Basic Biographical Details

Name: William Fleming Wilkie
Designation: Architect
Born: 24 July 1876
Died: 23 July 1961
Bio Notes: William Fleming Wilkie was born on 24 July 1876 of a landed family, the Wilkies of Mylnefield, Invergowrie, an estate which he ultimately inherited. He was articled to Thomas Martin Cappon in 1892 and remained with him as an assistant until 1897. During that period he took classes at the Dundee Technical Institute. He then went to London as assistant to James Glen Sivewright Gibson, initially during his partnership with Samuel Bridgman Russell, leaving in 1900 to join the LCC Architects Department where he worked under William Edward Riley and Owen Fleming. Throughout that period he studied at the RA Schools and at the Architectural Association. In June 1901 he returned to Dundee to enter into partnership with Patrick Hill Thoms at 18 Commercial Street, having already commenced the remodelling of Kingoodie House, Invergowrie for his own occupation. The partnership flourished and moved to a larger office at 46 Reform Street in 1904. Thoms was not then married but lived at Grayburn, Benvie, a fine Arts and Crafts house he had built for his father's retirement, moving to Braefoot, Monifieth on his marriage shortly thereafter. Both partners were admitted FRIBA in 1906, Thoms's proposers being Leslie Ower, William Mackison and James Glen Sivewright Gibson and Wilkie's William Alfred Pite, Richard Phené Spiers and Gibson.

Wilkie did not need to work and had little taste for post-war practice. Although he is said to have remained nominally a partner until 1930, he withdrew from Thoms & Wilkie's Dundee practice in 1923 and thereafter practised only from Craigower, his house in St Andrews, a move which coincided with the partnership's takeover of the practice of Captain William Walker who had died in that year. Some two years earlier the practice had moved to 21 South Tay Street, where it remained.

Wilkie retired completely in 1925. In his last years he lived at Alleyne House, St Andrews. He died at St Joseph's Nursing Home, Oxford on 23 July 1961, his ashes being interred in Longforgan Churchyard.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 718, Commercial Street, Dundee, ScotlandBusiness19011904 
Item 2 of 7Kingoodie House, Invergowrie, Perthshire, ScotlandPrivate1901After 1906 
Item 3 of 746, Reform Street, Dundee, ScotlandBusiness19041921 
Item 4 of 721, South Tay Street, Dundee, ScotlandBusiness19211923 
Item 5 of 781, North Street, St Andrews, Fife, ScotlandBusinessAfter 19211925Branch office
Item 6 of 7Craigower, St Andrews, Fife, ScotlandPrivate/businessBefore 1923After 1930 
Item 7 of 7Alleyne House, St Andrews, Fife, ScotlandPrivateAfter 19301961 

Employment and Training

Employers

The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 6Thomas Martin Cappon18921896Apprentice 
Item 2 of 6Thomas Martin Cappon18961897Assistant 
Item 3 of 6Gibson & Russell18971899Assistant 
Item 4 of 6James Glen Sivewright Gibson18991900Assistant 
Item 5 of 6London County Council Architects' Department (LCC Architects' Department)19001901AssistantWorking under William Edward Riley and Owen Fleming
Item 6 of 6Thoms & WilkieJune 19011930PartnerEffectively retired in 1923 but remained an official partner until 1930

RIBA

RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3James Glen Sivewright Gibson3 December 1906for Fellowship
Item 2 of 3William Alfred Pite3 December 1906for Fellowship
Item 3 of 3Richard Phené Spiers3 December 1906for Fellowship

