Basic Biographical Details

Name: William Charles Thyrd Wright
Designation: Architect
Born: 21 May 1908
Died: 23 February 1965
Bio Notes: William Charles Thyrd Wright was born on 21 May 1908, the son of Robert Wright, master mariner, and his wife May Thyrd. From 1924-28 he served his articles in the offices of J Jeffrey Waddell & Young and of Alexander Gardner & Gardner-McLean while taking evening classes at the Department of Architecture & Buildings, Royal Technical College.

He was engaged as a principal (with Gardner & Gardner-McLean?) until taking up a post with the Local Authority (in Rutherglen?) from 1924-27. In 1928 he took a post as junior assistant in the Architecture Department of Cowiesons Ltd in Glasgow and in due course was promoted to senior assistant. From 1934-36 he was architect to Henry Boot (Garden Estates) Ltd who were based at Baillieston. He spent a year between 1936 and 1937 working as an architect to William Gibson & Co., Paisley, contractors, transferring to a similar post with the Architects Department of Perth County Council and remaining thee until 1939. In the latter year he moved to the Burgh Engineer's office in Rutherglen.

Between 1942 and 1945 he served with the RAF but returned to his old job with the Rutherglen Burgh Engineer's Office after demobilisation. He was elected LRIBA in 1947, proposed by Frank Russell Burnet, John Watson and William MacLean, Secretary of the RIBA.

He was elected FRIAS in 1955 and was still in Rutherglen at that date.

He died on 23 February 1965. His wife Annie Muir McMillan Harvie had predeceased him but he was survived by his son, also called William.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 28, Barfillan Drive, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate(?)Before 1947 *After 1950 
Item 2 of 276, Alloway Drive, Rutherglen, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivateBefore 19551965 

* 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 9F D Cowieson & Co ( later Cowiesons Ltd) 1934Senior Assistant 
Item 2 of 9Waddell & Young1924Before 1928Apprentice 
Item 3 of 9F D Cowieson & Co ( later Cowiesons Ltd)1928 Junior Assistant 
Item 4 of 9Gardner & Gardner-McLeanMid 1920sBefore 1928Apprentice 
Item 5 of 9Henry Boot & Sons (Scotland) Ltd19341936Architect 
Item 6 of 9William Gibson & Co19361937Architect 
Item 7 of 9Perth & Kinross County Council Architects' Department19371939Assistant 
Item 8 of 9Rutherglen Burgh Engineer's Office1939 Assistant 
Item 9 of 9Rutherglen Burgh Engineer's Office1947 * Chief Architect 

* earliest date known from documented sources.


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 2Frank Russell Burnet24 June 1947For Licentiateship
Item 2 of 2John Watson (junior)24 June 1947For Licentiateship


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 2RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 2 of 2RIBA1964The RIBA Kalendar 1963-64   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 3H M Register HouseDeath Register  
Item 2 of 3RIAS, Rutland SquareRecords of membership  
Item 3 of 3RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L no 6125 (Combined box 121)