Basic Biographical Details

Name: Alexander Stewart Kinnear
Designation: Architect
Born: 8 June 1877
Died: 5 January 1964
Bio Notes: Alexander Stewart Kinnear was born on 8 June 1877, the son of David Kinnear, public works contractor, and his wife, Jean Stewart. He studied at Edinburgh College of Art and Heriot-Watt College from 1894 to 1902. In the latter year he sought practical experience by joining an unspecified firm of building and public works contractors as a draughtsman and surveyor, and he remained with them until 1911, attending evening classes at Heriot-Watt College for part of this period. In 1911 he was appointed Chief Architect to the British Aluminium Company Ltd, and he remained there thereafter. At various stages he was stationed at the company's Kinlochleven Works, Milton Works (Staffordshire) and Burntisland Works, but from 1937 onwards he was based in their Edinburgh headquarters. His work included factories built by the company on behalf of the Ministry of Aircraft Production. He is described in the death reigster as 'architect and surveyor'.

He was admitted late in life, on 28 September 1943, his proposers being Thomas Forbes Maclennan, John Ross McKay and Charles Edward Tweedie junior. At that time he was still in the British Aluminium Company's Edinburgh office, and was living at 'Culag', 4 Craiglockhart Park. He was also an Associate of the RIAS and a Member of the Institute of Structural Engineers.

Kinnear died on 5 January 1964 at 28 Polwarth Terrace, Edinburgh, survived by his wife Jean Beattie Borthwick and at least one son.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 5British Aluminum Company, Kilochleven Works, Kinlochleven, Argyll, ScotlandBusinessAfter 1911Before 1937 
Item 2 of 5British Aluminum Company, Milton Works, Milton, Staffordshire, EnglandBusinessAfter 1911Before 1937 
Item 3 of 5British Aluminum Company, Burntisland Works, Burntisland, Fife, ScotlandBusinessAfter 1911Before 1937 
Item 4 of 5British Aluminum Company/9, Rosebery Crescent, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusiness1937After 1943 
Item 5 of 5Culag/4, Craiglockhart Park, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate1943 *1964 

* 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 1British Aluminium Company Architects Department1911After 1943Chief Architect 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Thomas Forbes Maclennan28 September 1943for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3John Ross McKay28 September 1943for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3Charles Edward Tweedie (junior)28 September 1943for 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 11949Factory for William Arnott McLeod & Co Ltd, Gylemuir RoadCorstorphine EdinburghScotlandFactory


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 2Post Office Directories     
Item 2 of 2RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Builder5 August 1949  p184

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2H M Register HouseDeath Register  
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L no5500 (combined box 83)