Basic Biographical Details

Name: William R Croll
Designation: Architect
Born: c. 1861
Died: 1929(?)
Bio Notes: William R (Ramsay?) Croll was born about 1861 in Dundee, the son of George Croll, cabinetmaker, and his wife Margaret. In 1871 he was a boarder and scholar at Morgan's Hospital. He was employed by Edward & Robertson in the early 1880s as an architectural draughtsman. He was briefly in partnership with Hugh Gavin in Dundee c.1888-1891.

It is not clear if he was related to George Croll who practised as an inspector of works and architect in Laurencekirk, Kincardineshire and who died c. 1864.

William R Croll is listed as a draughtsman in the Post Office directory for 1884 and was skilful at this work as he was entrusted with the task of illuminating addresses given in honour of worthy individuals. In 1883 he prepared one for Mr Henry Nagel for his services to the Dundee Amateur Choral Union. In the report of an address given by Mr David Henderson, JP to Sir John Lubbock in Dundee on 29 November 1888, it is noted that the address had been 'engrossed and beautifully illuminated by Mr William R Croll of Croll & Gavin, Architects, Reform Street, Dundee'.

His last entry in the Dundee Post Office directory is in 1891-2. It is possible that he abandoned architecture. In the Census for 1901 William Ramsay Croll who was married with a daughter is listed as a cashier in a newspaper office in Sheffield.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 628, Balfour Street, Dundee, ScotlandPrivate(?)1880 *  
Item 2 of 612, Bank Street, Dundee, ScotlandBusiness1887  
Item 3 of 62, Abbotsford Place, Peddie Street, Dundee, ScotlandPrivate1887After 1891 
Item 4 of 6Reform Street, Dundee, Scotland(?)Business18881889 
Item 5 of 6Arbroath, Angus, Scotland(?)Business1889 *  
Item 6 of 6115, Machon Bank, Eccleshall Bierlow, Sheffield, EnglandPrivate1901  

* 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 2Edward & Robertson1880s Draughtsman 
Item 2 of 2Croll & Gavin1889 * Partner 

* earliest date known from documented sources.

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 11889Victoria HallsArbroath AngusScotlandConversion


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 1Post Office Directories     

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Dundee Courier and Advertiser22 February 1883   
Item 2 of 2Dundee Courier and Advertiser30 November 1888   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2Census records onlineCensuses  
Item 2 of 2England and WalesBirths, marriages and deaths