Basic Biographical Details

Name: William Ogilvie
Designation: Architect
Born: 1890s
Died: 30 January 1939
Bio Notes: William Ogilvie was born in the 1890s. He studied architecture at Edinburgh College of Art. He served with the Royal Scots during World War 1 for whom he designed a bookplate (the 9th Battalion) in 1919. At that time he was living and perhaps working at 10 Cameron Park.

Not long after demobilisation he set up in practice on his own account at Forres Street, Edinburgh. In 1924 he was at 4 Forres Street, and in 1930 at 3 Forres Street; the latter addresses are the same as those of the Mears & Carus-Wilson practice, though his obituary states that he practised on his own account and not with Mears. In his work as an architect Ogilvie favoured the Scottish domestic style which he 'adapted with success to modern housing needs'.

From about 1931 until 1934 he was a partner in the practice Taylor & Ogilvie.

Outwith his professional life, Ogilvie wrote ppoetry in the Scots vernacular. His work has been published in a number of anthologies. He also enjoyed painting and was a 'shrewd judge of art'. He was a member of the Scottish Arts Club and spoke on poetry throughout Scotland.

Ogilvie died on 30 January 1939.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 446, Great King Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate 1939 
Item 2 of 410, Cameron Park, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusiness1919 *  
Item 3 of 44, Forres Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusiness1924 *  
Item 4 of 43, Forres Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusiness1930 or 1931 *  

* 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 3(Sir) Frank Charles MearsBefore 1924(?)c. 1928(?) It seems likely that Ogilvie was employed by Mears since they shared the same address
Item 2 of 3Mears & Carus-Wilsonc. 1928(?)After 1930(?) It seems likely that Ogilvie was employed by Mears & Carus-Wilson since they shared the same address
Item 3 of 3W B Taylor & Ogilviec. 1931c. 1934Partner 

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 21925Gamley House, Whitehouse RoadBarnton EdinburghScotland 
Item 2 of 21925Morningside Congregational Church and HallsMorningside EdinburghScotlandDesign only - did not get the job (McLachlan appointed)


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 1Post Office Directories