Basic Biographical Details

Name: Alexander W Cockburn
Designation: Architect
Born: c. 1875
Bio Notes: Little is known of the background and training of Alexander W Cockburn. He was born in Dalkeith about 1875 and was a civil engineer by training. His wife was Rosina.

In about 1901 Duncan Menzies took him into partnership, the practice title then becoming Menzies & Cockburn. It operated from Menzies's office at 39 York Place until about 1910 when Menzies died. Cockburn then moved the practice to no 33.

About the same time Cockburn invited William Henry Johnson to join the practice, the firm becoming Menzies, Cockburn & Johnson (Menzies's name being retained). By 1928 Johnson appears to have withdrawn from the partnership and Cockburn had been joined by an unidentified ____ Merrylees, the firm's office being at 18 York Place; however, a practice address of 3 Palmerston Place is given by Menzies, Cockburn and Merrylees when exhibiting at the RSA in 1929, and by William Henry Johnson in the RIBA Kalendar of 1930-31, suggesting a continued association.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 65, Lady Road, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate   
Item 2 of 615, Woodburn Terrace, EdinburghPrivate1901  
Item 3 of 639, York Place, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusiness19021910 
Item 4 of 633, York Place, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusinessc. 1910 *c. 1919 
Item 5 of 620, York Place, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusinessc. 1920c. 1928 
Item 6 of 63, Palmerston Place, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusiness1929 *  

* 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 3Menzies & CockburnBefore 19101911Partner 
Item 2 of 3Menzies, Cockburn & Johnson1911Before 1928Partner 
Item 3 of 3Menzies, Cockburn & MerryleesBefore 1928 Partner 

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 61902Bowling Pavilion  EdinburghScotland 
Item 2 of 619101-18 Mayfield RoadMayfield EdinburghScotland 
Item 3 of 6191028-32 Mayfield RoadMayfield EdinburghScotland 
Item 4 of 6c. 1910Turnberry  EdinburghScotland 
Item 5 of 61913Cinematograph HouseGorgie EdinburghScotlandCinematograph House
Item 6 of 61928St Margaret's ChurchCorstorphine EdinburghScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 1Post Office Directories     

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 v24 no1989 - Nomination paper of W H Johnson