Basic Biographical Details

Name: Alexander Lorimer
Designation: Architect
Born: 1865
Died:  
Bio Notes: Alexander Lorimer was born in 1865, probably in Aberdeen. He was articled to Arthur Clyne of Pirie & Clyne in 1882. In 1887 he moved to the office of Thomas Purves Marwick in Edinburgh as draughtsman, becoming chief assistant c.1895, and remaining in this position at least until Marwick's death in 1927, working on many buildings for the National Bank of Scotland as well as other commercial buildings, churches, mansion houses, villas, tenements, shops, factories and schools. Very unusually for a chief assistant, he was admitted LRIBA in the mass intake of 20 July 1911 and Marwick allowed his name to appear in 'Who's Who in Architecture' in 1914, indicative of his exceptional standing within the office.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 16, Meadowbank Crescent, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivateBefore 1911After 1930 

Employment and Training

Employers

The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 4Pirie & Clyne18821887Apprentice 
Item 2 of 4Thomas Purves Marwick1887c. 1895DraughtsmanFor forty years was with the Marwick practice
Item 3 of 4Thomas Purves Marwickc. 18951911 or 1912(?)Chief Assistant 
Item 4 of 4T P Marwick & Son1911 or 1912(?)After 1927Chief Assistant 

RIBA

RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 1James Bow Dunn20 July 1911for Licentiateship - as President of the Edinburgh Architectural Association

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 311882York Street School  AberdeenScotlandProbably involved, as apprentice to Pirie & Clyne
Item 2 of 31After 1882Peterhead AcademyPeterhead AberdeenshireScotlandAs apprentice to Pirie & Clyne. 'Buildings of Scotland' gives date of 1890-91 but the dates are in conflict with information from Alexander Lorimer's Nomination Paper.
Item 3 of 31After 1882Queen's Cross Free Church  AberdeenScotlandAs apprentice to Pirie & Clyne
Item 4 of 311884Macduff Town HallMacduff BanffshireScotlandAs apprentice to Pirie & Clyne
Item 5 of 31188550 Queen's Road  AberdeenScotlandAs apprentice to Pirie & Clyne
Item 6 of 311885St Palladius's Episcopal Church and ParsonageDrumtochty AberdeenshireScotlandAs apprentice to Pirie & Clyne
Item 7 of 311887St James Episcopal Church  AberdeenScotlandAs apprentice to Pirie & Clyne
Item 8 of 311893National Bank of Scotland, High Street  EdinburghScotlandProbably involved, as draughtsman to T P Marwick
Item 9 of 311894National Bank of Scotland, Anstruther BranchAnstruther FifeScotlandRepairs, drainage - probably involved, as draughtsman to T P Marwick
Item 10 of 311894National Bank of Scotland, Glasgow St Rollox BranchSt Rollox GlasgowScotlandAlterations and modernisation - probably involved, as chief assistant to T P Marwick
Item 11 of 311894National Bank of Scotland, Haymarket BranchHaymarket EdinburghScotlandProbably involved, as draughtsman/chief assistant to T P Marwick
Item 12 of 311894National Bank of Scotland, Islay Branch IslayArgyllScotlandImprovements - probably involved, as draughtsman to T P Marwick
Item 13 of 311894National Bank of Scotland, Jedburgh BranchJedburgh RoxburghshireScotlandRepairs and windows - probably involved, as draughtsman to T P Marwick
Item 14 of 311895National Bank of Scotland, Dumfries BranchDumfries DumfriesshireScotlandAlterations and repairs - probably involved, as chief assistant to T P Marwick
Item 15 of 311896National Bank of Scotland, East Linton BranchEast Linton East LothianScotlandProbably involved, as chief assistant to T P Marwick
Item 16 of 311897National Bank of Scotland, Castle Douglas BranchCastle Douglas KirkcudbrightshireScotlandMinor alterations - probably involved, as chief assistant to T P Marwick
Item 17 of 311897National Bank of Scotland, Edinburgh South Side Branch  EdinburghScotlandProbably involved, as chief assistant to T P Marwick
Item 18 of 311897National Bank of Scotland, Greenock BranchGreenock RenfrewshireScotlandAlterations - probably involved, as chief assistant to T P Marwick
Item 19 of 311897National Bank of Scotland, Kilmarnock BranchKilmarnock AyrshireScotlandAs chief assistant to T P Marwick
Item 20 of 31After 1897Public SchoolYetholm RoxburghshireScotlandAs draughtsman/chief assistant to T P Marwick - Addition of classrooms
Item 21 of 311898National Bank of Scotland, Leith Walk  EdinburghScotlandConversion of dwelling house into bank premises - probably involved, as chief assistant to T P Marwick
Item 22 of 311899National Bank of Scotland, Glenluce BranchGlenluce WigtownshireScotlandProbably involved, as chief assistant to T P Marwick
Item 23 of 311899National Bank of Scotland, Gorgie BranchGorgie EdinburghScotlandProbably involved, as chief assistant to T P Marwick
Item 24 of 311899National Bank of Scotland, Oban BranchOban ArgyllScotlandAlterations - probably involved, as chief assistant to T P Marwick
Item 25 of 31c. 1900Nenthorn HouseKelso BerwickshireScotlandAs chief assistant to T P Marwick - Nomination papers of Lorimer & obituary of Marwick say Marwick responsible for work here - perhaps alterations?
Item 26 of 311902National Bank of Scotland, Trongate  GlasgowScotlandAs chief assistant to Thomas Purves Marwick
Item 27 of 311904National Bank of Scotland, Portobello BranchPortobello EdinburghScotlandProbably involved, as assistant to T P Marwick
Item 28 of 311904National Bank of Scotland, Sauchiehall Street Branch  GlasgowScotlandAlterations - probably involved, as assistant to T P Marwick
Item 29 of 31c. 1905Ardrossan EU Congregational ChurchArdrossan AyrshireScotlandAs chief assistant to T P Marwick
Item 30 of 311908Gresham Life Assurance and Merchant Company offices  EdinburghScotlandAs chief assistant to T P Marwick
Item 31 of 311911National Bank of Scotland, Fort William BranchFort William Inverness-shireScotlandProbably involved, as chief assistant to T P Marwick

References

Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
 Author(s)DateTitlePartPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 3British Architectural Library, RIBA2001Directory of British Architects 1834-1914   
Item 2 of 3Post Office Directories     
Item 3 of 3Who's Who in Architecture1914    

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 v19 no1425