Basic Biographical Details

Name: Hamilton-Paterson & Rhind
Designation: Architectural practice
Started: 1898
Ended: c. 1905
Bio Notes: Robert Hamilton Paterson (his surnames were not originally hyphenated) was born in Edinburgh in 1843, the son of Thomas Paterson, architect to the Duke of Hamilton's estate, and was educated at Hamilton Academy. He was articled to James Turner of Hamilton, a branch office of the Dublin firm, followed by experience in an unspecified office in Edinburgh and with Cubitt & Co in London. He commenced practice in Edinburgh in 1870 and from his earliest years made a special study of the architectural and engineering requirements of brewers, maltsters and warehousemen. For some twenty-five years he held the position of architect and surveyor to the Police Commissioners of the County of Lanark.

In 1898 Hamilton Paterson took into partnership Thomas Duncan Rhind, with whom he is said to have studied. Rhind was born on 14 July 1871, the son of sculptor John Rhind and younger brother of William Birnie Rhind. Educated at George Watson's, he studied sculpture with his father and elder brother. He was articled to Hippolyte Jean Blanc in Edinburgh from 1887 to 1892, spending his holidays sketching around Scotland, in particular visiting the abbeys and cathedrals. On completing his apprenticeship he moved to London and spent six months in the offices of London County Council Architectural Department before moving to the firm of Gibson & Russell. He passed the qualifying exam in November 1894, and was elected ARIBA at the early age of 24 on 11 March 1895, his proposers being John Macvicar Anderson, Thomas Edward Collcutt and William Leiper. In 1902 he married Mary Elizabeth Gilbert, the elder daughter of W Matthews Gilbert.

The partnership was dissolved before 1906. Hamilton-Paterson then took into partnership his cousin Thomas Tolmie Paterson, the son of his father's much younger brother John, but shortly thereafter he became ill and had to withdraw from practice. Rhind thereafter practised alone in close association with his sculptor brother.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architectural practice:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 110A, George Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusinessc. 1899c. 1902 

Employment and Training

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this architectural practice (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 5Robert Hamilton Paterson (or Robert Hamilton-Paterson)1898c. 1905Partner 
Item 2 of 5(Sir) Thomas Duncan Rhind1898Before 1906(?)Partner 
Item 3 of 5William Dean19001900 or 1901  
Item 4 of 5Thomas Aikman Swan1900Before 1906Apprentice 
Item 5 of 5George Gavin Lawsonc. 1900(?)c. 1905(?)  

Buildings and Designs

This architectural practice 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 111900Macvitties Guest & Co / McVities Guest & Co shop and tea room  EdinburghScotlandOriginal L-plan development round the corner house
Item 2 of 11c. 1900Business Premises, Randolph Place  EdinburghScotland 
Item 3 of 111900 or 1901The HolliesBarnton EdinburghScotland 
Item 4 of 11190183 George Street  EdinburghScotland 
Item 5 of 111902Queen Victoria Memorial  LiverpoolEnglandCompetition design
Item 6 of 111903St Giles Cathedral, Royal Scots Boer Memorial  EdinburghScotland 
Item 7 of 111903St Rule'sDunbar East LothianScotland 
Item 8 of 111904NorhamNorth Berwick East LothianScotland 
Item 9 of 111905Unspecified country house, no 1     
Item 10 of 111905Unspecified country house, no 2   Scotland 
Item 11 of 111906Business premises at BathgateBathgate West LothianScotland 

References

Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architectural practice:
 Author(s)DateTitlePartPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 4Eddington, A1904Contemporary BiographiesEdinburgh and the LothiansWT Pike and Co., Pike's New Century Series, no. 12Hamilton Paterson
Item 2 of 4Pearson, Lynn1999British Breweries   
Item 3 of 4Post Office Directories     
Item 4 of 4Who Was Who Who was Who  Rhind