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William Daniel McLennan
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Paisley Architects – William Daniel McLennan

Paisley Architects – William Daniel McLennan (Part 1 of 7)

Paisley is home to some of the most iconic architecture in Scotland. They dominate the Paisley skyline and highlight the proud past of the town. This architecture wouldn’t exist if not for the hard work and determination of the 5 architects behind them.

This is the first part of a 6 part guide to Paisley’s most famous architect’s at the end I will share the trail map for you to be able to explore them all for yourselves.

William Daniel McLennan (1872 – 1940) was the son a Paisley manufacturer.  McLennan became one of Scotland’s unique architects from the 20th century.

He was responsible for the design of the following buildings in Paisley:

Glen St
1. 4 Glen Street built in 1899 is an asymmetrical 4 storey red sandstone tenement building.


2. Ralston East UV church on Violet Street which took 5 years to build, 1899-1904, and is a Gothic style Art Nouveau with very steep pitched roofs and large windows.

The_Bull_Inn_1900 tenement_new_st_above_bull_inn

3. Bull Inn at 7 New Street along with the tenement flats above it was built in 1900-01 and is another asymmetrical building with a very Art Nouveau interior.


4. St Matthew’s Church was built in 1905-07, it is very evident when walking around the interior of this building that he was Charles Rennie MacKintosh’s contemporary, the Art Nouveau style is right throughout this building inside and out.

He also built a few buildings out with the town centre area e.g.

Ardyne (Private residence)


Glenarm (Private residence – this ia C Listed building built in 1900)

Glen Street

Glen Street

East Church, Elderslie

East Church, Elderslie (rear)

East Church, Elderslie

East Church, Elderslie (Front)

East Church, Elderslie

Trinity Church, Renfrew


Thorscrag (Private residence)


Thorncroft (Private residence)

Tannahill Bandstand, Brodie Park

Tannahill Bandstand, Brodie Park (sadly no longer there, this picture was taken in 1967)


Grahamstone (Private residence)

Beltrees, Linwood

Beltrees, Linwood (where William Daniel McLennan died 6th February 1940)