Basic Biographical Details

Name: William Macpherson
Designation: Architect
Born: 1872
Bio Notes: William Macpherson was born in 1872 and articled to C & L Ower of Dundee on 26 November 1888, attending classes at University College, Dundee and obtaining prizes and certificates there as well as from the Science & Art Department and City & Guilds of London Institute. At the end of his apprenticeship in 1893 he was appointed architect and surveyor to the Duke of Montrose's estates, with an office in the factor's house, Catter House, near Drymen and a house at Blairnavich, Drymen. When time permitted he also carried out a small number of independent commissions embracing houses, cottages, manses and additions to schools. He was elected a Fellow of the Surveyors Institution of London on 16 February 1899.

He was admitted LRIBA on 16 January 1911, his proposers being old colleagues in the Ower office - Leslie Ower, Patrick Hill Thoms and John Donald Mills - as he had remained isolated from the Glasgow architectural scene. The total value of his works to that point was in the region of 30,000-40,000.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 2Montrose Estates Office/Catter House, Drymen (near), Dunbartonshire, ScotlandBusinessc. 1893After 1914 
Item 2 of 2Blairnavich, Drymen, Stirlingshire, ScotlandPrivate1911 *  

* 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 1C & L Ower26 November 18881893Apprentice 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3John Donald Mills16 January 1911for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3Leslie Ower16 January 1911for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3Patrick Hill Thoms16 January 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 71893Estate work for Duke of MontroseDrymen Stirlingshire/DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 2 of 7After 1893BeechwoodDrymen Station StirlingshireScotland 
Item 3 of 7After 1893Drymen Reading ClubDrymen StirlingshireScotland 
Item 4 of 7After 1893Gardener's cottageDuncryne DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 5 of 7After 1893InchrieAberfoyle PerthshireScotland 
Item 6 of 7After 1893SylvaAberfoyle PerthshireScotland 
Item 7 of 7After 1898Tramway Power Stations  EdinburghScotlandAs assistant in Burgh Engineer's Office


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 2British Architectural Library, RIBA2001Directory of British Architects 1834-1914   
Item 2 of 2Who'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 v8 no457 (microfilm reel 31)