Basic Biographical Details

Name: Alexander Robertson
Designation: Architect
Born: 1874
Bio Notes: Alexander Robertson was born in 1874 and began his studies at the Dundee YMCA Institute and Dundee Technical College in 1890. Four years later he moved to Edinburgh and commenced an apprenticeship with James White Maclean, continuing his studies at Heriot-Watt College and the Royal Institute there. At the end of his apprenticeship he became assistant to Alexander McGregor Mitchell of Coatbridge, prior to commencing independent practice in Inverkeithing in 1903. He was admitted LRIBA in the mass intake of 20 July 1911, proposed by William Fleming Wilkie and the Dundee Institute of Architects, which he had recently joined. At the time of his application in March of that year his office was at 44 High Street, Inverkeithing, (also the office address of James Hislop) but he appears to have emigrated later that year, as his signature on his declaration of acceptance of Licentiateship, dated 5 June 1912, is witnessed by an F Moran in the Public Works Department, Kalgoorlie, Western Australia.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 344, High Street, Inverkeithing, Fife, ScotlandBusiness20 July 1911 *  
Item 2 of 3Elmhurst/Edenhurst, Struan Place, Inverkeithing, Fife, ScotlandPrivate20 July 1911 *  
Item 3 of 3Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, AustraliaPrivate/business(?)1912 *  

* 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 2James White Mclean (or Maclean)18941898Apprentice 
Item 2 of 2Alexander McGregor Mitchell18981903Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 1William Fleming Wilkie20 July 1911for Licentiateship - as President of the Dundee Institute of Architects

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 14After 1898Blackridge Public SchoolBlackridge? West Lothian?ScotlandAs assistant to Alexander McGregor Mitchell
Item 2 of 141900Airdrie Water Board OfficesAirdrie LanarkshireScotlandAs assistant to Alexander McGregor Mitchell
Item 3 of 14c. 1900Old Monkland PoorhouseCoatbridge LanarkshireScotlandNew ward blocks - as assistant to Alexander McGregor Mitchell
Item 4 of 141903Holy Trinity and All Saints Parish ChurchCoatdyke LanarkshireScotlandAs assistant to Alexander McGregor Mitchell
Item 5 of 14After 1903GartmohrInverkeithing FifeScotland 
Item 6 of 14After 1903GrangeDunfermline FifeScotland 
Item 7 of 14After 1903Inverkeithing Paper MillInverkeithing FifeScotlandAdditions
Item 8 of 14After 1903Inverkeithing Upper SchoolInverkeithing FifeScotlandAlterations
Item 9 of 14After 1903Licensed premisesInverkeithing FifeScotland 
Item 10 of 14After 1903North Queensferry Public SchoolNorth Queensferry FifeScotlandFirst premiated competition design
Item 11 of 141906Crown HotelCowdenbeath FifeScotlandAdditions and alterations
Item 12 of 141909Property in North Road for Robert NessCowdenbeath FifeScotland 
Item 13 of 141909SchoolRosyth FifeScotlandPlans in preparation
Item 14 of 141910Property for William GilmourInverkeithing FifeScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 1Measurers\' Companion1911The Scottish Architects' and Measurers' Companion   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2 Inverkeithing voters' roll 1911-1912  
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L v20 no1546