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Basic Biographical Details

Name: Robert Reid Raeburn
Designation: Architect
Born: 4 August 1819
Died: 7 February 1888
Bio Notes: Robert Reid Raeburn was born on 4 August 1819, the son of James Raeburn, principal clerk to the Scottish Office of Works from 1827, and his first wife Mary Ann Petrie: his forenames were evidently a tribute to his father's employer. Robert was however articled to Thomas Brown Junior, architect to the Prison Board for Scotland, rather than to Reid, and while in Brown's office he exhibited a scheme for a monument to Knox (1837), his competition design for the Scott Monument (1838), and a proposal for the refacement of the George IV Bridge frontage of the County Buildings (1838). All of these were sent from his father's house at 9 South East Circus Place.

From 1841 onwards Raeburn worked for his father who had been pensioned off in 1839 and had commenced practice on his own account. Robert's exhibits at the RSA were thereafter sent in his father's name from his house and office at 3 Warriston Place and, from the late 1840s, 4 Warriston Crescent. These followed similar themes of civic improvements, a testimonial to Wellington, the improvement of the North Bridge and Parliament Square and a competition design for the Free Church College on the Mound, the Raeburns having 'come out' (left the Established Church) at The Disruption.

On 30 September 1851 James Raeburn died. Robert announced that he was carrying on his father's business in the RSA catalogue of 1852, although he did not appear as an exhibitor in that year: surprisingly he did not exhibit again until 1865, by which date he had moved office to Pitt Street.

In 1858 Raeburn took over the feuing of the Grange estate where many of the villas are in the same distinctive freestyle Renaissance as his Ashbrook and Rosetta, Wardie in the Inverleith area; and by the 1880s he had moved to 44 Charlotte Square, indicating a fair degree of commercial success. He died on 7 February 1888 and was buried with his parents and step-mother in St Cuthbert's Churchyard. His practice was continued by George A Lyle as Raeburn & Lyle.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 444, Charlotte Square, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate(?) 1888By 1880s
Item 2 of 43, Warriston Place, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate/businessc. 1843c. 1846 
Item 3 of 44, Warriston Crescent, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate/businessc. 1848c. 1851From the late 1840s
Item 4 of 421, Pitt Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusinessc. 1855c. 1877With John P Raeburn after 1879 at this address

Employment and Training


The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 2Thomas Brown IIc. 1835c. 1841Apprentice 
Item 2 of 2James Raeburn18411851Assistant(?) 

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 1George Alexander Lyle 7 February 1888Chief Assistant(?) 

Buildings and Designs

This architect was involved with the following buildings or structures from the date specified (click on an item to view details):
 Date startedBuilding nameTown, district or villageIslandCity or countyCountryNotes
Item 1 of 44 Gilbey's OfficesHaymarket EdinburghScotlandDate unknown
Item 2 of 441837Monument to the Memory of John Knox     
Item 3 of 441838Scott Monument  EdinburghScotlandUnsuccessful competition design exhibited
Item 4 of 441839Midlothian County Hall  EdinburghScotlandDesign for west elevation to George IV Bridge
Item 5 of 441841Elgin MuseumElgin MorayshireScotlandPlans submitted for new museum - not chosen
Item 6 of 441841Wellington Testimonial    Design using columns of the National Monument on Calton Hill (in James's name)
Item 7 of 441843Design for widening North Bridge  EdinburghScotlandin James's name
Item 8 of 441844Design for improving the entrance to Parliament Square  EdinburghScotlandUnder James's name
Item 9 of 44c. 1844Free High Church and Free Church College  EdinburghScotlandCompetition design (exhibited in James's name)
Item 10 of 441845Architectural Design    Exhibited in James's name
Item 11 of 441845Davidson's Mains School and Schoolhouse  EdinburghScotlandIn James Raeburn's name?
Item 12 of 441850Design for Unspecified Monument    In James's name
Item 13 of 441858Grange EstateGrange EdinburghScotlandFurther feuing in 1858 - extended by Robert R Raeburn - revision of Cousin plan
Item 14 of 441858Shopfront, George Street  EdinburghScotland 
Item 15 of 441860Villa, 35 Lauder Road  EdinburghScotland 
Item 16 of 441864Grange EstateGrange EdinburghScotlandFurther feuing in 1864 - extended by Robert R Raeburn - revision of Cousin plan
Item 17 of 441865Dunard  EdinburghScotland 
Item 18 of 441865Memorial to Prince Consort  EdinburghScotlandCompetition design
Item 19 of 441867House, Craigmount  EdinburghScotland 
Item 20 of 441867Roseburn Free Church  EdinburghScotland 
Item 21 of 441868Idvies House  AngusScotland 
Item 22 of 441868North Berwick UP ChurchNorth Berwick East LothianScotland 
Item 23 of 441869AshbrookWardie EdinburghScotland 
Item 24 of 44187061-62 Princes Street  EdinburghScotlandRemodelling
Item 25 of 441871Blackford Park House  EdinburghScotland 
Item 26 of 441875Tornaveen  EdinburghScotland 
Item 27 of 44c. 1875Villa, 11 Ettrick Road  EdinburghScotland 
Item 28 of 441877Feuing plan of Grange Loan  EdinburghScotland 
Item 29 of 441877Greenhill Terrace, Greenhill Place and Strathearn Place  EdinburghScotlandResponsible for layout and for the design of houses in Greenhill Place, though perhaps not the others.
Item 30 of 441877Livingstone Institute and Medical Missionary Society's premises  EdinburghScotland 
Item 31 of 441877Tenements and Shops on Grange Road  EdinburghScotland 
Item 32 of 441877Terraced houses, Strathearn Place and Whitehouse Loan  EdinburghScotland 
Item 33 of 441878York Buildings  EdinburghScotlandExtension of house block as stockbrokers' chambers over shops
Item 34 of 441879Terraced houses, Grange Terrace  EdinburghScotland 
Item 35 of 4418809-11 Eyre Place  EdinburghScotland 
Item 36 of 441880Old Deer Parish ChurchOld Deer AberdeenshireScotlandInterior re-arranged etc
Item 37 of 441880RosettaInverleith EdinburghScotland 
Item 38 of 441881Dalry Free ChurchDalry EdinburghScotland 
Item 39 of 441882Pathhead Public HallPathhead, Kirkcaldy FifeScotlandCompetition design - not successful
Item 40 of 441882Ranfurly HotelBridge of Weir RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 41 of 441883Gallatown Free ChurchGallatown, Kirkcaldy FifeScotland 
Item 42 of 441887Fountainbridge Free ChurchFountainbridge EdinburghScotlandAddition of porch and hall
Item 43 of 44Before 1888Canon Street cornerCanonmills EdinburghScotland 
Item 44 of 44Before 1888Eyre Crescent  EdinburghScotlandMay have designed this - Lyle was his successor on the job


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 3Architects Engineers and Building Trades Directory1868Architect's, Engineer's and Building Trades' Directory London, Wyman 
Item 2 of 3Kelly's Building Trades1886Kelly's Building Trades   
Item 3 of 3Post Office Directories     


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