Basic Biographical Details

Name: William Beresford Inglis
Designation: Architect
Bio Notes: William Beresford Inglis appears to have belonged to Hamilton: he studied at Glasgow School of Art as William Inglis from 1903-05 and commenced practice about 1908-09 at what must have been an early age. He was a cinema specialist and owner of cinemas, hotels etc in Glasgow and the west of Scotland. He also designed various public houses, houses and industrial buildings.

In 1932 Inglis merged his practice with that of James Wilkie Weddell, the newly formed partnership being based at 216 Bath Street which Inglis had occupied since 1926. At the time of the merger, Inglis was the owner of the North British Theatres Ltd, formed to build the Andalusian atmospheric Boulevard Cinema in Knightswood. Inglis ran it himself and booked his own films.

Immediately after the formation of the partnership Inglis promoted a second company, the Toledo Picture House Company, to build another atmospheric cinema at Muirend. This company ran into financial difficulties and was sold to ABC a year later. Shortly thereafter, ____ Taylor was very briefly a partner, the practice becoming Weddell, Inglis & Taylor.

In 1937 Inglis promoted Glasgow Hotels Ltd, of which he was managing director, to build the 180,435 Beresford Hotel on Sauchiehall Street, the immediate commercial objective being to accommodate visitors to the Glasgow Empire Exhibition of 1938. To help finance it North British Theatres and the Boulevard was sold to Singleton Cinemas Ltd. George Singleton found Inglis 'curious' and recorded that 'he found cinemas too stressful' complaining of 'film renters, booking agents and problems with staff'. The Beresford Hotel proved to be a greater drain on his time and it was a welcome relief when it was requisitioned during the Second World War.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 10102, Portland Place , HamiltonPrivate(?)1903  
Item 2 of 10Fullwood, Bent Road, Hamilton, Lanarkshire, ScotlandPrivate19051908 
Item 3 of 10The Bungalow, Thora Drive, Bearsden, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate19081925 
Item 4 of 10261, West George Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness19091926 
Item 5 of 1032, Granby Terrace, Hillhead, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate19251926 
Item 6 of 10216, Bath Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1926c. 1932 
Item 7 of 10Whitethorns, Whittinghame Drive, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate19261933 
Item 8 of 10Redholm, Westerton, Bearsden, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate19331938 
Item 9 of 102, Knightscliffe Avenue, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness19341935Office of Weddell & Inglis
Item 10 of 102, Kinghtscliffe Avenue, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness19371938In Inglis' name only

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 2Weddell & Inglis1932c. 1942(?)Partner 
Item 2 of 2Weddell, Inglis & Taylorc. 1935c. 1935(?)Partner 

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 3Robert Harkness WallaceEarly 1915Late 1915Apprentice 
Item 2 of 3John Easton19191923Assistant 
Item 3 of 3Charles Findlater Reid1 June 1930 Chief Assistant 

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 181903Working Class Housing Scheme.(Architectural Competition)Hamilton   Awarded second premium
Item 2 of 181913Artisans' HotelInverkeithing FifeScotland 
Item 3 of 181920Imperial CinemaGovan GlasgowScotland 
Item 4 of 18c. 1920The Ritz CinemaCambuslang LanarkshireScotland 
Item 5 of 181921Hippodrome CinemaOatlands GlasgowScotland 
Item 6 of 181928Boulevard CinemaKnightswood GlasgowScotland 
Item 7 of 181929University of Glasgow Students Union  GlasgowScotlandCompetition design - not successful
Item 8 of 181930s(?)Boundary BarSpringburn GlasgowScotland 
Item 9 of 181930Arcadia CinemaBridgeton GlasgowScotland 
Item 10 of 181932Toledo Cinema, MuirendCathcart GlasgowScotland 
Item 11 of 181933Ferrari's Restaurant  GlasgowScotland 
Item 12 of 181933St Charles RC School  GlasgowScotlandWorking with William McCaig, architect to the Glasgow Education Department
Item 13 of 181933St Cuthbert's Primary SchoolPossilpark GlasgowScotland 
Item 14 of 181935House for Dr J Stuart RossBearsden GlasgowScotland 
Item 15 of 181935Rogano's Oyster Bar  GlasgowScotland 
Item 16 of 181936Locomotive FactoryAnniesland GlasgowScotland 
Item 17 of 181937Beresford Hotel  GlasgowScotlandInglis was the Managing Director, designer and owner
Item 18 of 18c. 193Houses, Whitecraigs  GlasgowScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 3McKean, Charles1987The Scottish Thirties: An Architectural Introduction Edinburgh: Scottish Academic Pressp195
Item 2 of 3Peter, Bruce1996100 Years of Glasgow's Amazing Cinemas Edinburgh: Polygon 
Item 3 of 3RIBA1930The RIBA Kalendar 1930-1931 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register32252 
Item 2 of 2Professor David M Walker personal archiveProfessor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material Personal information from the late Alfred G Lochhead