Basic Biographical Details

Name: William John Urquhart
Born: 3 April 1914
Died: 25 February 1983
Bio Notes: William John Urquhart was born on 3 April 1914, the son of John Urquhart, millwright and his wife, Helen Calder. He was articled to Tarbolton & Ochterlony from 1931 to 1936. At the same time he studied at Edinburgh College of Art and Heriot Watt College. In 1938 he joined the staff of the Department of Agriculture for Scotland as assistant surveyor and undertook official journeys throughout Scotland, making sketches and taking photographs. He was admitted ARIBA in 1946, proposed by Harolton Ogle Tarbolton, Sir Matthew Ochterlony and John Ross McKay.

He still worked for the Department of Agriculture in 1973 at the time of his resignation from the RIBA.

He died on 25 February 1983, survived by his wife Sarah McBeth Johnstone and at least one son.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 473, The Grove, Dumfries , Dumfriesshire, ScotlandPrivate 1983 
Item 2 of 42, Westfield Road, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate1946  
Item 3 of 4161, Brooms Road, Dumfries, Dumfriesshire, ScotlandBusiness1946 *  
Item 4 of 45A/The Grove, Edinburgh Road, Dumfries, Dumfriesshire, ScotlandPrivate/business(?)1950After 1970 

* 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 2Harold Ogle Tarbolton19311936Apprentice 
Item 2 of 2Department of Agriculture for Scotland (later Department of Agriculture and Fisheries for Scotland)1938December 1973Surveyor 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3John Ross McKay9 July 1946For Associateship
Item 2 of 3(Sir) Matthew Montgomerie Ochterlony9 July 1946For Associateship
Item 3 of 3Harold Ogle Tarbolton9 July 1946For Associateship


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 2RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 2 of 2RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   

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 A no8735 (Cpmbined box 216)