Basic Biographical Details

Name: William James Kennedy
Designation: Architect
Born: 1877
Bio Notes: William James Kennedy was born in 1877 and served a five-year apprenticeship with Hay & Henderson of Edinburgh from 1894, attending classes at Heriot-Watt College where he distinguished himself in his studies. He spent his holidays travelling in Holland, Germany, Austria and Italy, and after completing his apprenticeship remained with the same firm for a further three years as assistant before commencing practice on his own account in 1902. He was admitted LRIBA in the mass intake of 20 July 1911, proposed by James Bow Dunn and the Edinburgh Architectural Association. At that date he was living in North Queensferry and his office was at 13 South Charlotte Street, Edinburgh.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 413, South Charlotte Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusinessc. 1902c. 1912 
Item 2 of 49, Pentland Terrace, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusinessc. 1903  
Item 3 of 430, Mayfield Terrace, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusinessc. 1904  
Item 4 of 4Barshouse, North Queensferry, Fife, ScotlandPrivate1911 *  

* 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 2Hay & Henderson18941899Apprentice 
Item 2 of 2Hay & Henderson18991902Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 1James Bow Dunn20 July 1911for Licentiateship - as president of the Edinburgh Architectural Association

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 131884Woodlands; also lodge, coachhouse, Rose Cottage and entrance gatewayGalashiels SelkirkshireScotlandRecasting of main house
Item 2 of 131894Holy Trinity CathedralHamiltonBermudaBermudaWest IndiesNave - as apprentice to Hay & Henderson
Item 3 of 13After 1894Printing Works, Causewayside  EdinburghScotlandAs apprentice/assistant to Hay & Henderson
Item 4 of 131896Woodlands; also lodge, coachhouse, Rose Cottage and entrance gatewayGalashiels SelkirkshireScotlandLodge and stable offices
Item 5 of 131898St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral  EdinburghScotlandFurnishing of Lady Chapel (Morning Chapel) - as apprentice to Hay & Henderson
Item 6 of 131902St James the Less Episcopal Church School and HallLeith EdinburghScotlandAs assistant to Hay & Henderson
Item 7 of 13After 1902Electric Power Station  Port SudanSudan 
Item 8 of 13After 1902HousesMurrayfield EdinburghScotland 
Item 9 of 13After 1902HousesTurnberry AyrshireScotland 
Item 10 of 13After 1902Parish Church ManseSpringburn GlasgowScotland 
Item 11 of 13After 1902Town House, 10 Heriot Row  EdinburghScotlandExtensions and remodelling
Item 12 of 13After 1902Town House, 27 Charlotte Square  EdinburghScotlandExtensions and remodelling
Item 13 of 131908Troqueer, Lanark RoadColinton EdinburghScotland 


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 v18 no1380