Basic Biographical Details

Name: Edward & Robertson
Designation: Architectural practice
Started: c. 1859
Ended: 1890
Bio Notes: Charles Edward was born at Tealing in 1816, trained as a builder, became clerk of works and finally an architect, his earliest work being in a late Georgian survival manner. He practised in Dundee in partnership with Thomas Saunders Robertson He practised in Dundee in partnership with Thomas Saunders Robertson from at least April 1859 when Edward & Robertson advertised for contractors for Rathillet UP Church. In his later years he travelled a great deal. He died on 8 March 1890 at Rock Lodge (later Forbes Court) West Ferry, leaving moveable esttae of 2,767 0s 3d.

Thomas Saunders Robertson was born in 1835 at Blairgowrie and educated at Perth Academy. He was articled to Charles Edward circa 1851. Around 1857 he joined J Anderson Hamilton who had acquired what was left of Playfair's practice in Edinburgh and thereafter probably worked for a time in England, returning to become Edward's partner c.1861. He was a member of the Fine Art Committee of the British Association meeting of 1867 and a keen angler, curler and golfer.

Robertson was an artist, author and journalist as well as an architect, and like Edward before him, lived in considerable style in West Ferry, first at Riverview and later at Balmyle, becoming a close friend of the his neighbour - the art collector, mill owner and ironfounder James Guthrie Orchar - and of the painter William McTaggart, from whom he learned the art of watercolour. Orchar appointed him as one of the Trustees of his will and specified him as architect of the gallery to be built to house his pictures on the expiry of Mrs Orchar's life rent. By the early years of the twentieth century Robertson had no architectural employment and had become mainly a water-colourist. Diminishing income eventually compelled him to live in a more modest fashion at Willowbank, Camphill Road, where he died on 2 March 1923. He wrote 'Progress of Art in English Church Architecture', numerous newspaper articles, and assisted MacGibbon and Ross with their books.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architectural practice:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 331, Reform Street, Dundee, ScotlandBusiness1861 From the start of the partnership
Item 2 of 38, Bank Street, Dundee, ScotlandBusiness1869After 1869 
Item 3 of 312, Bank Street, Dundee, ScotlandBusinessAfter 1878  

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 7(Reverend) George Augustus Harris Before 1880Apprentice 
Item 2 of 7Charles Edwardc. 18611890Partner 
Item 3 of 7Thomas Saunders Robertsonc. 18611890Partner 
Item 4 of 7Thomas Dykes18691874Apprentice 
Item 5 of 7Thomas Dykes & Dale18691874Apprentice 
Item 6 of 7William R Croll1880s Draughtsman 
Item 7 of 7James Lowson18841890ApprenticeWorking under Thomas Saunders Robertson

