Basic Biographical Details

Name: Wilson, Hamilton & Wilson
Designation: Architectural practice
Started: 1947
Ended: After 1981
Bio Notes: Horace James Dick Hamilton was born on 23 March 1915 and was articled to Wylie, Wright & Wylie in October 1932, studying at Glasgow School of Architecture. He remained with the same firm for the full five years of his apprenticeship, by the end of which it had become Wylie, Shanks & Wylie, and on receiving his course certificate in June 1937 joined the office of the London, Midland & Scottish Railway Company as an assistant, returning to his studies at the School of Architecture and Technical College in September 1938 to obtain his diploma. He passed the Professional Practice exam in Edinburgh in December 1940 and was admitted ARIBA on 4 March 1941, his proposers being Thomas Harold Hughes and William James Smith of the Glasgow School of Architecture, and Andrew Graham Henderson. By that time he had joined the staff of Rolls-Royce Ltd in Glasgow as chief architect.

He worked on the temporary housing programme for the Ministry of Works in 1946, and from 1947 onwards practised in partnership with two unidentified Wilsons in Motherwell as Wilson, Hamilton & Wilson. The most likely candidates for these two Wilsons are as follows: Andrew Victor Wilson and his son Andrew James B Wilson. Andrew Victor Wilson opened business on his own account before 1904 in Windmillhill Street. The office was transferred to 11 Merry Street in February of that year. He died in 1946 and it would appear that Horace Hamilton joined Andrew James Branks Wilson at that point took over the practice at that point. The practice office of the Wilsons at 9 Calder Street was retained as the office.

Hamilton was elected FRIBA in 1955.

The practice was still in operation in 1970 with Hamilton as senior partner. Donald Fraser, Iain Black and Fraser A Young were all partners at this time.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architectural practice:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 59, Calder Street, Motherwell, Lanarkshire, ScotlandBusiness1947After 1955Certainly at 9 Calder Street in 1952 (Builder 30 May 1952, 828)
Item 2 of 5Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1947After 1955 
Item 3 of 51, Springkell Avenue, Uddingston, Lanarkshire, ScotlandBusiness(?)1950 *  
Item 4 of 5153, Oxford Street, Gorbals, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1951 *After 1955 
Item 5 of 55, Woodside Terrace, Glasgow, ScotlandBusinessBefore 1961After 1981 

* earliest date known from documented sources.

Employment and Training

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this architectural practice (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 7Horace James Dick Hamilton1947After 1970Partner 
Item 2 of 7Andrew James Branks Wilsonc. 1947 Partner 
Item 3 of 7Frank Arneil Walker19601961Assistant 
Item 4 of 7Iain Black1970 *After 1984Partner 
Item 5 of 7Donald FraserBefore 1970After 1981Partner 
Item 6 of 7Fraser Anderson YoungBefore 1970After 1981Partner 
Item 7 of 7Roy Bryden Hamiltonc. 1975 Partner 

* earliest date known from documented sources.

