Duncan Turner Thomson

Architect; JHKM employee

Architect Duncan Turner Thomson (1888–1915) was born at Huntly, Aberdeenshire, where his father Dr Alexander Thomson was the general practitioner. In 1893, the Thomsons moved to Glasgow. 1

Little is known of Thomson's life and career. He was educated at the Glasgow Academy, and enrolled in the Glasgow School of Art in 1906, as well as taking classes (dates unspecified) at Glasgow Technical College. 2 From 1907 until 1910, Thomson gave his professional status at the start of each Art School session as 'arch. apprentice', or 'arch. assistant'. 3 Thomson enlisted in the local part-time military unit (later the Territorial Army), the 9th (Glasgow Highland) Battalion, The Highland Light Infantry, in 1908. He was employed briefly by Honeyman, Keppie & Mackintosh between November 1911 and July 1912. 4 By 1913 he was working as an assistant in the office of eminent Glasgow ecclesiastical architect Peter McGregor Chalmers. His new position possibly required additional skills, as he undertook further study at the Art School in the 1913–14 session, describing himself as 'architectural draughtsman'. 5 Thomson died of war wounds during the First World War. 6

Notes:

1: Glasgow Post Office Directory, 1893–4, p. 604 [published May 1893, family absent]; 1894–5, p. 613; 'Agnes W. Thomson', Statutory Births 1894, www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk [accessed 20 April 2014].

2: Student Registers, information kindly provided by the Glasgow School of Art Archives, 12 March 2014; 'Thomson, Duncan Turner', obituary, U.K., De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour, 1914–1924, 1, p. 349, online database, www.ancestry.co.uk [accessed 20 April 2014].

3: Student Registers, information kindly provided by the Glasgow School of Art Archives, 12 March 2014.

4: Obituary, U.K., De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour, 1914–1924, 1, p. 349, online database, www.ancestry.co.uk [accessed 20 April 2014]. The Hunterian, University of Glasgow: John Honeyman & Keppie / Honeyman, Keppie & Mackintosh / Keppie Henderson cash book, 1889–1917, GLAHA 53079, pp. 145, 150.

5: Student Registers, information kindly provided by the Glasgow School of Art Archives, 12 March 2014; 'Duncan Turner Thomson', Dictionary of Scottish Architects, www.scottisharchitects.org.uk [accessed 20 April 2014].

6: Scotsman, 31 July 1915, p. 14; Glasgow Herald, 2 August 1915, p. 11; 3 August 1915, p. 1.