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Adam, John (1721–1792), architect, was born in Edinburgh. He was the eldest of the four sons of the entrepreneur and architect William Adam (bap. 1689, d. 1748) and his wife, Mary Robertson (1699–1761). He attended Dalkeith grammar school. His father's sudden death in 1748 propelled him into the main stream of Scottish life during the ...

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Adam, Robert (1728–1792), architect, was born at Kirkcaldy in Fife on 3 July 1728, the second son of William Adam (bap. 1689, d. 1748), architect, and his wife, Mary Robertson (1699–1761), the daughter of William Robertson of Gladney. He was educated at the high school of ...

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Aitchison, George (1825–1910), architect, was born in London on 7 November 1825, the son of George Aitchison (1792–1861) and his wife, Maria Freeman. After education at Merchant Taylors' School, London (1835–41), he was articled in 1841 to his father, then architect to the ...

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Aiton [married name Tollenaar], Norah (1903–1988), architect, was born on 13 June 1903, at St. Nicholas, Hanger Lane, Ealing, London, the third and youngest child of John Arthur Aiton (1864–1950), a mechanical engineer and manufacturer who became governing director of ...

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Allom, Thomas (1804–1872), architect and artist, was born on 13 March 1804 at Lambeth, the second of the two children of Thomas Allom (1770–1840), a coachman, and his wife, Martha Rampley (1771–1861), who were both originally from Suffolk. He was articled to the architect ...

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Anderson, Sir Robert Rowand (1834–1921), architect, was born on 5 April 1834 in Edinburgh, the younger son and third of the four children of James Anderson, a solicitor, and his wife, Margaret Rowand of Glasgow. Anderson studied at George Watson's Hospital, Edinburgh, from 1841 to 1848, before leaving to take up a legal apprenticeship for four years. This he abandoned in 1852, when he joined the office of ...

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Arundale, Francis (1807–1853), architect and painter, was born at 4 Stanhope Terrace, London, on 9 August 1807, the son of George Arundale. He was an early pupil of Augustus Charles Pugin, with whom he stayed for seven years, accompanying his master to Normandy...

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Ashbee, Charles Robert (1863–1942), architect, designer, and social reformer, was born on 17 May 1863 at Spring Grove, Heston, Isleworth, Middlesex, the first of the four children of Henry Spencer Ashbee (1834–1900), merchant and book collector, and his wife, Elizabeth Josephine Jenny (1841–1919)...

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Baker, Sir Herbert (1862–1946), architect and author, was born on 9 June 1862 at Owletts, Cobham, Kent, the fourth of the eleven children of Thomas Henry Baker (1824–1904), gentleman farmer and JP, and his wife, Frances Georgina (d. 1916), daughter of William Davis...

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Barry, Sir Charles (1795–1860), architect, was born on 23 May 1795 at 2 Bridge Street, Westminster, the ninth child and fourth surviving son of the eleven children of Walter Edward Barry (d. 1805), a well-to-do stationer and bookbinder to the government Stationery Office...

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Basevi, George (1794–1845), architect, was born on 1 April 1794 in London, the younger son of George Basevi senior, a City merchant. His father's sister, Maria, was married to Isaac D'Israeli and was the mother of Benjamin Disraeli, earl of Beaconsfield. Basevi attended ...

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Beckett, Edmund [formerly Edmund Beckett Denison], first Baron Grimthorpe (1816–1905), ecclesiastical controversialist, architect, and horologist, was born at Carlton Hall, near Newark, on 12 May 1816, the eldest son of Sir Edmund Beckett, fourth baronet (1787–1874), later MP for the West Riding...

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Bedford, Eric (1909–2001), architect, was born on 23 August 1909 at 9 Hermon Grove, Halifax, Yorkshire, the third child and second son of Henry Bedford (b. 1872/3), card-setting machine tender, of Adwalton, north of Batley, and his wife, Ada, née Taylor (...

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A. B. Pite

revised by Ian Dungavell

Belcher, John (1841–1913), architect, was born on 10 July 1841 at 3 Montague Terrace, Trinity Square, London, the eldest of the ten children of John Belcher (1816/17–1890), architect, and his first wife, Anne Woollett, a descendant of Philip Woollett, father of the engraver ...

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Paul Waterhouse

revised by Peter Howell

Bentley, John Francis (1839–1902), architect, was born at Doncaster on 30 January 1839, the third surviving son of Charles Bentley, wine merchant, and his wife, Ann, daughter of John Bacchus of that town. He received his education partly at home and partly at a private school in ...

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Black, Sir Misha (1910–1977), architect and industrial designer, was born on 16 October 1910 in Baku, Russia, the second of the three sons (there was also a daughter) of Lionel Tcherny (1885–1960), merchant, and his wife, Sophia Divinska (d. c.1970), who took him at the age of eighteen months to ...

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M. S. Briggs

revised by Richard A. Fellows

Blomfield, Sir Reginald Theodore (1856–1942), architect, was born at the vicarage, Bow, Devon, on 20 December 1856, the third son and one of the eleven children of the Revd George John Blomfield (d. 1900), who became vicar of Dartford in 1857, and his wife, a distant cousin, ...

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Blore, Edward (1787–1879), antiquarian artist and architect, the eldest child of Thomas Blore (1764–1818), antiquary and topographer, and his first wife (his cousin), Margaret Blore (1761–1791), was born in All Saints' parish, Derby, on 13 September 1787 and baptized on 30 September at ...

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Bodley, George Frederick (1827–1907), architect and designer, was born at his parents' home, 4 Albion Street, Hull, on 14 March 1827, the sixth child and youngest son of William Hulme Bodley MD (1781–1855) of Edinburgh, physician of the Hull Royal Infirmary, and his wife, ...

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Bonomi, Ignatius Richard Frederick Nemesius (1787–1870), architect, was born on 31 October 1787 at 76 Great Titchfield Street, London, the fourth but eldest surviving child of Joseph Bonomi (1739–1808), architect, and his wife, Rosa Florini (1755–1812). He was baptized in the Sardinian chapel on 27 December 1787, when his godparents were some of his father's important patrons, the ...