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William Burn Architect in Scotland
Scottish Baronial Style Architect – 19th Century Architecture in Scotland
post updated 12 August 2023
William Burn – key Buildings in Scotland
Blairquhan Castle, Maybole, Ayrshire, Scotland 1821
Court House, Haddington – Haddington Sheriff Court has been operating in the country since medieval times but from January 2015 all business was transferred to Edinburgh. The current court building – a landmark in Haddington – dates back to the 19th century and could be bought by East Lothian Council, with sections converted for public use.
Custom House (interior), Leith, Edinburgh
Dalkeith Palace: conservatory & church with David Bryce* 1850’s
Invergowrie, Ninewells Hospital, Dundee 1837
Lauriston Castle, Edinburgh – extended 1827
Melville Monument, Edinburgh 1823
Milton Lockhart, Lanarkshire 1829
Pitcairns House, Dunning, Perthshire, Scotland ,1827
St John’s Church, Princes Street, Edinburgh 1818
Stenhouse, Stirlingshire re-modelling 1836
Tyninghame House, East Linton, East Lothian 1830
*David Bryce was a partner in William Burn’s practice
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A monument designed by this architect : Melville Monument, located in the centre of Edinburgh’s St. Andrew Square. It was erected in 1823 in memory of Henry Dundas, the Viscount Melville.
William Burn palace : Dalkeith Palace, south east of Edinburgh
Lauriston Castle, north west Edinburgh
A church building by this architect : St John’s Church
William Burn building : Haddington Court House
A partner of the architect was fellow Scot David Bryce (1803 – 1876), born in Edinburgh and educated at the Royal High School.
Scottish Castles in Edinburgh & Lothian
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“William was educated at the Royal High School and in 1808 was sent as a pupil to the office of architect Sir Robert Smirke in London. There he obtained experience in dealing with clients and the business of building. He was site architect for the Convent Garden Theatre and had to instruct the contractor Alexander Copeland, well-known in the building trade in London, and it was a salutary experience.
In 1816 Burn entered the architecture competition for the completion of Robert Adam’s University buildings and was narrowly defeated by architect William Henry Playfair.
Burn’s career as a country house architect began shortly after this. His skill in country house planning was one important factor which led Burn to have a larger practice than any other Scottish architect by 1830. His clients included the Dukes of Hamilton and Buccleuch, the earls of Haddington and Kinnoull and many other wealthy Tories.
In 1817-18 he had obtained his first commission as a country house architect which was to become his specialty. He produced two designs for neo-Greek country houses: Craigielands and Adderston.”
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