Basic Biographical Details

Name: Alexander Ross & Son
Designation: Architectural practice
Started: Late 1907
Ended: 1950s
Bio Notes: Alexander Ross (born 1834), the son of James Ross, architect, took over his father's Inverness practice on the latter's death in 1853 and worked in partnership with William Joass from 1859 to 1865, with David Mackintosh from about 1875 until the mid-1880s, and with Robert John Macbeth from 1887 to 1907. At the end of the latter year the partnership of Ross & Macbeth was dissolved and Ross formed a new partnership with his son, John Alistair Ross (born 1882), who had served his apprenticeship in the family firm from 1900 and sought wider experience with Peddie & Washington Browne in Edinburgh and with Marshall Mackenzie & Son in London before returning as partner. The practice title became Alexander Ross & Son. In the same year the partnership was formed, John Alistair Ross was appointed architect to Inverness County Council and to the Inverness and North Board of Control.

In 1914 John Alistair Ross was mobilized. He formed the anti-aircraft defences at Cromarty in 1915, and subsequently served in France, as a Major in command of the 192 Siege Battery Royal Garrison Artillery. On his return in February 1919 he rejoined the practice, becoming sole partner following the death on 19 May 1925 of his father, who had ceased taking an active role in the business two years previously. A few years earlier, in 1921, he had married Olive Cameron, daughter of the Rev Allan Cameron.

John Alistair Ross was admitted LRIBA in early 1931, his proposers being John Watson, George Arthur Boswell and the then secretary of the RIAS, and was advanced to FRIBA by the RIBA Council on 27 October of the same year. By that time he had been architect to the Inverness District Board of Control for over twenty years. He continued the practice until his death in 1955, latterly in partnership with W W Mitchell who died in 1966.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architectural practice:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 1Queensgate Chambers, Inverness, Inverness-shire, ScotlandBusinessLate 1907After 1930 

Employment and Training

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this architectural practice (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 15Alexander Rossc. 19071925PartnerMaybe retained the name after 1925?
Item 2 of 15William Wardlaw SclandersLate 19071908Assistant 
Item 3 of 15John Grant ChisholmLate 1907Late 1918Assistant 
Item 4 of 15John Alistair RossLate 19071955PartnerWith the exception of war service, 1914-19
Item 5 of 15Charles Robertson GallieJanuary 19121916Apprentice 
Item 6 of 15Charles Robertson Gallie19181919Assistant 
Item 7 of 15James Ellaby (or Ellerby) Rhind1919After 1920Assistant 
Item 8 of 15James Frederick HamptonJune 1919December 1919Assistant 
Item 9 of 15Charles Robertson Gallie1921(?) AssistantUnclear whether he returned to the office again at this time, but seems likely as his ARIBA declaration was witnessed by John Alistair Ross
Item 10 of 15John Sutherland RossFebruary 1921 *1926Apprentice(?) 
Item 11 of 15John Sutherland Ross19261938Assistant 
Item 12 of 15Andrew Ross ForsythJuly 1928October 1930Apprentice 
Item 13 of 15Thomas ('Tom') Campbell WatsonJuly 19321935Apprentice 
Item 14 of 15John Sutherland Ross1938 Chief Assistant 
Item 15 of 15William W Mitchell1950s1966Partner 

* earliest date known from documented sources.


