Basic Biographical Details

Name: Ian Manson Thomson
Born: 3 June 1927
Bio Notes: Ian Manson Thomson was born on 3 June 1927 at 4 Don Street, Woodside, Aberdeen, the son of Adam Addie Thomson, commercial clerk (later company secretary) amd his wife Margaret Elizabeth Horne. He studied for the Diploma at Aberdeen School of Architecture. He was elected ARIBA and ARIAS in 1954.

On 17 March 1956 Thomson married Elaine Frances Beaton, a bookkeeper, at the High Church, Hilton, Aberdeen.

With Thomas (Tom) Craig and Robin Donald in 1963 he established a practice in Aberdeen as Thomson Craig & Donald with an office at 59 Dee Street. The practice moved to Carden Terrace a year later. For a period prior to 1983 Angus Taylor was a partner, the practice name changing to Thomson, Taylor Craig & Donald. In 1979 David Miller was assumed into partnership, followed in 1980 by Alistair Hay and Charles Simpson and in 1984 by Donald Coutts and Frank Robertson. The practice had offices in Glasgow and Dingwall as well as Aberdeen by 1975.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 416, Hilton Avenue, Aberdeen, ScotlandPrivate1954 *  
Item 2 of 459, Dee Street, Aberdeen, Scotland 1963  
Item 3 of 44, Carden Terrace, Aberdeen, ScotlandBusiness1963After 1996 
Item 4 of 4Sheilin-Tor/38, Cults Avenue, Cults, Aberdeenshire, ScotlandPrivate1970 * Address given as Sharlin Tor, Cults Avenue Road, Cults.

* 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 3Aberdeen City Architect's Department (later City of Aberdeen District Council Architects Division)9 October 1959 Senior Assistantsenior assistant in charge on new Town Hall project per Builder p368; CHECK if job title, as well
Item 2 of 3Thomson Craig & Donald1963 Partner 
Item 3 of 3Thomson Taylor Craig and Donald1970 *After 1981Partner 

* earliest date known from documented sources.

