Basic Biographical Details

Name: William Glashan
Designation: Architect
Born: 10 September 1903
Died: 15 December 1981
Bio Notes: William Glashan was born on 10 September 1903, the son of William Gall Glashan, upholsterer, and his wife Mary Norrie. He studied full-time at the School of Achitecture in Aberdeen from September 1919 to June 1921 but from this time until September 1924 he served his articles with George Bennett Mitchell and continued his studies through evening classes. He returned as a full-time student to the School of Architecture for a further session completing the course in June 1925 and sitting a special exam in July of that year which is described in his Nomination Paper as a 'post diploma endorsement'. He was elected ARIBA in 1925, proposed by John Alexander Ogg Allan, George WAtt and John Walker.

From 1928-41 he was chief assistant to Percy L Browne, Son & Harding in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. He then spent a year as senior assistant with Cumberland County Council before moving in 1942 to a post of a similar level with Cackett, Burns-Dick & Mackellar in Newcastle. In 1944 he moved again, this time to the City Architect's Department in Newcastle. In 1944 he returned to Scotland to a senior assistant post with Carver Symon & Ross in Dundee. The following year, 1947, he made another moved to the National Coal Board in Edinburgh and in 1949 moved to Inverness as Deputy Architect with the Northern Regional Hospital Board. He remained in Inverness for the rest of his career.

He was elected FRIAS in 1955 and FRIBA in 1956, his proposers being David Polson Hall, Alexander Cullen and Jack Blackburn. He was still in Inverness in 1979.

He died on 15 December 1981 aged 78 at Raigmore Hospital, Inverness. He was survived by his wife Isabella Duncan Bain Macdonald.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 2173, Holborn Street, Aberdeen, ScotlandPrivate1925 *  
Item 2 of 244, Glenburn Drive, Inverness, Inverness-shire, ScotlandPrivate/business(?)1950 *1981 

* 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 9George Bennett MitchellJune 1921September 1924Apprentice 
Item 2 of 9George Bennett Mitchell19251928Assistant 
Item 3 of 9Percy L Browne & Son19281941Chief Assistant 
Item 4 of 9Cumberland County Council, Architect's Department19411942Senior Assistant 
Item 5 of 9Cackett, Burns Dick & MacKellar19421944Senior Assistant 
Item 6 of 9Newcastle City Architect's Office19441946Senior Assistant 
Item 7 of 9Carver, Symon & Ross (or Ross & Partners)19461947Senior Assistant 
Item 8 of 9National Coal Board, Scottish Division19471949Senior Architect 
Item 9 of 9Northern Regional Hospital Board (later North Eastern Regional Hospital Board)1949 Deputy Architect 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 6John Alexander Ogg Allan2 November 1925For Associateship
Item 2 of 6James ('Jack') Blackburn9 October 1956For Fellowship
Item 3 of 6Alexander Cullen (junior)9 October 1956For Fellowship
Item 4 of 6David Polson Hall9 October 1956For Fellowship
Item 5 of 6John Wilson Walker2 November 1925For Associateship
Item 6 of 6George Watt2 November 1925For Associateship

RIBA Proposals

This architect proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 1Edward Alexander Meldrum6 October 1965For Fellowship

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 81946Peebles HydropathicPeebles PeeblesshireScotlandAs senior assistant with Carver Symon & Ross - reinstatement after occupation by WO
Item 2 of 81950Hearing Aid clinicInverness Inverness-shireScotlandAs Deputy to David Polson Hall
Item 3 of 81950Raigmore Hospital, animal house and laboratoryInverness Inverness-shireScotlandAs Deputy Architect with the Northern Hospital Board
Item 4 of 81951Pathological and Biochemical laboratories Inverness Inverness-shireScotlandAs Deputy Architect in Regional Hospital Board
Item 5 of 81952Blood Transfusion UnitInverness Inverness-shireScotlandAs Deputy Architect with Northern Regional Hospital Board
Item 6 of 81952Staff Housing for hospitals under the Northern Regional Hospital Board   ScotlandAs Deputy Architect with Northern Regional Hospital Board
Item 7 of 81953Lewis HospitalStornowayLewisRoss and CromartyScotlandEntrance block - as Deputy Architect with Northern Regional Hospital Board
Item 8 of 81954Daliburgh HospitalDaliburghSouth UistInverness-shireScotlandExtension - as Deputy Architect with Northern Regional Hospital Board


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 3RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 2 of 3RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   
Item 3 of 3RIBA1979Directory of members   

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 A no3845, F no5238 (Combined Box 65)