Basic Biographical Details

Name: William Finlayson
Designation: Architect
Born: 12 May 1865
Bio Notes: William Finlayson was born on 12 May 1865. His LRIBA nomination paper lacks dates but states that he was articled to James Hutton of Dundee for four years and spent a subsequent two years with Thomas Greenshields Leadbetter. He commenced independent practice on 2 May 1910 and was admitted LRIBA on 4 July of that year, proposed by James Glen Sivewright Gibson, Arthur Needham Wilson and William Adam Forsyth, which suggests that he had London connections. In his nomination paper he describes himself as having taught building construction classes in Crieff and Muthill and also states that he has worked on "nearly all the villas & cottages that been [sic] erected in Crieff for the past 20 years"; this and the further job list he provides indicate that he had been working for George T Ewing from c.1890 until his commencement in practice. From the lack of any mention of Ewing on the paper it may be assumed that the split was not amicable; it seems likely that it was caused by Ewing taking his son Charles Turnbull Ewing into partnership at a time when Finlayson would presumably have expected appropriate recognition for his twenty years of service to the firm.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 4Leny House, Crieff, Perthshire, ScotlandPrivate/business(?)1910 *  
Item 2 of 451, Commissioner Street, Crieff, Perthshire, ScotlandPrivate/business(?)1914 *  
Item 3 of 4Strathearn House, Crieff, Perthshire, ScotlandBusiness1925 *  
Item 4 of 4Strathearn Lodge, Crieff, Perthshire, ScotlandPrivate1925 *  

* 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 3James Huttonc. 1884c. 1888Apprentice 
Item 2 of 3Thomas Greenshields LeadbetterAfter 1888c. 1890Assistant 
Item 3 of 3George Turnbull Ewingc. 18901910Assistant(?) 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3William Adam Forsyth4 July 1910for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3James Glen Sivewright Gibson4 July 1910for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3Arthur Needham Wilson4 July 1910for 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 231880(?)Masonic hallForfar AngusScotlandAs apprentice/assistant to James Hutton
Item 2 of 231884St John's Free Church  DundeeScotlandAs apprentice to James Hutton
Item 3 of 23After 1890Ancaster HotelComrie PerthshireScotlandWorking for G T Ewing
Item 4 of 23After 1890Balhousie CastlePerth PerthshireScotlandAdditions - working for G T Ewing
Item 5 of 23After 1890Drummond Castle  PerthshireScotlandAddition - presumably as assistant to G T Ewing
Item 6 of 23After 1890Trossachs InnCallander PerthshireScotlandWorking for G T Ewing - probably on 1891 additions
Item 7 of 23After 1890Villas and cottagesCrieff PerthshireScotlandWorking with G T Ewing
Item 8 of 23After 1890Villas and cottagesMuthill PerthshireScotland 
Item 9 of 231893Ancaster Arms HotelCallander PerthshireScotlandWorking for G T Ewing
Item 10 of 231894Dunalistair HotelKinloch Rannoch PerthshireScotlandWorking for G T Ewing
Item 11 of 231895Muthill Free ChurchMuthill PerthshireScotlandWorking for G T Ewing
Item 12 of 231900Cromlix HouseDunblane PerthshireScotlandAdditions - working for G T Ewing
Item 13 of 23After 1910(?)Building for A & J ScrimgeourCrieff PerthshireScotland 
Item 14 of 23After 1910(?)Co-Operative BuildingsCrieff PerthshireScotland 
Item 15 of 23After 1910(?)D ClarksCrieff PerthshireScotland 
Item 16 of 23After 1910(?)Dundee EquitableCrieff PerthshireScotland 
Item 17 of 23After 1910(?)Free Church HallCrieff PerthshireScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 18 of 23After 1910Golf club houses  Perthshire?Scotland 
Item 19 of 23After 1910(?)LawersComrie PerthshireScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 20 of 23After 1910(?)Strowan HouseComrie PerthshireScotlandImprovements
Item 21 of 23After 1910(?)Strowan House, model home farmComrie PerthshireScotland 
Item 22 of 23After 1910(?)VillaBlair Atholl PerthshireScotland 
Item 23 of 23After 1910Villas and cottagesCrieff PerthshireScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 2British Architectural Library, RIBA2001Directory of British Architects 1834-1914   
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 v1 no79 (microfilm reel 29); F no2351 (microfilm reel 17)