Basic Biographical Details

Name: Allan John Meacher
Designation: Architect
Born: 1870
Died: c. 1965(?)
Bio Notes: Allan John Meacher was born at Islington, London in 1870, the son of John W Meacher, and was educated at King's College School, London, and New College Eastbourne. He was articled to Thomas Edward Collcutt in 1888, and passed the qualifying examination early in 1891, only three years into his apprenticeship, being admitted ARIBA on 8 June 1891, his proposers being Collcutt, James Brooks and Frederic Richard Farrow. He appears to have remained with Collcutt until February 1894: a copy of J K Collings's 'Details of Gothic Architecture' inscribed 'To A J Meacher from T E Collcutt, Feb 1894' now in the possession of David Walker, was probably a leaving present. At that time he was living at 24 Carleton Road, Tufnell Park, London.

Sometime in or before 1909 he inherited the estate of Marlee in Perthshire, where he had previously modernised the interior of the eighteenth century house in a very plain style about 1890. He appears to have carried on a small practice from there as he appears in 'Who's Who in Architecture' in 1914, 1923 and 1926, but no work at present is known. He lived on there, unmarried, until the mid-1960s. Physically he was then of very small stature, but he was probably somewhat taller in his youth.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 224, Carleton Road, Tufnell Park, London, EnglandPrivate1891 *  
Item 2 of 2Marlee House, Kinloch, Perthshire, ScotlandPrivatec. 1909  

* 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 1Thomas Edward CollcuttNovember 1888February 1894(?)Apprentice 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3James Brooks8 June 1891for Associateship
Item 2 of 3Thomas Edward Collcutt8 June 1891for Associateship
Item 3 of 3Frederic Richard Farrow8 June 1891for 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 31890Marlee HouseKinloch PerthshireScotlandInterior remodelled, including new doorpiece and other alterations
Item 2 of 31899KursaalHarrogate YorkshireEnglandUnplaced competition design
Item 3 of 31909Marlee HouseKinloch PerthshireScotlandFurther work for himself


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 5British Architectural Library, RIBA2001Directory of British Architects 1834-1914   
Item 2 of 5Who's Who in Architecture1914    
Item 3 of 5Who's Who in Architecture1923    
Item 4 of 5Who's Who in Architecture1926    
Item 5 of Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints: WebsiteInformation on year and place of birth, and name of father (from Public Records Office ref RG11, piece 0243 / 65, page 29)

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 A v11 p89 (microfiche 49/A3)