Basic Biographical Details

Name: Alexander Forsyth
Designation: Architect
Born: 1869
Died: 24 February 1963
Bio Notes: Alexander Forsyth was born about 1869 in Clackmannan, Clackmannanshire, one of the four sons and four daughters of John Forsyth, grocer and his wife, Catherine. He was educated at Dollar Academy. He served his articles in the office of Thornton Shiells & Thomson and would seem to have remained as assistant in their Edinburgh office but was moved to the Belfast office of the practice.

'Artefacts' states that he was he was advised by his future wife, Agnes Page, to emigrate to the Cape. However it seems likely that his reason for going was the fact that in the 1890s he was recruited by John Parker and he went out to Cape Town, South Africa as Parker's senior assistant. Forsyth was taken into partnership c.1900 but it was not until 1905 that the firm adopted the style of Parker & Forsyth. At this point he probably succeeded to the partnership together with John Parker's son, John Kilgour Parker, and the name of the firm became Forsyth & Parker, hence the reversal of the names.

Forsyth married in 1902.

Forsyth returned to the United Kingdon about 1920 and returned to the Cape that year, sailing on 23 October 1920. Forsyth continued the practice after Parker's death in 1921.

Forsyth died on 24 February 1963.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 1Cape Town, South AfricaBusiness   

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 4Shiells & ThomsonBefore 18891890sAssistant 
Item 2 of 4John Parker1890s1900Senior Assistant 
Item 3 of 4John Parker19001905Partner 
Item 4 of 4Parker & Forsyth1905After 1921Partner 

References

Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
 Author(s)DateTitlePartPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Seymour, D Picton Victorian buildings in South Africa   
Item 2 of 2www.artefacts.co.za www.artefacts.co.za Website of artefacts, for the recording of South African buildingsAccessed February 2017

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2Census records onlineCensuses  
Item 2 of 2www.findmypast.co.ukTravel & Emigration records