Basic Biographical Details

Name: William McKendrick McLean
Designation: Architect
Born: 1 July 1909
Bio Notes: William McKendrick McLean was born in Paisley on 1 July 1909, the son of Peter McLean, threadmill foreman, and his wife Margaret McKendrick. He was always known professionally as simply William McLean. He began his articles on 24 July 1923 with Ingram & Brown of Kilmarnock and from that year until 1926 he attended classes at the Technical School of Kilmarnock. He undertook a further period of study from 1926 until 1929 through the International Correspondence Schools, London. After completing his articles he moved to the practice of James W Reid in Glasgow where he remained as assistant for three years.

In 1930 he married Jean Drivers Ross in Kilmarnock. About 1930 he moved back to Kilmarnock to the office of William F Valentine but returned to Glasgow in 1933 to work in the architectural department of the SCWS. In 1937 he took a post with Ayr County council remaining there until 1949 when he became Deputy Burgh Architect in Kilmarnock.

McLean sat the external RIBA exam and was elected LRIBA in 1951, his proposers being Gabriel Steel, William McCrea and Alexander Wright. McLean's membership of the RIBA was terminated in 1973 because of non-payment of fees.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 38, Union Street, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, ScotlandPrivate1930 *  
Item 2 of 3Rosslean, Bentfield Avenue, Ayr, Ayrshire, ScotlandBusiness1951 *  
Item 3 of 322, Arran Avenue, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, ScotlandPrivateBefore 1960After 1972 

* 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 6Ingram & Brown24 July 19231928Apprentice 
Item 2 of 6James William Reid19281931Assistant 
Item 3 of 6William Forrest Valentine19311933Assistant 
Item 4 of 6Scottish Co-Operative Wholesale Society (SCWS) Architectural Department (CWS Ltd Architecture & Design)19331937Assistant 
Item 5 of 6Ayr County Architect's Office19371949Assistant 
Item 6 of 6Kilmarnock Burgh Council Architect's Department1949Late 1950sDeputy Architect 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3William McCrea6 February 1951For Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3Gabriel Steel6 February 1951For Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3Alexander Wright6 February 1951For Licentiateship


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 2RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   
Item 2 of 2RIBA1972RIBA Directory 1972   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 3GROSRecords of Marriages  
Item 2 of 3National Archives (via Scotlands People)Statutory births  
Item 3 of 3RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L no 6464 (Combined Box 141)