Basic Biographical Details

Name: Alexander Nisbet Malcolm
Born: 6 October 1877
Died: 11 April 1955
Bio Notes: Alexander Nisbet Malcolm was born on 6 October 1877 at Polmont and articled to Clarke & Bell in Glasgow from 1897 to 1902, studying at Glasgow School of Art (1897 to 1901). After completing his apprenticeship he made a three-week sketching tour in Belgium in July 1902 and returned to Clarke & Bell as assistant. He took three-and-half months off to tour the USA and Canada from May to August 1904, becoming principal assistant after his return. He finally left the firm, by then Clarke & Bell & J H Craigie, in April 1908 to commence independent practice at Charing Cross, Grangemouth.

He was admitted LRIBA in the mass intake of 20 July 1911, proposed by John Bennie Wilson and the Glasgow Institute of Architects. At that time he was working in partnership with an as yet unidentified Mr Robertson, and before that time he had written a paper on cities in Belgium and papers entitled 'Housing of the Working Classes' and 'Torphichen Priory'.

The partnership with Robertson was presumably dissolved prior to 1913, by which time Malcolm had moved his office to Vicar Chambers, Falkirk. He served in the Royal Engineers during the First World War. At the end of it he reopened his practice in Falkirk, and it is probably at this time that he entered into partnership with Thomas Mair Copland. The partnership was dissolved in 1921 when Malcolm was appointed architect to Stirlingshire Education Authority. From that appointment he gained that of Stirlingshire County Architect in 1932. He retired in 1943 but became a Vice-President of the RIAS and President of the Glasgow Institute of Architects in 1945-46. He was a member of the Edinburgh Architectural Association from 1907. He died on 11 April 1955.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 10181, Stirling Road, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1897  
Item 2 of 10c/o Campbell/86-100, North Frederick Street, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivateBefore 1898After 1900 
Item 3 of 10Moranside, Polmont, Stirlingshire, ScotlandPrivateBefore 1898After 1924 
Item 4 of 10Charing Cross, Grangemouth, Stirlingshire, ScotlandBusiness1908After 1911 
Item 5 of 10Millbar (or Milbar), Polmont Station, Polmont, Stirlingshire, ScotlandPrivateBefore 1909After 1911 
Item 6 of 10Vicar Chambers, Falkirk, Stirlingshire, ScotlandBusiness1914 *  
Item 7 of 1076, High Street, Falkirk, Stirlingshire, ScotlandBusiness19191921 
Item 8 of 10Education Offices, Spittal Street, Stirling, Stirlingshire, ScotlandBusiness1921After 1940as Architect to the Education Authority of the County of Stirling
Item 9 of 10Old Burgh Buildings, King Street, Stirling, Stirlingshire, ScotlandBusinessBefore 1929After 1931 
Item 10 of 1019, Miller Place, Stirling, Stirlingshire, ScotlandPrivate(?)1950 *  

* 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 8Clarke & Bell12 April 18971902Apprentice 
Item 2 of 8Clarke & Bell1902c. April 1904Assistant 
Item 3 of 8Clarke & Bellc. September 190431 December 1904Senior Assistant 
Item 4 of 8Clarke & Bell & J H Craigie1 January 1905April 1908Senior Assistant 
Item 5 of 8Malcolm & Robertson (or Robertson & Malcolm)Before 1911Before 1913PartnerListed as Robertson & Malcolm in Measurers' Companion.
Item 6 of 8Copland & Malcolm1919(?)1921Partner 
Item 7 of 8Stirling County Council Architects' Department19211932ArchitectArchitect to the Education Authority of the County of Stirling
Item 8 of 8Stirling County Council Architects' Department19321943ArchitectStirlingshire County Architect

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 2Robert Stuart Stephen MackayDecember 1912 Apprentice 
Item 2 of 2Archibald Thomson CaldwellNovember 1914February 1916Apprentice 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 4Alexander Nisbet PatersonLate 1920for Fellowship
Item 2 of 4John WatsonLate 1920for Fellowship
Item 3 of 4William Brown WhitieLate 1920for Fellowship
Item 4 of 4John Bennie Wilson20 July 1911for Licentiateship - as President of the Glasgow Institute of Architects

