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Basic Biographical Details

Name: William Arthur Baird Laing
Designation: Architect
Born: 30 August 1868
Died: 25 February 1931
Bio Notes: William Arthur Baird Laing was born in Wick, Caithness on 30 August 1868, the son of Alexander Laing, solicitor of the Supreme Courts and farmer of 300 acres and Christina Louttit. He is recorded as living with his parents and siblings in Edinburgh from 1881 onwards. However we know he practised as an architect in Edinburgh in the early years of the twentieth century. In 1891 he is described as a civil engineer and in 1901 as 'CC and architect', probably a mis-reading of 'CE', civil engineer.

He was briefly in partnership with Herbert Waller Raithby who was a civl engineer and architect's assistant in 1891 and who was son of Charles H Raithby, commission agent. Laing and Raithby had an office at 34 St Andrew Square. Thereafter Laing appears to have practised on his own elsewhere in Edinburgh until about 1917.

In 1900 Laing married to Sarah Amelia B Wenley who had been born in Glasgow.

He subsequently moved to Glasgow where he was a partner in the firm Kyle Dennison & Laing. By the early 1920s Laing and George Malcolm Holmes Douglas were the two partners. Laing retired in 1926. Laing probably moved back to Edinburgh at this point as his address at the time of his death in Banchory on 25 February 1931. In his death notice he is recorded as being a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers but not of the RIBA. No further details of him are yet known.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 725, Inverleith Place, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate 1931 
Item 2 of 7Glenord, Spylaw Road, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivateBefore 1871After 1891Parental home
Item 3 of 734, St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusinessBefore 1898 Office with Raithby
Item 4 of 741, Charlotte Square, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusinessc. 1898c. 1899Laing on his own
Item 5 of 718, Dean Terrace, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivateBefore 1901After 1904 
Item 6 of 713, George Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusinessc. 1902c. 1907Laing on his own
Item 7 of 734, Castle Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusinessc. 1908c. 1917Laing on his own

Employment and Training

Employers

The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 2Kyle Dennison & Laing 1926Partner 
Item 2 of 2Laing & Raithbyc. 1898   

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 21901Gilbert Bain HospitalLerwickMainlandShetlandScotland 
Item 2 of 21904Drill HallLerwickMainlandShetlandScotland 

References

Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
 Author(s)DateTitlePartPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Post Office Directories     
Item 2 of 2www.cursiter.com2005www.cursiter.com Website of Orkney Genealogy: family heritage of the Orkney Islands of Scotland 

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 3Aberdeen Press and Journal26 February 1931  Death note
Item 2 of 3Scotsman28 April 1900  p8
Item 3 of 3Scotsman15 December 1926  p1

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2Census records onlineCensuses  
Item 2 of 2Courtesy of Neil DarlingtonInformation sent via DSA website Sent October 2009

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© All rights reserved. Edinburgh and the Lothians at the opening of the twentieth century / by A. Eddington. Contemporary biographies / edited by W.T. Pike 

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