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Basic Biographical Details

Name: Alexander Black
Designation: Architect
Born: c. 1797
Died: 19 February 1858
Bio Notes: Alexander Black was born circa 1797 and according to the Edinburgh Architectural Association Handbook of 1907 he was originally trained as a carpenter. The sophistication of his work suggests, however, that he gained experience in one of the best architectural practices. On 3 March 1836 he was appointed surveyor to George Heriot's Hospital, working from his office at 48 North Frederick Street, but no new streets were undertaken on the Trust's land during his tenure.

The EAA reported his private practice as being confined to a few mansion houses and offices, one of which was tentatively identified by the late Colin McWilliam as Bonnington. His known works were almost all for Heriot's Hospital and in a sophisticated Heriot's Hospital based Scots Jacobean. Of these High School Yards and Broughton Street were remarkable for their open arcaded ground floors which provided playground and school shelter on tight sites, a device adopted by E R Robson in his early London board schools.

Black died on 19 February 1858 and was buried in Dean Cemetery where an extremely handsome classical monument marks his grave. The Heriot Trust portrait of him is held in NMRS

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 219, Lauriston Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate Before 1858 
Item 2 of 248, North Frederick Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusiness1836 *  

* earliest date known from documented sources.


Employment and Training

Employers

The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 1George Heriot's Trust Works Department3 March 1836 Surveyor 

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 1James Strangc. 1870 Apprentice 

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 181833George Heriot's Hospital  EdinburghScotlandRefacement of south, east and west elevations in Craigleith ashlar (they were originally harled rubble)
Item 2 of 181834Bellevue Terrace  EdinburghScotlandCarried out Bonnar's design
Item 3 of 181834Layout of new roads between Stockbridge, Canonmills and Henderson Row  EdinburghScotland 
Item 4 of 18June 1834Royal Terrace Gardens House and associated greenhouses  EdinburghScotland 
Item 5 of 181835Glasite Meeting House  EdinburghScotland 
Item 6 of 181838George Heriot's Hospital, Heriot Bridge, Primary School (later Science Wing)  EdinburghScotlandPrimary school
Item 7 of 181839George Heriot's School, Old Assembly Close, High Street  EdinburghScotland 
Item 8 of 181840George Heriot's High School Yards  EdinburghScotland 
Item 9 of 18c. 1840George Heriot's School, Borthwick's Close  EdinburghScotland 
Item 10 of 18c. 1840George Heriot's School, Brown's Square  EdinburghScotlandRemodelled from an 18th century house
Item 11 of 18c. 1840George Heriot's School, Rose Street  EdinburghScotland 
Item 12 of 18c. 1840Site plan, Warriston, Ferry Road and Bangholm  EdinburghScotland 
Item 13 of 181842Royal Terrace, reallignment of approach  EdinburghScotland 
Item 14 of 181847Barony Street  EdinburghScotlandBlack continued south side of street begun by Thomas Bonnar.
Item 15 of 181848Leith Walk, Site plan  EdinburghScotland 
Item 16 of 18c. 1850Feuing of West Coates for villas  EdinburghScotlandProbably built to Black's design
Item 17 of 181853George Heriot's School, Broughton Street  EdinburghScotland 
Item 18 of 181858Bonnington HouseRatho EdinburghScotland 

References

Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
 Author(s)DateTitlePartPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Edinburgh Architectural Association1907Edinburgh Architectural Association Exhibition Catalogue Edinburgh 
Item 2 of 2Scotlands People Website Wills & Testaments  Edinburgh Sheriff Court Inventroies SC70/1/99

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