Basic Biographical Details

Name: William Hodgson Burnet & James Watson-Jerdan
Designation: Architectural practice
Started: 1907
Ended: After 1911
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.

In 1907 Burnet took James Watson-Jerdan into partnership. Watson-Jerdan had been born in 1881 in Edinburgh, the third son of nine children of the architect James Jerdan and Helen Watson, and had been educated at George Heriot's School. He had been articled to his father c.1897 and had attended classes at Heriot-Watt College where his father and brother John taught, and where he also subsequently worked for three years as an assistant lecturer in building construction. He had remained in his father's firm until 1904 when he moved to London to widen his experience, becoming briefly an assistant to James Glen Sivewright Gibson. He had then found a place with Hubbard & Moore, with whom he remained until he obtained a place in H M Office of Works in 1907. He retained the latter post after the commencement of the partnership with Burnet. Their office was at 5 Edward's Square, Kensington.

Burnet 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. Watson-Jerdan was admitted LRIBA soon thereafter, in the mass intake of 20 July 1911, his proposers being George Hubbard and Albert Walter of Hubbard & Moore, and George John Thrift Reavell.

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.

Watson-Jerdan lived in Croydon and died in 1932.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architectural practice:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 135, Edward's Square, Kensington, London, EnglandBusiness1911 *  

* 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 2James Watson-Jerdan1907After 1911Partner 
Item 2 of 2William Hodgson Burnet1907After 1911Partner 

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 3After 1907Flats, Dundee Terrace  EdinburghScotland 
Item 2 of 3After 1907House, Royal Circus  EdinburghScotlandAdditions and alterations
Item 3 of 3After 1907VillaColington (Colinton?) EdinburghScotland 


Currently, there are no references for this architectural practice. The information has been derived from: the British Architectural Library / RIBA Directory of British Architects 1834-1914; Post Office Directories; and/or any sources listed under this individual's works.