Basic Biographical Details

Name: Alexander McAnally (sometimes misspelt McNally or Macannally)
Designation: Architect
Born: 19 July 1907
Died: 14 May 1978
Bio Notes: Alexander McAnally was born at 8 South Annandale Street, Glasgow on 19 July 1907, the son of James Patrick McAnally, woodcarver and his wife Agnes McCrossen. He was articled to Charles Jean Menart from 1924 to 1928, moving in the latter year to join James Taylor as assistant and studying at Glasgow High School, Glasgow School of Architecture, Glasgow School of Art and the Royal Technical College. He was a successful student, gaining a travelling scholarship, a silver medallion from the Glasgow Institute of Architects, a Whitelaw Bronze Medallion and a prize for measured drawings. He was a finalist for the Tite Prize in 1932, the year in which he commenced independent practice in March with the archdiocese of Glasgow as his main client.

From at least 1939 to 1943 McAnally was based in offices in the Chartered Accountants Hall, 220 St Vincent Street. He did not serve in the Second World War and was admitted LRIBA on 15 June 1943, his proposers being William James Smith, James Taylor and Jack Antonio Coia. He was elected FRIBA on 20 December 1950, again with the support of Smith and Taylor but this time with George Arthur Boswell acting as his third proposer. At that time, in addition to his own practice which he operated from his home at 50 Myres Road, he was also employed by the Education Department of the Corporation of Glasgow.

In the post-war years the practice became Alexander McAnally & Partners. Most of their work is in a brick Romanesque manner, sometimes quite imaginative, sometimes reflecting the whims of their priestly clients.

Alexander McAnally married twice, first to Barbara Robertson, and secondly to Kathleen Devine. He suffered from alcoholism and died of pneumonia in the Bon Secours Hospital, Glasgow on 14 May 1978, survived by his second wife.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 6Chartered Accountants Hall/220, St Vincent Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusinessBefore 1939After 1950 
Item 2 of 650, Myres Road, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivateBefore 1943After 1950 
Item 3 of 6Corporation of Glasgow Education Department/73, John Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1950 *  
Item 4 of 6176, St Vincent Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1954 *  
Item 5 of 6175, St Vincent Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1957 *  
Item 6 of 65, Kinfauns Drive, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1978 *  

* 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 3Charles Jean Menart (or Ménart)March 19241928Apprentice 
Item 2 of 3James Taylor1928March 1932Assistant 
Item 3 of 3Alexander McAnally & Partnersc. 1957 Partner 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 6George Arthur Boswell20 December 1950for Fellowship
Item 2 of 6Jack Antonio Coia15 June 1943for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 6(Professor) William James Smith15 June 1943for Licentiateship
Item 4 of 6(Professor) William James Smith20 December 1950for Fellowship
Item 5 of 6James Taylor15 June 1943for Licentiateship
Item 6 of 6James Taylor20 December 1950for Fellowship

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 28After 1932Our Lady and St Francis RC Secondary School  GlasgowScotlandUnspecified work - additions?
Item 2 of 281933 or 1934St Aloysius RC PresbyteryChapelhall LanarkshireScotland 
Item 3 of 281934St Teresa of Lisieux RC PresbyteryPossilpark GlasgowScotland 
Item 4 of 281936Salsburgh RC ChapelSalsburgh LanarkshireScotland 
Item 5 of 281937Elmwood Secondary SchoolBothwell LanarkshireScotlandAdditions
Item 6 of 281938St Josephs RC PresbyteryBlantyre LanarkshireScotland 
Item 7 of 281947Hostel  GlasgowScotlandAlterations
Item 8 of 281948RC ChurchPollok GlasgowScotland 
Item 9 of 281949Lennox CastleLennoxtown StirlingshireScotland240-bed buildings at Craigend Farm
Item 10 of 281949St John's RC ChurchBarrhead GlasgowScotlandPlans prepared - but scheme not executed. Job went to Cordiner.
Item 11 of 281950Catholic Church at Junction of Crosstube Road and Belltrees Street  GlasgowScotland 
Item 12 of 281950RC ChurchCrookston GlasgowScotland 
Item 13 of 281951Our Lady of Lourdes RC Church  GlasgowScotlandFor extensions at the Catholic Church
Item 14 of 2821 November 1952Roman Catholic Church, Pitt Street  GlasgowScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 15 of 281953St Conval RC ChurchPollok GlasgowScotland 
Item 16 of 281954St Pius RC Church and PresbyteryDrumchapel GlasgowScotland 
Item 17 of 2815 January 1954St Constantine's RC ChurchGovan GlasgowScotlandPlans prepared for new sacristy, etc
Item 18 of 2812 February 1954Roman Catholic Church, Rapland RoadPollok GlasgowScotlandPlans in hand, and approved, for new RC church
Item 19 of 281956St Teresa of Lisieux RC ChurchPossilpark GlasgowScotland 
Item 20 of 281957St John Ogilvie RC ChurchEasterhouse GlasgowScotland 
Item 21 of 281957St Mark's RC ChurchRutherglen LanarkshireScotland 
Item 22 of 2811 January 1957Church and Presbytery at Unit No 1, Castlemilk Housing SchemeCastlemilk GlasgowScotlandBuilder p121
Item 23 of 281961St James the Greater RC ChurchCoatbridge LanarkshireScotland 
Item 24 of 281965St James Crookston RC ChurchPollok GlasgowScotland 
Item 25 of 281965St Michael RC ChurchParkhead GlasgowScotland 
Item 26 of 281968St John of the Cross RC ChurchTwecharDunbartonshireScotland  
Item 27 of 281970St Monica RC Church  GlasgowScotland 
Item 28 of 281976RC Church of St Leo the Great  GlasgowScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 4Glendinning, Miles1997Rebuilding Scotland: The Postwar Vision, 1945-75  Tuckwell Press Ltdp5, p177 St Teresa of Lisieux
Item 2 of 4Post Office Directories     
Item 3 of 4RIBA1939The RIBA Kalendar 1939-1940 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 4 of 4RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 6Builder3 February 1930  p182
Item 2 of 6Builder26 January 1951  p155
Item 3 of 6Builder21 November 1952  p768
Item 4 of 6Builder15 January 1954  p161
Item 5 of 6Builder12 February 1954  p320
Item 6 of 6Builder11 January 1957  p121

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 Research by Iain Paterson
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L no5439 (combined box 79); F no4570 (box 22)