Basic Biographical Details

Name: William Watt Allan
Born: 1 March 1911
Died: 19 April 1990
Bio Notes: William Watt Allan was born on 1 March 1911, the son of John Allan, locomotive fireman, and his wife Isabella Pirie Watt. He was articled to William James Taylor from 1929-1934 while at the same time studying architecture and building construction at Inverness Evening Art School. At the completion of his articles he remained with Taylor as chief assistant. He served with HM Forces between October 1942 and March 1946 but returned to his old post therafter.

He was admitted LRIBA in 1948, proposed by William John Taylor, Roy Carruthers Ballantyne and John Alistair Ross.

In 1950 his address was 19 St Andrew Drive, Inverness. He set up business on his own account in Inverness. He was elected ARIAS in 1954. By 1975 he was sole partner practising as William W Allan & Company in Inverness.

He died on 19 April 1990 aged 79 years at Raigmore Hospital, Inverness, survived by his wife Audrey Joy Dawborn.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 4113, Kingsmill Road, Inverness, Inverness-shire, ScotlandPrivate 1990 
Item 2 of 419, St Andrew Drive, Inverness, Inverness-shire, ScotlandPrivate/business1950 *After 1954 
Item 3 of 44, Green Drive, Inverness, Inverness-shire, ScotlandPrivate1964 *After 1981 
Item 4 of 42, Inglis Street, Inverness, Inverness-shire, ScotlandPrivate/business(?)1975 *  

* 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 3William John Taylor3 September 19293 September 1934Apprentice 
Item 2 of 3William John Taylor3 September 1934Late 1940sChief AssistantWith break for war service
Item 3 of 3W W Allan Architect (or William W Allan & Company)1970s Partner 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Robert Carruthers-Ballantyne (or Robert Ballantyne Carruthers; or Roy Carruthers Ballantyne)10 February 1948For Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3John Alistair Ross10 February 1948For Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3William John Taylor10 February 1948For Licentiateship

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 21977St Ninian's RC ChurchInverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 2 of 21980St Benedict's AbbeyFort Augustus Inverness-shireScotlandChurch completed with addition of E apse to choir, plastering of nave walls and reordering in accordance with Vatican II. Work included tester of matel lampshades over high altar.


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 4RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 2 of 4RIBA1964The RIBA Kalendar 1963-64   
Item 3 of 4RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   
Item 4 of 4RIBA1975RIBA Directory of practices   

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 no6211 (Combined Box 126)