Basic Biographical Details

Name: (Captain) Alexander ('Sandy') Black
Designation: Architect
Born: 23 March 1873
Died: 9 October 1961
Bio Notes: Captain Alexander Black was the son of William Black of A & W Black, Falkirk. He was born on 23 March 1873. He became a partner in the family firm in 1904. He was practising from 5 King's Court, Falkirk in c.1930-31 and was still there in 1939-40, by which time he was a Fellow of the Stirling Society of Architects and was serving on its Council. He was not married and lived with his sister Margaret in a house in Falkirk which was lit by gas as he had an aversion to electric lighting.

He died on 9 October 1961 aged 88 at number 25 Wellside Place, Falkirk. No further details are yet known.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 25, King's Court, Falkirk, Stirlingshire, ScotlandBusinessc. 1931 *1939 or after 1940 
Item 2 of 225-31, Wellside Place, Falkirk, Stirlingshire, ScotlandPrivate1961 *  

* 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 1A & W Black1904 Partner 

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 201895Falkirk and Counties Savings BankFalkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 2 of 201898Falkirk High SchoolFalkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 3 of 201898Falkirk Volunteer Drill HallFalkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 4 of 201900Dobbie HallLarbert StirlingshireScotland 
Item 5 of 201900Victoria Primary SchoolGrahamston StirlingshireScotland 
Item 6 of 201901Masonic HallSlamannan StirlingshireScotland 
Item 7 of 201902Larbert Masonic HallLarbert StirlingshireScotland 
Item 8 of 201903Erskine UF Church, SummerfordFalkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 9 of 201903Falkirk PoorhouseFalkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 10 of 201904Lint Riggs, east sideFalkirk StirlingshireScotlandEnd sections, carried out to David Ronald's design
Item 11 of 201904Smallpox Hospital  StirlingshireScotlandProposed - pronbably not built
Item 12 of 201904Stirling County Council OfficeFalkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 13 of 201906Camelon High SchoolFalkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 14 of 20190775 High StreetFalkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 15 of 201908KirkmailingLarbert StirlingshireScotland 
Item 16 of 201910Caretaker's HouseFalkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 17 of 201910Falkirk High SchoolFalkirk StirlingshireScotlandFree-standing block fronting Griffiths Street
Item 18 of 201924Falkirk District Infectious Diseases HospitalFalkirk StirlingshireScotlandHalf-timbered gables added to heighten end bays
Item 19 of 201927Monument to Second Battle of FalkirkFalkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 20 of 201937Memorial to Rev James Aitchison, Erskine Parish ChurchFalkirk StirlingshireScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 2RIBA1930The RIBA Kalendar 1930-1931 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
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 1Falkirk Herald6 February 1907   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1Courtesy of descendant Tony HowattInformation sent via Dictionary website Sent July 2009