Basic Biographical Details

Name: William Kerr
Designation: Architect
Born: c. 1862
Died: 1 July 1905
Bio Notes: William Kerr was born c.1862 in Partick in Glasgow and articled to Allan Stevenson in Ayr c.1878, remaining as assistant until commencing practice on his own account c.1893. He 'was latterly entrusted by the Ayr School Board with the carrying out of certain extensions of their schools'. He died of an apoplectic seizure after an evening of gardening at his home in Bruce Crescent on 1 July 1905 leaving a widow, son and a daughter.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 1Bruce Crescent, Ayr, Ayrshire, ScotlandPrivate1905 *  

* 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 2Allan Stevensonc. 1878 Apprentice 
Item 2 of 2Stevenson & Kerr1880s1893Partner 

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 3Andrew Lamb Mercerc. 18941898Apprentice 
Item 2 of 3James Murdoch Dalziel HendersonJune 1898June 1903Apprentice 
Item 3 of 3James Murdoch Dalziel HendersonJune 1903June 1905Junior Assistant 

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 101882Doon TerraceNewton on Ayr AyrshireScotland 
Item 2 of 10c. 1885(?)Dr Watt's houseAyr AyrshireScotland 
Item 3 of 101893Terrace of houses, Fort StreetAyr Ayrshire Plainer S half
Item 4 of 101894219-223 High StreetAyr AyrshireScotland 
Item 5 of 101895Terrace of houses, Fort StreetAyr Ayrshire North half
Item 6 of 101900New Prestwick Baptist ChurchAyr AyrshireScotland 
Item 7 of 101901Baptist ChurchNew Prestwick AyrshireScotland 
Item 8 of 101902Kyle Union PoorhouseAyr AyrshireScotlandGovernor's house in front of main building
Item 9 of 101905Kyle Union PoorhouseAyr AyrshireScotlandNew wing added
Item 10 of 101905South Parish Church HallGirvan AyrshireScotlandCompleted after Kerr's death


Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Ayr Advertiser and Galloway Chronicle6 July 1905   
Item 2 of 2Builder22 July 1905  p100 - obituary