Irish architect, latterly of Aberdeen. William John Devlin was educated at St Mary's School, Dundalk, and then attended the Metropolitan School of Art and the Royal College of Science in Dublin before being articled first to David Woodburn Sturrock of Glasgow and then to WALTER GLYNN DOOLIN . While he was in Dublin, he was one of the first to suggest the revival of the Architectural Association of Ireland, but he had left for England before this took place in 1896. In England he worked in the architectural department of London County Council and for various architects in London and Oxford. He attended the Architectural Association's Schools in London, winning the Class of Design Medal and Scholarship in 1896. After a period in South Africa, he returned to Britain in about 1900 to set up in practice first in London and later in Aberdeen, where he appears to have received commissions largely from Catholic churches and communities. He lectured on architectural history at the University of Aberdeen and was the author of several papers on architectural subjects. He died on 28 May 1932. He was probably the father of JOHN JAMES DEVLIN.
RIBA: probationer 1891; student, 1896; qualified, 1901; associate, 1902.
RSAI: member, 22 May 1893.
Addresses: 52 Grosvenor Sq, Rathmines, 1893; 59 Sidney Street, London, 1896; 12 Buckingham St, London, 1908-1909; 150 Union St, Aberdeen, 1916; 25 Crown St, Aberdeen, 1923.
All information not otherwise accounted for is from the account of Devlin's career in IB 43, 30 Jan 1902, 1015, and from the entries in Who's Who in Architecture (1923), 76, and Directory of British Architects 1834-1914 (RIBA 2001), I, 531. See also www.scottisharchitects.org.uk. The obituaries of Devlin in B 142, ? ? 1932, 964, and RIBAJ 39, 18 Jun 1932, 676, referred to in the latter entry have not been seen.
JRSAI 23 (1893), ?.
See note 1, above.
RIBAJ 3 (1895-96), 494.
Royal Academy Exhibitors 1905-1970 (1985), 160.
C.B, Laperriere, ed., The Royal Scottish Academy Exhibitors 1826-1990 (1991), 409.