Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Architect, of Belfast, active from the 1920s until the 1960s. According to the 1911 census, William Macartney Gamble, fourth son of JAMES GARDNER GAMBLE JAMES GARDNER GAMBLE , by his second wife, Sarah Emily, was born in Belfast in 1907 or 1908.   He served his articles with THOMAS CALLENDER  THOMAS CALLENDER and PATRICK BERNARD GREGORY  PATRICK BERNARD GREGORY and subsequently became Callender's chief assistant. He then joined the staff of the valuation department for a time before entering the office of SAMUEL STEVENSON & SAMUEL STEVENSON & amp; SONS. In 1933 or 1934 he formed a partnership with J.F. HAY and WILLIAM BARKLIE MAXWELL WILLIAM BARKLIE MAXWELL , practising as GAMBLE HAY & GAMBLE HAY & amp; MAXWELL  MAXWELL until 1937 and as GAMBLE & GAMBLE & amp; MAXWELL  MAXWELL from 1937 onwards. During the Second World War he served with the Royal Engineers.(1)

RIBA: registered probationer, April 1929;(2) elected licentiate, 23 June 1953, having been proposed by ROBERT HANNA GIBSON  ROBERT HANNA GIBSON and the President and Hon. Secretary of the RSUA.(3)
RSUA: associate; first chairman of RSUA students' body; still a member in 1962 but no longer listed in 1968.

Address: 153 University St, Belfast, <=1929->=1939;(4) 21 Beechlands, Malone, Belfast, 1957;(5) 5 University Terrace, 1962.

For works, see GAMBLE HAY & GAMBLE HAY & amp; MAXWELL  MAXWELL and GAMBLE & GAMBLE & amp; MAXWELL  MAXWELL (works to 1941 only).


All information in this article not otherwise accounted for is from a brief article entitled 'New Architectural Partnership' in IB 76, 9 Feb 1934, 94.

(1) IB 83, 27 Sep 1941, 452.
(2) RIBAJ 36 (1928-29), 531.
(3) RIBAJ 60 (1952-53), 303.
(4) See note 2, above, and list of RSUA members in Thom's Directory for 1939.
(5) RIBA Kalendar 1957-1958, 219; RSUA Year Book (1963), 95.