Basic Biographical Details

Name: Patrick McGowan Thompson
Born: 20 May 1911
Died: 1 August 2003
Bio Notes: Patrick ('Pat') McGowan Thompson was born on the Shetland Islands on 20 May 1911, the son of Peter Thompson, builder contractor, and his wife Martha Helen Moncrieff. He attended day classes at the School of Architecture, Edinburgh College of Art from October 1927. In June 1930 he received a minor travelling scholarship which enabled him to study Wells Cathedral and Glastonbury. He sought practical experience in the office of John Alexander William Grant from November 1931 until July 1933 and therafter resumed full-time study, receiving his diploma at the College of Art in July 1934. He was admitted ARIBA on 10 February 1936, his proposers being John Begg, John Wilson and Ebenezer James MacRae. At that time he was again working in Grant's office and was living in lodgings c/o McEwan, 66 Marchmont Road, where he remained until at least 1939.

By the late 1940s Thompson had moved to a post in the Stirling County Architect's Office. At that time the County was undertaking a massive school programme. His team saw the completion of many new schools including the new Falkirk Technical College.

Pat was popular with his staff and he ran a happy team. He lived in Dunblane.

He died at Bannockburn Hospital on 1 August 2003, predeceased by his wife, Beryl Stewart Rae who had been a personal assistant.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 3Bellholm, Perth Road, Dunblane, Perthshire, ScotlandPrivate 2003 
Item 2 of 3c/o McEwan/66, Marchmont Road, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivateBefore 1936After 1939 
Item 3 of 3County Architect's Office, Spittal Street, Stirling, Stirlingshire, ScotlandBusiness1950 *  

* 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 2John Alexander William GrantNovember 1931July 1933Apprentice 
Item 2 of 2John Alexander William Grant1935 * Assistant 

* 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 Begg10 February 1936for Associateship
Item 2 of 3Ebenezer James MacRae10 February 1936for Associateship
Item 3 of 3John Wilson10 February 1936for 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 21930Rural cottage competition designs    With J A Tweedie in informal partnership?
Item 2 of 21934Savings BankWick CaithnessScotlandInternal alterations - in conjunction with Sinclair MacDonald & Son


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 3Post Office Directories     
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 1RIAS Chartered Architect20035.4 Autumn issue - death note

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 A no5944 (combined box 109)