Basic Biographical Details

Name: Donald MacGillivray
Born: 3 October 1871
Died: 28 October 1949
Bio Notes: Donald MacGillivray was born in Rosshire on 3 October 1871, the son of John MacGillivray, a schoolmaster in Muir of Ord and his wife Ann. He was educated by his father. He served articles in Inverness and in 1891 was working as an architect's assistant in Blackburn. He spent five years in London in the office of John Johnson, architect, before setting up business on his own account.

In 1901 MacGillivray emigrated to South Africa for health reasons and settled in Cape Town where he first worked in the office of John Parker before joining George Ransome, also in Cape Town, as managing assistant. He formed a partner with W H Grant whom he had met in Ransome's office. MacGillivray left for Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) to supervise work for the firm in 1907, and remained in Rhodesia though still in partnership with Grant. By 1931 MacGillivray had been joined by his son Ian Donald Macgillivray and was practising in Rhodesia as MacGillivray & Son in Bulawayo and MacGillivray, Son & Pallett in Salisbury (Harare).

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 3Muir of Ord, Ross & Cromarty, ScotlandPrivate1870s  
Item 2 of 3Cape Town, South AfricaPrivate/business1901  
Item 3 of 3Zimbabwe (Southern Rhodesia toPrivate/business1907  

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 4John Johnson1890s Assistant 
Item 2 of 4John Parker1901 Assistant 
Item 3 of 4George Ransomec. 1901(?) Assistant 
Item 4 of 4MacGillivray & SonBefore 1931 Partner 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of Website of artefacts, for the recording of South African buildingsInformation from Roger Fisher.

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this :
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1Census records onlineCensuses