Basic Biographical Details

Name: Alexander Young
Designation: Architect
Born: 1881
Died: 25 September 1946
Bio Notes: Alexander Young was born in 1881 in Ayr and was educated at Ayr Academy. He was articled to James Kennedy Hunter from 1899 to 1904, during which time he attended clsses at the Art school attached to Ayr Academy and assisted 'with all branches of Domestic, Church, School and Estate Architecture and surveying'. Threrafter he was assistant first to Alexander Cullen of Hamilton from 1904 to 1907 and then to John Hamilton, Glasgow from 1907 to 1908. During that period he attended Glasgow School of Art and the Glasgow and West of Scotland Technical College, but the dates have still to be established. In 1908 he returned to Hunter to assist in his Ayr practice for a few months but later that year assisted Henry Edward Clifford being sent to Newton Stwart to supervise work at Shennanton and elsewhere in Wigtownshire prior to commencing independent practice at 64 Victoria Street, Newton Stewart in 1910. By 1911 he had been engaged as architect to the estates of Cairnsmore, Bargaly, Kirroughtree, Penninghame, Shannanton and Carseriggan. 'Who's Who in Architecture' records that his works were 'domestic, principally general estate work'. He was admitted LRIBA in the mass intake of 20 June 1911, proposed by John Bennie Wilson and the Glasgow Institute of Architects.

Young remained in practice at Victoria Street until his death on 25 September 1946. His home address in 1914 was Ayrlie, Newton Stewart.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 264, Victoria Street, Newton Stewart, Wigtownshire, ScotlandBusinessc. 1910c. 1946 
Item 2 of 2Ayrlie, Newton Stewart, Wigtownshire, ScotlandPrivate1914 *  

* 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 5James Kennedy Hunter18991904Apprentice 
Item 2 of 5Alexander Cullen19041907Assistant 
Item 3 of 5John H Hamilton19071908Assistant 
Item 4 of 5James Kennedy Hunter19081908Assistant 
Item 5 of 5Henry Edward Clifford1908Before 1910AssistantIn charge of branch office in Newton Stewart for Clifford


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 1John Bennie Wilson20 July 1911for Licentiateship - as President of the Glasgow 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 211904Hamilton Parish Council ChambersHamilton LanarkshireScotlandWorked as assistant to Alexander Cullen on this job
Item 2 of 211904St Andrews ChurchMotherwell LanarkshireScotlandWorking as assistant to Alexander Cullen
Item 3 of 21c. 1904Hartwood AsylumShotts LanarkshireScotlandSanatorium block added - working as assistant to Alexander Cullen
Item 4 of 211905Dundyvan ChurchCoatbridge LanarkshireScotlandAs assistant to Alexander Cullen
Item 5 of 211905Greenock and District Combination Hospital, GatesideGreenock RenfrewshireScotlandAs assistant to Alex Cullen, Lochhead & Brown
Item 6 of 211905Wishaw Police StationWishaw LanarkshireScotlandAs assistant to Alexander Cullen
Item 7 of 21Before 1906Sir John Stirling Maxwell SchoolPollokshaws GlasgowScotlandAs assistant to John Hamilton
Item 8 of 211907Mechanics Institute  GlasgowScotlandGutted and enlarged as insurance offices. Top storey added. (see 'Buildings of Scotland') - as assistant
Item 9 of 211908Shennanton HouseKirkcowan WigtownshireScotlandAs assistant to Clifford & Lunan, supervising the erection of the house
Item 10 of 21c. 1908Carsriggan House  WigtownshireScotlandAlterations and additions - supervised the work as assistant to Clifford
Item 11 of 21c. 1908Glenrazie  Dumfriesshire?ScotlandAdditions and alterations - as assistant to Clifford supervising the Newton Stewart office
Item 12 of 21c. 1908Merton Hall  WigtownshireScotlandReconstruction and additions - as assistant to Clifford supervised reconstruction and additions
Item 13 of 21c. 1908Shennanton Estate, home farm and model farm steading  WigtownshireScotlandAs assistant to Clifford, supervising the office in Newton Stewart
Item 14 of 21c. 1908Shennanton Estate, laundry, power block and garage block  WigtownshireScotlandAs assistant to Clifford, supervising the Newton Stewart office
Item 15 of 21c. 1910Cairnsmore House  KirkcudbrightshireScotlandAdditions and alterations
Item 16 of 21c. 1910Kirroughtree HouseMinnigaff Kirkcudbrightshire?ScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 17 of 211911Whithorn Public LibraryWhithorn WigtownshireScotland 
Item 18 of 21After 1911Housing schemeNewton Sewart WigtownshireScotland 
Item 19 of 21After 1911Housing schemeWigtown WigtownshireScotland 
Item 20 of 21After 1911Housing schemeWhithorn WigtownshireScotland 
Item 21 of 211933CinemaWigtown WigtownshireScotlandReconstruction and alterations


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 2British Architectural Library, RIBA2001Directory of British Architects 1834-1914   
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 v21 no1697