Basic Biographical Details

Name: William Liston Walker
Born: 19 March 1909
Died: 8 October 1962
Bio Notes: William Liston Walker was born on 19 March 1909, th son of John Walker, a minister of the Church of Scotland, and his wife Isabella Robertson McFarlane. From 1926 to 1931 he served his articles with the Dumbarton Education Authority, under the chief architect and master of works, Benjamin Pender Gibb while at the same time attending classes at Clydebank Technical School, the Royal Technical College and School of Art in Glasgow. From 1931 to 1936 he had a post as junior assistant with Dumbarton County Council. In 1936 he moved to Dumfries County Council as architectural assistant and subsequently took a post with the Burgh Surveyor's office in Dumfries.

During the Second World War he had initially a civilian post with the Royal Engineers but saw active service with the RAF from 1943-45. After demobilization he returned to his post with the Burgh Surveyor's office in Dumfries.

He was elected LRIBA in 1947. His third proposer was William Maclean, secretary of the Glasgow Institute of Architects. His address in 1950 was still in Dumfries.

Walker died of lung cancer on 8 October 1962, survived by his wife, Elizabeth Matilda Taylor.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 1Rathan, New Abbey Road, Dumfries, Dumfriesshire, ScotlandPrivate/business(?)1950 *1962 

* 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 5Dumfries Burgh Surveyor's Office 1939Assistant 
Item 2 of 5Dumbarton Education Authority, Architects and Master of Works department19261931Apprentice 
Item 3 of 5Dumbarton County Architect's Office19311936Junior Assistant 
Item 4 of 5Dumfries County Council Architect and Master of Works Department19361939Assistant 
Item 5 of 5Dumfries Burgh Surveyor's Office1945After 1947Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 2John McLintock Bowie11 March 1947For Licentiateship
Item 2 of 2Frank Russell Burnet11 March 1947For Licentiateship


Bibliographic References

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

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 6073 (Combined Box 118)