Basic Biographical Details

Name: William Fowler
Designation: Architect
Born: 1824
Died: 1906
Bio Notes: William Fowler of Golspie was born about 1824, the eldest son of George Fowler, builder, Edinburgh. He was a pupil of David Bryce. He was appointed Estate Surveyor to the Duke of Sutherland in 1857. He was influenced by George Devey, who designed buildings on the estate in the 1850s, some of which were executed by Fowler. Fowler retired in the 1880s and returned to Edinburgh. His position on the estate was taken over by Laurie Bisset.

Fowler died on 3 February 1906.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 5Golspie, Sutherland, ScotlandPrivate   
Item 2 of 5Dunrobin, Sutherland, ScotlandBusiness   
Item 3 of 57, Duke Street, Golspie, Sutherland, ScotlandPrivate/businessc. 1881  
Item 4 of 5Greenend, Liberton, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate1891  
Item 5 of 5Mount Chasse, Broomieknowe , Lasswade, Midlothian, ScotlandPrivateBefore 1901c. 1906 

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 1David Bryce Before 1857Apprentice 

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 28c. 1850Dunrobin Castle, Flagstaff Lodge  SutherlandScotlandAttribution by Elizabeth Beaton - with William Leslie
Item 2 of 281855New Pitsligo Parochial SchoolNew Pitsligo AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 3 of 28February 1856Small housesNew Pitsligo AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 4 of 281857Helmsdale Chapel of EaseHelmsdale SutherlandScotlandAddition of belfry
Item 5 of 281857Inn, InveranInveran SutherlandScotland 
Item 6 of 281857St Callan's ChurchRogart SutherlandScotlandAddition of belfry
Item 7 of 281859Dornoch CastleDornoch SutherlandScotlandAlterations as residence for Duke of Sutherland with advice from George Devey
Item 8 of 281859Little Ferry Girnal HouseLittle Ferry SutherlandScotlandConverted into five dwellings (attribution by Elizabeth Beaton)
Item 9 of 281859School and Schoolhouse, EmboEmbo SutherlandScotland 
Item 10 of 281864Strathsteven LodgeStrathsteven SutherlandScotlandAttribution by Elizabeth Beaton
Item 11 of 281865Clynelish House and Farm officesGolspie SutherlandScotland 
Item 12 of 281865Tower LodgeGolspie SutherlandScotlandSubsequent remodelling
Item 13 of 281867Co-operative Society shopGolspie SutherlandScotland 
Item 14 of 281868Post Office and Railway StationGolspie SutherlandScotland 
Item 15 of 28Before 1868Rhifail HouseGolspie? Sutherland?Scotland 
Item 16 of 281871Railway StationHelmsdale SutherlandScotlandAttribution by Elizabeth Beaton
Item 17 of 281873Culag LodgeLochinver SutherlandScotland 
Item 18 of 281873Lochinver HouseLochinver SutherlandScotlandDesign exhibited
Item 19 of 281873TressadyStrathfleet SutherlandScotlandDesign exhibited
Item 20 of 281875Golspie SchoolGolspie SutherlandScotlandAddition of wing
Item 21 of 28c. 1875Hope LodgeEriboll SutherlandScotland 
Item 22 of 281877Aberdeen Town and County BankGolspie SutherlandScotland 
Item 23 of 281878Loch Hope LodgeLoch Hope SutherlandScotlandDesign exhibited
Item 24 of 281878Loch Inver HouseLochinver? Sutherland?ScotlandDesign for additions
Item 25 of 28Before 1880(?)Rogart Manse and BarnRogart SutherlandScotlandNot built until 1882-4
Item 26 of 28Before 1880(?)Tigh Achen EchenKinbrace SutherlandScotlandAttribution by Elizabeth Beaton - design probably originally by Fowler but built in 1924 after his death.
Item 27 of 281896Kildonan LodgeKildonan SutherlandScotland'Style of ' William Fowler (Beaton)
Item 28 of 28Mid 1800sClyne Parish SchoolClyne SutherlandScotlandHS attribution


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 2Architects Engineers and Building Trades Directory1868Architect's, Engineer's and Building Trades' Directory London, Wyman 
Item 2 of 2Beaton, Elizabeth1995Sutherland An Illustrated Architectural Guide   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1British Architect11 May 1906  p324

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1Courtesy of Neil DarlingtonInformation sent via DSA website Sent July 2009