Thomson, R Percy

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Thomson, R Percy

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Robert Percy Thomson was born in Bearsden in the parish of the New Kilpatrick on 14th March 1885, son of Jane Sophia Richards Watson Thomson (née Thomas) and Robert Thomson, a spirit merchant. Thomson attended The Glasgow School of Art from 1913 to 1914 as a student of Military Sketching class which took place every Wednesday and Friday evenings and Saturday afternoons, taught most likely by Mr Allan D Mainds. This course was designed to assist officers and others belonging to the Officers Training Corps and Territorial Force to execute military sketching.

Thomson's address at that time was noted as Kilmardinny, Bearsden. Research shows that in 1902 Thomson enrolled to the University of Glasgow to study Latin and French in the Art Faculty, however he dropped out after a few years. In 1905 Robert Percy Thomson joined Douglas Park Golf Club who till today hold his picture. In his final year Thomson took Moral Philosophy classes, graduated in November 1906, and continued his education to achieve his Bachelor of Law qualifications in November 1909.

During the First World War, Thomson served in the 6th Battalion, in the Highland Light Infantry regiment, in which he rose to the rank of a Captain. After the war, he came back to Glasgow, and worked again as a solicitor. He was married to Margaret White Robertson Campbell, and his address in 1950s was noted as 56 Cecil Street. He died of cardio vascular degeneration on the 22nd December 1961 in Glasgow, age 76. Captain Robert Percy Thomson is commemorated on The Glasgow School of Art's First World War Roll of Honour.

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Source: Ancestry: http://www.ancestry.co.uk; University of Glasgow: http://www.universitystory.gla.ac.uk; Image of Captain Robert Percy Thomson: http://www.universitystory.gla.ac.uk/ww1-images/R_P_Thomson_small-jpg_l.jpg

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