RIBA Proposals

This architect proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 37David Lindsay Allan24 June 1912for Licentiateship - as President of the Dundee Institute of Architects
Item 2 of 37Arthur James Barclay20 March 1911for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 37David William Baxter24 June 1912for Licentiateship - as President of the Dundee Institute of Architects
Item 4 of 37William Bell20 March 1911for Licentiateship
Item 5 of 37William Clark24 June 1912for Licentiateship - as President of the Dundee Institute of Architects
Item 6 of 37David Matheson Cuthbert20 July 1911for Licentiateship - as President of the Dundee Institute of Architects
Item 7 of 37George MacCallum Davidson20 July 1911for Licentiateship - as President of the Dundee Institute of Architects
Item 8 of 37Alexander Cumming Dewar20 July 1911for Licentiateship - as President of the Dundee Institute of Architects
Item 9 of 37Thomas Kilgour Foggie24 June 1912for Licentiateship - as President of the Dundee Institute of Architects
Item 10 of 37David Wishart Galloway20 July 1911for Licentiateship - as President of the Dundee Institute of Architects
Item 11 of 37Andrew David Haxton24 June 1912for Licentiateship - as President of the Dundee Institute of Architects
Item 12 of 37John Stirling Jarvie20 July 1911for Licentiateship - as President of the Dundee Institute of Architects
Item 13 of 37John William Kay2 December 1912for Associateship
Item 14 of 37Mitchell Crichton KayJuly 1920For Associateship
Item 15 of 37William Bruce Dickie Keith24 June 1912for Licentiateship - as President of the Dundee Institute of Architects
Item 16 of 37Alexander Lickely20 July 1911for Licentiateship - as President of the Dundee Institute of Architects
Item 17 of 37James Lowe20 July 1911for Licentiateship - as President of the Dundee Institute of Architects
Item 18 of 37Charles MannMid 1910for Licentiateship
Item 19 of 37John Morrison Mathers16 January 1911for Licentiateship
Item 20 of 37Robert Matthew Mitchell20 July 1911for Licentiateship - as President of the Dundee Institute of Architects
Item 21 of 37George Alexander Pyott24 June 1912for Licentiateship - as President of the Dundee Institute of Architects
Item 22 of 37Alexander Robertson20 July 1911for Licentiateship - as President of the Dundee Institute of Architects
Item 23 of 37William Salmond20 July 1911for Licentiateship - as President of the Dundee Institute of Architects
Item 24 of 37David Sharpe24 June 1912for Licentiateship - as President of the Dundee Institute of Architects
Item 25 of 37John Walker Smart16 January 1911for Licentiateship
Item 26 of 37David Smith20 July 1911for Licentiateship
Item 27 of 37James Stedman24 June 1912for Licentiateship - as President of the Dundee Institute of Architects
Item 28 of 37Donald Alexander StewartEarly 1911for Licentiateship - as President of the Dundee Institute of Architects
Item 29 of 37Archibald Anderson Symon24 June 1912for Licentiateship - as President of the Dundee Institute of Architects
Item 30 of 37David Thomson24 June 1912for Licentiateship - as President of the Dundee Institute of Architects
Item 31 of 37Henry ('Harry') Thomson20 July 1911for Licentiateship - as President of the Dundee Institute of Architects
Item 32 of 37James Thomson20 July 1911for Licentiateship - as President of the Dundee Institute of Architects
Item 33 of 37William Erskine Thomson20 July 1911for Licentiateship - as President of the Dundee Institute of Architects
Item 34 of 37Edward Tough14 June 1910for Licentiateship
Item 35 of 37William Walker24 June 1912for Licentiateship - as President of the Dundee Institute of Architects
Item 36 of 37William WalkerJanuary 1921for Fellowship
Item 37 of 37Joseph Weekes20 July 1911for Licentiateship - as President of the Dundee 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 771897House at East MylnefieldInvergowrie Perthshire/AngusScotlandProbably largely responsible for the design, as assistant to T M Cappon (the property belonged to Wilkie's family)
Item 2 of 771899Kingoodie HouseInvergowrie Perthshire/AngusScotlandRemodelled for his own occupation
Item 3 of 771900Edzell UF ChurchEdzell AngusScotlandWon competition to secure job - in collaboration with Patrick Hill Thoms before formation of partnership
Item 4 of 771901Balruddery House  AngusScotlandStudio and curling club house
Item 5 of 771901DunlappieEdzell AngusScotlandTook over from Deas - may have been influenced by Deas' work and perhaps adapted from his design
Item 6 of 771901St Paul's Free Church  DundeeScotlandAlterations; organ case; new doorway to Nethergate
Item 7 of 771902Edzell Parish ChurchEdzell AngusScotland 
Item 8 of 771902Grange Golf Club HouseMonifieth AngusScotland 
Item 9 of 771902Longforgan UF ChurchInvergowrie Perthshire/AngusScotlandMemorial tablet
Item 10 of 771902South UF ChurchKirriemuir AngusScotland 
Item 11 of 771903Doctor's houseLiff AngusScotland 
Item 12 of 771903Drumgeith  Dundee (near)ScotlandComplete remodelling of plain late Georgian house
Item 13 of 771904BaldragonDownfield Dundee (near)Scotland 
Item 14 of 771904Bowling Green Club HouseInvergowrie Perthshire/AngusScotland 
