Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Architect, of Derry City and London, active from 1875 to 1914 or later. William Edward Pinkerton, who was born in 1858, was articled to JOHN KENNEDY [3]  JOHN KENNEDY [3] of Derry from 1875 until 1879 and then spent two years as assistant to HUME BABINGTON  HUME BABINGTON of Derry. Between 1883 and 1890 he worked in the offices of the London architects Alexander Marshall Peebles (from 1882 to 1883) and Romaine-Walker & Tanner (from 1883 to 1890).  In 1890 he started to practice independently at 4 Featherstone Buildings, High Holborn, but  after only nine months returned to Derry, where he set up a new office..  He is listed as an architect in the Derry Almanac from 1892 to 1910. During this period he designed a number of buildings in Derry and in Co. Donegal. In 1894 when he applied for membership of the RIAI, he was also on the 'temporary staff of Her Majesty's Patent Office'.  He is last mentioned in the building journals in an Irish context in connection with the reconstruction of the Guildhall, Derry, in 1909.(1) He appears to have moved back to London in 1910 and was still living there in 1914.

In his 1894 application for membership of the RIAI, Pinkerton noted that he had 'travelled a great deal about Europe, and contributed numerous sketches of Continental architecture to professional journals'.  Two of his sketches were exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1885.(2)   In the same year he was awarded a prize of ten guineas by the Building News Sketching Club for  a series of sketches.

AA:  elected member, 1883.
RIAI: elected member, 9 July 1894;(3) no address given in list of members after 1910; no longer on list after 1915.
RIBA: elected licentiate, 20 July 1911, proposed by W.H. Romaine-Walker, L.H. Ford and A.W. Tanner.
RSUA: member by 1908.(4)

Addresses: 212 Liverpool Road, London N, 1885;  4 Featherstone Buildings, High Holborn, 1890-1891;  Diamond, Derry, 1892->=1899;(5) 11 Shipquay Street, Derry, 1903(6)->=1910;(7) 18 Lonsdale Square, London, 1911; 60 Gibson Square, London, 1914.

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References

All information in this entry not otherwise accounted for is from Pinkerton's application for membership of the RIAI in IAA, RIAI office archives (Acc. 93/136), membership forms 1878-1909 (extremely fragile) and from Directory of British Architects 1834-1914 (RIBA 2001), II, 377-8. The Directory entry, which is based on Pinkerton's 1911 RIBA nomination papers, makes no mention of his Derry practice.

(1)
IB 51, 3 Apr 1909, 210.
(2) No. 1851, 'Old doorway, rue du Fagot, Antwerp', and No. 1880, 'The Groot Hoofd Poort, Dordrecht'.
(3)
RIAI council meeting minutes, 2 Apr 1894, 310; 9 Jul 1894, 315.
(4)
Building News 95, 18 Dec 1908, 891.
(5)
Derry Almanack (1899).
(6)
IB 45, 24 Sep 1903, 2002.
(7)
JRIAI (1910), list of members.


14 work entries listed in chronological order for PINKERTON, WILLIAM EDWARD


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Building: CO. DERRY, DERRY, MAGAZINE STREET UPPER, 1ST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH SCHOOLS
Date: 1894
Nature: New schools on City Wall. WEP winner of competition (announced Jan 1892) in which there were 14 competitors. Cost about £3,000. Contractor: Joseph Ballantine.
Refs: IB 34, 1 Jan 1892, 12; Building News 69, 22 Nov 1895, 739

Building: CO. DERRY, DERRY, MAGAZINE STREET UPPER, 1ST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Date: 1895-96
Nature: Consulting architect for internal reconstruction, including panelled pine ceiling, wall plastering, stained glass windows, heating &c. Begun Mar 1895. Reopened 5 Jan 1896. Contractor: Joseph Ballantine. 2 stained glass windows, presented by Wm. Tillie, DL, by Ballantine & Gardiner, Edinburgh.
Refs: IB 38, 15 Jan 1896, 14; W.S. Ferguson, A.J. Rowan, J.J. Tracey, Historic Buildings…in and near the City of Derry (1970), 26 (no. 50)

