Basic Biographical Details

Name: William Ferguson (junior) (or William Moncrieff Ferguson, or Willie Ferguson)
Designation: Architect
Born: 5 February 1882 or 1884
Died: 1956
Bio Notes: William Moncrieff Ferguson (or William Ferguson Junior), generally known as 'Willie', was the son of the Glasgow architect William Ferguson. His date of birth is uncertain; his LRIBA papers state it as 5 February 1882, but other documents give 1884. He served his apprenticeship with his father before joining the staff of John Burnet & Son as an assistant.

In 1911 he accepted an offer to emigrate to Canada and join the firm of Toronto architect John MacIntosh Lyle. On 24 June the following year, Ferguson was admitted LRIBA, proposed by William Gardner Rowan, Henry Edward Clifford and Alexander MacGibbon. After a period with Lyle, he moved to the offices of Darling & Pearson, remaining there until 1914 but returning in 1918. In 1929, Ferguson left Darling & Pearson to form a partnership with James Govan, a school friend from the Glasgow School of Art. This partnership was extended in 1931 to include the architect ____CHECK Lindsay, and once again in 1947, becoming Govan, Ferguson, Lindsay, Kaminker, Maw, Langley and Keenleyside.

William Moncrieff Ferguson died in 1956.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 2Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness 1911 
Item 2 of 2230, Sherbourne Street, Toronto, CanadaPrivate1912 *  

* earliest date known from documented sources.


Employment and Training

Employers

The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 4William Fergusonc. 1897(?)c. 1902(?)Apprentice 
Item 2 of 4John Burnet & SonAfter 1902(?)1911Assistant 
Item 3 of 4John MacIntosh Lyle1911Before 1914Assistant 
Item 4 of 4Darling & PearsonAfter 19111929Assistant(?)With the exception of war service, 1914-18

RIBA

RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Henry Edward Clifford24 June 1912for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3Alexander McGibbon24 June 1912for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3William Gardner Rowan24 June 1912for Licentiateship

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 181897Cambuslang UP ChurchCambuslang LanarkshireScotlandAs apprentice to his father, William Ferguson
Item 2 of 18After 1897Auchenheath House  LanarkshireScotlandAdditions and alterations - as apprentice/assistant to his father, William Ferguson
Item 3 of 18After 1897Co-operative BuildingsCambuslang LanarkshireScotlandAs apprentice/assistant to his father, William Ferguson
Item 4 of 18After 1897Co-operative BuildingsNewton LanarkshireScotlandAs apprentice/assistant to his father, William Ferguson
Item 5 of 18After 1897Co-operative BuildingsBlantyre LanarkshireScotlandAs apprentice/assistant to his father, William Ferguson
Item 6 of 18After 1897SchoolsCambuslang LanarkshireScotlandAs apprentice/assistant to his father, William Ferguson
Item 7 of 18After 1897Work for Lesmahagow School BoardLesmahagow LanarkshireScotlandAs apprentice/assistant to his father, William Ferguson
Item 8 of 181898Eastfield Public SchoolRutherglen LanarkshireScotlandAs apprentice to his father, William Ferguson
Item 9 of 181902Burgh Primary SchoolRutherglen LanarkshireScotlandAs apprentice/assistant to his father, William Ferguson
Item 10 of 181902(?)Western Infirmary  GlasgowScotlandDispensary - probably involved, as assistant to John James Burnet
Item 11 of 181905Clyde Navigation Trust Building  GlasgowScotlandSecond phase of building - as assistant to John James Burnet
Item 12 of 181906Grand HotelSt Andrews FifeScotlandNew entrance porch and major interior alterations of ground floor and basement - as assistant to John James Burnet
Item 13 of 181909Alhambra Theatre  GlasgowScotlandAs assistant to John James Burnet
Item 14 of 181910Marine HotelElie FifeScotlandAdditions - as assistant to John James Burnet
Item 15 of 181910Tennant Mansion, 195 West George Street  GlasgowScotlandReconstruction and enlargement of Tennant mansion as offices for Nobel Explosives Company - as assistant to John James Burnet
Item 16 of 181910Trochraigue HouseGirvan AyrshireScotlandAddition of tower - as assistant to John James Burnet
Item 17 of 181910Western Infirmary  GlasgowScotlandClinical laboratory - possibly involved, as assistant to John James Burnet
Item 18 of 181911Royal Hospital for Sick ChildrenYorkhill GlasgowScotlandAs assistant to John James Burnet

References

Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
 Author(s)DateTitlePartPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1British Architectural Library, RIBA2001Directory of British Architects 1834-1914   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Journal of the Royal Architectural Inst of CanadaJune 1956v33 no 6 p241
Item 2 of 2RIBA JournalJune 1956 London: Royal Institute of British ArchitectsObituary by J Govan

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 v24 no1914