Basic Biographical Details

Name: William Mollison Wilson
Designation: Architect
Born: 1901
Died: 10 May 1990
Bio Notes: William Mollison Wilson was born in Broughty Ferry in 1901, the son of Alexander Wilson and was the younger brother of James Mollison Wilson. He was educated at Grove Academy and Dundee High School and trained as a civil engineer with Robert Gibson. He set up his own practice as civil engineer and architect at 61 Meadowside Dundee in 1926. His earliest works were mainly alterations and additions to factories and foundries, but the practice gradually encompassed architecture through cinema and ice rink work. He is not listed in the RIBA Directory of 1970-71, presumably because he never joined the RIBA, though he was a member of the RIAS and the TPI. The practice was later W M Wilson & Partners and from 1990 The Wilson Partnership.

William Wilson married Kathleen Galloway in 1927. They had a daughter who now lives in Sweden. Wilson died on 10 May 1990. His interests outwith the practice were the Rover Scouts, golf, fishing and apiculture.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 261, Meadowside, Dundee, ScotlandBusiness1926 *After 1939(?) 
Item 2 of 2Castle Chambers/26, Castle Street, Dundee, ScotlandBusiness1970 *  

* 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 2Robert Gibson  Apprentice 
Item 2 of 2W M Wilson & Partners1961 Partner 

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 6Richard Houston DewarJune 19521954Assistant 
Item 2 of 6Richard Houston Dewar19541956Senior Assistant 
Item 3 of 6John James Springford1955 Apprentice 
Item 4 of 6(Professor) Charles Calthorpe Robertson19551956Senior ArchitectProject leader
Item 5 of 6Richard Houston Dewar19561960Associate 
Item 6 of 6Richard Houston Dewar19601961Partner 


RIBA Proposals

This architect proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 1Richard Houston Dewar3 October 1953for Associateship

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 33 House, Trail StreetBroughty Ferry DundeeScotlandDate unknown
Item 2 of 33 Houses, Law Crescent  DundeeScotlandDate unknown
Item 3 of 331928ShopBroughty Ferry DundeeScotland 
Item 4 of 331934St Mark's Greenfield Church  DundeeScotlandHall added. Gifford gives the architects for this as Wilson & Wilson but William Mollison Wilson is much more likely.
Item 5 of 331935Business premises for Messrs Malcolm Ltd, Auctioneers  DundeeScotlandReconstruction and extension
Item 6 of 331935House, Arbroath Road  DundeeScotland 
Item 7 of 33After 1935Picture HouseCowdenbeath FifeScotlandAlterations
Item 8 of 331936Capitol Cinema  DundeeScotlandAlterations
Item 9 of 331937Dundee-Angus Ice Rink  DundeeScotland 
Item 10 of 331937House, Strathern Road  DundeeScotland 
Item 11 of 331937North Tay Works, Offices Lochee DundeeScotland 
Item 12 of 331938House, Albany Road  DundeeScotland 
Item 13 of 331938House, RosemountArdler DundeeScotland 
Item 14 of 331938House, Strathern Road  DundeeScotland 
Item 15 of 331938Semi-detached housesNewport FifeScotland 
Item 16 of 331939Broadway Cinema  DundeeScotlandReconstruction and enlargement
Item 17 of 331939Milton School SchemeDumbarton DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 18 of 331953Factory for Giddings & Lewis-FraserArbroath AngusScotland 
Item 19 of 331954Park Mill for J F Robertson, jute manufacturer  DundeeScotland 
Item 20 of 331956Capitol Cinema  DundeeScotlandRebuilding on same site or elsewhere?
Item 21 of 331959House for George B Kinnes  DundeeScotland 
Item 22 of 331963Training Centre for guide dogs for the blind Fofar AngusScotland 
Item 23 of 331964Factory for Yorkshire Imperial Metals  DundeeScotland 
Item 24 of 331965Bowling StadiumArbroath AngusScotland 
Item 25 of 331967Scottish Horticultural Research InstituteInvergowrie AngusScotlandRedevelopment - including farm buildings, glasshouses, laboratories and library.
Item 26 of 331968Factory for Giddings & Lewis-FraserArbroath AngusScotlandMachine shop, electronics factory
Item 27 of 331968Housing for Forfar Town CouncilForfar AngusScotland 
Item 28 of 331968Perth New InfirmaryPerth PerthshireScotlandMaternity unit
Item 29 of 331969Bakery for British Bakeries  DundeeScotland 
Item 30 of 331969Factory for Northern Tool & GearArbroath AngusScotland 
Item 31 of 331970Community Centre for Dundee Corporation  DundeeScotland 
Item 32 of 331971BP Petroleum Development Ltd offices  AberdeenScotland 
Item 33 of 331971SHRI Laboratories  DundeeScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 1RIBA1939The 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 1RIAS NewsletterJune 1990vol 1, no 12 Death notice