Buildings and Designs

This architectural practice 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 491907National Bank of Scotland, Inverness BranchInverness Inverness-shireScotlandReconstruction of premises
Item 2 of 49After 1907Bank of ScotlandAvoch Ross and CromartyScotland 
Item 3 of 49After 1907Corrimony HouseGlenurquhart Inverness-shireScotlandAdditions
Item 4 of 49After 1907Inverernie Lodge  Inverness-shireScotlandAlterations
Item 5 of 49After 1907Killin Lodge  Inverness-shireScotlandAlterations
Item 6 of 49After 1907Kinrara HouseAlvie Inverness-shireScotlandAdditions
Item 7 of 49After 1907Lord Roberts Memorial WorkshopInverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 8 of 49After 1907Nairnside House  Inverness-shireScotlandAlterations
Item 9 of 49After 1907Newmore HouseInvergordon Ross and CromartyScotlandAdditions
Item 10 of 49After 1907Petty ChurchPetty Inverness-shireScotlandAlterations
Item 11 of 49After 1907St Andrew's Episcopal ChapelFasque KincardineshireScotlandAlterations
Item 12 of 49After 1907Stratton Lodge  Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 13 of 491908Royal Northern InfirmaryInverness Inverness-shireScotlandWards
Item 14 of 491908St Regulus Episcopal ChurchCromarty Ross and CromartyScotlandExtension and completion
Item 15 of 491909Fassaig, School buildingsTorridon Ross and CromartyScotlandAdditions
Item 16 of 491909Kintail ManseKintail Ross and CromartyScotlandAdditions and repairs
Item 17 of 491909Riding School, The CitadelInverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 18 of 491909Shieldaig School buildingsShieldaig Ross and CromartyScotlandAdditions
Item 19 of 491909Skating RinkInverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 20 of 491910Post OfficePortreeSkyeInverness-shireScotland 
Item 21 of 49After 1910Kinmylies HouseInverness Inverness-shireScotlandFarm buildings
Item 22 of 491911Inverness PoorhouseInverness Inverness-shireScotlandAdditions and alterations
Item 23 of 491911OrphanageAberlour BanffshireScotlandAdditions
Item 24 of 491911St Michael's and All Angels RectoryInverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 25 of 491911Villa, Lochalsh RoadInverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 26 of 491912St Finnbarr's Episcopal ChurchDornoch SutherlandScotland 
Item 27 of 491913Druid Temple Farm steading    Restoration of farm steading
Item 28 of 491913Glenmohr DistilleryInverness Inverness-shireScotlandAdditions
Item 29 of 491913Inverness DispensaryInverness Inverness-shireScotlandRear additions
Item 30 of 491913Inverness District AsylumInverness Inverness-shireScotlandCottages; also recreation hall (no date)
Item 31 of 491913Kelso's La Scala CinemaInverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 32 of 491913Lochcarron (Janetown) ManseLochcarron Ross and CromartyScotlandAdditions and repairs
Item 33 of 491913Lochcarron Established ChurchLochcarron Ross and CromartyScotlandAdditions and repairs
Item 34 of 491913Territorial Drill HallFort Augustus Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 35 of 491914Bogbain FarmBaigmore Ross and CromartyScotlandRestoration of farm
Item 36 of 491914Territorial Drill Hall and Instructor's HouseBroadfordSkyeInverness-shireScotland 
Item 37 of 491917Dalmore DistilleryAlness Ross and CromartyScotlandConversion of distillery building to US Naval Base 17
Item 38 of 491917Glenalbyn DistilleryInverness Inverness-shireScotlandConversion of distillery building to US Naval Base 18
Item 39 of 49After 1919War memorialHalkirk CaithnessScotland 
Item 40 of 49After 1919War memorialAvoch Ross and CromartyScotland 
Item 41 of 49After 1919War memorialAlness Ross and CromartyScotland 
Item 42 of 491925Kinmylies Farm SteadingInverness Inverness-shire  
Item 43 of 49c. 1930House of RosskeenInvergordon Ross and CromartyScotland 
Item 44 of 491931Urquhart Parish ChurchUrquhart MorayshireScotlandAddition of chancel and vestry
Item 45 of 491932Inverness District AsylumInverness Inverness-shireScotlandNurses' home and sanatorium
Item 46 of 491934British Linen BankInverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 47 of 491934Invergordon Town HallInvergordon Ross and CromartyScotlandAdditions and alterations for conversion to cinema
Item 48 of 491954St Paul's Episcopal ChurchKinlochleven ArgyllScotland 
Item 49 of 491961Craig Dunain Hospital, churchInverness Inverness-shireScotland 

References

Currently, there are no references for this architectural practice. The information has been derived from: the British Architectural Library / RIBA Directory of British Architects 1834-1914; Post Office Directories; and/or any sources listed under this individual's works.