Basic Biographical Details

Name: William Johnstone Milwain
Designation: Architect
Born: c. 1864
Bio Notes: William Johnstone Milwain was born c.1864 and was a student at Glasgow School of Art from 1883 to 1888, but it is not yet known to which practice he was articled. Not long thereafter he obtained a post in the civil engineering department of the Glasgow and South Western Railway and was responsible for the new Station Hotel at Dumfries, built in 1896-97. In 1899 he commenced what was probably a spare-time independent practice at 294 St Vincent Street which had been his home address since 1887, but from 1909 his only professional address was St Enoch Station.

Milwain's Glasgow & South Western appointment came to an end as a result of the 1923 amalgamation of the 123 railway companies of Britain into four principal companies; the Glasgow & South Western was absorbed by the London Midland & Scottish Railway Company, and the Caledonian's Matthew Adam took over its Scottish architectural department, but Milwain appears to have been retained for a time, perhaps to complete the Gleneagles Hotel project. His house at 2 Athole Gardens thereafter accommodated an office for whatever private practice he may have had after his retirement.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 51, Landore Terrace, Langside, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1883 *  
Item 2 of 5294, St Vincent Street, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate/business1887After 1909Home address from 1887 and private practice also from 1899 until sometime before 1909
Item 3 of 5St Enoch's Station, Glasgow, ScotlandBusinessBefore 19091925 
Item 4 of 52, Athole Gardens, Kelvinside, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate/business1914After 1930Initially only private address; private practice also after c.1923
Item 5 of 53, Sutherland Avenue, Maxwell Park, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivateBefore 1934After 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 1Glasgow and South Western RailwayBefore 18961923  

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 21896Station HotelDumfries DumfriesshireScotland 
Item 2 of 21923Gleneagles HotelGleneagles PerthshireScotlandPossibly involved


Bibliographic References

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

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 Research by Iain Paterson