Building: CO. DERRY, DERRY, CARLISLE ROAD, PREMISES
Date: 1896
Nature: Tenders received for alts. & adds. to premises of John A. Pollock at cost of about £250.
Refs: IB 38, 1 Oct 1896, 201

Building: CO. DERRY, DERRY, MAGAZINE STREET UPPER, 1ST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Date: 1900-03
Nature: New tetrastyle Roman Corinthian portico. Tenders invited Jul 1900. Estimated cost: £2,500.
Refs: IB 42, 15 Jul 1900, 423; 45, 15 Jan 1903, 1556; Architect 63, 29 Jun 1900, suppl p.9; Alistair Rowan, The Buildings of Ireland: North West Ulster (1979), 387; W.S. Ferguson, A.J. Rowan, J.J. Tracey, Historic Buildings…in and near the City of Derry (1970), 27 (no. 50)

Building: CO. DERRY, SHANTALLOW, HOUSE
Date: 1901
Nature: Tenders invited for erected villa for Mr Minniece.
Refs: B 80, 27 Apr 1901, 428

Building: CO. DONEGAL, BURTONPORT, ENGLISH SCHOOL
Date: 1901
Nature: Designs for same.
Refs: Plans, elevation, details, s. & d. 1901, in Erasmus Smith Archives, Danum, Zion Rd, Dublin 6. (Is this the school described as 'brought into operation' in 68th Report of the National Education Commissioners in Ireland (1901), 19?)

Building: CO. DERRY, DERRY, LOWER ROAD, HOUSES (002)
Date: 1902
Nature: Tenders invited for erecting 2 houses. For Mr J. Williams.
Refs: B 88, 19 Apr 1902, 408

Building: CO. DERRY, DERRY, STRAND ROAD, PREMISES
Date: 1903
Nature: Tenders received for sanitary plumbing and gasfitting. For John H. Foster, Esq.
Refs: IB 45, 24 Sep 1903, 2002

Building: CO. DONEGAL, ROSHINE (BURTONPORT), TEACHER'S HOUSE
Date: 1904
Nature: Tenders received for erection of same.
Refs: IB 46, 12 Mar 1904, 158

Building: CO. DONEGAL, MANORCUNNINGHAM, CHURCH (CI, RAYMOCHY PARISH)
Date: 1904?-1910
Nature: Tenders sought for adds., alts., renovation to designs by WEP, 1904. This was presumably the addition of chancel and vestry.  Church re-opened and dedicated, 28 Aug 1910.
Refs: IB 46, 24 Sep,5 Nov 1904, 634,750; J.B. Leslie, Raphoe Clergy and Parishes (1940), 117; Alistair Rowan, The Buildings of Ireland: North West Ulster (1979), 419;  F.W. Fawcett and D.W.T. Crooks, eds., Clergy of Derry & Raphoe (Ulster Historical Foundation, 1999), 171(illus.)

Building: CO. DERRY, DERRY, ROSSVILLE STREET, PREMISES
Date: 1906
Nature: Tenders recived for lattice girder roofing, for George Dallas.
Refs: IB 48, 30 Jun 1906, 538

Building: CO. DERRY, DERRY, SPRINGTOWN, RESERVOIR.
Date: 1906
Nature: Tenders received for construction of same, for Samuel Osborne, Esq.
Refs: IB 48, 19 May 1906, 417

Building: CO. DONEGAL, MILFORD, MANSE
Date: 1907
Nature: Tenders invited for adds. & alts. to same, for Rev. William J. Young, MA.
Refs: IB 49, 24 Aug 1907, 594

Building: CO. DERRY, DERRY, SHIPQUAY PLACE, GUILDHALL
Date: 1908-09
Nature: WEP appointed architect for reconstruction after fire, but, after great row, job was eventually given to M.A. Robinson
Refs: IB 50, 28 Nov 1908, 737; 51, 3 Apr 1909, 210; Buildng News 95, 18 Dec 1908, 891; B 96, 3 Apr 1909, 418