Archibald Knox was the son of William Knox, a Scottish engineer. He was educated at Douglas Grammar School and then Douglas School of Art. Until 1897 Knox taught art at Douglas Grammar School, when he left to teach at various Art Schools in and around London. It was during this time he began producing designs for Liberty & Co. Apart from a few years spent on the Island concentrating on his design work, Knox taught in England until 1912. Following an unsuccessful trip to America in search of new artistic work, Knox finally returned to the Isle of Man in 1913. He resumed his career as an art teacher, punctuated by four years spent as a censor in Knockaloe Internment Camp during the First World War.
A wall clock designed by Archibald knox for Liberty & Co London, circa 1902. its design was inspired by the form of Celtic stones found on Isle of Man where he was born.