Basic Biographical Details

Name: Alexander Inglis
Born: 22 January 1877
Died: 1964
Bio Notes: Alexander Inglis was born on 22 January 1877. He was the nephew of the Hawick joiner-architect John Inglis, to whom he was initially apprenticed. He was subsequently articled to James Pearson Alison, probably as providing more varied experience, from August 1891 until 1896, and remained there as an assistant, studying under the South Kensington Schools and spending his holidays and spare time visiting the Borders abbeys; later travels took him to France and Spain. By 1900 he had become an extremely competent designer in the Lorimer mode and had his work illustrated in 'The Builder'. In January 1901 he moved to the office of Leadbetter & Fairley in Edinburgh, where he worked on as yet unidentified mansions in Ayrshire and at Slateford, but he left at the end of the same year to return to Hawick following the death of his uncle and his inheritance of the joinery business, which he continued as both architect and contractor from the beginning of 1902. It was around this time that he married Jane Miller Cooper.

He was admitted LRIBA in the mass intake of 20 July 1911, his proposers being James McLellan Fairley, Thomas Forbes Maclennan and James Bow Dunn. By that time he had established a Building Construction course in Hawick which had been taken over by the School Board there.

In 1936 Charles F J Turnbull was articled to Inglis; he became his partner in 1950, the practice becoming Alexander Inglis & Partners.

Inglis died in 1964.


Article on the Pre-Reformation church of Southdean, Roxburghshire, in 'Transactions of the Hawick Archaeological Society', c.1911

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 412, Bridge Street, Hawick, Roxburghshire, ScotlandBusiness1904  
Item 2 of 412 (or 14?), Bridge Street, Hawick, Roxburghshire, ScotlandBusiness1911 *After 1950 
Item 3 of 458, Queensland Road, Hawick, Roxburghshire, ScotlandPrivateBefore 1911After 1914 
Item 4 of 414, Bridge Street, Hawick, Roxburghshire, ScotlandBusiness1930 or 1931 *1939 or after 1940(?) 

* 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 4James Pearson AlisonAugust 18911896Apprentice 
Item 2 of 4James Pearson Alison18961901Assistant 
Item 3 of 4Leadbetter & FairleyJanuary 1901December 1901Assistant 
Item 4 of 4Alexander Inglis & Partners19501964(?)Partner 

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 2John Ramsay Armstrong19141915Assistant 
Item 2 of 2Charles Frederick John Turnbull1936 Apprentice 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3James Bow Dunn20 July 1911for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3James McLellan Fairley20 July 1911for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3Thomas Forbes Maclennan20 July 1911for Licentiateship

Buildings and Designs

This 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 251894Liberal ClubHawick RoxburghshireScotlandAs assistant to J P Alison
Item 2 of 251895Constitutional ClubHawick RoxburghshireScotlandAs assistant to J P Alison
Item 3 of 251900Stirches HouseHawick RoxburghshireScotlandAlterations including renewal of most of the interior, stables and lodge - as assistant to J P Alison
Item 4 of 251900Town HallJedburgh RoxburghshireScotlandRemodelling - as assistant to J P Alison
Item 5 of 25c. 1900Border Inn   Scotland 
Item 6 of 25c. 1900House design     
Item 7 of 251901Mansion houseSlateford EdinburghScotland 
Item 8 of 251901University of Edinburgh, John Usher Institute of Public Health  EdinburghScotlandAs assistant to Leadbetter & Fairley
Item 9 of 251902Hawick and District Joint Fever HospitalBurnfoot RoxburghshireScotland 
Item 10 of 25After 1902Cavers estate, farm cottagesCavers RoxburghshireScotland 
Item 11 of 25After 1902East Bank UP ChurchHawick RoxburghshireScotlandPulpit and organ case
Item 12 of 25After 1902Free St Andrew's Church, Stewart MemorialHawick RoxburghshireScotland 
Item 13 of 25After 1902Hawick Cottage HospitalHawick RoxburghshireScotlandAlterations (mainly interior)
Item 14 of 25After 1902Hawick Golf Club HouseHawick RoxburghshireScotlandAdditions
Item 15 of 25After 1902Hosiery Factory  Roxburghshire?ScotlandAdditions
Item 16 of 25After 1902Shop, 139-141 Lothian Road  EdinburghScotland 
Item 17 of 25After 1902Villas and cottagesHawick RoxburghshireScotland 
Item 18 of 251904Newcastleton District HospitalNewcastleton RoxburghshireScotland 
Item 19 of 251907Hawick Public SlaughterhousesHawick RoxburghshireScotlandReconstruction
Item 20 of 251910Anderson SanatoriumHawick RoxburghshireScotlandAdditions to existing house, new ward blocks, and new administration blocks, to form Anderson Sanatorium
Item 21 of 251911Knitwear factory for N Peal (Wholesale Ltd)Hawick RoxburghshireScotland 
Item 22 of 251911Turnbull's Finishing Works, officeHawick RoxburghshireScotland 
Item 23 of 251912Hawick Swimming PoolHawick RoxburghshireScotland 
Item 24 of 251913Wolflee HouseHawick RoxburghshireScotlandAlterations
Item 25 of 251921Scottish Housing Competition Section 1   ScotlandPremiated design


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 3Bailey, Rebecca M1996Scottish architects' papers: a source book Edinburgh: The Rutland Pressp105
Item 2 of 3British Architectural Library, RIBA2001Directory of British Architects 1834-1914   
Item 3 of 3RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this :
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L v18 no1363