Basic Biographical Details

Name: Alexander Gill
Born: 24 July 1898
Died: 2 October 1972
Bio Notes: Alexander Gill was born on 24 July 1898, the son of George Gill, farmer, and his wife, Margaret Bisset. He was articled to William Liddle Duncan of Turriff, Aberdeenshire on 29 August 1914. His apprenticeship was interrupted by twenty-two months' war service but he returned to Duncan's office thereafter to complete it. He then moved to Edinburgh where he studied full-time at Heriot-Watt College from January 1920 to December 1921, subsequently returning to Aberdeen and undertaking private study at home for three years whilst working in Duncan's office as assistant. In January 1925 he moved to the office of Gall & Hay, also in Aberdeen, and in March that year he resumed evening classes at Robert Gordon's College which he continued to attend for eighteen months.

In November 1926 he moved to Bradford to take up an appointment as assistant to William Williamson. After a year in that office he left to take up a similar appointment in the office of Winchester architect Arthur Leonard Roberts, and on 20 November 1930 he moved again, to join the office of Harold Francis Hurcombe, Architect to the Oxford Education Committee, as assistant. He passed the special final exam in London in July 1933 and was admitted ARIBA on 4 December that year, his proposers being Duncan, Roberts and Harold Sydney Rogers. At that time he was still in Hurcombe's office.

Gill moved to Aberdeen and by about 1950 held the post of Aberdeen County Architect.

Gill died in the Royal infirmary, Aberdeen on 2 October 1972, survived by his wife, Gladys Muriel Bullock.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 4High Winds/20, Abbotshall Crescent, Cults, Aberdeenshire, ScotlandPrivate 1972 
Item 2 of 4Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivateJanuary 1920December 1921 
Item 3 of 42, Parson's Place, Morrell Avenue, Oxford, Oxfordshire, EnglandPrivate1933 *  
Item 4 of 4County Buildings/25, Union Terrace, Aberdeen, ScotlandBusinessBefore 1950 *After 1954 

* 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 8William Liddle Duncan29 August 1914June 1920ApprenticeWith the exception of 22 months' war service
Item 2 of 8William Liddle DuncanDecember 1921December 1924Assistant 
Item 3 of 8Gall & HayJanuary 1925November 1926Assistant 
Item 4 of 8William WilliamsonNovember 1926November 1927Assistant 
Item 5 of 8Arthur Leonard Roberts7 May 192820 November 1930Assistant 
Item 6 of 8Harold Francis Hurcombe20 November 1930After August 1933AssistantIn Oxford Education Committee Architect's Office
Item 7 of 8Oxford Education Committee Architect's Office20 November 1930After 1933AssistantWorking under H F Hurcombe
Item 8 of 8Aberdeen County Architect's DepartmentBefore 1950 Chief Architect 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3William Liddle Duncan4 December 1933for Associateship
Item 2 of 3Arthur Leonard Roberts4 December 1933for Associateship
Item 3 of 3Harold Sydney Rogers4 December 1933for 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 51950Eight Houses Etc, BirkenhallsBirkenhalls AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 2 of 51950Ten Houses Etc, BlackburnBlackburn  Scotland 
Item 3 of 51951Scheme of Fifteen Houses, CulterCulter LanarkshireScotland 
Item 4 of 51 January 1954Children's Home, InverurieInverurie AberdeenshireScotlandNew children's home
Item 5 of 57 June 1957Turriff Higher Grade School (and later Academy)Turriff AberdeenshireScotlandper Builder p1060


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 1RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this :
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 3Builder15 December 1950  p649
Item 2 of 3Builder12 January 1951  p87
Item 3 of 3Builder1 January 1954  p37

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 A no5222 (combined box 64)