Basic Biographical Details

Name: George Washington Browne
Designation: Architect
Born: 21 September 1853
Died: 15 June 1939
Bio Notes: George Washington Browne was born in Glasgow on 21 September 1853, the son of an employee of Glasgow Corporation Gas Company. He was articled to Salmon Son & Ritchie c.1869, where found himself in the company of James Marjoribanks MacLaren and William Flockhart. In 1873 on completion of his articles he joined the office of Campbell Douglas & Sellars, from which he won John James Stevenson's measured drawing prize; and in 1875 he and MacLaren moved to London where they shared lodgings at 60 Brompton Square, Browne having obtained a place in Stevenson's office, then Stevenson & Robson. They then joined the Architectural Association, Browne being admitted in December of that year. After two years with Stevenson, Browne moved to the office of the church architect Arthur William Blomfield, and during his time there he won the Pugin Studentship in 1877, enabling him to travel in France and Belgium. He then moved to the office of William Eden Nesfield, by whom he was profoundly influenced. In 1879 Browne returned to Scotland, having obtained the post of principal assistant to Robert Rowand Anderson, then engaged on the Edinburgh Medical Schools and Glasgow Central Station, and in 1881 he became Anderson's partner, enabling him to marry Jessie Brownlie, daughter of Robert Brownlie, Glasgow, in that year. His London Architectural Association experience quickly brought him a prominent role in classes run by the Edinburgh Architectural. Association of which he became President in 1883, holding this post until 1886.

In 1883 Anderson & Browne merged their practice with that of Hew M Wardrop as Wardrop, Anderson & Browne. Perhaps unintentionally that was to lead to Browne leaving the partnership to open his own office at 5 Queen Street in 1885; probably because in the recession of the mid-1880s there was not quite enough business for three partners. But Browne's 1887 competition win at Edinburgh Public Library where the assessor was Alfred Waterhouse, followed by the Redfern building on Princes Street in 1891 and the huge Sick Children's Hospital in 1892, soon established him in independent practice and brought him election as ARSA in that year, enabling him to move to a smarter office at 1 Albyn Place.

By this time Browne had formed a loose relationship with Kinnear & Peddie, some of the details of their Caledonian Station, 1890, suggesting his hand. This arrangement was formalised in 1895 or 1896 when John More Dick Peddie took him into partnership, Kinnear having died in 1894. The immediate catalyst seems to have been a surge in branch bank building, particularly for the British Linen Bank. As Kinnear & Peddie's South Charlotte Street office had belonged to Kinnear, the new partnership moved to much larger premises at 8 Albyn Place late in 1896 or early in 1897.

The Peddie & Washington Browne partnership was initially hugely successful, enabling Browne to build a very sophisticated neo-Jacobean house, The Limes, in Blackford Road, and even accommodate Peddie's brother Walter Lockhart Dick Peddie as third partner in 1898. But soon thereafter Walter became ill and emigrated to British Columbia in the hope of recovery. He died there in 1902 and was not replaced. From about 1905 the partnership began to drift apart, probably because of a sharp decline in bank business, although Peddie and Browne were to remain in formal partnership until 1907 and share the same office at 8 Albyn Place until 1908.

Through the early 1900s Peddie had been taking his side of the practice in a more London Baroque direction which then became French Beaux-Arts and ultimately neo-Georgian direction. He hired some very accomplished assistants to help him do it. Of these the most important were John Wilson and James Forbes Smith, both former students of Professor Frank Worthington Simon at Anderson's School of Applied Art. Born in 1877, Wilson had been articled to the school architect Robert Wilson and had worked under Wilson's brilliant assistant and successor, John Alexander Carfrae. Whilst in Peddie & Washington Browne's employ he published a major folio on the Petit Trianon in 1907. Smith was a year older than Wilson, born 1876 and articled to George Beattie & Son in 1891. He had obtained a place in Rowand Anderson's office at the end of his articles and had spent three years with him. The date at which he joined Peddie's office is not precisely known, but was probably 1897, just slightly ahead of Wilson, and while in the office he distinguished himself by winning the Pugin Silver Medal in 1900, enabling him to travel.

Browne's contribution to the Peddie & Browne practice soon became hard to differentiate from that of Wilson and Forbes Smith since from about 1904 he too had begun moving in a more Edwardian Renaissance direction which can be seen in mature form in his competition designs for London County Hall (1907-08) which reached the final stage and attracted considerable interest. But the bank business remained with Peddie and after he moved out of Albyn Place to his own office in Charlotte Square he had few private clients and was largely dependent on success in competitions. He was not placed for the Usher Hall competition but he did win that for the Edward VII Memorial Gates at Holyrood, which were built in a reduced form in 1912-22; and in 1914 he achieved UK fame by winning the competition for St Paul's Bridge in London, a project abandoned at the outbreak of the First World War.

