Basic Biographical Details

Name: Alexander Fraser (senior)
Designation: Architect
Born: c. 1822
Died: 4 April 1903
Bio Notes: Alexander Fraser was born in Saltcoats, Ayrshire c.1822 and was apprenticed as a mason. He moved to Dysart in 1850, working initially as a grocer (1851) at Nether Street, Pathhead and subsequently as a slater (1852). He married Isabella Bonellie and their son Alexander was born c.1853. By 1861 the elder Alexander Fraser had commenced contracting, his first employment in Kirkcaldy being the extension of the East Pier. He was promoted to the post of foreman and later set up his own business as a builder, latterly also working in quarrying.

Fraser moved his business to Nairn Street and by 1879 had taken his son Alexander into partnership as Alexander Fraser & Son, builders. On 28 March 1885 another son, John, was also made a partner, the practice title becoming Alexander Fraser & Sons. By that time Alexander Fraser senior had retired. A further son, William, also became a partner.

Alexander Fraser senior died on 4 April 1903 in his eighty-first year. His business was continued by his sons William and Alex, and it continued trading until 1981.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 3Nairn Street, Pathhead, Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland(?)Business   
Item 2 of 3Dysart, Kirkcaldy, Fife, ScotlandBusiness   
Item 3 of 3Nether Street, Pathhead, Kirkcaldy, Fife, ScotlandBusiness1851  

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 1Alexander Fraser & SonBefore 187928 March 1885Partner 

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 1David Suttie McIlroy18911899Assistant 

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 51864Linoleum factory for Michael Nairn & CoKirkcaldy FifeScotland 
Item 2 of 51879United Original Secession ChurchKirkcaldy FifeScotlandAs builders (unclear who was architect)
Item 3 of 5After 1890Dunnikier HouseKirkcaldy FifeScotlandAdditions
Item 4 of 5After 1890Elgin Linoleum WorksKirkcaldy FifeScotland 
Item 5 of 51898Dysart HarbourDysart FifeScotlandDeepening and improvements (after report by Robert Henderson, civil engineer & engineer at Burntisland Harbour)


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 2Campbell, A J Fife shopkeepers and traders 1820-1870   
Item 2 of 2Kirkcaldy Directory1882The Kirkcaldy Directory 1882-83 Kirkcaldy: The Advertiser Office 

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Fife Free Press11 April 1903  Death notice