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 619 October 1959New Town House  AberdeenScotlandsenior assistant in charge of project per Builder p415
Item 2 of 611965Elsick House  KincardineshireScotlandReconstruction of W wing and main roof. Restoring front to original and enlarging entrance hall.
Item 3 of 611965Mains of Newhall, Elsick Estate  KincardineshireScotlandReconstruction and restoration of estate manager's house.
Item 4 of 611967Multi-storey housing, Balnagask South Section 14  AberdeenScotland 
Item 5 of 611970sAthenaeum Reading Room  AberdeenScotlandReconstruction as hotel
Item 6 of 611970sBank   AberdeenScotland 
Item 7 of 611970sBank  GlasgowScotland 
Item 8 of 611970sBankDingwall Ross & CromartyScotland 
Item 9 of 611970sBankAlness Ross & CromartyScotland 
Item 10 of 611970sHangars and offices  AberdeenScotland 
Item 11 of 611970sHangars and offices MainlandShetlandScotland 
Item 12 of 611970sNurses homeStornowayLewisWestern Isles  
Item 13 of 611970sOffice block for Aberdeen Construction Group  AberdeenScotland 
Item 14 of 611970sOffice block for British Brown Boveri  AberdeenScotland 
Item 15 of 611970sOffice block for Occidental of Britain  AberdeenScotland 
Item 16 of 611970sOffice block for Seaforth Maritime  AberdeenScotland 
Item 17 of 611970sSchoolTain Ross & CromartyScotland 
Item 18 of 611970sSchoolInvergordon Ross & CromartyScotland 
Item 19 of 611970sStornoway Cottage HospitalStornowayLewisWestern IslesScotlandExtension
Item 20 of 611970sTerminal complex for Aberdeen Harbour Board  AberdeenScotland 
Item 21 of 611971Multi-storey housing, Seaton BCD Phase 1  AberdeenScotland 
Item 22 of 611971SchoolUigLewisRoss and CromartyScotland 
Item 23 of 611972Dingwall AcademyDingwall Ross and CromartyScotlandSports Centre added
Item 24 of 611972Multi-storey housing, Seaton BCD Phase 2Seaton AberdeenScotland 
Item 25 of 611974Hill's Trust Primary SchoolGovan GlasgowScotland 
Item 26 of 611975Craighill Primary SchoolTain Ross and CromartyScotland 
Item 27 of 611975Sports Centre for Nicolson InstituteStornowayLewisRoss and CromartyScotland 
Item 28 of 61Before 1975Cattle Market, offices and showroom for Reith & AndersonDingwall Ross & CromartyScotland 
Item 29 of 61Before 1975Children's home for Ross & Cromarty County CouncilAlness Ross & CromartyScotland 
Item 30 of 61Before 1975Commercial development for Neilson & MarshallCoatbridge DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 31 of 61Before 1975Commercial garage and workshop for Watson BrothersAirdrie LanarkshireScotland 
Item 32 of 61Before 1975Day CentreDingwall Ross & CromartyScotland 
Item 33 of 61Before 1975Department store for United DrapersCoatbridge LanarkshireScotland 
Item 34 of 61Before 1975Department store for United DrapersKilmarnock AyrshireScotland 
Item 35 of 61Before 1975Department store for United DrapersPerth PerthshireScotland 
Item 36 of 61Before 1975Department store for United Drapers  GlasgowScotland 
Item 37 of 61Before 1975Fishmarket and Terminal Buildings for Aberdeen Harbour Board  AberdeenScotland 
Item 38 of 61Before 1975Garthdee House with East and West gatelodgesPeterculter AberdeenshireScotlandAlterations
Item 39 of 61Before 1975Hotel development for Mr NicholsonOban ArgyllScotland 
Item 40 of 61Before 1975Local Authority housingAlness Ross & CromartyScotland 
Item 41 of 61Before 1975Local Authority HousingInvergordon Ross & CromartyScotland 
Item 42 of 61Before 1975Local Authority housingTain Ross & CromartyScotland 
Item 43 of 61Before 1975Local Authority housing LewisRoss & CromartyScotland 
Item 44 of 61Before 1975Meat processing plant for Aberdeen Beef Packers Ltd  AberdeenScotland 
Item 45 of 61Before 1975Oil Centre for John Wood Development Co.  AberdeenScotland 
Item 46 of 61Before 1975Oil Service Complex for Seaforth Maritime Ltd  AberdeenScotland 
Item 47 of 61Before 1975Premises for Royal Aberdeen Workshops for the Blind, West Tullos Industrial Estate  AberdeenScotland 
Item 48 of 61Before 1975Primary schoolAlness Ross & CromartyScotland 
Item 49 of 61Before 1975Primary schoolPriesthill GlasgowScotland 
Item 50 of 61Before 1975Production plant and offices for Thiokol ChemicalsForfar AngusScotland 
Item 51 of 61Before 1975Public house for Ushers BreweriesCumbernauld LanarkshireScotland 
Item 52 of 61Before 1975Public house for Ushers Breweries LtdBonhill DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 53 of 61Before 1975South Lodge Primary SchoolInvergordon Ross and CromartyScotland 
Item 54 of 61Before 1975St Mungo's Primary School  GlasgowScotland 
Item 55 of 61Before 1975Swimming and sports complexDingwall Ross & CromartyScotland 
Item 56 of 61Before 1975Tomnavoulin Distillery and offices of Invergordon DistillersInvergordon Ross & CromartyScotland 
Item 57 of 61Before 1975Warehousing for Ravenseft Industrial Estates LtdRutherglen LanarkshireScotland 
Item 58 of 61Before 1975Workshops for Vetco Offshore  AberdeenScotland 
Item 59 of 61After 1976Old Folks Home BarraWestern Isles  
Item 60 of 611977Union Building (or Buildings)  AberdeenScotlandTotal reconstruction of burnt-out buildings and restoration within original shell.
Item 61 of 61c. 1981Office block for Radcliffe Davidson  AberdeenScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 7Bailey, Rebecca M1996Scottish architects' papers: a source book Edinburgh: The Rutland Pressp101
Item 2 of 7Glendinning, Miles and Muthesius, Stefan1994Tower Block: Modern Public Housing in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland Yale University Press: New Haven and LondonSeaton Housing, Aberdeen: p198, p213 (image), p240, p367 Gazetteer 1, p396
Item 3 of 7RIBA1954RIBA Kalendar 1953-54   
Item 4 of 7RIBA1954RIBA Kalendar 1953-54   
Item 5 of 7RIBA1964The RIBA Kalendar 1963-64   
Item 6 of 7RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   
Item 7 of 7Willis, Peter1977New architecture in Scotland  p10 Hill's Trust Primary School
p12 Offices for Seaforth Maritime Ltd

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this :
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Builder9 October 1959  'Municipal Buildings for Aberdeen' p415

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this :
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 3GROSRecords of Marriages  
Item 2 of 3National Archives (via Scotlands People)Statutory births  
Item 3 of 3RIAS, Rutland SquareRecords of membership