Basic Biographical Details

Name: John St Clair Williamson
Designation: Architect
Born: 24 August 1881
Died: 1940
Bio Notes: John St Clair Williamson was born on 24 August 1881. He was articled to James Kennedy Hunter of Ayr from 1896 to 1901, studying at Ayr Academy and taking art classes under William Cowie. On completion of his apprenticeship he moved to Glasgow as assistant to Henry Edward Clifford, which enabled him to study at Glasgow School of Art under Professor Alexander McGibbon and from 1904 under Eugène Bourdon. He returned to Ayr to commence independent practice in 1906, and was admitted LRIBA on 24 June 1912, his proposers being Hunter, Cowie and James Archibald Morris, also of Ayr.

By the 1920s he had a post in the County Architects Office in Ayr (perhaps the Education section?).

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 7164, Woodlands Terrace, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1901 *  
Item 2 of 7c/o Mrs Stewart/206, Woodlands Road, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1902 *  
Item 3 of 776, Sandgate, Ayr, Ayrshire, ScotlandBusiness1911 *  
Item 4 of 770, Newmarket Street, Ayr, Ayrshire, ScotlandBusiness1912 *  
Item 5 of 7Louisdene, Newtonhead, Ayr, Ayrshire, ScotlandPrivate1912 *  
Item 6 of 719, Woodfield Avenue, Ayr, Ayrshire, ScotlandPrivateBefore 1929After 1934 
Item 7 of 722, Bellrock Avenue, Prestwick, Ayrshire, ScotlandPrivate1939 *  

* 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 2James Kennedy Hunter18961901Apprentice 
Item 2 of 2Henry Edward Clifford19011906Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3William Cowie24 June 1912for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3James Kennedy Hunter24 June 1912for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3James Archibald Morris24 June 1912for 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 13After 1906Ailsa BuildingsAyr AyrshireScotlandAlterations
Item 2 of 13After 1906Bungalows for Misses ClarkeAyr AyrshireScotland 
Item 3 of 13After 1906Darlington Place UP Church HallAyr AyrshireScotlandAlterations
Item 4 of 13After 1906Grosvenor BarAyr AyrshireScotlandAlterations
Item 5 of 13After 1906Premises for James PickenAyr AyrshireScotland 
Item 6 of 13After 1906Scottish Stamping Company WorksAyr AyrshireScotlandAdditions
Item 7 of 13After 1906Semi-detached Villa for William McGeachinAyr AyrshireScotland 
Item 8 of 13After 1906Tenement for T E DrinnanAyr AyrshireScotland 
Item 9 of 13After 1906Tenement for William McGeachinAyr AyrshireScotland 
Item 10 of 13After 1906Tenements for James ClarkAyr AyrshireScotland 
Item 11 of 131911Liberal ClubAyr AyrshireScotlandIn collaboration with John Rutherford Johnstone
Item 12 of 131925Carrick AcademyMaybole AyrshireScotlandWith William Reid, County Architect
Item 13 of 131928Heathfield Primary SchoolAyr AyrshireScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 6British Architectural Library, RIBA2001Directory of British Architects 1834-1914   
Item 2 of 6Measurers\' Companion1911The Scottish Architects' and Measurers' Companion   
Item 3 of 6Post Office Directories     
Item 4 of 6RIBA1930The RIBA Kalendar 1930-1931 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 5 of 6RIBA1939The RIBA Kalendar 1939-1940 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 6 of 6Who's Who in Architecture1914    

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2Professor David M Walker personal archiveProfessor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material Additional research by Iain Paterson
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L v26 no2154