty KirkcudbrightshireScotlandArchitect for extensions
Item 5 of 626 December 1952New school, GlencairdKirkcudbright KirkcudbrightshireScotlandPlans prepared
Item 6 of 61954Glentrool SchoolGlentrool KirkcudbrightshireScotlandAs County Architect


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 3RIBA1930The RIBA Kalendar 1930-1931 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 2 of 3RIBA1939The RIBA Kalendar 1939-1940 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 3 of 3RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this :
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 4Builder6 January 1950  p28
Item 2 of 4Builder10 March 1950  p343
Item 3 of 4Builder21 April 1950  p537
Item 4 of 4Builder26 December 1952  p957

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 L no4016 (box 19)