Basic Biographical Details

Name: William Carruthers Laidlaw
Designation: Architect
Born: c. 1864
Died: 17 May 1941
Bio Notes: William Carruthers Laidlaw was born about 1864 in Bathgate, West Lothian, th son of Nicol Laidlaw, hotel keeper and auctioneer, and his wife Agnes. His family were living in Stevenston in Ayrshire in 1871 but after the death of his father in the 1870s the family moved to Edinburgh. He was educated at Daniel Stewart's College. He was articled to an as yet unidentified architect in Edinburgh around 1881 and by 1891 is recorded as a draughtsman.

He first appears as an independent architect practising from 204 Dalkeith Road in about 1890. Thereafter he moved gradually to more upmarket addresses and from about 1911 his office was at 13 George Street. He married Ethel Mary Ward on 19 December 1904.

He died on 17 May 1941.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 11Baxter's Place, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate1881  
Item 2 of 11204, Dalkeith Road, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusinessc. 1890  
Item 3 of 1154, South Clerk Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate/businessc. 1891c. 1893 
Item 4 of 117, Melgund Terrace, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusinessc. 1894c. 1896 
Item 5 of 114, York Buildings, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusinessc. 1897c. 1907 
Item 6 of 116, Forth Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivateBefore 1901c. 1903 
Item 7 of 11Erlington, Kaimes Road, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivatec. 1907  
Item 8 of 11116, Hanover Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusinessc. 1908c. 1910 
Item 9 of 1113, George Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusinessc. 1911c. 1937 
Item 10 of 1135, East Claremont Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivatec. 1920  
Item 11 of 11Westbank/34, St Ninian's Road, Corstorphine, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivatec. 1926  

Employment and Training

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 1Peter John Malcolm Johnstone FoubisterAugust 1909October 1913Apprentice 

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 121899Assembly Hall  BelfastNorthern IrelandThird premiated competition design
Item 2 of 121901Offices for Swansea Harour TrustSwansea  WalesCompetition design 'highly commended'
Item 3 of 121902Bo'ness Public SchoolBo'ness / Borrowstouness West LothianScotlandCompetition design - not successful
Item 4 of 121902Leith Nautical CollegeLeith EdinburghScotland 
Item 5 of 121903Leith PoorhouseLeith EdinburghScotlandAwarded 2nd Premium by the assessor.
Item 6 of 121906GlenlindenColinton EdinburghScotland 
Item 7 of 121906Infectious Diseases HospitalLeuchars FifeScotlandWon competition to secure job
Item 8 of 121908Dunning UF ChurchDunning PerthshireScotland 
Item 9 of 121909Town Hall, reading roomDunning PerthshireScotland 
Item 10 of 121915Barnsley Town Hall and OfficesBarnsley YorkshireEnglandPlaced second in competition
Item 11 of 121921Daniel Stewarts College, war memorial  EdinburghScotland 
Item 12 of 121935Falkirk Municipal BuildingsFalkirk StirlingshireScotlandWon competition - but not executed? Appears to be have informal partnership with Morrison for this competition.


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 1Post Office Directories     

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Scotsman19 May 1941  Death notice