Basic Biographical Details

Name: Alexander Gilkie
Designation: Architect
Born: c. 1756
Died: 3 May 1834
Bio Notes: Alexander Gilkie was born about 1756 in Berwickshire. He worked for Lord Delaval in Northumberland in the 1790s and in County Durham just after 1800. He was supposedly recommended by Lord Delaval to Lord Strathmore for work at Gibbside. He also worked in Berwickshire for private clients and for the heritors in various parishes.

Colvin describes Gilkie as a provincial designer whose work has 'considerable naive charm'.

The older Gilkie probably designed and built Abbey House in Coldstream. It probably dates from the 1820s.

Gilkie died on 3 May 1834 and was buried in Lennel churchyard. His son also Alexander Gilkie worked as a 'surveyor of buildings in Edinburgh'.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 1Abbey House, Coldstream, Berwickshire, ScotlandPrivate   

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 101789Manderston House, including service court and motor houseDuns BerwickshireScotlandDesign for classical house
Item 2 of 101790s(?)Blackadder HouseAllanton BerwickshireScotlandDesign for bridge
Item 3 of 101790Kimmerghame House, and lodgeDuns BerwickshireScotlandDesign for court of offices.
Item 4 of 101791Ford CastleFord NorthumberlandEnglandThe remodelling of the great gateway, lodges and towers have been attributed to him. However it is knonw that some of these were the work of the architect James Nesbit who died in 1781.
Item 5 of 101801Ford CastleFord NorthumberlandEnglandDate of estimate for a further addition to the east side of the castle, although this seems to have been laid aside and not built.
Item 6 of 10c. 1805Gibside  Co. DurhamEnglandProbably responsible for the remodelling of the south front. Was recommended to 10th Earl of Strathmore by Lord Delaval.
Item 7 of 101807Broadmeadows HouseSwinton Berwickshire Design for court of offices.
Item 8 of 101811Eyemouth Parish ChurchEyemouth BerwickshireScotland 
Item 9 of 101813Mordington ManseMordington BerwickshireScotland 
Item 10 of 101817Billie EstateBunkle BerwickshireScotlandGD267/27/183/2546-2562: Inferior Court process George Home Esquire, and Commissioner, against Alexander Gilkie, Architect in Eyemouth, and Peter Ronaldson, tenant of Linthill - as to Dwelling Houses and offices in Linthill.

He seems to have carried out an inspection on 'Patersons' Houses'


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 1Colvin, Howard2008A Biographical Dictionary of British Architects 1600-1840 London: YUP. 4th edition