Basic Biographical Details

Name: Alexander Adamson
Designation: Architect
Born: c. 1830
Died: 24 May 1893
Bio Notes: Alexander Adamson was probably born in c.1830, the son of Alexander Adamson, merchant and his wife Anne Reid. In 1867 he formed a partnership with John McLeod who may have been a pupil, with an office at 112 West George, Glasgow but this moved the following year, 1868, to 160 Hope Street. The partnership was dissolved c.1870-1871 with Adamson leaving the office in Hope Street and moving briefly to Greenock, his office being at 6 Ardgowan Street. Adamson subsequently moved back to Glasgow with offices at 131 West Regent Street in 1872-73 and at 80 Renfield Street 1873-76. Adamson had to withdraw from practice in 1876-77 to become a 'gardener and portioner' at Kilmarnock apparently living with his parents (his father died in 1879) at Rosefield Cottage in Thomson Street. He died in Gartnavel Institution intestate on 24 May 1893.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 7112, West George Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1867 *  
Item 2 of 733, Nicholson Street, Greenock, Renfrewshire, ScotlandPrivate1867 *  
Item 3 of 7160, Hope Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness18681871 or 1872 
Item 4 of 76, Ardgowan Street, Greenock, Renfrewshire, ScotlandBusiness18711872(?) 
Item 5 of 7131, West Regent Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness18721873 
Item 6 of 780, Renfield Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness18731876No longer in partnership with John McLeod
Item 7 of 7Rosefield Cottage, Thomson Street, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, ScotlandPrivate(?)c. 1873(?)1879 

* 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 1Adamson & McLeod1867c. 1871 or c. 1872Partnerafter 1868

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 2William Gilmour Wilsonc. 1877Before 1880Junior Assistant 
Item 2 of 2William NewlandsFebruary 18791879 or 1880Assistant 

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 111870Smollett FountainAlexandria DunbartonshireScotlandWon competition and secured job
Item 2 of 111873CraigflowerGreenock RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 3 of 111873Crookedholm Board SchoolCrookedholm AyrshireScotland 
Item 4 of 111873Design for a clubhouse     
Item 5 of 111875School at RowallanRowallan AyrshireScotland 
Item 6 of 11c. 1875Villa, London RoadKilmarnock AyrshireScotlandHS attribution
Item 7 of 111876Argyle Primary SchoolSaltcoats AyrshireScotlandOriginal school
Item 8 of 111876Burgh SchoolGreenock RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 9 of 111876CemeteryKilmarnock AyrshireScotlandWon competition - or earlier?
Item 10 of 111876Eglinton SchoolArdrossan AyrshireScotland 
Item 11 of 111876McLean Museum and Watt InstitutionGreenock RenfrewshireScotlandHall and museum addition


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 5Close, Robert1992Ayrshire and Arran, an Illustrated Architectural Guide Edinburgh: RIASArgyle Primary School, p 72
Item 2 of 5Greenock Post Office directories Greenock Post Office directories   
Item 3 of 5Post Office Directories     
Item 4 of 5Scotlands People Website Wills & Testaments  Ayr Sheriff Court Inventories SC6/44/55
Item 5 of 5Walker, Frank Arneil1986South Clyde Estuary: An Illustrated Architectural Guide to Inverclyde and Renfrew  p131

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1Professor David M Walker personal archiveProfessor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material Also information from Iain Paterson