Basic Biographical Details

Name: Alexander William Thornton
Born: 29 July 1908
Died: 21 February 1994
Bio Notes: Alexander William Thornton was born on 29 July 1908, the son of James William Thornton, farmer, and his wife Jessie Meikle Mungle. He commenced the degree course at Glasgow School of Architecture in October 1927. In the summer of 1930 he gained experience in the office of John Jerdan, then working under the practice title of James Jerdan & Son; and in March 1931 he secured employment in the firm of Burnet, Son & Dick. In March the following year he graduated with a second-class BSc (Hons) from Glasgow University. He passed the Professional Practice exam in Edinburgh in July 1933 and was admitted ARIBA on 4 December that year, his proposers being Norman Aitken Dick, John Maurice Arthur and Thomas Harold Hughes. He was also an Associate of the Glasgow Institute of Architects. He was still working in the Burnet firm in 1939.

Thornton died aged 85 on 21 February 1994 at the Granary House, Kippielaw, Haddington. His wife Marjorie Gwendoline Young had predeceased him. He was survived by his daughter who lived in London.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 3Birkhill, Newbyth, East Linton, East Lothian, ScotlandPrivate 1994 
Item 2 of 3Whauphill, West Calder (near), Midlothian, ScotlandPrivate1933 *  
Item 3 of 316, Blythswood Square, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1939 *  

* 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 2James Jerdan & Sonc. June 1930c. September 1930Apprentice 
Item 2 of 2Burnet, Son & DickMarch 1931After 1939Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3John Maurice Arthur4 December 1933for Associateship
Item 2 of 3Norman Aitken Dick4 December 1933for Associateship
Item 3 of 3Thomas Harold Hughes4 December 1933for Associateship


Bibliographic References

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

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 A no5278 (combined box 68)