Basic Biographical Details

Name: William Salmond
Designation: Architect
Born: 5 August 1881
Bio Notes: William Salmond was born on 5 August 1881 in Edinburgh; he should not be confused with the architect of the same name who was born in 1878 into the Dundee family of architects, engineers and surveyors. He was articled to Lessels & Taylor in 1900 and spent four years as apprentice and six years as assistant in that firm, which latterly amalgamated with Cousin & Ormiston as Cousin, Ormiston & Taylor. Throughout this period he studied at Heriot-Watt College.

Salmond moved to Ireland in 1910, having passed the open Civil Service exam, and was appointed assistant architect and surveyor in the Office of Public Works, Dublin in March that year. In that office he was given charge of County Clare, parts of Limerick and Tipperary; Queen's County and South King's County were added to his charge in 1916. In 1921 he transferred from Limerick to Belfast under the Board of Works, initially in charge of Counties Antrim, Down and Armagh and from 1935 with responsibility for City Buildings. In 1938 he was given full responsibility for maintenance and minor new works in all six counties, and in September 1939 he was entrusted with accommodation works in addition to his existing duties. He transferred again in 1941 to the War Damage Commission, where he was still working as a technical adviser when he was admitted LRIBA on 16 October 1945, his proposers being fellow Belfast architects Thomas Robert Eagar, Francis McArdle and Robert Hanna Gibson. Salmond is listed in the RIBA directory for 1946-47 but not that for 1948-49.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 1132, Somerton Road, Belfast, Northern IrelandPrivate1945 *After 1947(?) 

* 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 6James Lessels and Harry Ramsay Taylor19001904Apprentice 
Item 2 of 6James Lessels and Harry Ramsay Taylor1904c. 1905Assistant 
Item 3 of 6Cousin, Ormiston & Taylorc. 19051910Assistant 
Item 4 of 6Office of Public Works, DublinMarch 19101921Assistant 
Item 5 of 6Department of Works, Government of Northern Ireland19211941Architect 
Item 6 of 6War Damage Repair Department1941After 1945ArchitectIn Belfast


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Thomas Robert Eagar16 October 1945for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3Robert Hanna Gibson16 October 1945for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3Francis McArdle16 October 1945for Licentiateship

RIBA Proposals

This architect proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 1William Murray Jack15 January 1946For Associateship


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 no5784 (combined box 100)