Basic Biographical Details

Name: William Mackenzie
Designation: Architect
Born: 1857
Died: 12 March 1932
Bio Notes: William Mackenzie was born in Dingwall in 1857. About 1872 he was articled to Alexander Ross of Inverness, and subsequently attended Edinburgh University, commencing independent practice in Station Road, Dingwall in 1886. He was appointed part-time architect to the County of Ross and Cromarty in 1890, also acting as Inspector of piers and harbours.

By 1911 Mackenzie was carrying out both private and County work from an office in the County Buildings, Dingwall. Late that year he entered into partnership with Donald MacDonald, his assistant in independent practice since 1906. MacDonald was born on 7 November 1879 and articled to Ross & Macbeth from 1896 to 1901 and had been assistant to William Cumming Joass of Dingwall from 1902 to 1906. He was admitted LRIBA on 4 December 1911, his proposers being William Laidlaw Carruthers, Alexander Ross and Robert John Macbeth, all of Inverness. Mackenzie himself did not seek admission as LRIBA until 1925, when he was accepted without the need for proposers. By that time he was County Sanitary Inspector as well as Architect and Surveyor.

Mackenzie retired in the autumn of 1931 and died at Ben View, Conon Bridge on 12 March 1932.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 3Station Road, Dingwall, Ross and Cromarty, ScotlandBusiness1886 *  
Item 2 of 3County Buildings, Dingwall, Ross and Cromarty, ScotlandBusinessBefore 1911After 1925 
Item 3 of 3Ben View, Conon Bridge, Ross and Cromarty, ScotlandPrivate1932 *  

* 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 2Alexander Rossc. 1872c. 1877Apprentice 
Item 2 of 2Mackenzie & MacDonald19111931Partner 

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 1Donald MacDonald1 June 19061911AssistantBecame partner in 1911

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 171887Shop and houseDingwall Ross and CromartyScotland 
Item 2 of 171889Dunglass (Brahan Estate), farmhouse and steading and farm buildings  Ross and CromartyScotlandAdditions and alterations
Item 3 of 171890Beallachnagone (Brahan Estate, Jamestown? Janestown?), steading  Ross and CromartyScotland 
Item 4 of 171892Strathconon UF Church and manseStrathconon Ross and CromartyScotland 
Item 5 of 171893HouseMuir of Ord Ross and CromartyScotland 
Item 6 of 171896Lochcarron Public SchoolLochcarron Ross and CromartyScotland 
Item 7 of 171897Inchrorie (Lovat Estate), farmhouse  Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 8 of 171900National Bank of Scotland, Ullapool BranchUllapool Ross and CromartyScotland 
Item 9 of 17After 1906Semi-detached villaDingwall Ross and CromartyScotlandPrepared rough sketch
Item 10 of 17After 1906Strathpeffer UF Church and manseStrathpeffer Ross and CromartyScotland 
Item 11 of 171909Castle Street UF ChurchDingwall Ross and CromartyScotlandBuildings of Scotland' gives Mackintosh but Obituary of Mackenzie ascribes it to him
Item 12 of 171909Lochcarron UF ChurchLochcarron Ross and CromartyScotland 
Item 13 of 171909Muir of Ord UF ChurchMuir of Ord Ross and CromartyScotland 
Item 14 of 171909UF ManseLochcarron Ross and CromartyScotlandExecutant architect?
Item 15 of 171914Aultbea UF ChurchAultbea Ross and CromartyScotlandExecutant architect for Greig, Fairbairn & Mcniven
Item 16 of 171925One Cottage and ByreSlattadale, Loch Maree Ross and CromartyScotland 
Item 17 of 171925Three Cottages and Byres Achbashellach Ross and CromartyScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 1Measurers\' Companion1911The Scottish Architects' and Measurers' Companion   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1RIBA Journal4 June 1932 London: Royal Institute of British Architectsp630 Obituary

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 no2590 (microfilm reel 34)