Basic Biographical Details

Name: William ('Will') Dootson (junior)
Designation: Architect
Born: 23 May 1904
Died: 22 August 1988
Bio Notes: William ('Will') Dootson Junior was born on 23 May 1904, the son of William Dootson, an Australian architect who practised in Manchester and his wife Annie Crowther. From 1926 to 1933 he studied technical subjects at Stockport College in Cumbria and also undertook an architectural history and design course up to Intermediate Standard, though he did niot sit the exam. Thereafter he taught building construction in the evenings at Stockport College.

He worked as an assistant to his father in Stockport from late 1936 until November 1938 when owing to a shortage of work in the depression he obtained a post as architectural technical assistant to Lycett & Platt Ltd of Manchester who were shopfitters and builders. Through his work there he obtained knowlegde of the practical side of store planning and design and he became a specialist in this. Dootson Junior was admitted LRIBA in 1942. His proposers were John Wilson, J Armory Teather of Sheffield and J M Middleton who was secretary of the RIAS.

At some point before 1942 he was offered and accepted the position of Staff Architect with the Saxone Shoe Company in Kilmarnock. As such as dealt with the alterations, extensions, new stores and repairs etc at the 140 branches of the shop in Great Britain and Eire. At the time of his election to the RIBA he was working on repairs, air raid shelters under the CD act and war damage claims.

He did not take over his father's practice when the latter died in 1951 but completed all his father's outstanding commissions from his practice at Duart Crescent, Prestwick, Ayrshire. Harry Dootson, perhaps another son, born 31 October 1915, died March 2003, worked for William Dootson senior.

Will Dootson junior died on 22 August 1988 at Victoria Infirmary in Glasgow. He was survived by his wife, Annie Eyre.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 2Saxone Shoe Company/113, Tichfield Street, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, ScotlandBusinessBefore 1942 *  
Item 2 of 24, Duart Crescent, Prestwick, Ayrshire, ScotlandPrivate/business(?)1951 *1988 

* 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 1William Dootson1936 Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 2J Armory Teather10 March 1942For Licentiateship
Item 2 of 2John Wilson10 March 1942For Licentiateship


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 1RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1RIBA JournalApril 1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architectsp248

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2H M Register HouseDeath Register  
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L no5080 (Combined Box 55)