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Paisley Architects – Thomas Graham Abercrombie [1]

Paisley Architects – Thomas Graham Abercrombie (Part 3 of 7)

Thomas Graham Abercrombie was born in Paisley in 1862.  Trained in architecture from the age of 14 by John Hustchison in his practice in Paisley, Abercrombie gained a reputation of being a modern yet flexible architect.  His styles ranged from Scots Baronial to Arts and Crafts to Art Nouveau, never sticking to one style for very long.  Many of his works are style very much still standing in Paisley to this day, none more so than Paisley Grammar School on Glasgow Road, Paisley.

Some of his most iconic work include:

5 Main Road

5 Main Road, Paisley  Built in the grounds of Abercrombie’s house, Redholme, reputedly for his daughter and new husband.

TA Drill Hall

TA Drill Hall (1896)  This has sadly been abandoned for many years, the local council were hoping a developer might snatch up the property and convert it into flats, but this has not happened.

Whiteleigh Whiteleigh Whiteleigh

Whiteleigh, Paisley (1897) Built for George Harrison who married one of the daughters’ of Fra Newberry.


Coats Halls built as the Halls for the nearby Thomas Coats Memorial Church. 

Paisley Grammer School

Paisley Grammer School (1896)  Built to replace the school in Oakshaw.


33 Causeyside Street.  To this day the ground floor remains a public house and the 3 floors above are all private residences.

45 -47 Causeyside St

45 -47 Causeyside St.  This building is also still standing today, the ground floor is now occupied by a hairdressers and the above 3 floors are private residences.


Falside Road. Designed for the workers of the nearby Brown & Polson factory.  These unique terraced houses still remain on Falside Road to this day.

Paisley District No6

Paisley District No. 6.  This still stands and has always been used as an “Orange Hall” by the Loyal Orange Order of Scotland.


Falside.  Designed for the workers of Brown & Polson whose factory was nearby, this building was part of the sports complex for the workers.

Arthur Alison Memorial Hall

Arthur Alison Memorial Hall.  This building has since been converted into 6 private dwellings over 2 levels.

Look out for the next post in the series where more information on Thomas Graham Abercrombie’s properties are featured.

If you have any questions or comments about any of the properties featured in this post, let us know in the comments below.