Basic Biographical Details

Name: William Malcolm Scott
Designation: Architect
Born: 1870
Died: May 1943
Bio Notes: William Malcolm Scott was born in 1871 or 1872, the second son of Rev. John Scott, Camelon, Falkirk. No details of his training are as yet known. It would appear he worked as a draughtsman in the Edinburgh office of H M Office of Works in 1904 but by this date he had an office in Linlithgow so unless his work for the Office of Works was on a part-time basis, the William Scott in the Office of Works must be a different person. He set up independent practice in Linlithgow around 1900 and he remained in practice there until shortly before his death.

Scott acted as burgh architect of Linlithgow 'since municipal housing was started' and was also county architect for West Lothian County council for the northern part of the county.

Outwith his prefessional life he was a Past Master of Lodge Ancient Brazen, No 17, Linlithgow, and a member of the provincial Grand Lodge. He was interested in all local sports and was widely known as a good golfer, curler and bowler. He was a founding member of Linlithgow Golf Club and played in all the curling bonspiels in the County and beyond. The ice rink behind the Town Hall in Linlithgow was laid out by Scott. He was a past president of the local bowling club and also took a keen interest in the County Cricket Club. He was a Fellow of the Stirling Society of Architects by 1939-40.

For four years prior to his death he 'laboured under a physical handicap which he bore with quiet fortitude'. His obituarist notes that he was 'kindly natured, unassuming and of strict principles'.

Scott died in May 1943 aged 72 years. He was survived by his wife and his son who was a banker in British Guiana and three daughters.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 3141, High Street, Linlithgow, West Lothian, ScotlandBusinessc. 1900  
Item 2 of 3112, High Street, Linlithgow, West Lothian, ScotlandBusinessc. 1903c. 1925 
Item 3 of 3100, High Street, Linlithgow, West Lothian, ScotlandBusinessc. 1926After 1939 

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 1H M Office of Works (later Ministry of Works, Department of the Environment and Property Services Agency)Before 19041905Draughtsman 

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 1George Turner Wattc. 1907c. 1912Apprentice 

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 111900Falkirk Public LibraryFalkirk StirlingshireScotlandThird premiated competition design (15 premium)
Item 2 of 111904Police StationWinchburgh West LothianScotland 
Item 3 of 111905Linlithgow Town Hall Linlithgow West LothianScotlandNew forestair added (instead of loggia)
Item 4 of 111905Masonic Lodge of LinlithgowLinlithgow West LothianScotland 
Item 5 of 111908Bo'ness and Carriden Free ChurchBo'ness / Borrowstouness West LothianScotlandRecast as an institute
Item 6 of 111908Regent Factory (Explosives)Linlithgow West LothianScotland 
Item 7 of 111913Baron's Hill, Bell's BurnLinlithgow West LothianScotland 
Item 8 of 111920Hopetoun Road Housing EstateSouth Queensferry West LothianScotland 
Item 9 of 11192513 Houses for District CouncilLinlithgow  Scotland 
Item 10 of 111937West Port Housing schemeLinlithgow West LothianScotland 
Item 11 of 11Early 1900sFlatted houseLinlithgow West LothianScotland'Probably' (HS)


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 2Linlithgow Business Directories Linlithgow Business Directories   
Item 2 of 2RIBA1939The RIBA Kalendar 1939-1940 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Linlithgowshire Gazette28 May 1943  p3. Obituary
Item 2 of 2Scotsman26 May 1943  Obituary p3