Basic Biographical Details

Name: Alexander Mavor
Designation: Architect
Born: Late 1839 or 1840
Died: 31 October 1904
Bio Notes: Alexander Mavor was apprenticed in the building trade in London but moved to Aberdeen as assistant to William Henderson & Sons. By the mid-1870s his firm was known as Mavor & Sons. Through the Hendersons Mavor forged links with the Free Church and continued this connection after moving to Aberdeen in the 1890s. The Edinburgh Gazette (no.10322) of Tuesday 5th January 1892, p17, reveals that prior to 31st December 1891 there were two partners in William Henderson & Son, architects, Aberdeen: William Low Henderson and Alexander Mavor. At this date Mavor left the partnership, and began to trade on his own account from 211 Union Street, Aberdeen, while William Low Henderson continued as sole partner in William Henderson & Son, from 124 Union Street, Aberdeen.

Mavor died on 31 October 1904. He does not appear in the British Architectural Library/RIBA 'Directory of British Architects 1834-1914', and 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 1Aberdeen, ScotlandBusiness   

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 2William Henderson & Son1870s(?) AssistantLater partner
Item 2 of 2Mavor & Sons1876 *   

* earliest date known from documented sources.

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 3Harvey Mennie18921893Chief Assistant 
Item 2 of 3Robert Robb GallJanuary 1892c. 1896Apprentice 
Item 3 of 3Robert Robb Gallc. 1896May 1897Assistant 


RIBA Proposals

This architect proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 1Robert Robb Gall30 November 1903for Associateship

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 12 Bankhead (Stoneywood) Established ChurchBankhead/Stoneywood AberdeenScotlandAttributed with design in 'In memoriam' - perhaps alterations/reconstruction?
Item 2 of 12 Morningfield Hospital for Incurables  AberdeenScotlandDate of involvement is uncertain - perhaps when with the Hendersons. He is attributed with design in 'In memoriam'
Item 3 of 121876Gallatown Free ChurchGallatown, Kirkcaldy FifeScotlandSession house and vestry, as builders for designs by Davidson
Item 4 of 121876Gallatown ManseGallatown, Kirkcaldy FifeScotlandAs builders (architect unknown)
Item 5 of 121890s(?)Albany Buildings  AberdeenScotland 
Item 6 of 121890s(?)Bon Accord Distillery  AberdeenScotland 
Item 7 of 121890s(?)Ogston & Tenant's Soapworks  AberdeenScotland 
Item 8 of 121893Broomhill School  AberdeenScotland 
Item 9 of 12189964 Forest Road at Morningfield Road  AberdeenScotland 
Item 10 of 121900Greyfriars Free Church  AberdeenScotlandReconstruction
Item 11 of 121900Parish ChurchKirkton of Premnay  AberdeenshireScotlandWest Porch and polygonal east vestry
Item 12 of 121907Villa, Rubislaw Den North  AberdeenScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 1In Memoriam1904In Memoriam  Information per Jim Fiddes

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Edinburgh Gazette5 January 1892