Oswald Keir Lumsden

Architect; JHKM employee

Architect Oswald Keir Lumsden (1880–1939) was the second son of Dunfermline-born naval architect John Lennox Lumsden (1838–1890). The family lived in Govan from c. 1870, where John L. Lumsden worked first as a ship's draughtsman, and latterly a shipbuilder's manager. 1 In 1888, John Lumsden briefly advertised an engineering partnership at 15 Copeland Road, Govan, before moving to Liscard, in Cheshire to work as a consulting engineer and naval architect in the Merseyside shipping industry. 2 After his sudden death in 1890, the family returned to Glasgow. 3

Oswald Lumsden enrolled at the Glasgow School of Art in the session 1896–7, studying there till 1901. His older brother, John Elder Lumsden (1877–1951) trained as a naval architect. 4 Oswald began work in the office of John Honeyman & Keppie around 1898; he was first paid by them in August that year. 5 He took building construction classes at Glasgow Technical College in 1900–1, the course being designed to 'prepare for the examinations in Drawing, Architecture and design conducted by the Royal Institute of British Architects ... fully illustrated by photographs, lithographs ... [and] lantern views', but did not complete sufficient classes to qualify for a diploma. 6 He was last paid by Honeyman, Keppie & Mackintosh in December 1901. 7

From this time on, Lumsden is conspicuously absent from the local directories and professional organisations where his fellow architectural trainees are recorded, though he described himself as an 'architect', working from home in the 1911 Census. He died on 23 June 1939 at Glasgow (later Gartnavel) Royal Mental Hospital. He was described as 'formerly an architect'. 8

Notes:

1: Statutory Births, Marriages, www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk; Census information, www.ancestry.co.uk [both accessed 27 April 2014].

2: Glasgow Post Office Directory, 1888–9, p. 379; Census information, England & Wales, National Probate Calendar, 1858–1966, www.ancestry.co.uk; Valuation Roll 1885, www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk [both accessed 27 April 2014].

3: 'John Lennox Lumsden', Entries for 1890 and 1922, England & Wales, National Probate Calendar, 1858–1966, www.ancestry.co.uk; Statutory Deaths, Valuation Roll 1895, www.scotlandspeople.go.uk [both accessed 27 April 2014]; London Gazette, 19 August 1890, p. 4560.

4: Student Registers, information kindly provided by the Glasgow School of Art Archives, August 2013; Statutory Births, Deaths, Census information, www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk [accessed 27 April 2014].

5: The Hunterian, University of Glasgow: John Honeyman & Keppie / Honeyman, Keppie & Mackintosh / Keppie Henderson cash book 1889–1917, GLAHA 53079, p. 47.

6: Student Records and Prospectuses, information kindly provided by Dr Anne Cameron, Andersonian Library, University of Strathclyde, August 2013.

7: The Hunterian, University of Glasgow: John Honeyman & Keppie / Honeyman, Keppie & Mackintosh / Keppie Henderson cash book 1889–1917, GLAHA 53079, p. 70.

8: Statutory Deaths, Valuation Roll 1920, www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk [accessed 27 April 2014]; 'Baldernock', Kelly's (Slater's) Royal National Directory of Scotland, 1921, pp. 928–9, 1072; 'Baldernock', Kelly's (Slater's) Directory of Scotland, 1928, p. 879.