Basic Biographical Details

Name: Willie James Fenton
Born: 20 June 1909
Died: 19 February 2004
Bio Notes: Willie-James Fenton was born on 20 June 1909, the son of James Fenton, mercantile clerk, and Mary Jane Connell Anderson. He served his articles in the office of Tawse & Allan in Aberdeen and remained as an assistant after the completion of his articles until 1935. During this period he attended evening classes at the School of Architecture, Robert Gordon's College. From 18 March 1935 he had a post with Davidson & Gordon, also in Aberdeen. This firm were agents and factors for property in Aberdeen and numerous estates in Aberdeenshire and the North of Scotland. He was elected LRIBA in 1948, proposed by John Gibb Marr, George Angus Mitchell and Alexander Buchanan Gardner. In 1950 he gave his address as Correi, Kirkbrae, Cults, Aberdeenshire.

He retired from practice (he may have practised on his own account later in his career) on 31 November 1981 and resigned from the RIBA a month later.

He died on 19 February 2004, aged 94, at Woodend Hospital, Aberdeen. He was a widower but was survived by at least one son who shared his address in Bieldside.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 3Correi, Kirkbrae, Cults, Aberdeenshire, ScotlandPrivate1950 *  
Item 2 of 3Gar-av-Heath/2, Station road, Bieldside, Aberdeenshire, ScotlandPrivate1963 *2004 
Item 3 of 32, Queen's Road, Aberdeen, ScotlandBusiness(?)Before 1981  

* 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 2Tawse & Allan1929(?)3 April 1933Apprentice 
Item 2 of 2Davidson & Gordon18 March 1935After 1948Architect 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Alexander Buchanan Gardner10 February 1948For Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3John Gibb Marr10 February 1948For Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3George Angus Mitchell10 February 1948For Licentiateship


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 3RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 2 of 3RIBA1964The RIBA Kalendar 1963-64   
Item 3 of 3RIBA1979Directory of members   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this :
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2H M Register HouseDeath Register  
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L no6216 (Combined Box 126)