Basic Biographical Details

Name: Wittets Ltd
Born: 1986
Bio Notes: John Wittet of Elgin, who had been in partnership with Alexander and William Charles Reid from 1893 and practised on his own from 1903, made his son William a share partner in his firm on 1 January 1928, the practice name changing to J & W Wittet. William had been articled to his father from 1919 and had been assistant from 22 January 1923 and a salaried partner from 1 January 1925.

William was admitted LRIBA in early 1932, his proposers being Robert Leslie Rollo, Robert Gordon Wilson Junior and James Lochhead.

In the 1930s and 1940s the Wittets had an office in Skye, probably continuing the Highland and west coast practice established by William Reid.

John Wittet died on 18 March 1952, William continuing the practice thereafter under its existing name. In 1962 Neil Simpson was assumed into partnership followed in 1968 by Stanley Mitchell.

In 1973 an office was opened once again on the Isle of Skye in the Pier Hotel, Broadford. The following year the office moved to the home of the assistant in charge, Bill Simpson, at 12 Scullamus and it moved again in 1974 to the Old Post Office Buildings, Broadford. In 1975 on the departure of Bill Simpson, Magnus Gunnarsson took over as assistant in charge. He was assumed into partnership two years later.

The practice continued to flourish, becoming a limited company in 1986, having moved to 26 Hay Street, Elgin, and the name becoming Wittets Ltd. Stanley Mitchell became managing director.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 126, Hay Street, Elgin, Morayshire, Scotland 1986  

Employment and Training

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 7Duncan MacCallum  Architect 
Item 2 of 7Stephen Gauld  Director 
Item 3 of 7Mark Womble  Director 
Item 4 of 7Magnus Gunnarsson1980s PartnerOperated the Isle of Skye branch office in around 1981.
Item 5 of 7Stanley Anderson Mitchell1980s1990sPartner 
Item 6 of 7Neil Victor Ridgley Simpson19861988Partner 
Item 7 of 7Alastair Alldridge1990s Partner 

Buildings and Designs

This 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 91988Little ParkBracadaleSkyeInverness-shireScotlandWith Alldridge as job architect/partner in charge?
Item 2 of 919895 EbostBracadaleSkyeInverness-shireScotlandWith Alldridge as job architect
Item 3 of 91990s(?)Fearann Eilean Ianmain, GrainstoreSleatSkyeInverness-shireScotlandConversion to gallery
Item 4 of 9c. 1992Easter Elchies House  MorayshireScotland2nd octagonal office pod
Item 5 of 92000Home Farm ComplexBalmacara Square Inverness-shireScotlandRestoration
Item 6 of 92000Lesmurdie HouseElgin MorayshireScotlandConversion to apartments
Item 7 of 92002Moray College Technology CentreElgin MorayshireScotland 
Item 8 of 92004Glenlivet Parish ChurchGlenlivet BanffshireScotlandConversion to house
Item 9 of 92004Offices and warehouses, Pitgaveny QuayLossiemouth MorayshireScotlandRestoration


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 1Bailey, Rebecca M1996Scottish architects' papers: a source book Edinburgh: The Rutland Pressp103