Alexander Ross, architect, was born in Forfarshire on the 9th July 1834. He commenced his own architectural practice in 1853 and his early works, largely made up of schools, churches, manses, sporting lodges and farms, set his pattern of work for the rest of his life. Ross received a number of commissions from the Scottish Episcopal church but also designed several parish and free churches. Between 1887 and 1907 he executed a wide range of work with Robert Macbeth, including the remodelling of Skibo Castle, Sutherland. His output of over six hundred and fifty buildings brought him moderate wealth. He died on the 17th May 1925 at his home, Riverfield, Island Bank Road, Inverness.