Basic Biographical Details

Name: William Scott
Designation: Architect
Born: c. 1803
Died: 1872
Bio Notes: William Scott was born in Jedburgh, Roxburghshire about 1803 and came to Dundee in 1836 as George Angus's clerk of works for the building of the Prison and Bridewell. By a series of minor appointments - Surveyor of the Town's Work, Superintendent of the Howff, and Inspector of the Town's Churches, amounting cumulatively to £40 per annum - he was persuaded to settle in Dundee in 1838. James Black, the Town's Architect, died in May 1841, but Scott's succession was not made a formal appointment until 16 February 1843, as a result of a protest from other architects practising in the city at the proposal that he should be free to undertake private commissions. Hugh Robertson's diaries show that resentment at his appointment remained undiminished for many years, and in 1857 Dundee's Town Clerk, Christopher Kerr, promised to give Robertson the burgh's survey work.

Scott's Dundee National Bank, with its unusual detail of Roman Ionic columns set on Roman Doric antis suggests that Scott designed Coventry Bank, later Arnhall, and Fernbrae, both in Perth Road, Dundee.

David Mackenzie - son of William Mackenzie, City Architect of Perth - was in Scott's office between 1860 and 1865.

From 1869, due to failing health, Scott refused all but the Town's work. He died in 1872. His wife was Ann Miller.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 980, Union Street, Dundee, ScotlandBusiness1840 *  
Item 2 of 915, High Street, Dundee, ScotlandPrivate/business(?)Before 1845Before 1850 
Item 3 of 95, South Union Street, Dundee, ScotlandPrivate/business(?)Before 1845Before 1853 
Item 4 of 941, Reform Street, Dundee, ScotlandBusinessc. 1846  
Item 5 of 94, Reform Street, Dundee, ScotlandPrivate/business(?)Before 1851After 1853 
Item 6 of 980, Nethergate, Dundee, ScotlandPrivate/business(?)Before 1853  
Item 7 of 919, High Street, Dundee, ScotlandBusiness18651867 
Item 8 of 910, Reform Street, Dundee, ScotlandBusiness18681872 
Item 9 of 98, Laurel Bank, Dundee, ScotlandPrivate1871  

* 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 2George Angus1836Before 1838ClerkClerk of Works for Dundee Prison and Bridewell
Item 2 of 2Dundee City Architect's Department18431872Chief Architect 

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 1David Mackenzie II (or David McKenzie II)18601865AssistantDundee Town Architect

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 41 Crescent Lane Police Station  DundeeScotlandNo date given
Item 2 of 411841Dundee Court House and Bridewell  DundeeScotlandCompleted prison to Angus's designs n- including new wing and drying house
Item 3 of 411843James UP Church  DundeeScotland 
Item 4 of 411844Albert BuildingsSt Andrews FifeScotland 
Item 5 of 411844Murroes Manse, steading and officesMurroes AngusScotland 
Item 6 of 411844 or 1845Terrace of houses, Airlie Place  DundeeScotlandBegan development of estate for housing; superseded by John Dick Peddie. Compeition for laying out of grounds - plans to be submitted to William Scott
Item 7 of 411845Town's Churches, Old St Paul's  DundeeScotlandProbably modified Burn's design - certainly acted as clerk of works in receiving tenders etc
Item 8 of 411847Forfar Town and County HallForfar AngusScotlandInternal alterations
Item 9 of 411847Public Baths  DundeeScotlandas Town's Architect (after death of David Smith)
Item 10 of 411848Murroes Parish ChurchMurroes AngusScotland 
Item 11 of 411849House and ground at RosebankRosebank DundeeScotland 
Item 12 of 411849Panmure Bleachfield ReservoirBarnhill DundeeScotland 
Item 13 of 411850Mill FarmInvergowrie Perthshire/AngusScotland 
Item 14 of 411850Monikie School HouseMonikie AngusScotland 
Item 15 of 411851Parish SchoolInchture PerthshireScotland 
Item 16 of 411854East Poorhouse and Maryfield HospitalStobswell DundeeScotlandExecutant architect for Moffat design
Item 17 of 411854National Bank  DundeeScotland 
Item 18 of 411854Panmure Street Congregational Church  DundeeScotlandExecutant architect
Item 19 of 411855Dundee Lunatic Asylum Chapel  DundeeScotland 
Item 20 of 411855Kinnell Parish ChurchKinnell AngusScotland 
Item 21 of 4118573 Queen's GardensSt Andrews FifeScotland 
Item 22 of 411857Old Scotch Independent Chapel  DundeeScotlandAttribution or type of work uncertain
Item 23 of 411858Ascreavie House  AngusScotland 
Item 24 of 411858Tulchan LodgeGlenisla AngusScotlandAdditions
Item 25 of 41c. 1860Fernbrae  DundeeScotland'Style of ' (HS)
Item 26 of 411861Dundee Court House and Bridewell  DundeeScotlandBuilt Sheriff Court: façade to Angus's designs of 1833, but interior replanned
Item 27 of 411861Mission Chapel of Tay Square UP Church  DundeeScotland 
Item 28 of 411861St. Margaret's Episcopal Church (I)Lochee DundeeScotland 
Item 29 of 411862Eastern Necropolis  DundeeScotlandLayout, walls, gates, railings and lodge house - as Town's Architect
Item 30 of 411862West Poorhouse  DundeeScotlandAs Dundee Town Architect
Item 31 of 411867Tenements for David Nicol  DundeeScotland 
Item 32 of 411867Workmens houses, Baxter Street and Balgay Street  DundeeScotland 
Item 33 of 411868Fish Market  DundeeScotland 
Item 34 of 411868Meat Market  DundeeScotland 
Item 35 of 411868Saloon and keepers house  DundeeScotland 
Item 36 of 411869Offices, Meadowside and Baltic Street  DundeeScotland 
Item 37 of 411869Tenement, Dudhope Crescent Road  DundeeScotland 
Item 38 of 411870CottageLochee DundeeScotland 
Item 39 of 411870Tenement for Scott & CrabbPolepark DundeeScotland 
Item 40 of 411871Balgay Park Lodge  DundeeScotland 
Item 41 of 41Early 1800s or mid 1800sBalbeuchley HouseAuchterhouse AngusScotlandHS attribution


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 3Post Office Directories     
Item 2 of 3Pride, Glen L1999The Kingdom of Fife2nd EditionThe Rutland Pressp126, p127
Item 3 of 3Scotlands People Website Wills & Testaments  Dundee Sheriff Court Sc45/31/24