Basic Biographical Details

Name: Alexander Leslie
Designation: Architect
Born: 1754
Died: 1835
Bio Notes: Alexander Leslie was born in 1754, the son of Robert Leslie (1723-1804), wright and cabinet maker in Largo, Fife and his wife Anne Carstairs who was almost certainly a sister of David Carstairs a local architect-builder. His younger brother was Sir John Leslie (1766-1832).

Leslie designed and built a number of churches in Fife which are simple Georgian unpretentious rectangular plan buildings with the exception of Largo which was cruciform. The style of the latter is late Gothic which was selected to blend with the pre-existing 'chancel' which was built in 1623.

Leslie and his father are commemorated by a tombstone in Largo Churchyard and a silhouette portrait is still in the possession of his descendants. He was the father of the civil engineer James Leslie, born in 1801.

Alexander Leslie died in 1835.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 1Largo, Fife, ScotlandBusiness   

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 71805Ceres Parish ChurchCeres FifeScotland 
Item 2 of 71807Kilrenny Parish ChurchKilrenny FifeScotland 
Item 3 of 71813Parish ChurchNewburn FifeScotland 
Item 4 of 71814Kilconquhar Parish Church ManseKilconquhar FifeScotland 
Item 5 of 71815Charleton HouseColinsburgh FifeScotlandWings added at rear - with Thomas Finlay mason
Item 6 of 71816Largo Parish ChurchUpper Largo FifeScotland 
Item 7 of 71819Christ's Kirk on the GreenLeslie FifeScotlandOriginal buliding - as Inspector of Works, and possibly designer; contractor was Thomas or James Barclay


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 2Colvin, H M1995A Biographical Dictionary of British Architects 1600-18403rd editionNew Haven and London: Yale University Press 
Item 2 of 2Pride, Glen L1999The Kingdom of Fife2nd EditionThe Rutland Pressp78, p93, p148, p174