Although he had one significant commission which was actually built in the YMCA Building in Edinburgh's St Andrew Street, Browne drastically retrenched in 1913-14. Both The Limes and his Charlotte Square office were given up, house and office thereafter being in a ground floor flat at 1 Randolph Cliff. In 1914 he was appointed Head of the Architecture Section at Edinburgh College of Art, a post which provided him with a regular source of income until 1922 when he was succeeded by John Begg. He did not retire completely, however, continuing to visit the architecture studios as a governor. He prepared prototype designs for council houses in 1919 but as some of these were under the aegis of the Royal Scottish Academy it is doubtful if they brought in any fees. On the completion of the Holyrood gates and a number of war memorials his last assistant, Frank Wood, was virtually offered the practice but was not in a position to accept and left for AK Robertson's office. Brown did, however, still have a significant role as a competition assessor and was belatedly admitted FRIBA on 19 March 1926 on the recommendation of the RIBA Council: an event probably not unconnected with his election in 1924 as President of the RSA, of which he had been Treasurer since 1917. His election also brought honorary membership of the Royal Academy, the Royal Hibernian Academy and the Royal College of Art. He was knighted in 1926, the year of the RSA's centenary exhibition, and received King George V and Queen Mary at the Academy on 16 July 1927.

Browne retired from the Presidency of the Academy in 1933, but he continued to exert a significant influence as a founder member of the Royal Fine Art Commission for Scotland, which had been set up in 1927. In 1933 he substantially redesigned the massing of the Office of Works proposals for St Andrew's House, his scheme significantly influencing the final design by Thomas Smith Tait; and he also had a role at Edinburgh Sheriff Court, where he redesigned AJ Pitcher's Lawnmarket façade in bolder form.

In 1938 failing health and diminishing means compelled Browne to leave his flat at 1 Randolph Cliff to live with his daughter Jessie (or Jenny) Agnew Preston (Mrs Norman S Preston) at The Lodge, Sambrook, Wellington, Shropshire. He died there on 15 June 1939. The RSA took charge of his funeral, the service being conducted by the Very Rev Dr Charles L Warr in its library.

Browne was a big man in every way, tall, red-haired and for most of his life bearded: although normally dignified and very courteous, he had a fiery temper and was, according to Frank Wood, prone to use his boot if provoked by incompetence. His personal life was clouded by tragedy. His first wife Jessie Brownlie died on 26 February 1900. They had three sons and two daughters, but all three sons were either killed in the First World War or died from the effects of it. In 1905 Browne married a second time to Louise (or Louisa) Emma, daughter of Dr David Laird Adams, Professor of Hebrew and Oriental Languages at Edinburgh University, but she too predeceased him on 14 October 1931.

Among his closest friends were the architect John Kinross and the painter Martin Hardie. In later years he spent much of his time at the Scottish Arts Club where he excelled at billiards. Browne's will, drawn up in March 1933, indicates that he had an estate of at least £3,000 and provided for a monument at Grange Cemetery which was to be carried out by his friend and former colleague, Burnet Napier Henderson Orphoot; but he revoked most of it 'because I have lived overlong without an income.' He left moveable estate of £1,930 17s 3d, much of which consisted of insurance policies, and nearly all of which was bequeathed to his daughter Jenny.

'General indifference to modern architecture', Scottish Art Review 1889 volume I, p57-59
'Planning of Public Libraries', published version of paper given to the Philosophical Society of Glasgow, n.d. c.1890

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 1160, Brompton Square, London, EnglandPrivate1875  
Item 2 of 1124, Hill Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusiness18811883 
Item 3 of 1119, St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusiness18831885 
Item 4 of 115, Queen Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusiness18861895 
Item 5 of 114, St Clair Terrace, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivatec. 1889c. 1896 
Item 6 of 113, South Charlotte Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusinessLate 1895 or early 1896Late 1896 or early 1897 
Item 7 of 111, Albyn Place, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusiness1896 Address of Peddie & Washington Browne
Item 8 of 11The Limes/17, Blackford Road, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivatec. 1896  
Item 9 of 118, Albyn Place, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusinessLate 1896 or early 18971908 
Item 10 of 1124 (or 12?), Charlotte Square, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusiness1908 or 1909 No 24 Charlotte Square is from RSA catalogues. 12 is from PO Directories
Item 11 of 111, Randolph Cliff, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate/business19141938House and office

