Basic Biographical Details

Name: William Barclay
Designation: Architect
Born: 15 October 1881
Bio Notes: William Barclay was born in on 15 October 1881 and was articled to Fryers & Penman of Largs from August 1898 to October 1902. He attended evening classes at Glasgow School of Art and then became junior assistant to Alexander McGibbon of Glasgow for one year, assistant to James Lindsay for a short period, and then to McKissack & Son for one year, to Richard Henderson for four years and to Fryers & Penman for one year, commencing independent practice in Glasgow in 1910. He was elected LRIBA on 24 June 1912, his proposers being Alexander Nisbet Paterson and the Glasgow Institute of Architects. Up to that date his private practice repertoire had comprised small country houses, a hall, and shop premises, although he gives no more specific project information in his nomination papers.

In 1914-15 he practised from 209 St Vincent Street and in 1934-35 from 213 West Campbell Street.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 2437, Great Western Road, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate(?)1912 *  
Item 2 of 2209, St Vincent Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusinessBefore 1912After 1914 

* 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 6Fryers & PenmanAugust 1898October 1902Apprentice 
Item 2 of 6Alexander McGibbon19021903Junior Assistant 
Item 3 of 6James Lindsay19031903 or 1904Assistant 
Item 4 of 6John McKissack & Son1903 or 19041904 or 1905Assistant 
Item 5 of 6Richard Henderson1904 or 19051908 or 1909Chief Assistant 
Item 6 of 6Fryers & Penman1908 or 19091909 or 1910Chief Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 1Alexander Nisbet Paterson24 June 1912for Licentiateship - as President of Glasgow Institute of Architects

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 171898Ardrossan and Saltcoats Infectious Diseases HospitalArdrossan AyrshireScotlandAs apprentice to Fryers & Penman
Item 2 of 171899Millport Infectious Diseases HospitalMillportGreat CumbraeButeScotlandAs assistant to Fryers & Penman
Item 3 of 171900Kirkcaldy Burgh Infectious Diseases HospitalKirkcaldy FifeScotlandAdditional administrative and ward blocks - as apprentice to Fryers & Penman
Item 4 of 171903Brown InstituteRenfrew RenfrewshireScotlandAs assistant to Alexander McGibbon
Item 5 of 171903Strathclyde Public School  GlasgowScotlandAs assistant - attribution uncertain
Item 6 of 171908 or 1909St Thomas's Episcopal ChurchAboyne AberdeenshireScotlandAs chief assistant to Fryers & Penman - but NB Alexander Thomson Heathcote claims responsibility for this building in the same capacity
Item 7 of 17Before 1910Church  GlasgowScotlandAs assistant - uncertain to whom or when, or where
Item 8 of 17Before 1910Crawley CourtCrawley HampshireEnglandAs assistant to Fryers & Penman. Estate buildings.
Item 9 of 17Before 1910Glasgow Exhibition buildings  GlasgowScotlandAs assistant - uncertain to whom or when
Item 10 of 17Before 1910House, Upper Brook StreetMayfair LondonEnglandAs assistant - uncertain to whom or when
Item 11 of 17Before 1910School  GlasgowScotlandAs assistant - uncertain to whom or when
Item 12 of 17Before 1910Villa ZoraideCap Martin  FranceAs assistant to Fryers & Penman
Item 13 of 17Before 1910Warehouse buildings  GlasgowScotlandAs assistant - uncertain to whom or when
Item 14 of 171929Barrfields PavilionLargs AyrshireScotland 
Item 15 of 171932Paper bag factory  GlasgowScotland 
Item 16 of 171933Tait HallKelso RoxburghshireScotland 
Item 17 of 171937Blythswood Hotel and Duke of Wellington Public House  GlasgowScotlandReconstruction and additions


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 2Post Office Directories     
Item 2 of 2Who's Who in Architecture1914    

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 v23 no1843