Basic Biographical Details

Name: William McGowan
Designation: Architect, Builder
Born: c. 1794(?)
Died: 5 July 1858
Bio Notes: William McGowan was born about 1794. He trained as a mason. In 1825 he became a burgess of Dumfries and in the 1840s and 1850s worked extensively on the Crichton Royal in Dumfries. In his will he is described as an architect. In 1855 he is described as 'archiect and surveyor of the burgh [of Dumfries]. Alexander Fraser was articled to him some time prior to the mid-1850s. In 1855 J H Bell was his assistant.

He died on 5 July 1858.

No further details of McGowan are as yet known.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect, builder:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 1Dumfries, Dumfriesshire, ScotlandBusinessBefore 18251858 

Employment and Training

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this architect, builder (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 1Alexander FraserMid 185MMid 185MApprentice 

Buildings and Designs

This architect, builder 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 101834Wamphray Parish ChurchWamphray DumfriesshireScotland 
Item 2 of 101841Crichton Royal Institution, Crichton HouseDumfries DumfriesshireScotland 
Item 3 of 101841St Mungo Parish ChurchKettleholm DumfriesshireScotlandOriginal building, as parish church
Item 4 of 101848Crichton Royal Institution, Southern Counties AsylumDumfries DumfriesshireScotland 
Item 5 of 101852Crichton Royal Institution, main buildingsDumfries DumfriesshireScotlandEast wing
Item 6 of 101855Blackaddie BridgeSanquhar DumfriesshireScotland 
Item 7 of 101855Kirkpatrick-Irongray BridgeKirkpatrick-Irongray KirkcudbrightshireScotland 
Item 8 of 101855St Michael's Graveyard, Mortuary ChapelDumfries DumfriesshireScotland 
Item 9 of 101856Glencaple Free ChurchGlencaple DumfriesshireScotland 
Item 10 of 101857Kirkdale Bridge  KirkcudbrightshireScotlandBridge widened

References

Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect, builder:
 Author(s)DateTitlePartPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Colvin, H M1995A Biographical Dictionary of British Architects 1600-18403rd editionNew Haven and London: Yale University Press 
Item 2 of 2Scotlands People Website Wills & Testaments  Dumfries Sheriff Court Sc15/41/11

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect, builder:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Dumfries and Galloway Standard14 November 1855  p4
Item 2 of 2Glasgow Morning Journal10 July 1858  p1

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect, builder:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1National Archives of Scotland (formerly SRO)Sheriff Court Records SC 15/41/11