Basic Biographical Details
|Name: ||William Black |
|Designation: || |
|Born: ||20 October 1840 |
|Died: ||19 November 1921 |
|Bio Notes: ||William Black was born on 20 October 1840, the son of Alexander Black, civil engineer and architect of Falkirk. He was articled to his father but determined to gain further experience as a civil engineer, and in the earlier 1860s he joined the staff of Joseph Mitchell on the construction of the Highland Railway, spending his first year in the office in Inverness and the other two years as site supervisor of the Aberfeldy branch. Thereafter he spent a further year with James Fairlie Blair on the City of Glasgow Union Railway. These years gave him useful experience as a valuer which became an important aspect of his practice. |
Black returned to Falkirk where his father died in 1867, continuing his practice under the title of A & W Black and succeeding him as burgh architect.
Black became a Freemason in 1876, rising to become Provincial Grand Master of Stirlingshire (1904), Depute Grand Z of Scotland and Grand Superintendent of the Stirlingshire Province of Royal Arch Masons in 1906 which must have brought useful contacts.
William Black's work as an architect was mainly in a Free Renaissance manner, his best building being the round-arched Falkirk Town Hall. His other buildings are relatively undistinguished. His son Captain Alexander Black became a partner in 1904. His influence is reflected in the increasingly Edwardian Renaissance and Arts and Crafts character of the firm's work from the mid-1890s onwards.
He died at Wellside on 18 November 1921 and was buried at Camelon Cemetery.
Private and Business Addresses
|The following private or business addresses are associated with this :|
| ||Address||Type||Date from||Date to||Notes|
|Falkirk, Stirlingshire, Scotland||Private/business||1867|| || |
Employment and Training
Buildings and Designs
|The following periodicals contain references to this :|
| ||Periodical Name||Date||Edition||Publisher||Notes|
|Falkirk Herald||6 February 1907|| || || |
|Falkirk Herald||19 February 1921|| || ||Obituary|