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Adam, William (bap. 1689, d. 1748), builder and architect, was baptized on 24 October 1689 at Abbotshall church, Kirkcaldy, Fife. He was the only surviving child of John Adam, builder and merchant, and of his wife, Helen, daughter of the third Lord Cranstoun...

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Adams, Thomas (1871–1940), town and country planner, was born on 10 September 1871 at Meadow House Farm, Corstorphine, Edinburgh, the eldest of the four children of James Adams (1841/2–1888), dairyman, and his wife, Margaret, née Johnstone (1847/8–1899), housekeeper. Educated at Daniel Stewart's College...

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Blackburn, William (1750–1790), surveyor and architect, was born in Southwark, the son of a tradesman of St John's Horsleydown, probably the John Blackburn who on 15 November 1749 married Eleanor Howell of that parish. His mother, said to be a native of Spain...

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Burn, William (1789–1870), architect, was born in Edinburgh on 20 December 1789, the fourth and eldest survivor of the sixteen children of Robert Burn (1751–1815) and his wife, Janet Laing (bap. 1765). The elder Burn was an architect–builder of the Adam school, with a good practice in medium-sized country houses and a marble works on ...

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James Gillespie Graham (1776–1855) by Sir John Watson-Gordon, 1841 in a private Scottish collection; photograph courtesy the Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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Graham, James Gillespie (1776–1855), architect, was born on 11 June 1776 in Dunblane, where he was baptized on 17 June, the elder son of Malcolm Gillespie, sheriff-substitute of Dunblane. Of his early life and education, nothing is known. Possibly involved in the pre-1800 remodelling of ...

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David Hamilton (1768–1843) by Augustin Edouart © Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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Hamilton, David (1768–1843), architect, was born in Glasgow on 11 May 1768 and baptized there on 14 May, the son of Lesmahagow-born mason William Hamilton and Helen Liddel. He is described in his obituary as self-taught, but copies of unpublished Adam projects in ...

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Thomas Hamilton (1784–1858) by William Nicholson in the collection of the Royal Scottish Academy

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Hamilton, Thomas (1784–1858), architect, was born on 11 January 1784 in Glasgow, the son of Thomas Hamilton, mason and builder (1758?–1824), and his wife, Jean Stevenson, whom he had married in Edinburgh. Hamilton senior moved to the capital in 1790, preceded by his brother ...

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Isaac Johnson (1754–1835) self-portrait private collection, Suffolk Record Office, Bury St Edmunds

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Johnson, Isaac (1754–1835), topographical artist and land surveyor, was born at Pettistree Lodge, near Wickham Market, Suffolk, and baptized in Pettistree church on 27 January 1754, the second of three artistic sons of John Johnson (c.1722–1780), land surveyor and farm bailiff, and ...

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George Meikle Kemp (1795–1844) by William Bonnar Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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Kemp, George Meikle [pseud. John Morvo] (1795–1844), architect, was born on 26 May 1795, at Hillriggs Farm, near Biggar, Lanarkshire, the son of James Kemp, a shepherd, and his wife, Jean Mulberry or Mowbray (d. c.1827), a family frequently on poor relief. Showing an early fondness for drawing, carving, and woodwork (he made furniture throughout his life), he was apprenticed as a carpenter to ...

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Kennedy, David, tenth earl of Cassillis (1727–1792), patron of architecture and landowner, was born on 25 June 1727, the eighteenth child and third surviving son of Sir John Kennedy of Culzean, second baronet (d. 1742), and Jean Douglas (d. 1767), daughter of ...

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Kinross, John (1855–1931), architect, was born on 3 July 1855 at Shore Road, Stirling, the second of four sons of William Kinross (1810–1874), carriage builder, and his second wife, Ann (1821–1899), née Marshall. Kinross attended Stirling high school from 1865 to 1870. He took an architectural apprenticeship with ...

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Archibald Leitch (1865–1939) by unknown photographer, 1924 © reserved

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Leitch, Archibald (1865–1939), engineer and architect, was born on 27 April 1865 at 1 Comleypark Street, Glasgow, the fourth of six children of Archibald Leitch (1830–1907), a blacksmith, and Agnes, née Kent (1833–1911). In 1876 he won a place at Hutchesons' Boys' Grammar School...

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MacKenzie, Alister [Alexander] (1870–1934), golf course architect and medical practitioner, was born at The Orchard, Normanton, near Leeds, on 30 August 1870, the second of six children of Dr William Scobie MacKenzie (c.1820–1917), medical practitioner, and his wife, Mary Jane Smith...

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Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868–1928) by James Craig Annan, 1893 The Annan Gallery, Glasgow