Basic Biographical Details

Name: Alexander Webb Abercromby
Born: 16 December 1913
Died: 11 December 1970
Bio Notes: Alexander Webb Abercromby was born on 16 December 1913, the son of Ebenezer Abercromby, tailor and his wife Mary Black. He was articled to Lake Falconer, Oban from December 1930 until January 1936 during which period he studied architecture in his spare time. He remained with Falconer as an assistant after completing his articles until August 1938 but moved then to a post with Messrs Scottish Oils Ltd in Uphall, West Lothian. He attended continuation classes at Heriot Watt in Edinburgh about this time.

During the Second World War he spent a year as an assistant architect with the Joint ARP (Air Raid Patrol) Authority of Stirling and Clackmannan, Spittal Street, Stirling and from July 1942 until February 1946 wasoccupied by war service. He then moved to Glasgow to an assistant architect post with Glasgow Corporation Housing Department and comntinued his studies by correspondence.

On 20 October 1946 he became chief architect with Walker & Pride and continued his correspondence courses. He remained with Walker & Pride until he became Assistant Burgh Architect in Alloa in 1952 and Burgh Architect the following year. He was elected LRIBA on 5 April 1955 and ARIAS in June of that year.

He died at Falkirk Royal Infirmary on 11 December 1970, survived by his wife Jane Livingston MacGregor.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 214, Hill Place, Alloa, Clackmannanshire, ScotlandPrivate1955  
Item 2 of 24, Hodge Street, Falkirk, Stirlingshire, ScotlandPrivate1970 *  

* earliest date known from documented sources.

Employment and Training


The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 7Lake Falconer (junior)16 December 19301 January 1936Apprentice 
Item 2 of 7Lake Falconer (junior)1 January 19361 August 1938Assistant 
Item 3 of 7Scottish Oils Ltd, Architectural Department1 August 193810 July 1941Assistant 
Item 4 of 7Glasgow Corporation Housing Department (later Architectural & Planning Department, Glasgow Corporation)18 February 194620 October 1946Assistant 
Item 5 of 7Walker & Pride20 October 194630 December 1951Chief Assistant 
Item 6 of 7Alloa Burgh Architects' Department7 January 1951 Depute Chief Architect 
Item 7 of 7Alloa Burgh Architects' Department15 May 1953 Chief Architect 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 1RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this :
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2H M Register HouseDeath Register  
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers Box 149, L6609