Alexander Cattanach

1895 - 1977

Architect, noted particularly for his cinemas. Born and educated in Kingussie, he trained at Glasgow School of Art. His career was interrupted by service during both World Wars, rising to the rank of Colonel. He worked as architect and as surveyor of roads for Inverness County Council and also for the North of Scotland Hydro Electric Board, designing a work camp for the men building the Tummel Hydro-Electric Power Scheme and the diesel-powered generating stations in Kirkwall and Lerwick. However, he is best known for his cinemas; Perth (1933), Inverness (1934), Wick (1934), Pitlochry (1935), Keith (1935), Dunbar (1935), two in Rothesay (1937) and North Berwick (1938).

He lived in Kingussie for most of his life, but died in Nottingham.

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