Item 15 of 771904Clepington UF ChurchClepington DundeeScotlandPlaced first in competition but did not secure the job
Item 16 of 771904Cottages, Wortley Place  DundeeScotland 
Item 17 of 771904Muirhead of Liff SchoolMuirhead of Liff AngusScotlandAddition to old building; new building
Item 18 of 771904Offices, Monifieth FoundryMonifieth AngusScotland 
Item 19 of 771904The HirselNinewells DundeeScotland 
Item 20 of 771905Grayburn HouseBenvie DundeeScotland 
Item 21 of 771905LuthriebankLuthrie FifeScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 22 of 771905MorarNinewells DundeeScotland 
Item 23 of 771905Newburgh UF ChurchNewburgh FifeScotland 
Item 24 of 771906Blocks of dwelling houses, Wolseley StreetClepington DundeeScotland 
Item 25 of 771906Kinpurnie CastleNewtyle AngusScotlandShooting lodge, entrance lodge, stable & garage
Item 26 of 771906Longforgan UF ChurchInvergowrie Perthshire/AngusScotlandAddition of tower and apse
Item 27 of 771906MurrayfieldPittenweem FifeScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 28 of 771906Nyora  DundeeScotland 
Item 29 of 771907County BuildingsCupar FifeScotlandExtension to east - won 1907 competition to secure job; work executed 1924-5
Item 30 of 771908St John's Episcopal Church and Halls  DundeeScotlandChurch refurnished and altered
Item 31 of 771909Lochee Cabinet FactoryLochee DundeeScotlandAlterations - new front
Item 32 of 771910Gartmore House  PerthshireScotlandAdditions
Item 33 of 771910The ElmsLongforgan PerthshireScotland 
Item 34 of 771910Villa, 1 Hazel Drive  DundeeScotland 
Item 35 of 771910Villa, 1 Lawside Road  DundeeScotland 
Item 36 of 771910Westerlea, St Colme's, GlomachLongforgan PerthshireScotland 
Item 37 of 77c. 1910Kellyfield House  DundeeScotlandReconstruction
Item 38 of 77c. 1910Lamb's Temperance Hotel  DundeeScotlandNew interiors mainly coffee room
Item 39 of 771911The Boreen  DundeeScotland 
Item 40 of 771912Grange CottageMonifieth AngusScotlandExtension and remodelling of earlier mill house
Item 41 of 771912Longforgan Parish Church and churchyardLongforgan PerthshireScotlandRe-ordering and extension of churchyard with lychgate (Probably mainly Wilkie who was a heritor of the parish)
Item 42 of 771912Milton HouseMonifieth AngusScotlandExtension and remodelling of earlier mill house known as Grange Cottage to form hotel
Item 43 of 771912Pair of villas, Ashlea and MaywoodLongforgan PerthshireScotlandAttribution by HS
Item 44 of 7719134 Farington Street  DundeeScotland 
Item 45 of 771913FerncroftBarnhill DundeeScotland 
Item 46 of 771913Fleuchar Craig Works, offices  DundeeScotland 
Item 47 of 771913Scott Street works  DundeeScotland 
Item 48 of 771915Parish ChurchEassie & Nevay AngusScotlandAlterations to windows at W
Item 49 of 771915The PrioryCrail FifeScotland 
Item 50 of 771916Drumgarth  Dundee, nearScotland 
Item 51 of 771916Tay Park  DundeeScotlandNew north west wing
Item 52 of 771920Bakery at Lytton Street  DundeeScotland 
Item 53 of 77c. 1920Cottages at KingoodieKingoodie AngusScotland 
Item 54 of 77c. 1920House for WrightCarnoustie AngusScotland 
Item 55 of 77c. 1920Morgan's Hospital  DundeeScotlandWar memorial
Item 56 of 77c. 1920St Paul's (South Church), War Memorial for 4th Black Watch  DundeeScotland 
Item 57 of 77c. 1920The Hermitage, 1 Graham StreetMontrose AngusScotlandAttribution by Paul Mitchell
Item 58 of 77c. 1920Town's Churches, St Mary's Church and church hall  DundeeScotlandBlack Watch war memorial
Item 59 of 771921House for E Macgregor  DundeeScotland 
Item 60 of 771922Lochee Bedding Factory  DundeeScotland 
Item 61 of 771922Rosemount HouseBlairgowrie PerthshireScotlandAlterations
Item 62 of 771922Victoria Café and Tea GardenSt Andrews FifeScotland 
Item 63 of 771923Abbey Park Housing EstatePittenweem FifeScotlandCompetion of job afrter death of Walker
Item 64 of 771923Double villas, Kennedy Gardens and Donaldson GardensSt Andrews FifeScotland 
Item 65 of 771923Gordon LodgeSt Andrews FifeScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 66 of 771923Tom Morris HouseSt Andrews FifeScotlandNew bathroom wing
Item 67 of 77Before 1923Wallacetown Parish Church, war memorial  DundeeScotland 
Item 68 of 771925Police sergeant's house, police cells, charge room etcCupar FifeScotland 
Item 69 of 77c. 1925House for John Tattersall  DundeeScotland 
Item 70 of 77c. 1925Semi-detached houses, Hyndford Street  DundeeScotland'Style of' (HS)
Item 71 of 771926Hamewith  DundeeScotland 
Item 72 of 771926House and Garage for P S Low  DundeeScotland 
Item 73 of 771927House for Very Reverend Provost A C Don  DundeeScotland 
Item 74 of 771928Milton HouseMonifieth AngusScotlandFurther work
Item 75 of 771929Aerated Water Factory and Office  DundeeScotland 
Item 76 of 771929British and Argentine Meat Company Limited PremisesHawkhill DundeeScotlandAlterations
Item 77 of 771947St Margaret's Episcopal Church and hallLochee DundeeScotlandSugden's design completed to a different and curtailed design.

References

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1St Andrews Citizen23 July 1961  CHECK for further info

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 F v18 p53 no1200 (microfilm reel 12)