Basic Biographical Details

Name: William McClelland
Designation: Architect
Born: 1870
Died: 1948
Bio Notes: William McClelland was born in Ayr in 1870, th son of William McClelland, grocer, and his wife Margaret Ratta. He was articled to Morris & Hunter in Ayr from 1888 to 1892, remaining as draughtsman until 1893 and studying at Ayr Academy. He spent his holidays visiting the English cathedrals and making measured drawings of abbeys in Ayrshire. In 1894 he was employed by Robert Weir Schultz, who was practising in London, as a draughtsman for his work at Falkland Palace, Dumfries House and Loudoun Parish Kirk, Galston. In 1895 he moved to the office of John Eaglesham in Ayr, and the following year joined the practice of James Milne Monro in Glasgow, which enabled him to attend classes at the Glasgow and West of Scotland Technical College.

He returned to Ayr in 1899 to commence practice on his own account, initially at 21 Burns Statue Square. He was admitted LRIBA in the mass intake of 20 July 1911, his proposers being Eaglesham, Monro and Professor Charles Gourlay, by which time he had acquired an office at 10 Cathcart Street whilst continuing to live at Burns Statue Square.

McClelland died in 1948.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 421, Burns Statue Square, Ayr, Ayrshire, ScotlandPrivate/business18991911 
Item 2 of 463, George Street, Ayr, Ayrshire, ScotlandPrivate1901 Home of his parents
Item 3 of 461, Alloway Street, Ayr, Ayrshire, ScotlandBusiness1911 *  
Item 4 of 410, Cathcart Street, Ayr, Ayrshire, ScotlandBusiness19111939 or after 1940(?) 

* 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 5Morris & Hunter18881892Apprentice 
Item 2 of 5Morris & Hunter18931894Draughtsman 
Item 3 of 5Robert Weir Schultz18941895Draughtsman 
Item 4 of 5John Eaglesham18951896Draughtsman 
Item 5 of 5J M Monro & Son18961899Draughtsman 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3John Eaglesham20 July 1911for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3Charles Gourlay20 July 1911for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3James Milne Monro20 July 1911for Licentiateship

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 121895Dumfries HouseCumnock (near) AyrshireScotlandMajor additions and alterations - as draughtsman to R W Schultz
Item 2 of 121895Falkland PalaceFalkland FifeScotlandUnspecified work - as draughtsman to R W Schultz
Item 3 of 121895Loudoun Old Parish ChurchGalston AyrshireScotlandRestoration schemes - as draughtsman to R W Schultz
Item 4 of 121897St Andrews Free Church and hallAyr AyrshireScotlandHall
Item 5 of 121898Mission HallWallacetown AyrshireScotland 
Item 6 of 12After 1899Business premises for R McCullochAyr AyrshireScotland 
Item 7 of 12After 1899DalmulinAyr AyrshireScotland 
Item 8 of 12After 1899Working Girls' InstituteAyr AyrshireScotland 
Item 9 of 121907Business premises (Organ Saloon) for Edward Senior & SonsAyr AyrshireScotland 
Item 10 of 121908Business premises (Organ Saloon) for Edward Senior & SonsAyr AyrshireScotlandAdditions at rear
Item 11 of 12c. 1911Working Men's InstituteAyr AyrshireScotlandWon in competition
Item 12 of 121932Furniture ShowroomAyr AyrshireScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 5British Architectural Library, RIBA2001Directory of British Architects 1834-1914   
Item 2 of 5Close, Rob and Riches, Anne2012The Buildings of Scotland: Ayrshire & Arran New Haven and London: Yale University Pressp764
Item 3 of 5RIBA1930The RIBA Kalendar 1930-1931 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 4 of 5RIBA1939The RIBA Kalendar 1939-1940 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 5 of 5Who's Who in Architecture1914    

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L v14 no911