Basic Biographical Details

Name: Alexander Finlay Mackenzie
Born: 1 March 1865
Died: 6 September 1954
Bio Notes: Alexander Finlay MacKenzie was born on 1 March 1865, the son of Hector Mackenzie, joiner, and his wife, Williamina Chisholm. He was articled to William Mackintosh of Inverness on 1 September 1879. On completing his apprenticeship in 1884 he gained a temporary engagement with William Laidlaw Carruthers before moving to Dingwall to work for William Cumming Joass. In 1889 he returned to Inverness and commenced practice on his own account on 28 April of that year. In 1915 he was appointed Inverness Town Architect and Burgh Surveyor, in which capacity he was responsible for numerous individual houses and housing schemes as well as public buildings.

He was admitted LRIBA on 14 November 1930, and was elected FRIBA less than six months later, his proposers on both occasions being William John Taylor, Donald Matheson and John Wittet. In 1930 he appears as a member of the Inverness Architectural Association but by 1939 his name had disappeared.

Mackenzie died aged on 6 September 1954 when he was described as a retired architect and surveyor. He was survived by his wife Margaret Jane Munro and at least one daughter.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 415, Union Street, Inverness, Inverness-shire, ScotlandBusiness1911 *  
Item 2 of 4Town House, Inverness, Inverness-shire, ScotlandBusiness1930 *  
Item 3 of 412, Victoria Terrace, Inverness, Inverness-shire, ScotlandPrivate19301954 
Item 4 of 46, Castle Street, Inverness, Inverness-shire, ScotlandBusiness1931 *  

* 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 4William Mackintosh (senior)1 September 18791884Apprentice 
Item 2 of 4William Laidlaw Carruthers1884Before 1889Assistant 
Item 3 of 4William Cumming JoassAfter 18841889Assistant 
Item 4 of 4Inverness Town Architect and Burgh Surveyor's Office1915After 1930Chief ArchitectTown Architect and Burgh Surveyor

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 1William Roderick Macdonald18941898Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 6Donald Matheson14 November 1930for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 6Donald MathesonEarly 1931for Fellowship
Item 3 of 6William John Taylor14 November 1930for Licentiateship
Item 4 of 6William John TaylorEarly 1931for Fellowship
Item 5 of 6John Wittet14 November 1930for Licentiateship
Item 6 of 6John WittetEarly 1931for Fellowship

RIBA Proposals

This proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Robert Carruthers-Ballantyne (or Robert Ballantyne Carruthers; or Roy Carruthers Ballantyne)5 March 1934for Fellowship
Item 2 of 3Frank Maxwell HutchinsonEarly 1932for Associateship
Item 3 of 3Jessie Knowles (Mrs Ingoldsby)8 January 1934for Associateship