RIBA Proposals

This proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 16William AdamLate 1931for Associateship
Item 2 of 16George BartholomewLate 1929for Associateship
Item 3 of 16James Bell10 February 1948for Fellowship
Item 4 of 16Frank Russell Burnet10 February 1948for Fellowship
Item 5 of 16Archibald Thomson Caldwell1930 or 1931for Licentiateship
Item 6 of 16James Gavin Callander11 August 1930for Licentiateship
Item 7 of 16Jack Antonio Coia20 May 1941for Fellowship
Item 8 of 16James Symington Houston11 December 1945for Licentiateship
Item 9 of 16Arthur Hunter11 February 1947for Licentiateship
Item 10 of 16(Miss) Bessie McDowall 25 June 1946For Associateship
Item 11 of 16Thomas McGarrigle14 November 1944for Licentiateship - as President of the Glasgow Institute of Architects
Item 12 of 16Cecil Harry Friston Nimmo14 November 1944for Licentiateship
Item 13 of 16George Samson Tosh25 June 1946For Licentiateship
Item 14 of 16Alexander Abercrombie Wilkie9 July 1946For Associateship
Item 15 of 16Henry ('Harry') Wilson17 November 1942for Licentiateship
Item 16 of 16Henry ('Harry') Wilson15 June 1943for Fellowship

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 28 Technical SchoolFalkirk StirlingshireScotlandDate unknown
Item 2 of 28After 1895Weekly Mail Building  GlasgowScotlandAs assistant to Clarke & Bell
Item 3 of 281897A & G Thomson's Warehouse  GlasgowScotlandAlterations to create restaurant - as apprentice to Clarke & Bell
Item 4 of 281897City and County Buildings and second Merchants' House  GlasgowScotlandReconstruction of former Council Chambers and Municipal Buildings on Ingram Street as Sheriff Courts - as apprentice/assistant to Clarke & Bell
Item 5 of 281898North British Daily Mail Building  GlasgowScotlandAs apprentice to Clarke & Bell
Item 6 of 28After 1898Port Glasgow improvement schemePort Glasgow RenfrewshireScotlandAs assistant to Clarke & Bell
Item 7 of 281900Glasgow Royal Infirmary  GlasgowScotlandPlans drawn up for report by Sir Henry Burdett and Dr D J Mackintosh (perhaps via Clarke & Bell?)
Item 8 of 28After 1908Shieldhill SchoolShieldhill StirlingshireScotland 
Item 9 of 28After 1908Three villasPolmont StirlingshireScotland 
Item 10 of 28After 1908Wallacestone School  StirlingshireScotland 
Item 11 of 281911Maddiston SchoolMaddiston StirlingshireScotlandLarge extension
Item 12 of 28After 1911Co-operative Society BuildingsLinlithgow West LothianScotland 
Item 13 of 28After 1911Falkirk Burgh Housing SchemeFalkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 14 of 28After 1911RC Church of St AnthonyPolmont StirlingshireScotland 
Item 15 of 28After 1911Terrace of housesPolmont StirlingshireScotland 
Item 16 of 281912Zetland SchoolGrangemouth StirlingshireScotland 
Item 17 of 281914California SchoolPolmont StirlingshireScotland 
Item 18 of 281919Tenement for the Grahamston & Bainsford Co-operative SocietyFalkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 19 of 28c. 1920(?)Larbert Co-operative Society StoreLarbert StirlingshireScotland 
Item 20 of 281926Lennoxtown SchoolLennoxtown StirlingshireScotlandAdditions
Item 21 of 281926Riverside SchoolStirling StirlingshireScotland 
Item 22 of 281931St Ninian's Primary SchoolStirling StirlingshireScotlandAddition
Item 23 of 281932Slamannan Primary SchoolSlamannan StirlingshireScotlandAddition
Item 24 of 28Before 1932Central SchoolLarbert StirlingshireScotland 
Item 25 of 281935Dawson Park Special SchoolFalkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 26 of 281936Bannockburn Fever HospitalBannockburn StirlingshireScotlandAddition
Item 27 of 281938Raploch SchoolRaploch StirlingshireScotlandAs Stirlingshire County Architect
Item 28 of 281938St Mary's RC SchoolStirling StirlingshireScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 6British Architectural Library, RIBA2001Directory of British Architects 1834-1914   
Item 2 of 6Measurers\' Companion1911The Scottish Architects' and Measurers' Companion   
Item 3 of 6Post Office Directories     
Item 4 of 6RIBA1930The RIBA Kalendar 1930-1931 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 5 of 6RIBA1939The RIBA Kalendar 1939-1940 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 6 of 6Who's Who in Architecture1923    

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this :
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2RIAS QuarterlyMay 19551000Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS)Obituary p54
Item 2 of 2RIBA JournalSeptember 1955 London: Royal Institute of British ArchitectsObituary p466

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this :
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2Professor David M Walker personal archiveProfessor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material Additional research by Iain Paterson
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L v19 no1446; F no1805 (microfilm reel 15)