Basic Biographical Details

Name: William ('Bill') Gunn Crerar
Designation: Architect
Born: 29 May 1934
Died: 14 December 2005
Bio Notes: William ('Bill') Gunn Crerar was born on 29 May 1934, the son of William Gunn Crerar, iron fitter and his wife Kathleen Edwards. He was elected ARIBA in 1959 and ARIAS in 1964. He commenced practice in Oban under the title William G Crerar Architect. In 1964 an office was opened in Stirling, in 1966 one in Lochgilphead, and in 1970 one in Inverness. In 1966 the practice became W G Crerar & Partners and in 1979 Crerar & Partners. In 1977 an office was opened in Edinburgh, initially with offices in the Darling Hotel in Princes Street later moving elsewhere in Edinburgh.

He was a member of the Glasgow Chapter of the RIAS. He died of liver failure on 14 December 2005, survived by his wife Jeanette Perry Graham.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 629, Great King Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate(?)   
Item 2 of 6Delshangie, Duncraggan Road, Oban, Argyll, ScotlandPrivate1960s *1970 
Item 3 of 6Ardchonnal House, Oban, Argyll, ScotlandBusiness1960(?)2005 
Item 4 of 6Stirling, Stirlingshire, ScotlandBusiness1964  
Item 5 of 6Lochgilphead, Argyll, ScotlandBusiness1966  
Item 6 of 614, Claremont Crescent, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusiness1994 *  

* 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 3W G Crerar & Partners1966 Partner 
Item 2 of 3Crerar & Partners1981 Partner 
Item 3 of 3Crerar & Partners2011 * Consultant 

* earliest date known from documented sources.

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 1David Peter Ross19621964Architect 

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 471960sArgyll HotelLochgilphead ArgyllScotlandExtensions
Item 2 of 471960sCairnbarn HotelOban ArgyllScotlandExtensions
Item 3 of 471960sCraigard Hotel BarraArgyllScotlandAdditions
Item 4 of 471960sFactory for the Caithness Glass Blowing Company  CaithnessScotland 
Item 5 of 471960sGigha HotelArdminish ArgyllScotland 
Item 6 of 471960sHotel with 14 bedroomsConnel ArgyllScotland 
Item 7 of 471960sHotel with 60 bedroomsCraigmureMullArgyllScotland 
Item 8 of 471960sLancaster HotelOban ArgyllScotlandAdditions
Item 9 of 471960sLobster Fishery   Scotland 
Item 10 of 471960sLynn of Lorne HotelBenderloch ArgyllScotland 
Item 11 of 471960sMilton MotelFort William ArgyllScotland 
Item 12 of 471960sPort Askaig Hotel  ArgyllScotlandExtensions
Item 13 of 471960sStaffa HotelFionnaphort ArgyllScotlandAdditions
Item 14 of 471960sWarehouse for the West Highland Crofters Supply  ArgyllScotland 
Item 15 of 471962Seafood Processing plant for Alginate IndustriesOban ArgyllScotland 
Item 16 of 471964Corran Halls, Museum & LibraryOban ArgyllScotland 
Item 17 of 471964Council Housing, Sinclair DriveLochgilphead Argyll & ButeScotland 
Item 18 of 471965Old People's Home IslayArgyllScotland 
Item 19 of 471967400 houses, Soroba Oban Scotland 
Item 20 of 471968Oban Housing SchemeOban ArgyllScotland 
Item 21 of 471969Ardgartan House  ArgyllScotlandAlterations? New build?
Item 22 of 471971Crinan Hotel IslayArgyllScotlandReconstruction
Item 23 of 471971Oil Terminal for Shell-BP IslayArgyllScotland 
Item 24 of 47197290 house development Lochgilphead ArgyllScotland 
Item 25 of 471972House reconstruction programmeLochgilphead ArgyllScotlandReconstruction
Item 26 of 471973Factory for the HIDB and SIECCampbeltown ArgyllScotland 
Item 27 of 471973Fort William Swimming PoolFort William Invernss-shireScotland 
Item 28 of 471973Stonefield Castle Hotel, Loch FyneTarbert ArgyllScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 29 of 47Before 197530 bedroom hotelWick CaithnessScotland 
Item 30 of 47Before 197590 bedroom HotelInverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 31 of 47Before 1975Feasibility study for hotel and leisure centreInveraray ArgyllScotlandFeasibility study
Item 32 of 47Before 1975Hotel SkyeInverness-shireScotlandExtensions
Item 33 of 47Before 1975House for Mr G FaccendaOban ArgyllScotland 
Item 34 of 47Before 1975Kingsmills HouseInverness Inverness-shireScotlandAdditions and alterations
Item 35 of 47Before 1975Marine LaboratoryOban ArgyllScotland 
Item 36 of 47Before 1975McTavish's Kitchens LtdOban ArgyllScotland 
Item 37 of 47Before 1975MotelUllapool Ross & CromartyScotland 
Item 38 of 47Before 1975Private housing in Argyll and Inverness-shire  Argyll/Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 39 of 47Before 1975Shops and offices for Cosmas (or Cosmos?)Oban ArgyllScotland 
Item 40 of 471977CuanraOban ArgyllScotland 
Item 41 of 471977Moray HouseInverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 42 of 471978Dragonara Hotel  EdinburghScotland 
Item 43 of 471978Tangusdale Hotel BarraInverness-shireScotland 
Item 44 of 471980sCoille DaraichMelfort ArgyllScotland 
Item 45 of 471980sOssian Retirement HomeNorth Connel ArgyllScotlandConversion from hotel to retirement home
Item 46 of 471993Mansion House of EriskaLedaig ArgyllScotlandStables converted to swimming pool and leisure facilities.
Item 47 of 471995Dalmally HotelDalmally ArgyllScotlandEnlarged with mansard bedrooms, convervatory and a massive hipped-gabled porte-cochere.


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 3Bailey, Rebecca M1996Scottish architects' papers: a source book Edinburgh: The Rutland Pressp126
Item 2 of 3RIBA1964The RIBA Kalendar 1963-64   
Item 3 of 3RIBA1979Directory of members   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 3Builder18 September 1964  p627
Item 2 of 3Building20 October 1967  p213
Item 3 of 3RIAS Chartered Architect2006v18, no1 Death notice - Spring issue

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 2RIAS, Rutland SquareRecords of membership