Basic Biographical Details

Name: William John Braes French
Designation: Architect
Born: 21 February 1922
Died: 21 October 1996
Bio Notes: William John Braes French was born on 21 February 1922, the son of Reginald French, labourer, and his wife Margaret Gardner Braes. From 1939 he studied at Edinburgh College of Art, the first three years being part-time and the last three full-time. He worked for 18 months in the office of Charles E dward Tweedie. He took the final exam at Edinburgh College of Art in July 1945 and was admitted ARIBA in 1946, his proposers being Charles Eedward Tweedie, Alfred Hugh Mottram and John Ross McKay. In 1950 his address was 42 Mannerston, near Linlithgow, West Lothian.

He retired in late 1974 and resigned from the RIBA the following year.

He died at home on 21 October 1996, survived by his wife, Helen May Walker, a retired health visitor.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 359, Frederick Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusinessc. 1946 Office address of Charles E Tweedie.
Item 2 of 342, Mannerston, Linlithgow (near), West Lothian, ScotlandPrivate/business(?)c. 1950 *  
Item 3 of 3The Inclosure, Falkirk Road, Linlithgow, West Lothian, ScotlandPrivateBefore 19751996 

* 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 1Charles Edward Tweedie (junior)1945 or 19461947Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3John Ross McKay10 December 1946For Associateship
Item 2 of 3Alfred Hugh Mottram10 December 1946For Associateship
Item 3 of 3Charles Edward Tweedie (junior)10 December 1946For Associateship


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 2RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 2 of 2RIBA1975RIBA Directory of practices   

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 8799 (Combined Box 217)