Basic Biographical Details

Name: John Wilson
Designation: Architect
Born: 9 October 1906
Died: 30 September 1974
Bio Notes: John Wilson was born on 9 October 1906, the son of William Wilson, grocery manager, and his wife, Elizabeth White Scott Dunlop. From April 1922 until February he was articled to William Forrest Valentine of Kilmarnock and at the same time studied at Kilmarnock Technical School. he then took a post as assistant to Alexander Mair, later becoming senior assistant. He was elected ARIAS in March 1940.

During the war Wilson was an assistant with the Air Ministry Directorate General Office of Works in which post he remained until September 1946. He then joined the practice of Stevenson & Ferguson as chief assistant. In September 1948 he took a post as Area Architect, West Ayr Area with the National Coal Board. He would appear to have been based in Glasgow by 1951. He was elected LRIBA in 1956, his proposers being Gabriel Steel, James Andrew Carrick and Robert Govan Lindsay. Before he retired he was working for the local authority, presumably in Ayrshire.

He retired from work as a result of illness about 1971. As a result of thrombosis and a stroke he was unable to speak or write. He died on 30 September 1974 at his home in Prestwick. He was survived by his wife, Margaret McCance.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 3National Coal Board/Westfield, Westfield Road, Ayr, Ayrshire, ScotlandBusiness1948After 1956 
Item 2 of 3143, Ederslie Street, Anderston, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1951  
Item 3 of 389, St Quivox Road, Prestwick, Ayrshire, ScotlandPrivatec. 19561974 

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 5Alexander Mair February 1941Chief Assistant 
Item 2 of 5William Forrest Valentine19221930Apprentice 
Item 3 of 5Alexander Mair1930 Assistant 
Item 4 of 5Stevenson & FergusonSeptember 1946September 1946Chief Assistant 
Item 5 of 5National Coal Board, Scottish Division1948 Architect 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3James Andrew Carrick19 June 1956For Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3Robert Govan Lindsay19 June 1956For Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3Gabriel Steel19 June 1956For Licentiateship

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 11951202-218 Bothwell Street  GlasgowScotland 


Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Builder5 January 1951  p27

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L 6743 (Combined Box 157)