Basic Biographical Details

Name: Alexander Murdoch Buchanan
Designation: Architect
Born: 9 March 1919
Bio Notes: Alexander Murdoch Buchanan was born on 9 March 1919 at Glendoick Manse in Errol Parish, the son of Joseph Weir Buchanan, a UF Church clergyman and at that time serving as a Lieutenant with the Royal Garrison Artillery, and his wife, Mary Dreghorn McCaw. He studied at Glasgow School of Architecture, He was admitted ARIBA in 1948. In 1950 he was living and perhaps also working in Troon. In 1970 he was working for Stevenson & Ferguson at 11 Barns Street, Ayr. He was sole partner in 1980. He seems to have been a partner woth T K Irving as T K Irving & Partners by 1981. Perhaps he was partner in both firms concurrently? In 1989 he had been retired for some time and the practice was carried on by his son.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 3Beachmore/70, Meddans Street, Troon, Ayrshire, ScotlandPrivate/business(?)1950 *  
Item 2 of 317, Barns Street, Ayr, Ayrshure, ScotlandPrivate(?)1979 *  
Item 3 of 310, Abbotsway, Doonfoot, Ayr, Ayrshire, ScotlandPrivate1989 *  

* 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 3Stevenson & Ferguson1970After 1975Architect 
Item 2 of 3T K Irving & Partners1980s Partner 
Item 3 of 3Stevenson Ferguson & Buchanan1980 * Partner 

* earliest date known from documented sources.

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 71968Department Store (House of Fraser rebuild of Arnott Simpson's Department Store)  GlasgowScotlandExtension
Item 2 of 71968Hourstons Drapery WarehouseAyr AyrshireScotlandAddition
Item 3 of 71969Supermarket, shops and officesTroon AyrshireScotland 
Item 4 of 71969The Old Church, AyrAyr AyrshireScotlandHalls added
Item 5 of 71972West of Scotland Agricultural College, Auchincruive/AuchencruiveSt Quivox AyrshireScotlandHorticultural Department added
Item 6 of 71976ACF Training Centre  AyrshireScotland 
Item 7 of 71977Alloway Parish ChurchAlloway AyrshireScotlandSession room added


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 4RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 2 of 4RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   
Item 3 of 4RIBA1979Directory of members   
Item 4 of 4RIBA1981Directory of Practices 1981   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A 6190 (Combined Box 124)