Basic Biographical Details

Name: Alfred Greig
Designation: Architect
Born: 1869 or 1870
Bio Notes: Alfred Greig was born in Edinburgh in 1869 or 1870, the son of Peter Macfarlane Greig. Educated at the Edinburgh Institution from 1881-1885, he was articled to Thornton Shiells & Thomson in the latter year, but quickly transferred to the more up-to-date practice of the Beaux-Arts-educated Frank Worthington Simon in which he remained until 1890, subsequently attending Simon's classes at the Edinburgh School of Applied Art from 1892, together with others at Edinburgh College of Art and Heriot-Watt College. At the end of his apprenticeship with Simon, he became an assistant in Robert Rowand Anderson's office. In 1896, whilst still with Rowand Anderson, he began teaching at the School of Applied Art, and the following year he won the School's travelling scholarship.

Greig established his own practice in 1898. In association with Andrew Muirhead, Greig won first premium in the competition for the Carnegie Baths in Dunfermline in 1901, but Hippolyte Jean Blanc secured the commission and Muirhead died a few years later. No other work from Greig's first years in practice has yet been identified but his appointment by Anderson to the post of principal teacher of architecture in the School of Applied Art in 1903 enabled him to marry Helen Forsyth, daughter of John Forsyth, and to take into partnership Walter Fairbairn and George Donaldson Macniven.

Following the taking over of the School of Applied Art to become a part of Edinburgh College of Art in 1906, Greig's appointment came to an end in 1908, but Fairbairn secured a part-time appointment at Edinburgh College of Art and Lauder Technical School in Dunfermline. The practice was based at 31 York Place and seems to have specialised in small-scale competitions, particularly for public libraries, but they also won that for a model church for the United Free Church in the Highlands, which brought a considerable number of commissions for small churches in that area. All three architects were admitted LRIBA in the mass intake of 20 July 1911 with the same proposers - John Wilson, James Bow Dunn and Thomas Duncan Rhind.

The partnership continued until the First World War when Macniven withdrew to enter government service. He married Maud Grace Hendry in 1922 and became in succession Principal Architect and Housing Commissioner for the Scottish Board of Health, Depute Chief Architect at the Department of Health for Scotland and later Chief Architect. He died in 1949.

On Macniven's withdrawal the partnership became Greig & Fairbairn and was fortunate in securing a share of the Scottish National Housing Company's Admiralty Dockyard Garden City at Rosyth in 1915, a development planned and partly designed by Alfred Hugh Mottram from Sir Raymond Unwin's office, which came to an end with the closure of the dockyard in 1925. Thereafter the partnership was dissolved; Fairbairn continued to specialise in housing work, becoming Chief Technical Officer of the Scottish Special Housing Association in 1937-39. Greig continued the practice alone, specialising in 'Mansion House Architecture' (Scottish Biographies 1938). It appears that his practice consisted mainly of modernising existing houses but one large country house designed by him has been identified - Ardtaraig, near Dunoon.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 544, Queen Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusiness18991901 
Item 2 of 531, York Place, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusiness1903c. 1940In various partnerships and then on his own from 1925-1940
Item 3 of 525, St Clair Terrace, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate1911 *  
Item 4 of 52, Victoria Terrace, Musselburgh, Midlothian, ScotlandPrivatec. 1920c. 1927 
Item 5 of 52, East Brighton Crescent, Portobello, Midlothian, ScotlandPrivatec. 1934c. 1938 

* earliest date known from documented sources.

Employment and Training


The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 6Shiells & Thomson1885Before 1890Apprentice 
Item 2 of 6Frank Lewis Worthington SimonAfter 18851890Apprentice 
Item 3 of 6Wardrop & Anderson18901898Assistant 
Item 4 of 6Greig & Potts1902   
Item 5 of 6Greig, Fairbairn & Macniven1903April 1915Partner 
Item 6 of 6Greig & Fairbairn19141925Partner 

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 1Harold John Muir19271929Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3James Bow Dunn20 July 1911for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3(Sir) Thomas Duncan Rhind20 July 1911for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3John Watson20 July 1911for Licentiateship

