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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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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 He is described in his obituary as self-taught, but copies of unpublished Adam projects in ...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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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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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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Playfair, James (1755–1794), architect, was born in Benvie, near Dundee, on 5 August 1755, the third son in the family of five sons and three daughters of the Revd James Playfair (1712–1772), minister of Liff and Benvie, and his second wife, Margaret Young (1719/20–1805)...

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Reid, Robert (1774–1856), architect, was born on 8 November 1774 in Edinburgh, the son of Alexander Reid, a substantial builder and developer in Edinburgh's New Town, and his wife, Mae or May Cochrane. He began by assisting his father in Edinburgh. By 1799 both were styling themselves architect, ...

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Rhind, David (1808–1883), architect, was born in the parish of St Giles, Edinburgh, on 11 January 1808, the son of John Rhind, writer (lawyer), cashier to the Edinburgh Friendly Insurance Company of Scotland, and his wife, Marion Anderson. On his father's death in 1826 his brother succeeded as cashier of the company, and a family trust was established to look after the elder ...

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Rochead, John Thomas (1814–1878), architect, was born in Edinburgh on 28 March 1814, the son of John Rochead (or Rocheid), chartered accountant. Educated at George Heriot's Hospital, Edinburgh, he was articled in 1830 to David Bryce, then chief assistant to William Burn, and thereafter widened his experience in the offices of ...

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Wallace, William (d. 1631), architect, was appointed principal master mason to all his majesty's works in Scotland on 18 April 1617. Nothing is known of his family background or earlier career, except that he was of Scottish nationality and had worked at Edinburgh Castle...