Basic Biographical Details

Name: William Hodgson Burnet
Designation: Architect
Born: 1873
Died: 8 December 1933
Bio Notes: William Hodgson Burnet was born in 1873 and educated at St Paul's School and St Andrews and Oxford Universities. He was articled to Thomas Edward Collcutt in 1894 and remained with him until 1901, for the last two years as clerk of works. In 1900 he moved to the office of William Wallace, and in 1902 to that of Sir Ernest George prior to obtaining a salaried post in H M Office of Works. He commenced a small private practice in 1904 while still remaining at the Office of Works in Storey's Gate, London. He was admitted LRIBA on 20 March 1911, his proposers being George John Thrift Reavell of the Office of Works, Collcutt, and Alfred Bowman Yeates of Sir Ernest George & Yeates. At that date his private office address was 5 Edward's Square, Kensington, where he had been working in partnership with James Watson-Jerdan (born 1881), a colleague in the Office of Works, since 1907.

Burnet's interests outside architecture were mainly literary. He was a frequent contributor to 'Punch', the 'Morning Post', 'Passing Show' and 'The Referee', and wrote four parodies: 'Quite So Stories', 'Gullible's Travels', 'The MP's Garden of Verses' and 'The Rubaiyat of Omar MP'. He died on 8 December 1933.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 15, Edwardes Square, Kensington, London, EnglandPrivateBefore 1911After 1914 

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 6Thomas Edward Collcutt18941899Apprentice 
Item 2 of 6Thomas Edward Collcutt18991901ClerkClerk of Works
Item 3 of 6William Wallace19011902Assistant 
Item 4 of 6Ernest George19021902Assistant 
Item 5 of 6H M Office of Works (later Ministry of Works, Department of the Environment and Property Services Agency)1902After 1904Assistant 
Item 6 of 6William Hodgson Burnet & James Watson-Jerdan1907After 1911Partner 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Thomas Edward Collcutt20 March 1911for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3George John Thrift Reavell20 March 1911for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3Alfred Bowman Yeates20 March 1911for 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 3 Tomb for T [Theodore] Salvesen, Dean Cemetery  EdinburghScotland 
Item 2 of 3Before 1933Pavilion  MandalNorway 
Item 3 of 3Before 1933Rosebank Cemetery, unspecified monument  EdinburghScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 1Who's Who in Architecture1914    

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1RIBA Journal27 January 1934v41London: Royal Institute of British Architectsp316 - obituary