Basic Biographical Details
|Name: ||J & W Wittet |
|Designation: ||Architectural practice |
|Started: ||1 January 1928 |
|Ended: ||After 1986 |
|Bio Notes: ||John Wittet of Elgin, who had been in partnership with Alexander and William Charles Reid from 1893 and practised on his own from 1903, made his son William a share partner in his firm on 1 January 1928, the practice name changing to J & W Wittet. William had been articled to his father from 1919 and had been assistant from 22 January 1923 and a salaried partner from 1 January 1925. |
William was admitted LRIBA in early 1932, his proposers being Robert Leslie Rollo, Robert Gordon Wilson Junior and James Lochhead.
In the 1930s and 1940s the Wittets had an office in Skye, probably continuing the Highland and west coast practice established by William Reid.
John Wittet died on 18 March 1952, William continuing the practice thereafter under its existing name. In 1962 Neil Simpson was assumed into partnership followed in 1968 by Stanley Mitchell.
In 1973 an office was opened once again on the Isle of Skye in the Pier Hotel, Broadford. The following year the office moved to the home of the assistant in charge, Bill Simpson, at 12 Scullamus and it moved again in 1974 to the Old Post Office Buildings, Broadford. In 1975 on the departure of Bill Simpson, Magnus Gunnarsson took over as assistant in charge. He was assumed into partnership two years later.
The practice continued to flourish, becoming a limited company in 1986, having moved to 26 Hay Street, Elgin. William died in 1990.
Private and Business Addresses
|The following private or business addresses are associated with this architectural practice:|
| ||Address||Type||Date from||Date to||Notes|
|81, High Street, Elgin, Morayshire, Scotland||Business||1928||After 1931|| |
|Skye, Inverness-shire, Scotland||Business||Late 1930s *|| ||Subsidiary office|
|6, Moss Street, Elgin, Morayshire, Scotland||Business||Before 1964||After 1970|| |
|Royal Bank Buildings, Grantown-on-Spey, Morayshire, Scotland||Business||1970 *|| ||Branch office|
|Post Office Building, Inverness-shire, Scotland||Business||1981 *|| || |
* earliest date known from documented sources.
Employment and Training
Employees or Pupils
Buildings and Designs
|The following books contain references to this architectural practice:|
|Bailey, Rebecca M||1996||Scottish architects' papers: a source book|| ||Edinburgh: The Rutland Press||p103|
|RIBA||1970||RIBA Directory 1970|| || || |
|RIBA||1980||Directory of Practices 1980|| || || |
|RIBA||1981||Directory of Practices 1981|| || || |