Basic Biographical Details

Name: Alexander Davidson
Designation: Architect
Born: 1879
Died: 1976
Bio Notes: Alexander Davidson was born in Coatbridge in 1879, the son of prominent local architect James Davidson. Alexander was articled to his father in August 1894, and remained as assistant, attending Coatbridge Technical School from 1894 to 1899 and the Glasgow and West of Scotland Technical College from the latter year until 1902. He was taken into partnership by his father in August 1908 as James Davidson & Son, and was admitted LRIBA in the mass intake of 20 July 1911, his proposers being his father, David Bateman Hutton and James Campbell Reid. He continued practising alone after his father's death in 1923. It is not yet clear when Alexander retired but certainly before the mid-1960s and died in 1976.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 4Greenhill House, Coatbridge, Lanarkshire, ScotlandPrivate1911 *  
Item 2 of 46, Academy Street, Coatbridge, Lanarkshire, ScotlandBusinessBefore 1911After 1950(?) 
Item 3 of 4Savings Bank Buildings, Coatbridge, Lanarkshire, ScotlandBusiness1931 *  
Item 4 of 4Alton/62, Blair Road, Coatbridge, Lanarkshire, ScotlandPrivate1970 *  

* 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 4James DavidsonAugust 1894c. 1898Apprentice 
Item 2 of 4Davidson & Martinc. 18981903Assistant 
Item 3 of 4James Davidson1903August 1908Assistant 
Item 4 of 4James Davidson & SonAugust 1908 Partner 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3James Davidson20 July 1911for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3David Bateman Hutton20 July 1911for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3James Campbell Reid20 July 1911for 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 241903Stewart InstituteCoatbridge LanarkshireScotlandAs assistant to his father, James Davidson
Item 2 of 241905Gartsherrie SchoolGartsherrie LanarkshireScotlandAs assistant to his father, James Davidson
Item 3 of 241906Villas and cottagesCoatbridge LanarkshireScotland 
Item 4 of 241907Annathill Mining VillageAnnathill LanarkshireScotland 
Item 5 of 241907Calderbank Parish ChurchCalderbank LanarkshireScotlandAddition of transepts - as assistant to James Davidson
Item 6 of 241907LibraryDunblane PerthshireScotlandAs assistant to his father, James Davidson and patner from August 1908
Item 7 of 241908Clydesdale InstituteMossend LanarkshireScotland 
Item 8 of 241909Drill HallRutherglen LanarkshireScotland 
Item 9 of 241909Drill HallCoatbridge LanarkshireScotland 
Item 10 of 241909UF Church HallDunblane PerthshireScotland 
Item 11 of 241910Coatbridge Board SchoolWhifflet, Coatbridge LanarkshireScotlandNew block
Item 12 of 241914Lanarkshire Coalmasters's Rescue CentreCoatbridge LanarkshireScotland 
Item 13 of 241914Langloan SchoolCoatbridge LanarkshireScotland 
Item 14 of 241914Sub-Rescue StationLarbert StirlingshireScotland 
Item 15 of 241920Coatbridge Savings BankCoatbridge LanarkshireScotland 
Item 16 of 241924135 East Clyde StreetHelensburgh DunbartonshireScotlandAlterations to offices
Item 17 of 241925135 East Clyde StreetHelensburgh DunbartonshireScotlandShowrooms and garage
Item 18 of 241932RC Church at LadyburnGreenock RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 19 of 241936Coatbridge Public Baths, swimming pool and clinicCoatbridge LanarkshireScotlandWon competition and secured job
Item 20 of 241936Free Church, BarrowfieldCoatbridge LanarkshireScotland 
Item 21 of 241945Large Piggery Buildings, Drumpark Bargeddie LanarkshireScotland 
Item 22 of 241947Terraced housingCoatbridge LanarkshireScotland 
Item 23 of 241950Old Monkland Hall-ChurchCoatbridge LanarkshireScotland 
Item 24 of 241957Burnhead Parish Church and Halls (Church of Scotland)Uddingston LanarkshireScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 5Peden, Allan1992The Monklands: an illustrated architectural guide RIASp43
Item 2 of 5RIBA1930The RIBA Kalendar 1930-1931 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 3 of 5RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 4 of 5RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   
Item 5 of 5Who's Who in Architecture1914    

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L v17 no1217