Basic Biographical Details

Name: William Macfarlane Patrick
Born: 1894
Died: 24 April 1962
Bio Notes: William Macfarlane Patrick was born in Perth in 1894, the son of Andrew Graham Patrick of James Maclaren & Sons and the elder brother of the painter James McIntosh Patrick. He was educated at Morgan Academy and was articled to Henry & Frank Thomson of Dundee. He served with the Royal Engineers during the First World War, following which he returned to the office of Frank Thomson, who by then was practising alone, as an assistant. He married Jessie Carruthers Young, daughter of William Morris Young, in 1920 and set up practice on his own account c.1921. He invited his father to join him as Maclaren Soutar Salmond had still not offered him a partnership but he declined. The practice became W M Patrick & Partners after the Second World War.

In person Patrick was of average height and in appearance not unlike General Franco: his early domestic work was strongly influenced by Frank Thomson but by the 1930s he had achieved a distinctive modern manner, notably in his buildings at Kinghorne Road, Dundee and his striped brick and harl housing at Ferryden, Montrose. He died on 24 April 1962 aged 67.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 326, Yeaman Shore, Dundee, ScotlandBusinessBefore 1922After 1939 
Item 2 of 319, High Street, Montrose, Angus, ScotlandBusiness1932 *  
Item 3 of 310, Tay Square, Dundee, ScotlandBusiness1946 *  

* earliest date known from documented sources.

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 4H & F Thomsonc. 19091914Apprentice 
Item 2 of 4Frank Drummond Thomson1918 or 1919c. 1921Assistant 
Item 3 of 4W M Patrick & Co1930s Partner 
Item 4 of 4W M Patrick & PartnersAfter 1945 Partner 

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 6Horace Gildard WhiteDecember 1922May 1927Apprentice 
Item 2 of 6Robert Dron19241926Assistant 
Item 3 of 6Norman Fotheringham McCall19251929Apprentice 
Item 4 of 6James Stratton Paterson19261939Chief AssistantChief Assistant and Quantity Surveyor
Item 5 of 6Norman Fotheringham McCall19291931Assistant 
Item 6 of 6John Gray McGill19361938  

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 18c. 1922House for Shand  DundeeScotland 
Item 2 of 181925Taylor House, Oxford Street  DundeeScotland 
Item 3 of 181929Her (His) Majesty's Theatre  DundeeScotlandAlterations to interior
Item 4 of 181929Housing Estate, Kinghorne Road  DundeeScotland 
Item 5 of 18c. 1929McGill Brothers premises  DundeeScotland 
Item 6 of 181930sHousing, FerrydenMontrose AngusScotland 
Item 7 of 181930sTwo houses for Gavine and Sturrock  DundeeScotland 
Item 8 of 18c. 1930(?)Garages, Forfar Road and Kingsway  DundeeScotland 
Item 9 of 18c. 1930(?)Garages, Strathmartine Road and Kingsway  DundeeScotland 
Item 10 of 181931Double villa, Gayfield site, Royal AsylumMontrose AngusScotland 
Item 11 of 181932Billiards saloon  DundeeScotland 
Item 12 of 181932CinemaMontrose  Scotland 
Item 13 of 181933Salvation Army, Lindsay Street  DundeeScotlandIn conjunction with Oswald Archer
Item 14 of 181934Block of shops, Kinghorne Road and Hilltown  DundeeScotland 
Item 15 of 181936Burns and Harris shop, Nethergate  DundeeScotlandShopfronts
Item 16 of 181936St Paul's Free Church  DundeeScotlandShopfronts flanking church
Item 17 of 181937Block of flats, Ferry Street and Commerce StreetMontrose AngusScotland 
Item 18 of 181946Rural HousingErrol PerthshireScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 2RIBA1939The RIBA Kalendar 1939-1940 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 2 of 2Scottish Biographies1938  E J Thurston (pub.) 

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this :
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1Professor David M Walker personal archiveProfessor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material Personal information from W M Patrick, J McIntosh Patrick and W Sinclair Gauldie