Basic Biographical Details

Name: William Newlands
Designation: Architect
Born: 1853(OR1855)
Died: 10 March 1930
Bio Notes: William Newlands was born in 1853 (or 1855 - sources vary), the son of George Newlands, master jeweller, and his wife Bertha Muir and was articled to William Railton of Kilmarnock, from January 1869 until March 1873, during which period he attended Kilmarnock School of Art. At the end of his apprenticeship he moved to Glasgow to join David Thomson as an assistant, which enabled him to study at Glasgow School of Art and the Haldane Academy. From February 1879 to 1880 Newlands worked briefly for Alexander Adamson and then for Bruce & Sturrock before returning to Kilmarnock to join Gabriel Andrew as partner in the latter year.

In 1889, suffering from severe ill health, Newlands ceased his practice, dispersed his drawings among his clients and set sail for Cape Town, not expecting to return. After some years, however, he recovered, and by 1895 he had returned to Kilmarnock and to his partnership with Andrew. The firm's work in the late 1890s and early 1900s is quite an imaginative free Baroque.

Newlands suffered another bout of ill health around 1910, retiring from practice for eighteen months, but by the beginning of 1912 he had once more recommenced business, seemingly alone. He was admitted LRIBA on 24 June of that year, his proposers being John Bennie Wilson of Glasgow, and William Cowie and James Kennedy Hunter both of Ayr.

Newlands died iat Tour Gardens Farm, Klimaurs Ayrshire on 10 March 1930 aged 75. He was single.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 122, Rennie Street, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, ScotlandPrivate/business1912  

Employment and Training


The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 6William Atkinson RailtonJanuary 1869March 1873Apprentice 
Item 2 of 6David ThomsonMarch 18731877Assistant 
Item 3 of 6D Thomson & Turnbull1877February 1879Assistant 
Item 4 of 6Alexander AdamsonFebruary 18791879 or 1880Assistant 
Item 5 of 6Bruce & Sturrock1879 or 18801880Assistant 
Item 6 of 6Andrew & Newlands1880Before 1911(?)Partner 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3William Cowie24 June 1912for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3James Kennedy Hunter24 June 1912for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3John Bennie Wilson24 June 1912for Licentiateship

Buildings and Designs

This architect was involved with the following buildings or structures from the date specified (click on an item to view details):
 Date startedBuilding nameTown, district or villageIslandCity or countyCountryNotes
Item 1 of 50After 1880Clerk's Lane EU ChurchKilmarnock AyrshireScotlandGutted and reconstructed internally
Item 2 of 50After 1880Co-operative Society BakeryAyr AyrshireScotland 
Item 3 of 50After 1880Co-operative Society BakeryTroon AyrshireScotland 
Item 4 of 50After 1880Double villa for John BoyleTroon AyrshireScotland 
Item 5 of 50After 1880Double villa for John SteelTroon AyrshireScotland 
Item 6 of 50After 1880Large boarding House, St Meddan's StreetTroon AyrshireScotland 
Item 7 of 50After 1880Princes Street UP ChurchKilmarnock AyrshireScotlandAdditions
Item 8 of 50After 1880Shops and warehouses for James Craig & SonsKilmarnock AyrshireScotland 
Item 9 of 50After 1880Shops and warehouses for John BoyleKilmarnock AyrshireScotland 
Item 10 of 50After 1880Tenements, Holm SquareKilmarnock AyrshireScotland 
Item 11 of 50After 1880Villa for Robert PatonGalston AyrshireScotland 
Item 12 of 501881Kilmaurs Maxwell and Kilmarnock United Free ChurchKilmaurs AyrshireScotlandRebuilding
Item 13 of 501881Scottish Wholesale Co-operative Society Grain StoreKilmarnock AyrshireScotland 
Item 14 of 50c. 1882Old ManseKilmaurs AyrshireScotlandExtension
Item 15 of 501888Villa, Caledonia RoadSaltcoats AyrshireScotland 
Item 16 of 501889Kilmarnock Equitable Co-operative Society HeadquartersKilmarnock AyrshireScotlandExtension. (Buildings of Scotland gives 1886-7)
Item 17 of 501889Oddfellows Hall and premises for Portland Estate officeKilmarnock AyrshireScotland 
Item 18 of 501890Commercial Building, Portland StreetTroon AyrshireScotland 
Item 19 of 501890Kilmarnock Standard Printing officesKilmarnock AyrshireScotland 
Item 20 of 50c. 1890Office and commercial building, John Finnie StreetKilmarnock AyrshireScotland 
Item 21 of 501894Villa, 83 Dundonald RoadKilmarnock AyrshireScotland 
Item 22 of 501895Johnnie Walker's Bond and Hay & Goldberg's WarehouseKilmarnock AyrshireScotland 
Item 23 of 501895Villa, 82 Dundonald RoadKilmarnock AyrshireScotland 
Item 24 of 501897Hurlford UP ChurchHurlford AyrshireScotland 
Item 25 of 501898Johnnie Walker's Bond and Hay & Goldberg's WarehouseKilmarnock AyrshireScotlandExtension
Item 26 of 501900Westgate Co-operative Society BuildingsNewmilns AyrshireScotland 
Item 27 of 501901Co-operative BuildingsGalston AyrshireScotland 
Item 28 of 501902Catrine Co-operative StoreCatrine AyrshireScotland 
Item 29 of 501902Catrine Co-operative StoreCatrine AyrshireScotland 
Item 30 of 501902Dargai CottageTarbolton AyrshireScotland 
Item 31 of 501902Hurlford AcademyHurlford AyrshireScotland 
Item 32 of 501902Offices for Johnnie WalkerKilmarnock AyrshireScotland 
Item 33 of 501902Premises for Mackintosh and Reid, merchantsKilmarnock AyrshireScotland 
Item 34 of 501902Shop and dwellinghouse for James SmithKilmarnock AyrshireScotland 
Item 35 of 501902Tenements in Titchfield StreetKilmarnock AyrshireScotland 
Item 36 of 5019039 Riccarton RoadHurlford AyrshireScotland 
Item 37 of 501903Evelyn VillasKilmarnock AyrshireScotland 
Item 38 of 501903Pair of villas, 36 and 38 London RoadKilmarnock AyrshireScotlandAdditions to no 36 including green house, offices and entrance porch
Item 39 of 501903Premises for Messrs Smith Bros, stationersKilmarnock AyrshireScotland 
Item 40 of 501903The Laigh KirkKilmarnock AyrshireScotlandRenovations
Item 41 of 501904Free churchCrookedholm AyrshireScotlandRed sandstone hall added
Item 42 of 501904Kingsford Primary SchoolKingsford AyrshireScotlandAlterations
Item 43 of 50c. 190410 Loanhead StreetKilmarnock AyrshireScotland 
Item 44 of 50c. 19047 and 8 Howard Park DriveKilmarnock AyrshireScotland 
Item 45 of 50c. 1904Pair of villas, Loanhead StreetKilmarnock AyrshireScotland 
Item 46 of 501905Kilmarnock Equitable Co-operative Society BuildingKilmarnock AyrshireScotland 
Item 47 of 50c. 1905Kilmarnock Equitable Co-operative Society, flats and shopsKilmarnock AyrshireScotlandAlterations
Item 48 of 501907Johnnie Walker's Bond and Hay & Goldberg's WarehouseKilmarnock AyrshireScotlandExtension
Item 49 of 501907Kilmarnock Technical SchoolKilmarnock AyrshireScotland 
Item 50 of 501911Friar's CroftDarvel AyrshireScotland 


Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L v25 no2046