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Basic Biographical Details

Name: William Daniel McLennan
Designation: Architect
Born: 12 April 1872
Died: 6 February 1940
Bio Notes: William Daniel McLennan was born in Glen Street, Paisley on 12 April 1872, the son of Thomas Bain McLennan, shawl manufacturer and his wife Helen Watson. He was educated first at Mr Watson's Public School in Stevenson Street, but in 1880 he was enrolled at the John Neilson Institute. It is not clear where he was apprenticed but by 1895 he was gaining experience in Belfast, and by 1896 in Cahir, Co Tipperary.

In 1895 he was amongst those invited to compete for Paisley Technical School and achieved some distinction by beating several leading practices to third place in Rowand Anderson's report. This encouraged him to set up practice in Paisley late in 1896 or early in 1897.

Although he registered as a probationer with the RIBA in 1891 and achieved some fame beyond Paisley in his adoption of bold and original art-nouveau variations on perpendicular Gothic and free Renaissance he never sought admission. As a person he is said to have been somewhat remote but 'clubbable' and wryly amusing with his own circle of friends. He never married and until the death of his mother in 1926 lived in the family home at Carriagehill. For the last decade of his life he lived at Beltrees, Linwood, Paisley in poor health and without any significant practice. He died on 6 February 1940.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 5Carriagehill, Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland(?)Private 1926 
Item 2 of 5Glen Street, Paisley, Renfrewshire, ScotlandPrivate1872  
Item 3 of 596, High Street, Paisley, Renfrewshire, ScotlandBusiness1898 *After 1911 
Item 4 of 5Masonic Buildings, Paisley, Renfrewshire, ScotlandBusiness1900 *  
Item 5 of 5Beltrees, Linwood, Paisley, Renfrewshire, ScotlandPrivate19261940 

* earliest date known from documented sources.

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 2Crawford H MacKellar19011906Apprentice 
Item 2 of 2Norval Rowallan Paxton1 June 19096 March 1914Apprentice 

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 511889Double villa, South Park AvenuePaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 2 of 511896Chimney StalkPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 3 of 511896Erskine Parish ChurchBishopton RenfrewshireScotlandPulpit and organ case
Item 4 of 511896Paisley Technical SchoolPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandFourth premiated competition design
Item 5 of 51189734 Great Hamilton StreetPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandAlterations
Item 6 of 511897House of RefugePaisley RenfrewshireScotlandMangle room
Item 7 of 511897Tannahill Bandstand in Brodie ParkPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 8 of 51189831 Well StreetPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandPlans for alterations dated
Item 9 of 51189898 High StreetPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandAlterations
Item 10 of 511898Double Villa, South Park AvenuePaisley RenfrewshireScotlandPlans dated
Item 11 of 511898Elderslie Free ChurchElderslie RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 12 of 511898Tea RoomsPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandBegan reconstruction
Item 13 of 511899House for J F McCallum in George StreetPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 14 of 511899Ralston UP Church HallPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 15 of 511899Tenement, 4 Glen StreetPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 16 of 511899Villas, BlackhallPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandPlans dated
Item 17 of 511900Business premises, High Street and New StreetPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 18 of 511900Glenarm, 10 Thornly Park AvenuePaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 19 of 511900Paisley Provident Co-operative Society premisesPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandAlterations
Item 20 of 511900The Bull InnPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 21 of 511900Thorncroft, 12 Thornly Park AvenuePaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 22 of 511900Villa, Stanley ViewPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandAlterations
Item 23 of 511900Watson's Butcher's ShopPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 24 of 51c. 1900(Tenements?) 1-3 Lindsay PlaceJohnstone RenfrewshireScotlandAttribution based on similarity to Glen Street Tenement
Item 25 of 5119024 John StreetPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandAlterations
Item 26 of 511902Erskine Parish ChurchBishopton RenfrewshireScotlandAddition of vestry
Item 27 of 511902Globe HotelPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandStair and lavatory
Item 28 of 511902GrahamstonePaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 29 of 511902Trinity ChurchRenfrew RenfrewshireScotlandAlterations
Item 30 of 511903Cottage, Arkleston RoadPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandPlans dated
Item 31 of 51190498 High StreetPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandFurther alterations and additions
Item 32 of 511904Ralston UP ChurchPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 33 of 511904St George's UF ChurchPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandWon in limited competition. Also designed furnishings and boundary railings
Item 34 of 511904Stonefield LaundryPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandAdditions
Item 35 of 51190598 High StreetPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandFurther alterations
Item 36 of 511905Ardyne, 31 Thornly Park AvenuePaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 37 of 511905Tea RoomsPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandSecond phase of reconstruction
Item 38 of 511906Ingleside, CarriagehillPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandAlterations on attic
Item 39 of 511907Premises for T B McLennan & SonPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandAlterations
Item 40 of 511908Wilmar, Thornly ParkPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 41 of 511910Ralston UP ChurchPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandFinishing details?
Item 42 of 51191385 High StreetPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandAlterations
Item 43 of 511914Sneddon FoundryPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandOffice, shed and store
Item 44 of 511915Bakery, stables and stores, Back Sneddon StreetPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandGate and sheds at number 24
Item 45 of 511915Stow CottagePaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 46 of 511916Cordite Spinning Mill (with Considere Company)Crosslee RenfrewshireScotlandWith Considere Company, concrete manufacturers
Item 47 of 511917Laighpark WorksPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandCanteen
Item 48 of 511918Motorhouse, Corsebar RoadPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 49 of 511919St George's UF ChurchPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandFurther work
Item 50 of 511923Tea RoomsPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandThird phase of reconstruction
Item 51 of 511924BarbourhillPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 4Measurers\' Companion1911The Scottish Architects' and Measurers' Companion   
Item 2 of 4Walker, Frank Arneil1978Art Nouveau Patterns in Paisley: the architecture of W D McLennan in Country Life, 10 August 1978 
Item 3 of 4Walker, Frank Arneil1979William Daniel McLennan of Paisleyno 6, 1979, pp17-25Bulletin of the Scottish Georgian Society, 1979, no 6 
Item 4 of 4Walker, Frank Arneil1986South Clyde Estuary: An Illustrated Architectural Guide to Inverclyde and Renfrew  p17, p21, p31, p34, p37, p53, p56, p79, p104

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 4Architects Journal14 September 1977  Article by F A Walker
Item 2 of 4Glasgow Herald8 February 1940   
Item 3 of 4Paisley and Renfrewshire Gazette10 February 1940   
Item 4 of 4Paisley Daily Express7 February 1940   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1Professor David M Walker personal archiveProfessor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material Information from Graham Paterson - Institute of Civil Engineers in London holds information about McLennan's work with concrete in Scotland and elsewhere in UK


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