Basic Biographical Details

Name: David Valentine Wyllie
Designation: Architect
Born: 10 February 1857
Died: 2 May 1930
Bio Notes: David Valentine Wyllie was born at 93 North Hanover Street, Glasgow on 10 February 1857, the son of David Ross Wyllie, surgeon, and Eliza Greenshields. He was articled to Salmon Son & Ritchie in 1871 and was assistant to Alexander Skirving for three months in 1875 prior to becoming an assistant to McKissack & Rowan for three years and to John Carrick, Glasgow City Architect, for nine.

Wyllie was twice married. His first wife was Marion McConnell, born 23 August 1857 at 209 North Woodside Road, Glasgow, the sixth child and second daughter of Robert McConnell and Marion Rodgers. Wyllie married her in 1880 and with her he had three children: Eliza H (born c.1882), Robert M (born c.1886) and David Valentine junior (born late November or early December 1887), the latter of whom would follow him into the profession. Marion died of chronic bronchitis, dropsy and parturition at 331 New City Road, Glasgow on 13 December 1887, just two weeks after David Valentine junior's birth. Wyllie subsequently married Mary Rae McInroy of Montrose.

The elder David Valentine Wyllie commenced independent practice in a very downmarket way from his home address at 711 Gallowgate in 1887, but traded up to 138 Renfrew Street in 1891 and 102 Bath Street in 1911 by which date he had a separate house at 19 Westminster Terrace. He was admitted LRIBA in the mass intake of 20 July of that year, proposed by John Bennie Wilson and the Glasgow Institute of Architects, which Wyllie had joined in 1907.

His practice was predominantly industrial with a preference for polychromatic effects. The Botanic Gardens Garage suggests he was not without ability. Like so many others he seems to have been progressively affected by the Finance Act of 1909 and by 1914 Westminster Terrace was both house and office. After the First World War he moved house and office to 6 India Street where he died of premature senility and enlarged prostate on 2 May 1930, his death being reported by his married daughter Chrissie Rae Gonnella. At the time of his death he was described as property agent rather than as architect.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 10Rowmore Cottage, Rhu/Row, Dunbartonshire, ScotlandPrivate1881 *  
Item 2 of 10711, Gallowgate, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate/business18811891This was his home address until at least 1887 when it seems to have become both business and private.
Item 3 of 10331, New City Road, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1886 *1888 
Item 4 of 1095, Bath Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusinessBefore 1887After 1895 
Item 5 of 10138, Renfrew Street, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate/business1891Before 1911 
Item 6 of 10102, Bath Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusinessBefore 18991914 
Item 7 of 101557, Great Western Road, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1903 *  
Item 8 of 1021, Grafton Street, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivateBefore 1904After 1907 
Item 9 of 1019, Westminster Terrace, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate/businessBefore 1911After 1914Initially home only; also office after 1914
Item 10 of 106, India Street, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate/businessBefore 19191930 

* 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 5Salmon, Son & Ritchie18711875Apprentice 
Item 2 of 5Alexander Skirving18751875Assistant 
Item 3 of 5McKissack & Rowan18751878Chief Assistant 
Item 4 of 5John Carrick18781887AssistantIn Glasgow Office of Public Works/City Architect's Department
Item 5 of 5Glasgow Office of Public Works Architectural Department (later Glasgow Corporation City Engineer's Department)18781887AssistantWorking under John Carrick, City Architect

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 2James MoneySeptember 18921897Apprentice 
Item 2 of 2James Money18971897 or 1898Draughtsman 


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 241880Tenement, Melville Street  GlasgowScotlandAs assistant with Glasgow Office of Works? - or more probably in own private practice?
Item 2 of 241887Tenement, corner of Dumbarton Road and Regent Moray Street  GlasgowScotland 
Item 3 of 24After 1887Factory for Alexander Raeside, Canning Street  GlasgowScotland 
Item 4 of 24After 1887Factory for Alexander Raeside, Clyde Street  GlasgowScotland 
Item 5 of 24After 1887Factory for Alexander Raeside, Cumberland Street  GlasgowScotland 
Item 6 of 24After 1887Flats and villasAnniesland GlasgowScotland 
Item 7 of 24After 1887Memorial HallBroomhouse GlasgowScotland 
Item 8 of 24After 1887Shop alterations, Battlefield Road  GlasgowScotland 
Item 9 of 241888Dalmarnock DyeworksDalmarnock GlasgowScotland 
Item 10 of 241888Preserve Works for Walker & Son  GlasgowScotland 
Item 11 of 241888Warehouse for Alexander Raeside  GlasgowScotland 
Item 12 of 241889Workshop for Robert Robertson  GlasgowScotland 
Item 13 of 241890Warehouse for Alexander Raeside  GlasgowScotland 
Item 14 of 241891Glasgow East End Industrial Exhibition 1891  GlasgowScotland 
Item 15 of 241891Harbour Paint Works for J & J Dickson  GlasgowScotland 
Item 16 of 241891Warehouse and stables for Alexander Raeside  GlasgowScotland 
Item 17 of 241892Warehouse for Alexander Raeside  GlasgowScotland 
Item 18 of 24189316-17 Lilybank Gardens  GlasgowScotland 
Item 19 of 241894Tenement, Argyll StreetDunoon ArgyllScotland 
Item 20 of 241897Stables for R & D Kelso  GlasgowScotland 
Item 21 of 241898Bakery for John Neil & Son  GlasgowScotland 
Item 22 of 241902Store and Stables, Martyr StreetTownhead GlasgowScotlandPart onto Martyr Street
Item 23 of 241908Cabinet Works  GlasgowScotland 
Item 24 of 241911Botanic Gardens Garage  GlasgowScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 2Post Office Directories     
Item 2 of 2Scotland Census 18811881    

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 3H M Register HouseDeath Register GROS 1930/644.11/340
Item 2 of 3Professor David M Walker personal archiveProfessor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material Information on family and addresses from research by Iain Paterson; and from Anne Burgess (email 27 October 2006)
Item 3 of 3RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L v21 no1694