Basic Biographical Details

Name: George Samson Tosh
Born: 23 September 1904
Died: 16 June 1976
Bio Notes: George Samson Tosh was born on 23 September 1904, the son of Alexander Law Tosh, master tailor, and his wife, Elizabeth McBeath. He served his articles with Oldrieve Bell & Paterson from 1923 to 1928 and attended classes at Edinburgh College of Art and Heriot Watt College in architecture and building construction. In 1928 he was appointed assistant to Sydney Houghton Miller. From 1930 to the time of his election as LRIBA in 1946 he worked with the Dumfriesshire County Council Education Authority, first as temporary assistant and later in a permanent post as first (or chief) assistant. For his election he was proposed by John McLintock Bowie, Andrew Graham Henderson and Alexander Nisbet Malcolm. In his permanent post he was initally responsible for the drawing office. His experience there covered 'all the branches of work in a county architect's office' - sketch plans, proposed costs and working drawings of schools, hospitals, police buildings, housing etc. He also supervised construction, prepared specifications, supervised surveying and levelling and the remeasurement of work after completion.

Tosh retired in September 1969. He died of toxaemia and gangrene at the Royal Infirmary Dumfries on 16 June 1976. He was survived by his wife Nancy Graham and at least one son.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 1Strathgarry, Corberry Avenue, Dumfries, Dumfriesshire, ScotlandPrivate/business(?)1950 *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 3Oldrieve Bell & Paterson19231928Apprentice 
Item 2 of 3Sydney Houghton Miller19281930Assistant 
Item 3 of 3Dumfries County Council Education Authority1930After 1946First Assistantinitially a temporary assistant position, soon made permanent


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3John McLintock Bowie25 June 1946For Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3Andrew Graham Henderson25 June 1946For Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3Alexander Nisbet Malcolm25 June 1946For Licentiateship


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 2RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 2 of 2RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   

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 L no5920 (combined box 108)