Basic Biographical Details

Name: Alexander Alban Hamilton Scott (or Archibald Alban Hamilton Scott, or Augustine Alban Hamilton Scott)
Designation: Architect
Born: 30 May 1876
Died: Early 1944(?)
Bio Notes: Alexander Hamilton Scott was born on 30 May 1876 and was articled to Peter Caldwell of Paisley from 1890 to 1895, remaining for one year as assistant and studying at Paisley School of Art. In 1896 he assisted Robert Wemyss of Glasgow for eight months on Dunbartonshire and Lanarkshire railway station buildings, and James Archibald Morris of Ayr for three months, and in the following year spent three months with D Barker of Perth before moving to Glasgow as assistant to William Baillie. Before the year 1897 was out he moved offices again when he was appointed architect to the Caledonian Railway Company. After thirteen months in that position he took a new post as architect in the firm of Babtie & Bonn, civil engineers and architects, with whom he stayed until 1907, a year after their practice had become Babtie, Shaw & Morton. For much of this early period in Glasgow he studied at the Glasgow & West of Scotland Technical College and Glasgow School of Art (1897-1900 and again in 1902-3).

He commenced practice on his own account in 1908 whilst pursuing further studies at Glasgow School of Architecture (1908-9). He was admitted LRIBA in the mass intake of 20 July 1911, proposed by John Bennie Wilson and the Glasgow Institute of Architects. At that date he was living and working at 43 Mill Street, Paisley. By 1909 he had moved his office to Glasgow, whilst retaining the same home address until around the time of the First World War. In 1922 he entered the Chicago Tribune Tower competition in collaboration with John A W Grant.

Scott's forename is sometimes given as Archibald but he is not the same person as Augustine Alban Hamilton Scott who was born in Kent in September 1878 and died in London in January 1944. They have separate entries in the Directory of British Architects 1834-1914 by Antonia Brodie (p.556)

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 643, Mill Street, Paisley, Renfrewshire, ScotlandPrivateBefore 1897After 1914 
Item 2 of 6180, Hope Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1904 * Presumably the address of Babtie & Bonn
Item 3 of 6224, St Vincent Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1909 *  
Item 4 of 6103, Stevenson Drive, Shawlands, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivateBefore 1919After 1930 
Item 5 of 665, West Regent Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1924 *  
Item 6 of 6122, Wellington Street, Glasgow, 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 9Peter Caldwell18901895Apprentice 
Item 2 of 9Peter Caldwell18951896Assistant 
Item 3 of 9Robert Wemyssc. January 1896c. September 1896Assistant 
Item 4 of 9James Archibald Morrisc. September 1896c. December 1896Assistant 
Item 5 of 9David Morrison BarkerEarly 1897Early 1897Assistant 
Item 6 of 9William BaillieEarly 1897Mid 1897Assistant 
Item 7 of 9Caledonian Railway Company Architect's and Engineer's DepartmentMid 18971898Architect 
Item 8 of 9Babtie & Bonn18981906Architect 
Item 9 of 9Babtie, Shaw & Morton19061907Architect 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 1John Bennie Wilson20 July 1911for Licentiateship - as President of the Glasgow Institute of Architects

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 281895Victoria WorksPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandProbably involved in design of factory - as assistant to Peter Caldwell
Item 2 of 281896Monkton SchoolMonkton AyrshireScotlandAs assistant to James Archibald Morris
Item 3 of 281896Station buildings  LanarkshireScotlandAs assistant to Robert Wemyss
Item 4 of 281896Station buildings  DunbartonshireScotlandAs assistant to Robert Wemyss
Item 5 of 281896The Red HouseAyr AyrshireScotlandAdditions - as assistant to James Archibald Morris
Item 6 of 281897Coatbridge StationCoatbridge LanarkshireScotlandAs architect to the Caledonian Railway Company
Item 7 of 281897Country house, CraigiePerth PerthshireScotlandAs assistant to D Barker
Item 8 of 281897Station buildingsWemyss Bay RenfrewshireScotlandAs architect to the Caledonian Railway Company
Item 9 of 281898Glasgow International Exhibition of 1901Kelvingrove GlasgowScotlandCompetition design - unplaced
Item 10 of 28After 1898BankLong Eaton NottinghamshireEnglandAs architect in the firm of Babtie & Bonn
Item 11 of 28After 1898Country House, InverlevenDumbarton DunbartonshireScotlandAs architect in the firm of Babtie & Bonn
Item 12 of 28After 1898House and Offices of the Keith Family and widening of Cadzow BridgeHamilton LanarkshireScotlandAs architect in the firm of Babtie & Bonn
Item 13 of 28After 1898Parish ManseDumbarton DunbartonshireScotlandAs architect in the firm of Babtie & Bonn
Item 14 of 28After 1898Public LibraryLong Eaton DerbyshireEnglandAs architect in the firm of Babtie & Bonn
Item 15 of 28After 1898Residential block for Dumbarton Heritable Property SyndicateDumbarton DunbartonshireScotlandAs architect in the firm of Babtie & Bonn
Item 16 of 281900Helensburgh Drill HallHelensburgh DunbartonshireScotlandAs architect in the firm of Babtie & Bonn
Item 17 of 281902Sydney Harbour Bridges  SydneyAustraliaUnexecuted proposals
Item 18 of 281905Kinlochleven Hydroelectric Scheme and former Aluminium Smelter, Valve House  Inverness-shireScotlandSupervising engineer
Item 19 of 281905Kinlochleven Hydroelectric Scheme, former aluminium smelter, powerhouseKinlochleven ArgyllScotlandAs architect and supervising engineer
Item 20 of 281906Ayr Pavilion, Low GreenAyr AyrshireScotlandUnsuccessful competition design
Item 21 of 28After 1908House(s)Dalmuir DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 22 of 28After 1908House(s)Drumchapel GlasgowScotland 
Item 23 of 28After 1908House(s)Hamilton LanarkshireScotland 
Item 24 of 281909EdenmohrKinlochleven ArgyllScotland 
Item 25 of 281909Garbhein HouseKinlochleven ArgyllScotland 
Item 26 of 281909InverlevenKinlochleven ArgyllScotland 
Item 27 of 281909Tigh-na-BruaichKinlochleven ArgyllScotland 
Item 28 of 281922Chicago Tribune TowerChicago IllinoisUnited States of AmericaUnsuccessful competition design - in collaboration with John A W Grant


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 2Measurers\' Companion1911The Scottish Architects' and Measurers' Companion   
Item 2 of 2Post Office Directories     

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 Information on various names and death date from research by Iain Paterson
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L v20 no1574