Basic Biographical Details

Name: Andrew Victor Wilson
Designation: Architect
Born: 22 January 1882
Died: 1 May 1946
Bio Notes: Andrew Victor Wilson was born at Burngrange, Dalziel, Lanarkshire, on 22 January 1882, the younger son of Andrew Wilson, a coal and mining engineer and ex-Provost of Motherwell and his wife Ann Jack. He was educated at Dalziel Academy and Hamilton Academy. In 1896 he was apprenticed in the Dalziel Estates Office but in 1897 he transferred to Alexander Cullen's Motherwell Office, attending classes at the Glasgow and West of Scotland Technical College under Professor Gourlay. He remained with Cullen until 1902 when he entered Glasgow University, probably to study civil engineering. He graduated with the degree of BSc and became a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers. He commenced independent practice in 1903 or 1904 initially in Windmillhill Street transferring in early 1904 to 11 Merry Street. He admitted LRIBA on 24 June 1912, proposed by Alexander Nisbet Paterson and the Glasgow Institute of Architects. His home address was Cathlaw, in Motherwell.

Wilson married Sara Elizabeth Stott of Flixton in 1914. During the First World War he served on the consultative board for the iron and steel industry in Scotland.

Wilson was still in practice in Motherwell in 1940. From at least 1924 he was Director of Housing in Motherwell and Wishaw (in which post he continued until at least 1942). He was also president of the Scottish branch of the Town Planning Institute. He was also factor for the Cleland and Braidwood estates of Sir John Colville and for Sir Alexander Erskine Hill of Quothquhan. His obituary notes that he was an expert on rating and the valuation of land and buildings. He served on several Government advisory committees on housing and town planning.

Outwith his professional life, Wilson served as chairman of Dalziel Parish Council and was the last president of the Parish Council's Association of Scotland. In the 1920s he was chairman of the Motherwell branch of the Scout Association.

He died on 1 May 1946 aged 64.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 6Bal-na-Gask, Douglas Street, Motherwell, Lanarkshire, ScotlandPrivate 1946 
Item 2 of 6Burngrange, Wishaw Back Road, Dalziel, Lanarkshire, ScotlandPrivate1901 *  
Item 3 of 69, Merry Street, Motherwell, Lanarkshire, ScotlandBusiness1904  
Item 4 of 6Cathlaw, Motherwell, Lanarkshire, ScotlandPrivate1912 *  
Item 5 of 611, Merry Street, Motherwell, Lanarkshire, ScotlandBusiness1914 *After 1935(?) 
Item 6 of 639, Merry Street, Motherwell, Lanarkshire, ScotlandBusiness1939 *  

* 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 2Dalziel Estates Office18961897Apprentice 
Item 2 of 2Alexander Cullen18971902Apprentice 

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 1A Victor Wilson & CoBefore 1914 Partner 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 1Alexander Nisbet Paterson24 June 1912for 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 61904Hallelujah Mission HallMotherwell LanarkshireScotland 
Item 2 of 61914Motherwell Housing SchemeMothwerwell LanarkshireScotlandWon in competition
Item 3 of 61914Motherwell Public BathsMotherwell LanarkshireScotlandWon competition to secure job
Item 4 of 61924Miners' Welfare CentreNewarthill LanarkshireScotland 
Item 5 of 61930Housing, Thrashbush site   Scotland 
Item 6 of 61934MacLaren PlaceEastwood RenfrewshireScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 4Measurers\' Companion1911The Scottish Architects' and Measurers' Companion   
Item 2 of 4Post Office Directories     
Item 3 of 4RIBA1930The RIBA Kalendar 1930-1931 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 4 of 4RIBA1939The 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 4Glasgow Herald3 October 1942  p2
Item 2 of 4Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertis7 July 1914   
Item 3 of 4Motherwell Times10 May 1946  Obituary
Item 4 of 4Scotsman10 May 1946  Obituary p3

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 3Census records onlineCensuses  
Item 2 of 3Professor David M Walker personal archiveProfessor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material Death date from Frank Worsdall per research by Iain Paterson
Item 3 of 3RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L v26 no2158