Basic Biographical Details

Name: Thomas McGarrigle
Born: 7 March 1889
Died: 1970
Bio Notes: Thomas McGarrigle was born on 7 March 1889 and was articled to Miller & Black from 1907 to 1912, taking evening classes in building for the first two years and studying at Glasgow School of Architecture for the latter three. From May to September 1912 he took charge of the Kirriemuir office of Glamis Estate Architect David Waterston, moving thereafter to Leven to work as assistant to Alexander Cumming Dewar. From August to December 1914 he assisted James Lindsay in Glasgow.

Between 1915 and 1918 he was assigned various government contracts, working in the offices of F D Cowieson & Co, Glasgow; P & W Anderson, Glasgow and London; and H Boot & Son, London. In 1918, after the war had ended, he commenced practice as a principal, first at 113 West Regent Street and later at 196 Bath Street, Glasgow. He remained in private practice for a decade but in 1928 took an appointment with the Heating Engineers, and in 1930 joined Dumfries County Council.

He left Dumfries in 1934 and in 1935 entered the employ of electrical manufacturers British Thomson-Houston Co Ltd in Rugby. Later that year he worked briefly for Messrs Wood & Goldstraw of Tunstall, Staffordshire, but he returned to British Thomson-Houston Co in April 1936 and was still acting as maintenance architect there when he was admitted LRIBA on 14 November 1944, his proposers being Robert Norman Houghton MacKellar, William James Smith and the then president and secretary of the Glasgow Institute of Architects, Alexander Nisbet Malcolm and William MacLean. He had retained his membership of the Glasgow Institute of Architects throughout.

McGarrigle retired in 1956 but his address remained the same. By 1970 he had moved house within Rugby. He died between January and March of that year.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 821, Shamrock Street, Garnethill, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivateBefore 1908After 1912 
Item 2 of 8Kirriemuir, Angus, ScotlandBusinessMay 1912September 1912In charge of office for David Waterston/Waterson
Item 3 of 8113, West Regent Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1918After 1925 
Item 4 of 8196, Bath Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusinessAfter 19251928 
Item 5 of 856, Baronald Drive, Kelvindale, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate/business(?)1930 *  
Item 6 of 8St Clair, Pleasance Avenue, Dumfries, Dumfriesshire, ScotlandPrivate1934 *  
Item 7 of 8Trongate/103, Oliver Street, Rugby, Warwickshire, EnglandPrivate1939 *After 1960 
Item 8 of 863, Lytham Road, Rugby, Warwichshire, EnglandPrivate1970 *  

* 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 7Miller & Black1907Early 1912Apprentice 
Item 2 of 7David WaterstonMay 1912September 1912ArchitectIn charge of Kirriemuir office
Item 3 of 7Alexander Cumming DewarSeptember 1912August 1914Assistant 
Item 4 of 7James Lindsay (junior)August 1914December 1914Assistant 
Item 5 of 7F D Cowieson & Co ( later Cowiesons Ltd)1915Before 1918AssistantOn government contracts during war
Item 6 of 7H Boot & SonAfter 19151918Assistant 
Item 7 of 7P & W AndersonAfter 1915Before 1918Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Robert Norman Houghton MacKellar14 November 1944for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3Alexander Nisbet Malcolm14 November 1944for Licentiateship - as President of the Glasgow Institute of Architects
Item 3 of 3(Professor) William James Smith14 November 1944for Licentiateship


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 6Post Office Directories     
Item 2 of 6RIBA1930The RIBA Kalendar 1930-1931 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 3 of 6RIBA1939The RIBA Kalendar 1939-1940 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 4 of 6RIBA1946The RIBA Kalendar 1946-1947 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 5 of 6RIBA1955Kalendar 1954-1955   
Item 6 of 6RIBA1961Kalendar 1960-61   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this :
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 3England and WalesBirths, marriages and deaths  
Item 2 of 3Professor David M Walker personal archiveProfessor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material Research by Iain Paterson
Item 3 of 3RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L no5677 (combined box 94)