Basic Biographical Details

Name: William Gordon Galloway
Designation: Architect
Born: 7 May 1880
Died: 26 August 1963
Bio Notes: William Gordon Galloway was born on 7 May 1880, the son of James Jack Galloway, civil engineer and his wife Mary Gilmour. He studied at Glasgow School of Art from September 1897, later taking a year's classes at Glasgow and West of Scotland Technical College, and was articled to Macwhannell & Rogerson in September 1900. After completing his apprenticeship, and studying at the Glasgow School of Art for the unusually long period of seven years, latterly under Eugène Bourdon, he set up practice in 1906 at 121 Bath Street, Glasgow, in partnership with James Balderston Whyte (born 1882), who had likewise been articled to Macwhannell & Rogerson and had studied at Glasgow School of Art and Glasgow and West Of Scotland Technical College but had commenced his training two years earlier than Galloway. By this time Galloway had visited the principal towns in France and Italy.

Whyte and Galloway were both admitted LRIBA in March 1911, their proposers being Macwhannell, Rogerson and Andrew Graham Henderson, also from Macwhannell and Rogerson's office, who had passed the qualifying exam in 1909. Whyte & Galloway were architects to the episcopal diocese of Glasgow from about 1922 and were responsible for its suburban extension programme in the 1920s and 1930s. The earlier churches were in a modernist red sandstone lancet style, the later ones brick romanesque. Their commercial buildings were quite bold Art Deco, those for Claud Alexander - their main client - having faience facades.

Around 1937 an assistant, William Nicol, became a partner, the practice title changing to Whyte Galloway & Nicol, and shortly thereafter to Whyte & Nicol after Galloway withdrew.

Galloway was married to Elizabeth Gray. He died of cerebral thrombosis on 26 August 1963 in the Infirmary Annexe, Paisley.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 77, Beech Avenue, Dumbreck, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1900 *  
Item 2 of 7121, Bath Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1906After 1932 
Item 3 of 710, Mansionhouse Road, Langside, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1911 *  
Item 4 of 710, Beaumont Gate, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1935 or 1936 *  
Item 5 of 7199, Bath Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1939 *  
Item 6 of 731, North Frederick Street, Glasgow, Scotland 1948  
Item 7 of 7Quarter, Largs, Ayrshire, ScotlandPrivate1963 *  

* earliest date known from documented sources.

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 3Macwhannell & RogersonSeptember 19001906(?)Apprentice 
Item 2 of 3Whyte & Galloway1906c. 1937Partner 
Item 3 of 3Whyte Galloway & Nicol1937(?)1937Partner 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Andrew Graham Henderson20 March 1911for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3Ninian Macwhannell20 March 1911for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3John Rogerson20 March 1911for 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 48After 1900VillaDumbreck GlasgowScotlandCarried out work while employed by Macwhannel & Rogerson
Item 2 of 48After 1906ClaremontPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandAdditions
Item 3 of 48After 1906Clock TowerMillportGreat CumbraeButeScotland 
Item 4 of 48After 1906CottagesClarkston GlasgowScotland 
Item 5 of 48After 1906CottagesDalmuir DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 6 of 48After 1906Glasgow and West of Scotland Garden City  Glasgow?ScotlandCommended design
Item 7 of 48After 1906Golf HousePollok GlasgowScotlandCarried out work while employed by Macwhannel & Rogerson
Item 8 of 48After 1906HazelbankMillportGreat CumbraeButeScotlandAdditions
Item 9 of 48After 1906HousePaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 10 of 48After 1906Lanfine  GlasgowScotlandAdditions
Item 11 of 48After 1906London WorksRenfrew RenfrewshireScotlandAdditions and alterations
Item 12 of 48After 1906Offices for Messrs Crow, Harvey & Co  GlasgowScotlandReconstruction
Item 13 of 48After 1906Paisley Convalescent HomeWest Kilbride AyrshireScotlandAlterations
Item 14 of 48After 1906Paisley Industrial SchoolPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandSecond premiated design
Item 15 of 48After 1906Premises for Messrs R B Lindsay & Co  GlasgowScotland 
Item 16 of 48After 1906Thread Street UF ChurchPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandAdditions
Item 17 of 48After 1906Viewfield  GlasgowScotlandAdditions
Item 18 of 481907Laighpark WorksPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandAddition
Item 19 of 481907Offices and stores  GlasgowScotland 
Item 20 of 481908Motherwell Parish Council OfficesMotherwell LanarkshireScotlandSecond premiated design
Item 21 of 481909Kibble InstitutionPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandAdditions and alterations
Item 22 of 481910The Nineteenth Hole Public Bar with tenementRenfrew RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 23 of 481911DunardDarvel AyrshireScotland 
Item 24 of 481912Clydesdale Engineering Works  GlasgowScotlandAdditions
Item 25 of 481913Laighpark WorksPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandAddition
Item 26 of 481913Picture Palace, Main StreetNewmilns AyrshireScotland 
Item 27 of 481922St Margaret's Episcopal ChurchNewlands GlasgowScotlandCompletion of chancel to Chalmers' design
Item 28 of 481923CapellePaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 29 of 481924St Aidan's ChurchClarkston GlasgowScotland 
Item 30 of 481926Holy Trinity Episcopal Church  GlasgowScotland 
Item 31 of 481929Georgic Restaurant  GlasgowScotlandComplete rebuilding
Item 32 of 481929Stow CollegeCowcaddens GlasgowScotland 
Item 33 of 481930Garnethill School  GlasgowScotland 
Item 34 of 481930St Oswald's Episcopal ChurchKing's Park GlasgowScotland 
Item 35 of 481931Picture HouseAuchinleck AyrshireScotland 
Item 36 of 481932SyplandWhitecraigs GlasgowScotland 
Item 37 of 481933Episcopal ChurchShettleston GlasgowScotland 
Item 38 of 481933Shawbridge Ham FactoryPollokshaws GlasgowScotland 
Item 39 of 481934Cinema officesShettleston GlasgowScotland 
Item 40 of 481934St Margaret's Episcopal ChurchNewlands GlasgowScotlandCompletion of tower omitting Chalmers' spire
Item 41 of 481934St Serf's Episcopal Church  GlasgowScotland 
Item 42 of 48Before 1935St Barnabas Episcopal ChurchDennistoun GlasgowScotland 
Item 43 of 48c. 1935Claud Alexander Building  DundeeScotland 
Item 44 of 481937Drapery warehouse  GlasgowScotlandUpper storey added
Item 45 of 481937Warehouse for Sloan & Co LtdKirkcaldy FifeScotland 
Item 46 of 48c. 1937Marlborough House  GlasgowScotland 
Item 47 of 481948Premises of R Douglas & Brittan Limited  GlasgowScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 48 of 481948Proposed Factory Murray Street  GlasgowScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 4British Architectural Library, RIBA2001Directory of British Architects 1834-1914   
Item 2 of 4Post Office Directories     
Item 3 of 4RIBA1939The RIBA Kalendar 1939-1940 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 4 of 4Who's Who in Architecture1914    

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2Professor David M Walker personal archiveProfessor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material Additional research by Iain Paterson
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L v12 no781 (microfilm reel 33)