Buildings and Designs

This architect was involved with the following buildings or structures from the date specified (click on an item to view details):
 Date startedBuilding nameTown, district or villageIslandCity or countyCountryNotes
Item 1 of 341899Terrace of houses, Colinton Road  EdinburghScotland 
Item 2 of 341900(?)Caddonfoot Parish ChurchCaddonfoot SelkirkshireScotlandOrgan case
Item 3 of 341902Carnegie Public Baths and gymnasiumDunfermline FifeScotlandFirst premiated competition design published; but Blanc was awarded the commission
Item 4 of 341903Carnegie Public LibraryMotherwell LanarkshireScotlandWon competition and was commissioned
Item 5 of 34After 1903Alvie UF ChurchAlvie Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 6 of 34After 1903Aultbea UF ChurchAultbea Ross and CromartyScotlandWith executant architects Mackenzie & MacDonald
Item 7 of 34After 1903Bonnyrigg Infant SchoolBonnyrigg MidlothianScotland 
Item 8 of 34After 1903Glenurquhart UF ChurchGlenurquhart Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 9 of 34After 1903Kinloch UF ChurchKinlochLewisRoss and CromartyScotland 
Item 10 of 34After 1903Rosehall UF ChurchRosehall SutherlandScotland 
Item 11 of 34After 1903UF ChurchMuir of Ord Ross and CromartyScotland 
Item 12 of 341905Prestonpans Public LibraryPrestonpans East LothianScotlandCompetition design, not selected
Item 13 of 341905Whitehaven Public LibraryWhitehaven CumberlandEnglandWon open competition to secure job
Item 14 of 341906Kippenross HouseDunblane StirlingshireScotlandStaircase
Item 15 of 34After 1906FairnalieSelkirk SelkirkshireScotlandAlterations
Item 16 of 341907Maxton Public LibraryMaxton RoxburghshireScotland 
Item 17 of 341907Strathy Lochs UF Church and manseStrathy Lochs SutherlandScotlandWith Sinclair MacDonald as executant architect
Item 18 of 341908Bonnyrigg Public LibraryBonnyrigg MidlothianScotlandWon open competition to secure job
Item 19 of 341909Bruan UF ChurchBruan CaithnessScotlandWith Sinclair MacDonald as executant architect
Item 20 of 341909Cockpen Parish Council OfficesBonnyrigg MidlothianScotland 
Item 21 of 341909Latheron UF ChurchLatheron CaithnessScotland 
Item 22 of 341909Rogart UF ChurchRogart SutherlandScotland 
Item 23 of 341909UF ChurchBrora SutherlandScotland 
Item 24 of 341910Tobermory UF ChurchTobermoryMullArgyllScotland 
Item 25 of 341912Inverchaolain Parish ChurchInverchaolain ArgyllScotland 
Item 26 of 34Before 1914Loganbank HouseGlencorse MidlothianScotlandInternal reconstruction and decoration
Item 27 of 341915Rosyth Garden City, one hundred and fifty housesRosyth FifeScotlandWon competition to secure job
Item 28 of 341916(?)ArdtaraigDunoon (near) ArgyllScotlandRemodelling
Item 29 of 341918(?)Rosyth Garden City developmentRosyth FifeScotlandWorked on the scheme while Mottram was in the army
Item 30 of 341925Six Houses, Willowbrae Road and Kenmure Avenue,   EdinburghScotland 
Item 31 of 341927Dalmeny KirkDalmeny West LothianScotlandCompletion of Macgregor Chalmers's work (after Chalmers's death)
Item 32 of 341935ArdtaraigDunoon (near) ArgyllScotlandMay have been repsonsible for the addition of w wing but no documentary evidence.
Item 33 of 341935Slamannan Parish ChurchSlamannan StirlingshireScotlandChancel furnishings
Item 34 of 341937Dalmeny KirkDalmeny West LothianScotlandRebuilding of tower


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 2Scottish Biographies1938  E J Thurston (pub.)Gives year of birth as 1869
Item 2 of 2Who's Who in Architecture1914    

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L v18 no1303 (gives year of birth as 1870)