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 651859UP ChurchRathillet FifeScotland 
Item 2 of 65c. 1861Perth District AsylumMurthly PerthshireScotland 
Item 3 of 651862TaycliffWest Ferry DundeeScotland 
Item 4 of 65c. 1863Rossie ChurchInchture DundeeScotland 
Item 5 of 651865Rossie PrioryInchture PerthshireScotlandReconstruction of riding school as chapel with arcade and apse
Item 6 of 65c. 1865Abernyte Free ChurchAbernyte AngusScotlandAlterations?
Item 7 of 651866Bank of Scotland  DundeeScotlandUnexecuted scheme for alterations
Item 8 of 651866Carbet CastleBroughty Ferry DundeeScotlandReconstruction and additions - probably the west wing
Item 9 of 651866House for D W BowmanBroughty Ferry DundeeScotlandAlterations
Item 10 of 651867Catholic Apostolic Church  DundeeScotland 
Item 11 of 651867Drill Hall  DundeeScotland 
Item 12 of 651867Kirkton of Tealing Parish ChurchKirkton of Tealing AngusScotlandScrymsoure Fothringham memorial slab
Item 13 of 651868Ayrshire Lunatic AsylumAyr AyrshireScotlandReceived commision
Item 14 of 651868Office, 135 Seagate  DundeeScotland 
Item 15 of 651869Deaf and Dumb InstituteLogie Den DundeeScotland 
Item 16 of 651869Offices and Warehouse, Ward Road, Constitution Road and Nicoll Street  DundeeScotland 
Item 17 of 651869Tenement, Scouringburn and Walton Street  DundeeScotland 
Item 18 of 651870Hermon LodgeWest Ferry DundeeScotland 
Item 19 of 65c. 1870Abernyte Parish ChurchAbernyte AngusScotlandReconstruction and enlargement
Item 20 of 651871Bank of Scotland  DundeeScotlandUnexecuted scheme for alterations
Item 21 of 651871Church of SS Peter and PaulFelixstowe SuffolkEngland 
Item 22 of 651871RC School at LocheeLochee DundeeScotland 
Item 23 of 651871Rosebank Church  DundeeScotland 
Item 24 of 651871St Stephen's ChurchWest Ferry DundeeScotland 
Item 25 of 651872Craigie Works  DundeeScotland 
Item 26 of 651872Dura Street Mission School and churchStobswell DundeeScotland 
Item 27 of 651872HazelwoodWest Ferry DundeeScotland 
Item 28 of 651872St Enoch's Free Church  DundeeScotlandChurch. Two shops flanking the forecourt of the church are still extant
Item 29 of 651872Warehouse for Charles Baxter  DundeeScotland 
Item 30 of 651872Warehouse for J Edward, Small's Wynd  DundeeScotland 
Item 31 of 651872Warehouses for David Martin  DundeeScotland 
Item 32 of 651873Gray's Rooms  DundeeScotlandRemodelled
Item 33 of 651873St Rule's ChurchMonifieth AngusScotlandPorch, vestry and new seating
Item 34 of 651873Victoria Street UP Church  DundeeScotland 
Item 35 of 651874Carbet CastleBroughty Ferry DundeeScotlandFurther work and lodge
Item 36 of 651874Dundee Royal Lunatic AsylumLiff AngusScotlandMain hospital wards block,gatelodge, superintendent's house etc
Item 37 of 651874Marrbank  DundeeScotlandAlterations
Item 38 of 651874St Andrew's Church  Dundee Y-tracery inserted into semi-circular window on main elevation and new pulpit
Item 39 of 65c. 1874TaychregganWest Ferry DundeeScotland 
Item 40 of 651875Dundee Royal Lunatic Asylum and feuing of groundsStobswell DundeeScotlandFeuing of grounds for tenement development
Item 41 of 651875Wellburn Convent of the Little Sisters of the PoorLochee DundeeScotlandChapel addition
Item 42 of 65c. 1875SummerbankWest Ferry DundeeScotlandIncluding stableblock
Item 43 of 65c. 1875TaysideWest Ferry DundeeScotland 
Item 44 of 651876Dura Street Mission School and churchStobswell DundeeScotlandLarge church added
Item 45 of 651876Leslie Parish SchoolLeslie FifeScotlandAdditions
Item 46 of 651876Tenement for William MacDonald, Cotton Road  DundeeScotland 
Item 47 of 651877Office for W E Baxter, Baltic Street  DundeeScotland 
Item 48 of 651877Offices for Grimond, King Street  DundeeScotlandRefacing
Item 49 of 651877St Margaret's ChurchArbroath AngusScotland 
Item 50 of 651878LinfieldWest Ferry DundeeScotland 
Item 51 of 65Before 1878RiverviewWest Ferry DundeeScotlandAdditions
Item 52 of 65c. 1880Balruddery House  AngusScotlandLarge additions, conservatory, east lodge and west coach house/steading
Item 53 of 65c. 1880Church at Alexandria  AlexandriaEgypt 
Item 54 of 651882St Enoch's Free Church  DundeeScotlandAdditions
Item 55 of 651882St Rule's Parish Church hallMonifieth AngusScotland 
Item 56 of 65After 1883Pinpointie FarmhouseAuchterhouse AngusScotlandHS attribution
Item 57 of 6518841 Douglas TerraceBroughty Ferry DundeeScotlandAlterations and new stableblock
Item 58 of 65After 1884Wormit estate, feuing plan and villasWormit FifeScotland 
Item 59 of 651885Auchmithie Parish ChurchAuchmithie AngusScotland 
Item 60 of 651887Buildings, Gray Street for SkinnerBroughty Ferry DundeeScotland 
Item 61 of 651887Orchar Park with Jubilee Arch and FountainBarnhill DundeeScotland 
Item 62 of 651888HillsideBroughty Ferry DundeeScotlandAlterations
Item 63 of 651889Beach MissionBroughty Ferry DundeeScotland 
Item 64 of 651889Fowlis Easter Parish Church and Monument to Lord GrayFowlis AngusScotlandRestoration, including new roof and bellcote
Item 65 of 651894Tenement, Seagate  DundeeScotland 

References

Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architectural practice:
 Author(s)DateTitlePartPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 3British Architectural Library, RIBA2001Directory of British Architects 1834-1914   
Item 2 of 3Dundee Yearbook1890   Obituary of Edward
Item 3 of 3Post Office Directories     

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architectural practice:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1Courtesy of David WeekesInformation via 'Contact Us' on website Sent August 2012