Ferguson, William

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Ferguson, William

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William Moncrieff Ferguson was born on the 1st October 1982 in Cambuslang, Glasgow, to Mary Ferguson and William Ferguson, a Glasgow architect. He studied architecture at The Glasgow School of Art from 1895 to 1900. He then articled with his father before joining the office of Sir John J Burnet & Son from 1904 to 1910. In 1911 he was invited by John M Lyle to work in his Toronto office in Canada. Ferguson emigrated that year and worked for Lyle and then the firm of Darling & Pearson until 1914, when he enlisted with the Canadian Oversees Expeditionary Forces. He returned to Toronto in 1919. In 1924 he and Glasgow School of Art classmate and fellow emigrant Tom Pomphrey submitted an entry in Toronto's War Memorial Cenotaph competition, winning First Premium. In 1931 he went into partnership with another GSA classmate James Govan. He practiced with Govan Ferguson & Lindsay – later Govan, Ferguson, Lindsay, Kaminker, Maw, Langley & Keenleyside – until his death in 1956. William Ferguson is listed on The Glasgow School of Art's First World War Roll of Honour.

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Sources: Biographical Dictionary of Architects in Canada 1800-1950: http://www.dictionaryofarchitectsincanada.org.

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