Basic Biographical Details

Name: William Paterson
Designation: Architect
Born: c. 1889
Died: c. 1955
Bio Notes: William Paterson (always known as 'Conky') was the younger brother of John Wilson Paterson. He was born about 1889, and like his brother, he joined the Office of Works where he worked under William Thomas Oldrieve, the other assistants at that time being James Cumming Wynnes and Herbert Ryle, both of whom were considerably older. William Paterson had been articled to the hotel specialist James Macintyre Henry, best known as the architect of Midlothian County Buildings, in 1904 and had attended Leith Technical School and studied at Edinburgh College of Art under John Watson.

Like his brother William sat the RIBA's qualifying exam, an arduous exercise. William passed in 1913 and won the Pugin studentship in the same year. Drawings of Seton Chapel, Hampton Court and Heckington Church Lincolnshire exhibited at the RSA in 1912 and 1914 appear to relate to that award. William was admitted ARIBA in early 1914, his proposers being Henry, Watson and Oldrieve.

In 1914 Oldrieve retired from the Office of Works and formed a partnership with Andrew W Bell, presumably the same who had been Dunfermline Burgh Engineer in the years around 1900, and William Paterson as Oldrieve, Bell & Paterson. Oldrieve died in 1922, but the style of the practice remained unchanged.

William Paterson died c.1955.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 23, Hope Park Terrace, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate1914 *  
Item 2 of 222, Ainslie Place, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusiness1930 or 1931 *After 1950 

* 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 Macintyre HenryNovember 1904December 1910(?)Apprentice 
Item 2 of 3H M Office of Works (later Ministry of Works, Department of the Environment and Property Services Agency)December 19101914DraughtsmanIn Edinburgh office
Item 3 of 3Oldrieve Bell & Paterson1914After 1930Partner 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3James Macintyre HenryEarly 1914for Associateship
Item 2 of 3William Thomas Oldrieve (sometimes William Thomas Oldgrieve)Early 1914for Associateship
Item 3 of 3John WatsonEarly 1914for Associateship

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 71921Iona Abbey IonaArgyllScotlandRebuilding of two arches at west end of north arcade
Item 2 of 7193226 Kinnear Road  EdinburghScotland 
Item 3 of 71932Bristo Baptist Church  EdinburghScotland 
Item 4 of 71934Trustee Savings Bank  EdinburghScotlandBank formed in 1871 building
Item 5 of 7c. 1934Trustee Savings BankStockbridge EdinburghScotlandInterior work
Item 6 of 71938Edinburgh Savings Bank  EdinburghScotlandExtension
Item 7 of 71939Trustee Savings Bank  EdinburghScotlandExecutant architect, and designed in collaboration with Thomas Cecil Howitt


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 1British Architectural Library, RIBA2001Directory of British Architects 1834-1914   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Building13 June 1969  Obituary of John Wilson Paterson
Item 2 of 2Scotsman2 June 1969  Obituary of John Wilson Paterson

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2Professor David M Walker personal archiveProfessor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material Personal information from George Hay
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A no2487 (microfilm reel 21)