Basic Biographical Details

Name: Alexander McWilliam
Born: c. 1890
Died: c. 1926
Bio Notes: Alexander McWilliam was born c.1890 and studied at Edinburgh College of Art, Leith Academy and Heriot Watt College. He served his articles with George Watson from 1905 until 1910, thereafter working as an assistant in various other Edinburgh offices and from 1913 onwards as assistant to Thomas Purves Marwick. He served with Royal Engineers for three and a half years during World War I and practised in Edinburgh from at least 1919, his principal client being the RC Archdiocese of Edinburgh. He was admitted ARIBA under the war exemption scheme in late 1922, his proposers being John Jerdan, John Wilson and Alexander Lorne Campbell. He died c.1926, aged thirty-five.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 2Viewhill, Dovecote Road, Corstorphine, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate/business(?)c. 1921c. 1923 
Item 2 of 214, Randolph Place, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusinessc. 1924c. 1925 

Employment and Training


The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 2George Watson19051910Apprentice 
Item 2 of 2Thomas Purves Marwick1913 Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Alexander Lorne CampbellDecember 1922For Associateship
Item 2 of 3John JerdanDecember 1922For Associateship
Item 3 of 3John WilsonDecember 1922For Associateship

Buildings and Designs

This 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 6 Steil's InstitutionTranent East LothianScotlandAlterations, possibly 1914 alterations to west wing and chapel
Item 2 of 6c. 1920Bungalow  EdinburghScotland 
Item 3 of 6c. 1920Saughton Hall Housing Estate  EdinburghScotlandSecond premium in competition
Item 4 of 61921St Patrick's RC Church  EdinburghScotlandAddition of War Memorial Mortuary Chapel
Item 5 of 61925Shop, St Johnís Road Corstorphine EdinburghScotland 
Item 6 of 6c. 1925St Patrick's RC Church  EdinburghScotlandFormation of Lady Chapel and Sacred Heart Chapel


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 1Post Office Directories     

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this :
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1RIBA Journal12 June 1926 London: Royal Institute of British ArchitectsObituary p462

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this :
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A no 3675 (microfilm reel 27)