Basic Biographical Details

Name: Ian Watson
Born: 31 July 1941
Died: 12 December 2009
Bio Notes: Ian Watson was born on 31 July 1941, the youngest of five children of a Denny farmer. He completed his schooling in 1959 and became apprenticed to Shipman & Partners in Stirling, remaining with the same practice as assistant and studying part-time at Glasgow School of Art. His work in this practice included private housing, offices and showrooms.

He left in June 1965 to join William T Davie in Glasgow, assisting Davie on shops, offices, a motel, supermarkets and public house refits. After a short time in that office he moved to that of T Harley Haddow & Partners, first as an assistant and then as architect. He became an Associate of both the RIAS and the RIBA in 1968.

In 1970 he joined Falkirk Town Council Burgh Architects Department, beginning as assistant architect and rising to Group Leader. Following local-authority reorganisation, from 1975 he held the same post at Central Regional Council. Finally, from 1995 until his retirement in April 2002, he worked as Project Coordinator for Clackmannanshire Council.

Watson designed and built his own home, with the help of family and very little assistance from tradesemen. The project was carried out in spare time and took four and a half years. His passions for both construction and motor sport combined in his building of three kit cars, none of which was for himself. In character, his wife Jean described him as a 'true gentleman'.

He died on 12 December 2009 after a long illness. He was survived by his wife, daughter Lynne and son Duncan.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 1Denny, Stirlingshire, ScotlandPrivate1941 Place of birth.

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 10Sidney George Eustace Shipman19591960Apprentice 
Item 2 of 10Shipman & PartnersAfter 1959June 1965Assistant 
Item 3 of 10Shipman & Partners1960Before 1965Apprentice 
Item 4 of 10William Tait DavieJune 1965Before 1968Assistant 
Item 5 of 10T Harley Haddow & PartnersAfter 1965Before 1968Assistant 
Item 6 of 10T Harley Haddow & PartnersBefore 19681970Architect 
Item 7 of 10Falkirk Town Council Architect's/Engineer's Department1970Before 1975Assistant Architect 
Item 8 of 10Falkirk Town Council Architect's/Engineer's DepartmentAfter 19701975Group Leader 
Item 9 of 10Central Regional Council Department of Architectural Services19751995Group Leader 
Item 10 of 10Clackmannan District Council Architect's Department1995April 2002 Project Coordinator

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 11 House   ScotlandDesigned and built for himself, over the course of four and a half years; date not known
Item 2 of 11Late 1960sHousingDalgety Bay FifeScotlandWorking for T Harley Haddow & Partners
Item 3 of 11Late 1960sHousingLaw LanarkshireScotlandWorking for T Harley Haddow & Partners
Item 4 of 111971Copper Top Public HouseFalkirk StirlingshireScotlandWorking for Falkirk Town Council
Item 5 of 11After 1975Balfron Primary SchoolBalfron StirlingshireScotlandAs Group Leader for Central Regional Council
Item 6 of 11After 1975Falkirk High SchoolFalkirk StirlingshireScotlandExtension - as Group Leader for Central Regional Council
Item 7 of 11After 1975Smith InstituteStirling StirlingshireScotlandFitting out - as Group Leader at Central Regional Council
Item 8 of 11After 1975Stirling High SchoolStirling StirlingshireScotlandConversion to offices
Item 9 of 11After 1975Technical CollegeFalkirk StirlingshireScotlandMiddlefield Block - as Group Leader for Central Regional Council
Item 10 of 11Early 1970sBankside Industrial EstateFalkirk StirlingshireScotlandWorking for Falkirk Town Council
Item 11 of 11Early 1970sTamfourhill developmentFalkirk StirlingshireScotlandWorking for Falkirk Town Council


Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this :
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1RIAS Quarterly2010 Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS)Spring, p112