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Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson


Glaswegian architect who designed buildings of all types, from churches and warehouses to great houses and tenements. His neo-classical style earned him the name ‘Greek’ Thomson. Among his finest work still standing is the United Presbyterian church in St Vincent St, Walmer Crescent, Moray Place (where he himself lived) and Great Western Terrace. His style was highly popular, and was copied and adapted by followers, ultimately bequeathing to Glasgow some of the world’s finest Victorian architecture, as well as a sense of dignity and grandeur. Unlike Mackintosh, Thomson’s work was not so revolutionary as to disconcert and upset his fellows, and his genius was acknowledged in his own lifetime.