Basic Biographical Details

Name: William Ernest Dickie
Designation: Architect
Born: 15 June 1891
Died: 1 July 1952
Bio Notes: William Ernest Dickie was born on 15 June 1891, the son of Charles Dickie, brass finisher, and his wife, Isabella Lawrie. In early 1908 he began an apprenticeship which lasted over five years and involved more than one office, working initially with unspecified firms in Glasgow and subsequently in Kimberley, South Africa. He commenced practice in Kimberley on completing his apprenticeship but after approximately a year, in September 1914, he joined the armed forces.

On demobilisation he practised on his own account in Glasgow for about two years. His activities in the early to mid-1920s are unclear but in from 1927 to 1930 he practised in Birmingham. In the latter year he joined the shipbuilding firm William Beardmore & Co of Glasgow as their consulting architect. He was admitted LRIBA on 3 April 1939, his proposers being Gavin Lennox, Daniel Walter MacMath and Thomas Forbes Maclennan; at that time he was still with Beardmore. He was a member of the Edinburgh Institute of Architects in 1939-40 although he was living in Glasgow.

Dickie died on 1 July 1952 at the Belvidere Hospital, Glasgow. He was single.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 4Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1908Before 1913As apprentice in unspecified firm
Item 2 of 4Kimberley, South AfricaBusinessAfter 1908September 1914As apprentice in unspecified firm, and subsequently on own account
Item 3 of 4Birmingham, EnglandBusiness19271930 
Item 4 of 4204, Tantallon Road, Langside, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1938After 1950 

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 1William Beardmore & Co Ltd1930After 1938Chief ArchitectConsulting Architect


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Gavin Lennox3 April 1939for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3Thomas Forbes Maclennan3 April 1939for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3Daniel Walter MacMath3 April 1939for 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 11947J R Adams & Son Offices Gallowgate  GlasgowScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 2RIBA1939The RIBA Kalendar 1939-1940 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 2 of 2RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 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 2H M Register HouseDeath Register  
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L no4749 (combined box 33)