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 781890Houses, Church StreetInverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 2 of 781890Houses, George StreetInverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 3 of 781890Temperance HallInverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 4 of 781891HousesMuir of Ord Ross and CromartyScotland 
Item 5 of 781892Cottage, Lovat RoadInverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 6 of 781892Tenements, Innes Street and Shore RoadInverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 7 of 781892Two semi-detached houses, Southside RoadInverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 8 of 781893Dairy, Argyle StreetInverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 9 of 781893House, Broadstone ParkInverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 10 of 781893House, George StreetInverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 11 of 781893House, Lovat RoadInverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 12 of 781893Public HallMuir of Ord Ross and CromartyScotland 
Item 13 of 781893Two houses, Attadale RoadInverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 14 of 781894Ballmungie (Flowerburn Estate), house and steading  Ross and CromartyScotlandHouse and steading
Item 15 of 781894Cottage, Harrowden RoadInverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 16 of 781894Hill of Fortrose (Flowerburn Estate), buildings  Ross and CromartyScotland 
Item 17 of 781894Ness House (Flowerburn Estate)  Ross and CromartyScotland 
Item 18 of 781894Ord Home FarmMuir of Ord (near) Ross and CromartyScotlandAlterations to steading
Item 19 of 781894Shop and houses, Rose Street and George StreetInverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 20 of 781895Ballmungie (Flowerburn Estate), house and steading  Ross and CromartyScotlandSteading
Item 21 of 781895Four houses, Attadale RoadInverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 22 of 781895Hopefield (Flowerburn Estate), farmhouse  Ross and CromartyScotland 
Item 23 of 781895Photographic studioStrathpeffer Ross and CromartyScotland 
Item 24 of 781895Six houses, Southside Road and Argyle StreetInverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 25 of 781895Three houses, Harrowden RoadInverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 26 of 781895Two houses, Harrowden RoadInverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 27 of 781895Two semi-detached houses, Fairfield RoadInverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 28 of 781896Farmhouse, FearnFearn Ross and CromartyScotland 
Item 29 of 781896Four houses, Attadale RoadInverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 30 of 781896Houses, Southside PlaceInverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 31 of 781896Semi-detached houses, Southside PlaceInverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 32 of 781896Two housesCulcabock Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 33 of 781896Two houses, Kingsmills RoadInverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 34 of 781896VillaStrathpeffer Ross and CromartyScotland 
Item 35 of 781896Villa, FortroseFortrose Ross and CromartyScotland 
Item 36 of 781896Villa, StrathpefferStrathpeffer Ross and CromartyScotland 
Item 37 of 781897Ballmungie (Flowerburn Estate), house and steading  Ross and CromartyScotlandSteading
Item 38 of 781897Flowerburn Estate, Steading  Ross and CromartyScotland 
Item 39 of 781897House, Southside PlaceInverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 40 of 781897SteadingRosemarkie Ross and CromartyScotland 
Item 41 of 781897Two houses, Castle StreetFortrose Ross and CromartyScotland 
Item 42 of 781897Two houses, Lotland PlaceInverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 43 of 781897Two semi-detached houses, Broadstone RoadInverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 44 of 781897VillaFortrose Ross and CromartyScotland 
Item 45 of 781898Flowerburn Estate, Farmhouse and steading  Ross and CromartyScotland 
Item 46 of 781898Flowerburn House  Ross and CromartyScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 47 of 781898Four houses, Ross AvenueInverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 48 of 781898Hillockhead (Flowerburn Estate), farmhouse and steading  Ross and CromartyScotlandFarmhouse
Item 49 of 781898Shop, bakehouse and storesCampbelltown (or Ardersier) Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 50 of 781899BungalowStrathpeffer Ross and CromartyScotland 
Item 51 of 781899Dairy, Argyle StreetInverness Inverness-shireScotlandNew building? Alterations?
Item 52 of 781899House, High StreetRosemarkie Ross and CromartyScotland 
Item 53 of 781899House, shop and bakehouseRosemarkie Ross and CromartyScotland 
Item 54 of 781899Two farmhouses, Flowerburn Estate  Ross and CromartyScotland 
Item 55 of 781899White HouseMuir of Ord Ross and CromartyScotland 
Item 56 of 781900Dairy, Argyle StreetInverness Inverness-shireScotlandNew building? Alterations?
Item 57 of 781901HouseRosemarkie Ross and CromartyScotland 
Item 58 of 781901House, Kenneth StreetInverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 59 of 781901Two semi-detached houses, Southside PlaceInverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 60 of 781901Wilkhaven, house and steadingPortmahomak (near) Ross and CromartyScotlandHouse
Item 61 of 781902Inverness United Charities InstitutionInverness Inverness-shireScotlandAdditions and alterations
Item 62 of 781902Wilkhaven, house and steadingPortmahomak (near) Ross and CromartyScotlandSteading rebuilt
Item 63 of 781903Broomhill (Ord Estate), farmhouse and steading  Ross and CromartyScotland 
Item 64 of 781903HouseInvergordon Ross and CromartyScotland 
Item 65 of 781903Post OfficeFort Augustus Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 66 of 781904Beauly HouseBridgend Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 67 of 781905Ashton, farm servants' cottages   Scotland 
Item 68 of 781905Four houses, Harrowden RoadInverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 69 of 781906Inverness United Charities InstitutionInverness Inverness-shireScotlandAdditions
Item 70 of 781908Motor garageInverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 71 of 781909House, North KessockNorth Kessock Ross and CromartyScotland 
Item 72 of 781921County and Burgh of Inverness Infectious Diseases Hospital, Phthisis PavilionInverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 73 of 781928Achavarn LodgeHalkirk CaithnessScotlandAlterations and repairs to farmhouse and piggery
Item 74 of 781930County and Burgh of Inverness Infectious Diseases HospitalInverness Inverness-shireScotlandAdditional ward blocks
Item 75 of 781931Municipal aerodromeInverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 76 of 78Before 1931Invergordon CastleInvergordon Ross and CromartyScotlandAdditions
Item 77 of 78c. 1931Public BathsInverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 78 of 781939Borrowston QuarryWick CaithnessScotlandAddition of kitchen, canteen and sleeping quarters


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 2Measurers\' Companion1911The Scottish Architects' and Measurers' Companion   
Item 2 of 2RIBA1930The RIBA Kalendar 1930-1931 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 no3534 (box 12); F no2908 (box 14)