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Born: 1871 10 03
Died: 1949 10 28


Was born in Rosshire and educated by his father, John MacGillivray, a schoolmaster in Muir of Ord, Rosshire, Scotland. He served articles in Inverness and spent five years in London in the office of John Johnson, architect, before setting up his own practice in Britain. In 1901 MacGillivray came to South Africa for health reasons and settled in Cape Town where he first worked in John PARKER's office before joining the office of George RANSOME, Cape Town, as managing assistant. In the latter office he met WH GRANT with whom he formed a partnership in 1903 (cf. MacGILLIVRAY & GRANT). MacGillivray left for Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) to supervise work for the firm in 1907, and remained in Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) though still in partnership with Grant. By 1931 MacGillivray was practising in Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) where his son, Ian Donald MacGILLIVRAY joined him and they practiced as MacGillivray & Son in Bulawayo and MacGillivray, Son & Pallett in Salisbury (Harare).

This entry is cited on the Dictionary of Scottish Architects website.

(SAB Jun 1934:35; SAWW 1916, 1931/2, 1935)

All truncated references not fully cited in 'References' are those of Joanna Walker's original text and cited in full in the 'Bibliography' entry of the Lexicon.

Books citing MacGILLIVRAY

Hillebrand, Melanie. 1975. Aspects of architecture in Natal, 1880 1914. Pietermaritzburg: Unpublished MA. Dept Fine Art and History of Art, University of Natal. pp

Martin, Desmond. 2007. Walking Long Street. Cape Town: Struik. pp 107

Picton-Seymour, Désirée. 1977. Victorian Buildings in South Africa. Cape Town: AA Balkema. pp 107

SAWW & Donaldson, K. 1944. South African Who's Who (Social and Business) 1944. Cape Town: Ken Donaldson. pp 305

Walker, Michael. 2010. A Statement In Stone. Cape Town: Privately published by Michael Walker. pp 69-72