Basic Biographical Details

Name: William Reid
Designation: Architect
Born: 14 November 1866
Died: 12 April 1943
Bio Notes: William Reid was born on 14 November 1866, the son of William Harley Reid, marine engineer, and Amelia McLaren. He was educated at St Matthews School and Glasgow High School, and was articled to John Bennie Wilson in 1883, attending classes at Glasgow School of Art from that year. On completing his apprenticeship he joined the staff of Alexander Beith McDonald, the City Engineer. On 14 October 1897 at the Windsor Hotel, Glasgow, Reid married Mary Menzies Rankin, apparently born in Canada.

Reid left the City Engineer's Department to commence practice on his own account on 1 May 1900, taking an office at 196 St Vincent Street. He was admitted LRIBA in the mass intake of 20 July 1911, proposed by John Bennie Wilson and the Glasgow Institute of Architects, of which he was already a Fellow. In 1920 he moved his office to 122 Wellington Street.

Reid specialised in football stands, sports clubs and licensed premises with bold art-nouveau details. His entry in Who's Who in Architecture in 1914 also indicates an extensive domestic practice, with villas in Giffnock, Dunblane, Cathcart, and Brookfield and properties (presumably tenements) in Dalmarnock Road, Garscadden, Buildings at Whiteinch and Sandyford in Glasgow, and at Dalmuir, Hardgate and Bowling.

Reid died of a cerebral thrombosis at 127 Hyndland Road, Glasgow on 12 April 1943, survived by his son William H Reid.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 6466, St Vincent Street, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivateBefore 1883After 1886 
Item 2 of 6318, Bath Street, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1897 *  
Item 3 of 6196, St Vincent Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness19001920 
Item 4 of 69, Caird Drive, Partickhill, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivateBefore 1901After 1906 
Item 5 of 6127, Hyndland Road, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivateBefore 190612 April 1943(?) 
Item 6 of 6122, Wellington Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1920After 1924 

* 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 3John Bennie Wilson16 June 18832 July 1888Apprentice 
Item 2 of 3Glasgow Office of Public Works Architectural Department (later Glasgow Corporation City Engineer's Department)2 July 18881 May 1900AssistantUnder Alexander Beith McDonald
Item 3 of 3Alexander Beith McDonald2 July 18881 May 1900AssistantIn the City Engineer's Department


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 1John Bennie Wilson20 July 1911for Licentiateship - as President of the Glasgow Institute of Architects

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 311894Eastern Sewage WorksDalmarnock GlasgowScotlandAs assistant to Alexander Beith McDonald, City Surveyor
Item 2 of 311898House for John FergusonJordanhill GlasgowScotlandDrawing dated
Item 3 of 311898Ruchill Hospital for Infectious Diseases  GlasgowScotlandAs assistant to Alexander Beith McDonald, City Surveyor
Item 4 of 31After 1900Firhill Park Football Stand  GlasgowScotland 
Item 5 of 31After 1900Linthouse Bowling Clubhouse and GreensGovan GlasgowScotland 
Item 6 of 31After 1900Masonic HallDennistoun GlasgowScotland 
Item 7 of 31After 1900Meadowside Park Football StandPartick GlasgowScotland 
Item 8 of 31After 1900Property, George StreetWhiteinch GlasgowScotland 
Item 9 of 31After 1900Property, London Road and Dalmarnock Road  GlasgowScotland 
Item 10 of 31After 1900Property, Sauchiehall Street  GlasgowScotland 
Item 11 of 31After 1900Stark's Park Football StandKirkcaldy FifeScotland 
Item 12 of 31After 1900Victoria Park Bowling ClubhouseWhiteinch GlasgowScotland 
Item 13 of 31After 1900VillaGiffnock RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 14 of 31After 1900VillaBrookfield RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 15 of 31After 1900VillaDrumchapel GlasgowScotland 
Item 16 of 31After 1900Warehouse, Renfield and Cowcaddens Streets  GlasgowScotland 
Item 17 of 31After 1900WolfcragDunblane PerthshireScotland 
Item 18 of 311902Kelvindale Mills  GlasgowScotlandOffice block
Item 19 of 311903(?)Royal Gourock Yacht ClubhouseGourock RenfrewshireScotlandCompetition design - won first prize but did not secure job
Item 20 of 311903Tenement and King's Arms Public House  GlasgowScotlandAlterations
Item 21 of 311903Tenement and Wilson's Bar  GlasgowScotland 
Item 22 of 311909Masonic Hall  GlasgowScotlandWon in competition
Item 23 of 311913Coxhill Iron Works  GlasgowScotlandExtension
Item 24 of 311914Crown CinemaGorbals GlasgowScotlandOriginal cinema
Item 25 of 31Before 1914ClubhouseGourock RenfrewshireScotlandWon in competition
Item 26 of 31Before 1914Motor Garage at PollokshieldsPollokshields GlasgowScotland 
Item 27 of 31Before 1914Motor Garage, Garelochhead HotelGarelochhead DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 28 of 31Before 1914Motor Garage, Maxwell Park  GlasgowScotland 
Item 29 of 31Before 1914Renfield UF Church hall  GlasgowScotland 
Item 30 of 311920Star Palace CinemaPartick GlasgowScotlandRebuilding
Item 31 of 311930SchoolAyr 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 5Post Office Directories     
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 2Professor David M Walker personal archiveProfessor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material Information on birth, death and addresses from research by Iain Paterson
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L v20 no1542