Basic Biographical Details
|Name: ||Alexander Forsyth |
|Designation: ||Architect |
|Born: ||1869 |
|Died: ||24 February 1963 |
|Bio Notes: ||Alexander Forsyth was born about 1869 in Clackmannan, Clackmannanshire, one of the four sons and four daughters of John Forsyth, grocer and his wife, Catherine. He was educated at Dollar Academy. He served his articles in the office of Thornton Shiells & Thomson and would seem to have remained as assistant in their Edinburgh office but was moved to the Belfast office of the practice. |
'Artefacts' states that he was he was advised by his future wife, Agnes Page, to emigrate to the Cape. However it seems likely that his reason for going was the fact that in the 1890s he was recruited by John Parker and he went out to Cape Town, South Africa as Parker's senior assistant. Forsyth was taken into partnership c.1900 but it was not until 1905 that the firm adopted the style of Parker & Forsyth. At this point he probably succeeded to the partnership together with John Parker's son, John Kilgour Parker, and the name of the firm became Forsyth & Parker, hence the reversal of the names.
Forsyth married in 1902.
Forsyth returned to the United Kingdon about 1920 and returned to the Cape that year, sailing on 23 October 1920. Forsyth continued the practice after Parker's death in 1921.
Forsyth died on 24 February 1963.
Private and Business Addresses
|The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:|
| ||Address||Type||Date from||Date to||Notes|
|Cape Town, South Africa||Business|| || || |
Employment and Training
|The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this architect (click on an item to view details):|
| ||Name||Date from||Date to||Position||Notes|
|Shiells & Thomson||Before 1889||1890s||Assistant|| |
|John Parker||1890s||1900||Senior Assistant|| |
|John Parker||1900||1905||Partner|| |
|Parker & Forsyth||1905||After 1921||Partner|| |
|The following books contain references to this architect:|
|Seymour, D Picton|| ||Victorian buildings in South Africa|| || || |
|www.artefacts.co.za|| ||www.artefacts.co.za|| ||Website of artefacts, for the recording of South African buildings||Accessed February 2017|
|The following archives hold material relating to this architect:|
| ||Source||Archive Name||Source Catalogue No.||Notes|
|Census records online||Censuses|| || |
|www.findmypast.co.uk||Travel & Emigration records|| || |