Basic Biographical Details

Name: Alexander McRae
Born: 1867
Bio Notes: Alexander McRae was born in 1867 and articled to John Campbell of Sydney, Australia from 1886 to 1891. It is not clear where the years 1892-93 were spent, but by 1894 he had come to Glasgow and in that year he obtained a post in the office of Honeyman & Keppie. In 1896 he moved to Edinburgh to join William Hamilton Beattie and George Lennox Beattie of George Beattie & Son, then heavily committed on the North British Hotel project. He left in 1898 for a salaried post as assistant in the Burgh Engineer's Department in the same city, and five years later moved to the Edinburgh Office of Works under William Thomas Oldrieve, remaining there until at least 1914 with a house at 4 Belgrave Terrace, Corstorphine. He was admitted LRIBA in the mass intake of 20 July 1911, proposed by James Bow Dunn and the Edinburgh Architectural Association, which McRae had joined in 1908.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 14, Belgrave Terrace, Corstorphine, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivateBefore 1911After 1914 

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 5John Campbell18861891Apprentice 
Item 2 of 5Honeyman & Keppie18941896Assistant 
Item 3 of 5George Beattie & Son18961898Assistant 
Item 4 of 5Edinburgh Burgh Engineers Office/Edinburgh City Engineer's Department18981903Assistant 
Item 5 of 5H M Office of Works (later Ministry of Works, Department of the Environment and Property Services Agency)1903After 1914AssistantIn Edinburgh office


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 1James Bow Dunn20 July 1911for Licentiateship - as president of the Edinburgh Architectural Association

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 71894Largo Parish ChurchUpper Largo FifeScotlandRestoration - as assistant to Honeyman & Keppie
Item 2 of 71894St Michael's Parish ChurchLinlithgow West LothianScotlandRestoration - as assistant to Honeyman & Keppie
Item 3 of 7After 1894Skelmorlie Parish ChurchSkelmorlie AyrshireScotlandAs assistant to Honeyman & Keppie
Item 4 of 71896North British Railway Hotel  EdinburghScotlandAs assistant to George Beattie & Son
Item 5 of 7After 1898Dewar Place Electricity Station  EdinburghScotlandAdditions - as assistant in Burgh Engineer's Office
Item 6 of 71899McDonald Road Electricity Generating Station and former printing works  EdinburghScotlandAs assistant in Burgh Engineer's Office
Item 7 of 71902House for J Stewart EsqColinton EdinburghScotland 


Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this :
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2Public Record OfficeOffice of Works Records  
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L v19 no1442