Basic Biographical Details

Name: William Charles Reid
Designation: Architect
Born: 25 October 1875
Died: 31 May 1931
Bio Notes: William Charles Reid was born on 25 October 1875 at Redhythe, Reidhaven Street, Elgin, the only son of Alexander Reid of the firm A & W Reid of Elgin and Isabella Petrie. He presumably trained with the family firm and was an active member of the local Masonic Lodge. He was a partner in the late 1890s along with John Wittet, the firm being known as A & W Reid & Wittet, and when the partnership was dissolved by mutual consent in 1903 he moved to 8 Culbard Street, Elgin while John Wittet moved to 81 High Street. Between 1905 and 1914 he emigrated to Canada where he farmed and enlisted in the Canadian Army in Quebec in 1914, serving in France, reaching the rank of Quartermaster Sergeant and being awarded the 1915 Star. He died on 19 May 1931 at Innisfail Hospital, Alberta, Canada.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 4Redhythe, Reidhaven Street, Elgin, Morayshire, ScotlandPrivate25 October 1875 * Place of birth
Item 2 of 4Post Office Buildings, Commerce Street, Elgin, Morayshire, ScotlandBusinessc. 18901903 
Item 3 of 48, Culbard Street, Elgin, Morayshire, ScotlandPrivate1903Before 1914 
Item 4 of 4Quebec, CanadaPrivateAfter 1905  

* 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 4A & W Reidc. 1890(?)1893(?)ApprenticeWilliam C Reid probably trained and assisted in the firm before being taken into partnership, but this is not certain.
Item 2 of 4A & W Reid & Wittet1893(?)c. 1895(?)ApprenticeWilliam C Reid probably trained and assisted in the firm before being taken into partnership, but this is not certain.
Item 3 of 4A & W Reid & Wittetc. 1895(?)c. 1897(?)AssistantWilliam C Reid probably trained and assisted in the firm before being taken into partnership, but this is not certain.
Item 4 of 4A & W Reid & Wittetc. 18971903Partner 

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 421893New MarketForres MorayshireScotlandArcaded shopfronts
Item 2 of 421897Craigellachie HotelElgin MorayshireScotlandAdditions
Item 3 of 421897Drummuir House and gatelodgeDalmuir BanffshireScotlandGate Lodge - perhaps design before Alexander Reid's death
Item 4 of 421897Mains of Connage Farmstead  Inverness-shireScotlandReconstruction
Item 5 of 42c. 1897Whitemire CottagesWhitemire MorayshireScotland 
Item 6 of 421898Double Cottage, AberbornAberborn (Aberlour?)  Scotland 
Item 7 of 421898Grand HotelElgin MorayshireScotland 
Item 8 of 421898Pluscarden Free ChurchPluscarden, Elgin MorayshireScotland 
Item 9 of 421898The LodgeElgin MorayshireScotland 
Item 10 of 421898TortoldNairn NairnshireScotland 
Item 11 of 421899Altyre House, Kennels and house for kennelman  MorayshireScotlandKennels and additions to kennelman's house
Item 12 of 421899Gordonstoun, house and lodge  MorayshireScotlandEast and West Lodge and gatepiers
Item 13 of 421899Moray Golf Club, clubhouseLossiemouth MorayshireScotland 
Item 14 of 421899Two Cottages, BranderburghBranderburgh/Lossiemouth MorayshireScotland 
Item 15 of 421900Auchinroath House  MorayshireScotland 
Item 16 of 421900Elgin Joint County Infectious Diseases HospitalElgin MorayshireScotland 
Item 17 of 42After 1900Shop in Lossie WyndElgin MorayshireScotland 
Item 18 of 42c. 190021 Sellar StreetBurghead MorayshireScotland 
Item 19 of 42c. 1900Commerce StreetElgin MorayshireScotland 
Item 20 of 421901Ardgye HouseAlves MorayshireScotlandAlterations
Item 21 of 421901Buildings, James StreetLossiemouth MorayshireScotland 
Item 22 of 421901Buinach, offices  MorayshireScotland 
Item 23 of 421901Burghead Parish ChurchBurghead MorayshireScotland 
Item 24 of 421901CottagesHopeman MorayshireScotland 
Item 25 of 421901Double Cottage, Hillhead of Tarras  MorayshireScotland 
Item 26 of 421901Double cottages, MonaughtyElgin MorayshireScotland 
Item 27 of 421901Easter Pittendreich, double cottage  MorayshireScotland 
Item 28 of 421901House and steadingNew Alves MorayshireScotlandRepairs
Item 29 of 421901Lossiemouth Town Hall and LibraryLossiemouth MorayshireScotlandLibrary
Item 30 of 421901SteadingElgin MorayshireScotland 
Item 31 of 421901Steading and cottages, InchstellieAlves MorayshireScotlandAlterations
Item 32 of 421901Upper Manbeen Steading  MorayshireScotlandAlterations
Item 33 of 421902Double House Lossiemouth MorayshireScotland 
Item 34 of 421902Elgin AcademyElgin MorayshireScotlandAdditions
Item 35 of 421902Marine HotelLossiemouth MorayshireScotland 
Item 36 of 421902Public Schools, (Infants) Lossiemouth  ScotlandAdditions
Item 37 of 421902Rosefield HouseElgin MorayshireScotland 
Item 38 of 421903High UF Church HallElgin MorayshireScotland 
Item 39 of 421903Lossiemouth Town Hall and LibraryLossiemouth MorayshireScotlandClock tower and movement
Item 40 of 42Before 1903(?)VillaLossiemouth MorayshireScotlandJohn Wittet claims responsibility, pre-1912; Reid perhaps involved if before 1903
Item 41 of 421904Linkwood DistilleryElgin MorayshireScotlandManager's House
Item 42 of 421905Drill HallElgin MorayshireScotland 


Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Elgin Courant12 June 1931  Death notice

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1Professor David M Walker personal archiveProfessor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material Information per Elizabethan Beaton