Basic Biographical Details

Name: Adam Frame
Designation: Architect
Born: c. 1837
Died: 23 January 1901
Bio Notes: Adam Frame was born in Dunfermline c.1837 to joiner and architect Thomas Frame, and apprenticed to his father as a joiner and his wife Janet Scotland. He was however 'bent on attaining a higher position in the building line which he did by becoming a complete architect' under his father's supervision, the firm becoming Thomas Frame and Son, architects, land surveyors and measurers. It is not clear when the transition took place but in 1863 they were considered as architects for the building of their church, West UP in Alloa. Peddie & Kinnear were appointed, but the Frames were appointed to supervise its building. Some of the firm's classical work has a Thomsonesque character; there is no record of Frame working in Glasgow but his brother Thomas was a merchant there.

Thomas died at Kellie Place, Alloa on 21 October 1875 and was buried at Greenside Cemetery.

Adam Frame took an active part in public life being a Burgh Commissioner (presumably a Police Commissioner) for Alloa in 1886-91 and a Baillie from 1889 to 1891. He was also a founder member and council member of the Alloa Society for Natural Science and Archaeology, and session clerk of West UP Church. In his later years Frame suffered from a weak heart from which he died 23 January 1901 at his home in Birkendale. He was survived by his wife Robina Sinclair. The practice was continued by Thomas Frame Junior, but he died in 1903 at the early age of twenty five. The practice was inherited by George Twigg, born in 1873, who had joined the firm around 1900. Twigg died in 1953.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 4Coningsby Place, Alloa, Clackmannanshire, ScotlandPrivate Before 1901 
Item 2 of 4Dunfermline, Fife, ScotlandPrivatec. 1837 Place of birth
Item 3 of 4Mar Place, Alloa, Clackmannanshire, ScotlandBusiness1853(?)  
Item 4 of 4Birkendale, Yorkshire, EnglandPrivate23 January 1901 * Place of death

* 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 2Thomas Framec. 1852Before 1863ApprenticeAs a joiner
Item 2 of 2Thomas Frame & SonBefore 18631901Partner 

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 2Erskine Seaton Cummings7 April 1882Before 1889  
Item 2 of 2George Alexander Kerr18931896Assistant 

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 37 Bo'ness Distillery, Buildings for James Calder and CoBo'ness / Borrowstouness West LothianScotlandDate unknown
Item 2 of 37 Co-operative Society Buildings, Ward StreetAlloa ClackmannanshireScotlandDate unknown
Item 3 of 37 Distillers Company, Buildings at CambusCambus ClackmannanshireScotlandDate unknown
Item 4 of 37 Distillers Company, Buildings at CarsebridgeCarsebridge ClackmannanshireScotlandDate unknown
Item 5 of 37 Distillers Company, Buildings at GlenochilGlenochil ClackmannanshireScotlandDate unknown
Item 6 of 37 Middleton Kerse   ScotlandAdditions for McNab - date unknown
Item 7 of 37 St Mungo's RC SchoolAlloa ClackmannanshireScotlandDate unknown
Item 8 of 37c. 1860BeechwoodTillicoultry ClackmannanshireScotlandIn partnership
Item 9 of 371862Co-operative Society Buildings, High StreetAlloa ClackmannanshireScotlandIn partnership
Item 10 of 37c. 1865Alloa Corn ExchangeAlloa ClackmannanshireScotlandIn partnership
Item 11 of 371872BirkendaleAlloa ClackmannanshireScotlandIn partnership
Item 12 of 371873Burgh ChambersAlloa ClackmannanshireScotland 
Item 13 of 371873Museum and library for the Natural History and Archaeological SocietyAlloa ClackmannanshireScotlandPossibly as builder
Item 14 of 371874NaemoorMuckhart Clackmannanshire?ScotlandAlso later additions
Item 15 of 371874Tenement for J and J Dawson, Mill StreetAlloa ClackmannanshireScotlandIn partnership
Item 16 of 37c. 1874British Linen BankStrathbungo GlasgowScotland 
Item 17 of 37c. 1874Houses, 29-31 Grange RoadAlloa ClackmannanshireScotlandAttributed to partnership
Item 18 of 371875Halbeath School and Schoolmaster's HouseHalbeath FifeScotland 
Item 19 of 371875Primary School, SalineSaline FifeScotland 
Item 20 of 371875Tenement, 5-11 CoalgateAlloa ClackmannanshireScotland 
Item 21 of 371875Townhill Primary SchoolDunfermline FifeScotland 
Item 22 of 371877St Patrick's RC ChurchLochgelly FifeScotland 
Item 23 of 371879St James the Great Episcopal ChurchDollar ClackmannanshireScotland 
Item 24 of 371881St Andrews Parish ChurchAlloa ClackmannanshireScotland 
Item 25 of 371882Post OfficeAlloa ClackmannanshireScotland 
Item 26 of 371886Glendevon Parish ChurchGlendevon PerthshireScotlandRe-seating and repairs
Item 27 of 371887Co-operative Society Buildings, Primrose StreetAlloa ClackmannanshireScotland 
Item 28 of 371887Primary School, FishcrossFishcross ClackmannanshireScotland 
Item 29 of 371887Sauchie SchoolSauchie ClackmannanshireScotland 
Item 30 of 371888Clackmannan Town HallClackmannan ClackmannanshireScotland 
Item 31 of 371888UP Church, AlvaAlva ClackmannanshireScotlandPorch and alterations
Item 32 of 371889Manse, Walker TerraceTillicoultry ClackmannanshireScotland 
Item 33 of 371891UP Mission HallMenstrie ClackmannanshireScotland 
Item 34 of 371891West UP Church HallAlloa ClackmannanshireScotland 
Item 35 of 371895Co-operative Society Buildings, Drysdale StreetAlloa ClackmannanshireScotland 
Item 36 of 371897Clackmannan Public SchoolClackmannan ClackmannanshireScotland 
Item 37 of 37Late 1800sLudgate SchoolAlloa ClackmannanshireScotlandOriginally built as hall space for Alloa Academy and converted to additional accommodation for Ludgate Infant School.


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 2Archibald, J1911Alloa Sixty Years Age  pp165-166
Item 2 of 2Scotlands People Website Wills & Testaments  Will of his unmarried sister (?) Alloa Sheriff Court Sc64/42/19 and his own SC64/42/21

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 3Alloa Advertiser25 June 1853   
Item 2 of 3Alloa AdvertiserJanuary 1901  Obituary
Item 3 of 3Alloa JournalJanuary 1901  Obituary

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 Information from research by Adam Swan