Basic Biographical Details

Name: William Harvey Ross
Designation: Architect
Born: 1851
Bio Notes: William Harvey Ross was born in 1851 and articled to Campbell Douglas & Stevenson in 1865. He remained with Douglas after John James Stevenson withdrew from the partnership in 1868, and attended classes at Glasgow School of Art under A D Robertson throughout his apprenticeship, as well as spending three weeks sketching and measuring in Normandy and Paris and undertaking other study tours of England and Scotland, including Kirkwall Cathedral. Thereafter he was junior and subsequently senior assistant to William Leiper from 1870 to 1876, returning to Campbell Douglas's office, by then Campbell Douglas & Sellars, in the latter year as principal assistant. He gained third place in John James Stevenson's measured drawing competition in 1874, and remained with the Campbell Douglas & Sellars office until the death of James Sellars in 1888 when he set up practice on his own account as a furniture and decorative designer and was briefly clerk of works at Crichton Royal Institution, Dumfries. This seems not to have been a success as he became a leading draughtsman in Burnet Son & Campbell's office in the following year, moving to London as assistant to William Flockhart, a colleague in Campbell Douglas's office in 1892. There he worked on Rosehaugh and remained with the project as the client James Douglas Fletcher's estate clerk of works from 1894 to 1902, sharing the a fisherman's cottage with his colleage, the resident architect Stanley Davenport Adshead. In the latter year Ross returned to London as assistant to Pite & Balfour, becoming principal assistant in 1905 and remaining with William Alfred Pite after the dissolution of the partnership. He was admitted LRIBA on 20 March 1911 at the late age of sixty, his proposers being Pite, Burnet and Flockhart.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 241, Arlington Street, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate/business(?)1888 Listed as architect
Item 2 of 2Muckart/3, Sunny Gardens, Hendon, London, EnglandPrivate1911 *  

* 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 8Campbell Douglas & Stevenson18651868Apprentice 
Item 2 of 8Campbell Douglas18681870Apprentice 
Item 3 of 8William Leiper18701876AssistantEntered as Junior Assistant and was promoted to Principal Assistant
Item 4 of 8Campbell Douglas & Sellars18761888Principal Assistant 
Item 5 of 8William Flockhart18921894Assistant 
Item 6 of 8Pite & Balfour19021905Assistant 
Item 7 of 8Pite & Balfour19051907Principal Assistant 
Item 8 of 8William Alfred Pite1907After 1911Principal Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3(Sir) John James Burnet20 March 1911for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3William Flockhart20 March 1911for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3William Alfred Pite20 March 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 241870Colearn Castle, lodge and doocotAuchterarder PerthshireScotlandAs assistant to William Leiper
Item 2 of 241871CairndhuHelensburgh DunbartonshireScotlandAs assistant to William Leiper
Item 3 of 241872Partick Burgh HallPartick GlasgowScotlandFirst part - as assistant to William Leiper
Item 4 of 241874Bloomgate UP ChurchLanark LanarkshireScotlandAs assistant to William Leiper
Item 5 of 241875Bank Street UP ChurchBrechin AngusScotlandAs assistant to William Leiper
Item 6 of 241875Camphill UP ChurchQueen's Park GlasgowScotlandAs assistant to William Leiper
Item 7 of 241876Whiteinch ChurchPartick GlasgowScotlandAs assistant to William Leiper
Item 8 of 24After 1876ChurchKamesburgh / Port BannatyneButeButeScotlandAs principal assistant to Campbell Douglas & Sellars
Item 9 of 241881Free Abbey ChurchDunfermline FifeScotlandAs principal assistant to Campbell Douglas & Sellars
Item 10 of 241883Design for a villa     
Item 11 of 241887Design for a villa     
Item 12 of 241887St Andrew's Scots ChurchBournemouth HampshireEngland 
Item 13 of 241888Yacht for Sir William Pearce    Principal fittings
Item 14 of 24After 1888Crichton Royal Institution, Medical Superintendent's HouseDumfries DumfriesshireScotlandRe-planning and extension, as resident clerk of works
Item 15 of 241891Villa residenceFeltham MiddlesexEngland 
Item 16 of 241892Rosehaugh HouseInverness (near) Ross and CromartyScotlandRefurbishment and enlargement: virtually a new building - as clerk of works for William Flockhart
Item 17 of 241895(?)Rosehaugh House, Power House  Ross and CromartyScotlandAs resident clerk of works, for William Flockhart
Item 18 of 24Late 1800sRosehaugh, wine storeAvoch Ross and CromartyScotlandProbably involved, as resident clerk of works for William Flockhart
Item 19 of 24c. 1900Rosehaugh Estate, Gray's CottageAvoch Ross and CromartyScotlandAs resident clerk of works for William Flockhart
Item 20 of 24c. 1900Rosehaugh House, StablesAvoch Ross and CromartyScotlandAdditions and part remodelling - as resident clerk of works for William Flockhart
Item 21 of 24c. 1900Rosehaugh, the LaundryAvoch Ross and CromartyScotlandAs resident clerk of works for William Flockhart
Item 22 of 241903All Saints' ChurchEaling LondonEnglandAs clerk of works to Pite & Balfour
Item 23 of 241904St Andrew's Presbyterian ChurchHampstead LondonEnglandAs clerk of works to Pite & Balfour
Item 24 of 241906Christ ChurchCrouch End LondonEnglandEnlargement of north aisle - as principal assistant to Pite & Balfour


Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Glasgow Herald25 December 1874   

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 v15 no1015