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Sir Robert Rowand Anderson (1834–1921) by W. Graham Boss, in or before 1895 Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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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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Henderson, John (1804–1862), architect, was born on 1 March 1804 at Brechin, Forfarshire, the son of John Henderson, one of Lord Panmure's gardeners at Brechin Castle, and his wife, Agnes Thomson. Apprenticed as a carpenter, he studied building and construction before working as an assistant in the office 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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Playfair, William Henry (1790–1857), architect, was born in London on 7 July 1790, the younger son of the expatriate architect James Playfair (1755–1794), who died when William was four, and his wife, Jessie. That his widow sold her husband's drawings to Sir John Soane...

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William Henry Playfair (1790–1857) by J. Balfour Smyth (after Sir John Watson-Gordon) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Ross, Alexander (1834–1925), architect, was born at Huntly Hill in the parish of Stracathro, Forfarshire, on 9 July 1834, the son of James Ross (1800–1853), architect, and his wife, Jane, née Mitchell (1810–1900). The family moved to Inverness in 1842. On leaving Bell's academy...