Basic Biographical Details

Name: Alexander Hood MacLeod
Designation: Architect
Born: 27 February 1889
Died: 31 December 1941
Bio Notes: Alexander Hood MacLeod was born at Shore Street, Anstruther on 27 February 1889, the son of Pittenweem master fishcurer John MacLeod and Elizabeth Watson from Cellardyke. He went to school in Anstruther and began serving his apprenticeship with a local joiner. He entered Thomson & Sandilands's office at the very early age of twelve, presumably as the office boy. It was not until 1910 that he enrolled in the Glasgow School of Architecture at Glasgow School of Art under Professors Bourdon, Gourlay and McGibbon. His initial period as a partner was brief as he was called up in February 1915 and not released until 1919 when he resumed partnership with Thomson.

The new partnership of Thomson Sandilands & MacLeod never engaged in large-scale competition work as it had done during Sandilands's lifetime. Initially it was based mainly on church work and private clients, mostly old ones retained from the earlier years of the practice, but from 1928 onwards it had a substantial warehouse clientele in the Glassford Street, Wilson Street and Candleriggs area. Thomson retired in 1931 having suffered a serious stroke, and died on 14 August 1933.

MacLeod continued the practice under the same name. Only when Thomson retired did MacLeod seek membership of the RIBA. He was admitted as a Licentiate on 24 February 1932, his proposers being Andrew Graham Henderson, John Watson and David Salmond, a measure of the respect in which he was held: the best of his warehouses are good examples of their kind.

MacLeod died of coronary thrombosis at Wellbrae, Bankwell Road, Anstruther on 31 December 1941, his wife Catherine Williamson Shaw having predeceased him. The practice was then inherited by his chief and at that date perhaps only assistant James Barr Brown Boyd, who had been born on 28 March 1899. In the 1950s the practice was absorbed by the unrelated Thomson McCrea & Sanders, but apart from a few large competition perspectives, only the drawings for clients still current passed into their possession.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 4Glenisla, Bishopbriggs, Lanarkshire, ScotlandPrivateBefore 1909After 1911 
Item 2 of 4248, West George Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusinessBefore 19301939 or after 1940(?) 
Item 3 of 411, Hampden Terrace, Mount Florida, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1931 *  
Item 4 of 4Wellbrae, Bankwell Road, Anstruther, Fife, ScotlandPrivateAfter 193231 December 1941Place of death

* 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 2Thomson & Sandilands1901 or 1902Before 1914ApprenticeInitially as office boy
Item 2 of 2Thomson Sandilands & MacLeodApril 19141950sPartnerWith the exception of war service 1915-1919.


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Andrew Graham Henderson24 February 1932for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3David Salmond24 February 1932for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3John Watson24 February 1932for 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 221915New Bridgegate Church  GlasgowScotlandHall
Item 2 of 221922New Bridgegate Church  GlasgowScotlandChurch
Item 3 of 221925Mosspark Parish ChurchMosspark GlasgowScotland 
Item 4 of 221925Premises for Ralston & McKell  GlasgowScotlandBuilding reinforced with steel and attic added
Item 5 of 221926Queen's Park Higher Grade School  GlasgowScotlandRevised scheme; not completed
Item 6 of 221928Warehouse for John Glen & Co  GlasgowScotland 
Item 7 of 221929Premises for W D Todd & Son  GlasgowScotlandDrawings dated - reconstruction
Item 8 of 221931British Linen BankMerrylee GlasgowScotland 
Item 9 of 221931Warehouse, Ingram Street and Hutcheson Street  GlasgowScotlandAdditions and alterations
Item 10 of 221934Premises for Bremner & Co  GlasgowScotlandAlterations
Item 11 of 221934Premises of Glen & Davidson  GlasgowScotlandAlterations - though the HS List seems to suggest it was a new building. New warehouse at this date.
Item 12 of 221934Young Women's Christian Association  GlasgowScotlandAlterations
Item 13 of 221935Garage, Washington Street  GlasgowScotland 
Item 14 of 221935Warehouse and offices for A Link, warehouseman & hosier  GlasgowScotland 
Item 15 of 221936188-196 Hope Street  GlasgowScotland 
Item 16 of 221936British Linen BankAyr AyrshireScotland 
Item 17 of 221936Premises for George Glasgow & Co, Paisley  GlasgowScotland 
Item 18 of 221937Portland Arms Public HouseShettleston GlasgowScotland 
Item 19 of 221937Premises for Ralston & McKell  GlasgowScotlandAlterations and new warehouse
Item 20 of 221938Garage and hostel for lorry drivers  GlasgowScotland 
Item 21 of 221939Royal Insurance Company Building  GlasgowScotlandAlterations
Item 22 of 221941Warehouse for Simons Jacobs & Co and extension  GlasgowScotlandReconstruction of 89 Candleriggs and Brunswick Street


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 2Mireylees, Suzanne2005In the shadow of Gartloch: The life and work of John Thomson & Robert Douglas Sandilands Unpublished PhD thesis, University of St Andrews 
Item 2 of 2RIBA1939The RIBA Kalendar 1939-1940 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Scotsman1 January 1942  p3

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2Professor David M Walker personal archiveProfessor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material Research on parentage, wife and death from Iain Paterson
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L no 4053 (box 20)