Basic Biographical Details

Name: Thomas ('Tom') Campbell Watson
Born: 2 November 1914
Bio Notes: Thomas (known as Tom) Campbell Watson was born on 2 November 1914. He was apprenticed to John Alastair Ross of Alexander Ross & Son, Inverness from July 1932 until 1935, taking evening classes during this period. From September 1935 he undertook a full-time course at the Aberdeen School of Architecture, taking his final exams in June 1938. In the same year he secured a position in the firm of John Alexander Ogg Allan. He was still working there when he was admitted ARIBA on 4 June 1940, his proposers being J A O Allan, R Leslie Rollo and John Alastair Ross, the latter of whom described him as a 'promising pupil'.

In 1954 he was promoted to the post of depute to Aberdeen City Architect George McIntosh Keith, and became City Architect himself on Keith's retirement, serving in that post from 1970 to 1975. He resigned his RIBA membership in 1970.

Watson retired before 1976, and had moved address or died by April 1994.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 32, MacEwen Drive, Inverness, Inverness-shire, ScotlandPrivate1940 *  
Item 2 of 313, Broad Street, Aberdeen, Scotland After 1940Before 1976as City Architect
Item 3 of 36A, Ashgrove Road West, Abedeen, ScotlandPrivateBefore 1950After 1976 

* 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 5Alexander Ross & SonJuly 19321935Apprentice 
Item 2 of 5John Alexander Ogg Allan1938After 1940 role unclear; probably assistant?
Item 3 of 5Aberdeen City Architect's Department (later City of Aberdeen District Council Architects Division)1940s(?)1954Architect 
Item 4 of 5Aberdeen City Architect's Department (later City of Aberdeen District Council Architects Division)19541970Deputy Architectdeputy to City Architect, George McIntosh Keith
Item 5 of 5Aberdeen City Architect's Department (later City of Aberdeen District Council Architects Division)19701975Chief ArchitectCity Architect


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3John Alexander Ogg Allan4 June 1940for Associateship
Item 2 of 3Robert Leslie Rollo4 June 1940for Associateship
Item 3 of 3John Alistair Ross4 June 1940for 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 21972Housing, Jute Street and Canal Street  AberdeenScotland 
Item 2 of 21975Aberdeen Municipal Buildings and Tolbooth  AberdeenScotlandExtension to Town House


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 3Glendinning, M, MacInnes, R and MacKechnie, A1996A History of Scottish Architecture  p550
Item 2 of 3RIBA RIBA Directories   
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 2Aberdeen Evening Express22 September 1954   
Item 2 of 2RIAS NewsletterApril 1994v5, no3  

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 no7615 (combined box 196)