Basic Biographical Details

Name: William John Smith Gibson
Designation: Architect
Born: 7 June 1870
Died: 1958
Bio Notes: William John Gibson was born on 7 June 1870, the son of John Edward Gibson, ironfounder and his wife Harriette Hicks. He appears to have been articled to Burnet Son & Campbell as his address was c/o that firm at 167 St Vincent Street, Glasgow in 1889-91 when studying at Glasgow School of Art. He also attended classes at the Glasgow and West of Scotland Technical College. In 1904-5 he designed his own house - Hatherley, Arnothill, Falkirk - an Arts and Crafts design of some interest; as he had not completed his course it was executed by Thomas M Copland, who appears to have had a hand in its design as the fireplace details reappear in other Falkirk houses designed by Copland.

Gibson was Falkirk Burgh Engineer in the 1930s and worked in partnership with Robert Love in Glasgow from early the same decade. He died at Shrewton, Wiltshire in 1958. His death was registered in Salisbury.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 7Shrewton, Wiltshire, EnglandPrivate  Place of death - date unknown
Item 2 of 7Hatherley, Arnothill, Falkirk, Stirlingshire, ScotlandPrivate1904  
Item 3 of 745, Hill Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1924 *  
Item 4 of 769, West Bridge Street, Falkirk, Stirlingshire, ScotlandPrivateBefore 1924After 1929 
Item 5 of 745, West Nile Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1925After 1929 
Item 6 of 7111, Union Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1934 *  
Item 7 of 7188, St Vincent Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusinessBefore 19381939 or after 1940 

* 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 2Burnet Son & CampbellBefore 1889After 1890Apprentice(?) 
Item 2 of 2Gibson & LoveBefore 1934After 1939Partner 

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 81904HatherleyFalkirk StirlingshireScotlandFor himself
Item 2 of 81925The Royal Scottish National Institution, nurses' homeLarbert StirlingshireScotland 
Item 3 of 81926Falkirk Royal InfirmaryFalkirk StirlingshireScotlandDesigned with advice from Dr Mackintosh of Glasgow Western Infirmary
Item 4 of 81926The MountKilmarnock AyrshireScotlandAdditions and alterations
Item 5 of 81928Royal Scottish National Institution, administration block and other buildings  StirlingshireScotland 
Item 6 of 81930sBlock of Flats, 42-72 Main StreetBainsford, Falkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 7 of 81938Greyholme, RosaburnBrodickArranButeScotland 
Item 8 of 81938Royal Scottish National Institution, administration block and other buildings  StirlingshireScotlandNew buildings


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 3Park, Brian A CRM Newsletterno 51  
Item 2 of 3Post Office Directories     
Item 3 of 3RIBA1930The RIBA Kalendar 1930-1931 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2England and WalesBirths, marriages and deaths  
Item 2 of 2Professor David M Walker personal archiveProfessor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material Research by Iain Paterson