Basic Biographical Details
|Name: ||Alfred Greig |
|Designation: ||Architect |
|Born: ||1869 or 1870 |
|Died: || |
|Bio Notes: ||Alfred Greig was born in Edinburgh in 1869 or 1870, the son of Peter Macfarlane Greig. Educated at the Edinburgh Institution from 1881-1885, he was articled to Thornton Shiells & Thomson in the latter year, but quickly transferred to the more up-to-date practice of the Beaux-Arts-educated Frank Worthington Simon in which he remained until 1890, subsequently attending Simon's classes at the Edinburgh School of Applied Art from 1892, together with others at Edinburgh College of Art and Heriot-Watt College. At the end of his apprenticeship with Simon, he became an assistant in Robert Rowand Anderson's office. In 1896, whilst still with Rowand Anderson, he began teaching at the School of Applied Art, and the following year he won the School's travelling scholarship. |
Greig established his own practice in 1898. In association with Andrew Muirhead, Greig won first premium in the competition for the Carnegie Baths in Dunfermline in 1901, but Hippolyte Jean Blanc secured the commission and Muirhead died a few years later. No other work from Greig's first years in practice has yet been identified but his appointment by Anderson to the post of principal teacher of architecture in the School of Applied Art in 1903 enabled him to marry Helen Forsyth, daughter of John Forsyth, and to take into partnership Walter Fairbairn and George Donaldson Macniven.
Following the taking over of the School of Applied Art to become a part of Edinburgh College of Art in 1906, Greig's appointment came to an end in 1908, but Fairbairn secured a part-time appointment at Edinburgh College of Art and Lauder Technical School in Dunfermline. The practice was based at 31 York Place and seems to have specialised in small-scale competitions, particularly for public libraries, but they also won that for a model church for the United Free Church in the Highlands, which brought a considerable number of commissions for small churches in that area. All three architects were admitted LRIBA in the mass intake of 20 July 1911 with the same proposers - John Wilson, James Bow Dunn and Thomas Duncan Rhind.
The partnership continued until the First World War when Macniven withdrew to enter government service. He married Maud Grace Hendry in 1922 and became in succession Principal Architect and Housing Commissioner for the Scottish Board of Health, Depute Chief Architect at the Department of Health for Scotland and later Chief Architect. He died in 1949.
On Macniven's withdrawal the partnership became Greig & Fairbairn and was fortunate in securing a share of the Scottish National Housing Company's Admiralty Dockyard Garden City at Rosyth in 1915, a development planned and partly designed by Alfred Hugh Mottram from Sir Raymond Unwin's office, which came to an end with the closure of the dockyard in 1925. Thereafter the partnership was dissolved; Fairbairn continued to specialise in housing work, becoming Chief Technical Officer of the Scottish Special Housing Association in 1937-39. Greig continued the practice alone, specialising in 'Mansion House Architecture' (Scottish Biographies 1938). It appears that his practice consisted mainly of modernising existing houses but one large country house designed by him has been identified - Ardtaraig, near Dunoon.
Private and Business Addresses
|The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:|
| ||Address||Type||Date from||Date to||Notes|
|44, Queen Street, Edinburgh, Scotland||Business||1899||1901|| |
|31, York Place, Edinburgh, Scotland||Business||1903||c. 1940||In various partnerships and then on his own from 1925-1940|
|25, St Clair Terrace, Edinburgh, Scotland||Private||1911 *|| || |
|2, Victoria Terrace, Musselburgh, Midlothian, Scotland||Private||c. 1920||c. 1927|| |
|2, East Brighton Crescent, Portobello, Midlothian, Scotland||Private||c. 1934||c. 1938|| |
* earliest date known from documented sources.
Employment and Training
Employees or Pupils
|The following individuals were employed or trained by this architect (click on an item to view details):|
| ||Name||Date from||Date to||Position||Notes|
|Harold John Muir||1927||1929||Assistant|| |
|The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):|
| ||Name||Date proposed||Notes|
|James Bow Dunn||20 July 1911||for Licentiateship|
|(Sir) Thomas Duncan Rhind||20 July 1911||for Licentiateship|
|John Watson||20 July 1911||for Licentiateship|
Buildings and Designs
|The following books contain references to this architect:|
|Scottish Biographies||1938|| || ||E J Thurston (pub.)||Gives year of birth as 1869|
|Who's Who in Architecture||1914|| || || || |
|The following archives hold material relating to this architect:|
| ||Source||Archive Name||Source Catalogue No.||Notes|
|RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert Museum||RIBA Nomination Papers|| ||L v18 no1303 (gives year of birth as 1870)|