Basic Biographical Details

Name: George Thomson
Born: 15 July 1907
Died: 23 September 1983
Bio Notes: George Thomson was born at Victoria Road, Buckhaven, Fife on 15 July 1907, the son of George Thomson, coalminer, and his wife, Maggie Webster, who had married in Buckhaven in 1903. He served his apprenticeship in the office of Andrew David Haxton in Leven from 1923 to 1929. In the latter year he secured a position as assistant to Edinburgh Corporation at Bangour. In 1931 he moved to the office of Carfrae & Morrison, Edinburgh, and in 1935 left Scotland for a period as assistant to in the London County Council Architect's Department. He soon returned to Scotland, working for James Stewart Johnson in Leith in 1936, and for George Brown Deas of Kirkcaldy from 1937. He was still with Deas when he was admitted ARIBA on 12 November 1940, his proposers being Deas, Joshua Clayton and John Daniel Swanston. His nomination papers state that he had studied at Heriot Watt College in Edinburgh and had undertaken a course under Leslie Stuart Stanley at the latter's home in West Heath Road, Hampstead, London. It seems that he had passed the qualifying exam at Rutland Square, Edinburgh in July 1940.

In 1950 his address was Alston, Kennoway Road, Windygates. He does not appear in the RIBA Directory for 1970 so may have by then have emigrated to Bermuda, where he was living prior to his death on 23 September 1983.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 4Central Chambers, Kirkcaldy, Fife, ScotlandBusiness1940 * office of George Brown Deas
Item 2 of 4Alston, Kennoway Road, Windygates, Fife, ScotlandPrivateBefore 1940After 1950 
Item 3 of 4c/o Leitch/9, Henderson Park, Windygates, Fife, ScotlandPrivate1964 *  
Item 4 of 4Birdsong, Tamarind Walk, Warwick, Bermuda, BermudaPrivateBefore 19831983address at time of death

* 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 6Andrew David Haxton19231929Apprentice 
Item 2 of 6Edinburgh City Architect's Department (Edinburgh Corporation)19291931Assistantat Bangour
Item 3 of 6Carfrae & Morrison19311935Assistant 
Item 4 of 6London County Council Architects' Department (LCC Architects' Department)19351936Assistant 
Item 5 of 6James Stewart Johnston19361937Assistant 
Item 6 of 6George Brown Deas1937Before 1940Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Joshua Clayton12 November 1940for Associateship
Item 2 of 3George Brown Deas12 November 1940for Associateship
Item 3 of 3John Daniel Swanston12 November 1940for Associateship


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 2RIBA1964The RIBA Kalendar 1963-64   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this :
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2National Archives (via Scotlands People)Statutory births  
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A no7740 (combined box 198)