Buildings and Designs

This architectural practice 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 66After 1947British Road Services Depots   ScotlandAlterations
Item 2 of 66After 1947Building, Gilmour StreetPaisley Renfrewshire  
Item 3 of 66After 1947Central SchoolCoatbridge LanarkshireScotlandExtension
Item 4 of 66After 1947Clyde Paper MillsEastfield, Rutherglen LanarkshireScotlandAdditions
Item 5 of 66After 1947Clyde Paper MillsMilngavie GlasgowScotlandAdditions
Item 6 of 66After 1947CottagesCarluke LanarkshireScotlandConversion of condemned cottages into shops and showroom
Item 7 of 66After 1947Depot for Lucas Motor Car Accessories  GlasgowScotland 
Item 8 of 66After 1947Depot for Lucas Motor Car AccessoriesPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 9 of 66After 1947Depot for Lucas Motor Car AccessoriesAyr AyrshireScotland 
Item 10 of 66After 1947Depot for Lucas Motor Car AccessoriesDumfries DumfriesshireScotland 
Item 11 of 66After 1947Halifax Building Society branch  GlasgowScotland 
Item 12 of 66After 1947Halifax Building Society branchPaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 13 of 66After 1947Halifax Building Society branchMotherwell LanarkshireScotland 
Item 14 of 66After 1947Housing scheme for miners, lighhouse keepers and general needsBowmoreIslayArgyllScotland 
Item 15 of 66After 1947Motherwell StadiumMotherwell LanarkshireScotland 
Item 16 of 66After 1947Recreation groundUddingston LanarkshireScotland 
Item 17 of 66After 1947Recreation groundBothwell LanarkshireScotland 
Item 18 of 66After 1947Recreation groundBellshill LanarkshireScotland 
Item 19 of 66After 1947Recreation groundMossend LanarkshireScotland 
Item 20 of 66After 1947Recreation groundHolytown LanarkshireScotland 
Item 21 of 66After 1947Recreation groundChapelhall LanarkshireScotland 
Item 22 of 66After 1947Riverside Engineering WorksRutherglen LanarkshireScotlandReconstruction
Item 23 of 66After 1947Rolls Royce FactoryLarkhall LanarkshireScotlandExtensions
Item 24 of 66After 1947Rolls Royce sports groundHillington LanarkshireScotland 
Item 25 of 66After 1947Rolls Royce Sports GroundCrookston LanarkshireScotland 
Item 26 of 66After 1947Rolls Royce Sports GroundEast Kilbride LanarkshireScotland 
Item 27 of 66After 1947SSHA housing scheme for miners, lighthouse keepers and general needsCampbeltown ArgyllScotland 
Item 28 of 66After 1947SSHA housing scheme for miners, lighthouse keepers and general needsCampbeltown ArgyllScotland 
Item 29 of 66After 1947St Bridget's Primary SchoolBaillieston GlasgowScotlandExtension
Item 30 of 66After 1947St Patrick's SchoolCoatbridge LanarkshireScotlandExtension
Item 31 of 661949Premises for Bitupave Ltd, CambuslangCambuslang LanarkshireScotland 
Item 32 of 66195028-38 West StreetTradeston GlasgowScotlandArchitects for alterations and additions
Item 33 of 661951Buildings for Rothley Garages Ltd, Annisland Road  GlasgowScotland 
Item 34 of 661951Buildings, Anniesland RoadAnniesland GlasgowScotlandTo prepare plans for new buildings
Item 35 of 661951Commercial Garage and Offices, BishopriggsBishopriggs LanarkshireScotland 
Item 36 of 661951Halls, Hamilton StreetCarluke LanarkshireScotland 
Item 37 of 661951Rolls Royce FactoryHillington GlasgowScotlandAdditions and alterations to factory, test beds for jet engine and other works
Item 38 of 661951Tollcross Methodist ChurchTollcross GlasgowScotlandPrepared plans for additions and alterations
Item 39 of 66c. 1951Rolls Royce Factory, BlantyreBlantyre LanarkshireScotlandExtensions
Item 40 of 661952Halls, Shieldhall RoadCarluke LanarkshireScotlandPlans prepared for new halls
Item 41 of 661952Roman Catholic School, NewmillsNewmills LanarkshireScotlandNew school
Item 42 of 661952Scottish Agricultural Industries Premises, Port DundasPort Dundas LanarkshireScotlandTo prepare plans
Item 43 of 661954Commercial Garage of R Leslie & Sons (Glasgow) Ltd, Carntynehall RoadCarntyne GlasgowScotland 
Item 44 of 661954Methodist Church BuildingsMilton GlasgowScotlandPlans prepared for new buildings
Item 45 of 661954Pharmaceutical PlantDalry AyrshireScotland 
Item 46 of 661955Hoffmann-La Roche, Dalry Production SiteDalry AyrshireScotland 
Item 47 of 661955SMT garage premisesPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandPlan drawn up
Item 48 of 661955Workshops, Storage Buildings, Etc, for Sports Ltd  LanarkshireScotland 
Item 49 of 661956Plant for Caterpillar Tractor Co Ltd  GlasgowScotland 
Item 50 of 66195740 Mugdock RoadStrathblane StirlingshireScotland 
Item 51 of 661959Plant for Caterpillar Tractor Co Ltd  Newcastle-upon-TyneEngland 
Item 52 of 661960Gourock High SchoolGourock RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 53 of 661961Maukinhill Junior Secondary SchoolMaukinhill, Paisley Renfrewshire  
Item 54 of 66Before 1961Hillhouse Parish Church and hallHamilton LanarkshireScotlandHall
Item 55 of 661962Possilpark Secondary SchoolPossilpark GlasgowScotland 
Item 56 of 661963Bellshill Public BathsBellshill LanarkshireScotland 
Item 57 of 661964Hydraulics Components Plant for CessnaGlenrothes FifeScotland 
Item 58 of 661965Telecommunications Factory for AEI LtdGlenrothes FifeScotland 
Item 59 of 661965Telecommunications Factory for AEI LtdKirkcaldy FifeScotland 
Item 60 of 661967Plant for Caterpillar Tractor Co Ltd  Newcastle-upon-TyneEngland 
Item 61 of 661968John Street Senior Secondary School  GlasgowScotland 
Item 62 of 661968Plant for Caterpillar Tractor Co Ltd  GlasgowScotland 
Item 63 of 661971Shotts Leisure CentreShotts LanarkshireScotland 
Item 64 of 661973Bellshill Leisure CentreBellshill LanarkshireScotland 
Item 65 of 661974Plant for Caterpillar Tractor Co Ltd  GlasgowScotland 
Item 66 of 661974Plant for Caterpillar Tractor Co Ltd  Newcastle-upon-TyneEngland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architectural practice:
Item 1 of 3RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 2 of 3RIBA1975RIBA Directory of practices   
Item 3 of 3Walker, Frank Arneil1986South Clyde Estuary: An Illustrated Architectural Guide to Inverclyde and Renfrew  p13

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architectural practice:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 14Builder2 September 1949  p306
Item 2 of 14Builder13 January 1950  p86
Item 3 of 14Builder5 January 1951  p27
Item 4 of 14Builder12 October 1951  p502
Item 5 of 14Builder9 November 1951  p647
Item 6 of 14Builder11 May 1951  p675
Item 7 of 14Builder18 May 1951  p719
Item 8 of 14Builder1 June 1951  p803
Item 9 of 14Builder23 May 1952  p792
Item 10 of 14Builder30 May 1952  p828
Item 11 of 14Builder21 May 1954  p918
Item 12 of 14Builder23 July 1954  p157
Item 13 of 14Builder21 January 1955  p156
Item 14 of 14Motherwell Times9 April 1948