Basic Biographical Details

Name: William Malcolm Wilson
Designation: Architect
Born: 25 October 1901
Died: 19 July 2003
Bio Notes: William Malcolm Wilson was born on 25 October 1909, the son of Robert Currie Wilson, accountant with the post office telephones and his wife Jane Douglas. He was articled to Lorimer & Matthew in 1925 and attended morning classes at the School of Architecture, Edinburgh College of Art from the following year. On completion of his apprenticeship in 1931 he undertook two years' full-time study at the College, passing the final exam and receiving his diploma on 15 June 1933. He was an Associate of the Town Planning Institute.

He was admitted ARIBA on 5 March 1934, his proposers being John Begg, John Fraser Matthew and John Jerdan. His nomination papers give 'Glencairn', Traquair Park West, Edinburgh as both business and private address, but later the same year he was giving his business address as 60 Castle Street, suggesting he may have been working Begg's former partner Alexander Lorne Campbell. He moved office to 6 Rutland Square about 1937 and remained there until about 1939. He was a member of the Edinburgh Architectural Association. He was working in the County Architect's office in Wick from 1950 and was still there in 1970. He was County Architect latterly.

Wilson resigned his RIBA membership in 1977, at which time he was living at 'The Birks', Low Road, Westmuir, by Kirriemuir, Angus. He died at Ninewells Hospital, Dundee on 19 July 2003 aged 93. His wife, Margaret Calder Waugh, had predeceased him.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 7Craighead Hursing Home, Newport on Tay, Fife, ScotlandPrivate 2003 
Item 2 of 7Glencairn/33, Traquair Park West, Corstorphine, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivateBefore 1934After 1939 
Item 3 of 760, Castle Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusinessc. 1934c. 1936 
Item 4 of 76, Rutland Square, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusinessc. 1937c. 1939 
Item 5 of 7Victoria Place, Wick, Caithness, ScotlandBusiness(?)1950 *After 1970 
Item 6 of 7County Buildings, Wick 1 February 1957 Builder p252 - named as W Wilson - CHECK
Item 7 of 7The Birks, Low Road, Westmuir, by Kirriemuir, Angus, ScotlandPrivate1977 *  

* 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 2Lorimer & Matthew19251931Apprentice 
Item 2 of 2Caithness County Architect's OfficeBefore 1950After 1970Architect 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3John Begg5 March 1934For Associateship
Item 2 of 3John Jerdan5 March 1934For Associateship
Item 3 of 3John Fraser Matthew5 March 1934For Associateship

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 71955Caithness County Council OfficesWick CaithnessScotlandAlterations
Item 2 of 71957School at ThursoThurso CaithnessScotlandExtensions
Item 3 of 71 February 1957Thurso Technical CollegeThurso CaithnessScotlandBuilder p252. Work may not have been carried out or more probably this work was on the Annexe Building (former Board School). New College by Alison & Hutchison.
Item 4 of 714 June 1957Primary SchoolThurso CaithnessScotlandper Builder p1102
Item 5 of 722 August 1958Housing, Caithness  CaithnessScotlandas County Architect per Builder p332
Item 6 of 71959Pultneytown Primary SchoolPultneytown CaithnessScotlandAs County Architect.
Item 7 of 71969Hillhead Primary SchoolWick CaithnessScotlandAs County Architect


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 4Post Office Directories     
Item 2 of 4RIBA1939The RIBA Kalendar 1939-1940 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 3 of 4RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 4 of 4RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Builder1 February 1957  p252

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 A no 5419 (Combined Box 78)