Basic Biographical Details

Name: Alexander Thomson Heathcote
Designation: Architect
Born: 1879
Bio Notes: Alexander Thomson Heathcote was born in 1879 and educated at Glasgow High School. He was articled to Alexander Petrie from December 1894 until 1899, and took the classes at Glasgow & West of Scotland Technical College where he subsequently assisted in tutorials. In the latter year he became an assistant with John McKissack & Son, where he remained until 1904 with a short break in the office of James Miller in 1902. From 1905 he worked in the Largs practice of Fryers & Penman, and whilst there he claims to have been responsible for the design, detailing and execution of St Thomas's Church in Aboyne. He moved to Southampton in 1908 to work for Mitchell Son & Gutteridge before settling in Manchester in 1909. There he worked in a branch office which Fryers & Penman shared with Charles Clegg & Son at 21 Spring Gardens, the two firms working in collaboration.

Heathcote was admitted LRIBA on 20 March 1911, his proposers being his professor in Glasgow, Charles Gourlay, and Vernon Constable and Andrew Graham Henderson, evidently friends from his Glasgow years.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 4360, Victoria Road, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1904 *  
Item 2 of 4Largs, Ayrshire, ScotlandBusiness19051908 
Item 3 of 4Southampton, Hampshire, EnglandBusiness19081909 
Item 4 of 432, Claude Road, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester, EnglandPrivate1911 *  

* 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 8Alexander PetrieDecember 18941899Apprentice 
Item 2 of 8John McKissack & Son18991902Assistant 
Item 3 of 8James Miller19021902Assistant 
Item 4 of 8John McKissack & Son19031904Assistant 
Item 5 of 8Fryers & Penman19051908Assistant(?) 
Item 6 of 8Mitchell Son & Gutteridge19081909Assistant(?) 
Item 7 of 8Charles Clegg & Son1909After 1911Chief Assistantsharing joint office with branch of Fryers & Penman
Item 8 of 8Fryers & Penman1909After 1911Chief Assistantin Manchester branch office shared with Charles Clegg & Son


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Vernon Constable20 March 1911for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3Charles Gourlay20 March 1911for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3Andrew Graham Henderson20 March 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 3c. 1906St Thomas's Episcopal ChurchAboyne AberdeenshireScotlandAs chief assistant to Fryers & Penman - claims full responsibility for design and execution in his LRIBA papers
Item 2 of 31909St James Buildings  ManchesterEnglandAs chief assistant to Fryers & Penman and Charles Clegg & Son - claims to be responsible for design, detailing and supervision
Item 3 of 31914Watt Brothers Premises  GlasgowScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 2British Architectural Library, RIBA2001Directory of British Architects 1834-1914   
Item 2 of 2Post Office Directories     

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2Professor David M Walker personal archiveProfessor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material Additional research by Iain Paterson
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L v14 no896