Basic Biographical Details
|Name: ||William Stephen Fergusson Wilson |
|Designation: ||Architect |
|Born: ||c. 1874 |
|Died: ||1939 |
|Bio Notes: ||William Stephen Fergusson Wilson was born in about 1874 in Elgin Morayshire, the son of James Wilson, coal merchant and his wife Ann. In 1890 he was an assistant architect working in his home town. No further information is yet known of his early years but he worked in Fraserburgh from about 1902 and came to prominence when he won the competition for the Carnegie Public Library in his native town. He also designed the town's Post Office. |
In 1907 Wilson married Mary Watt, daughter of James Watt, farmer, Inverurie.
Wilson emigrated to Canada with his wife and young daughter and son on 20 July 1912. They sailed on the Hesperian from Glasgow to Montreal. He went on to design some churches in Toronto, Ontario, (for example Dentonia Park United Church, Dawes Road at Coleman Avenue, Toronto which cost $35,000, foundation stone laid 31 May 1924; dedicated 2 November 1924. During the 1920s he seems to have abandoned architecture in favour of a post as engineer with the Otis Fensom Elevator Co.
In 1933 he was Secretary at the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering, University of Toronto. The following year he was appointed part-time Special Lecturer in Architectural Economics at the University.
He died in 1939.
Private and Business Addresses
|The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:|
| ||Address||Type||Date from||Date to||Notes|
|Greyfriars Street, Elgin, Morayshire, Scotland||Private||1901|| || |
|6, Broad Street, Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire, Scotland||Business||Before 1904||c. 1910|| |
|Canada||Private/business||1912|| || |
Buildings and Designs
|The following books contain references to this architect:|
|www.scotcities.com/carnegie|| ||www.scotcities.com/carnegie|| || || |
|The following archives hold material relating to this architect:|
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|Courtesy of Neil Darlington||Information sent via DSA website|| ||Sent August 2009|
|Courtesy of Robert Hill, Canada||Information sent to Dictionary|| ||Sent February 2014. Some information from Toronto Directories.|
|www.findmypast.co.uk||Travel & Emigration records|| || |