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 10Salmon, Son & Ritchiec. 18691872Apprentice(?) 
Item 2 of 10James Salmon & Son18721873Apprentice 
Item 3 of 10Campbell Douglas & Sellars18731875Assistant(?) 
Item 4 of 10Stevenson & Robson18751877Assistant(?) 
Item 5 of 10(Sir) Arthur William Blomfield1877Before 1879Assistant(?) 
Item 6 of 10William Eden NesfieldAfter 18771879Assistant(?) 
Item 7 of 10(Sir) Robert Rowand Anderson18791881Senior Assistant 
Item 8 of 10Anderson & Browne18811883Partner 
Item 9 of 10Wardrop, Anderson & Browne18831885Partner 
Item 10 of 10Peddie & Washington BrowneLate 1895 or early 18961907Partner 

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 13Stewart Sim  Apprentice 
Item 2 of 13George Pringle  Assistant 
Item 3 of 13Thomas Reid Peacock18851890Apprentice 
Item 4 of 13Stewart Henbest Capper18871891Assistant 
Item 5 of 13Cecil Scott Burgess18871891Apprentice 
Item 6 of 13Larmont Douglas Penman18901890Assistant 
Item 7 of 13George Donaldson Macniven18931894Apprentice 
Item 8 of 13Edward Charles Henry Maidmanc. 18941895Assistant 
Item 9 of 13Sydney Houghton MillerAfter 1907Before 1909Assistant(?) 
Item 10 of 13Henry Rochead Williamson19091910Draughtsman 
Item 11 of 13George Patrick Houston Watsonc. 19091911Assistant 
Item 12 of 13George ReidAfter 1910Before 1915ApprenticeBrief secondment during apprenticeship to Scott Morton & Co
Item 13 of 13Frank Wood19211922Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 1RIBA Council15 March 1926for Fellowship

RIBA Proposals

This architect proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 4Samuel Edwin DuncanLate 1930 or early 1931for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 4James McLellan Fairley21 June 1886for Associateship
Item 3 of 4James Stewart Johnston14 May 1934for Licentiateship
Item 4 of 4George Swan TaylorEarly 1930for Associateship

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 297 Grange Cemetery, gravestoneGrange EdinburghScotlandDate not yet known
Item 2 of 297 Philosophical Institute  EdinburghScotlandAlterations - date unknown
Item 3 of 2971878St John's Episcopal ChurchForfar AngusScotland 
Item 4 of 2971879Central Station Hotel  GlasgowScotland 
Item 5 of 2971879Conservative Club  EdinburghScotlandDesign for reconstruction
Item 6 of 2971880Annan Public Library and hallAnnan DumfriesshireScotlandHS attribution - public hall
Item 7 of 2971880St Andrews Parish ChurchNorth Berwick East LothianScotland 
Item 8 of 29718814, 6, 8 Nile GroveMorningside EdinburghScotland 
Item 9 of 2971881St George's Free Church  EdinburghScotlandTower
Item 10 of 2971881St John Street Church  EdinburghScotland 
Item 11 of 2971882Glasgow Municipal Buildings  GlasgowScotlandCompetition design.
Item 12 of 2971882House  EdinburghScotland 
Item 13 of 2971882Houses, Hermitage Terrace  EdinburghScotland 
Item 14 of 2971882Leith Sailors' HomeLeith EdinburghScotlandCompetition design - not successful (Francois Ier style)
Item 15 of 2971882St Michaels and All Angels Episcopal ChurchHelensburgh DunbartonshireScotlandAddition of tower
Item 16 of 297188329-39 Nile Grove  EdinburghScotland 
Item 17 of 2971883Beaufort CastleBeauly Inverness-shireScotlandCompletion of building following merging of practice with Wardrop & Reid
Item 18 of 2971883Fettes College, Dalmeny House  EdinburghScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 19 of 2971883Freeland House  PerthshireScotlandAdditions
Item 20 of 2971883House for Professor Cossar EwartPenicuik MidlothianScotland 
Item 21 of 2971883Lady Flora Hastings HomesColinton EdinburghScotland 
Item 22 of 2971883Moredun Crescent  EdinburghScotland 
Item 23 of 2971883Normand Memorial HallDysart FifeScotland 
Item 24 of 2971883Pathhead Public HallPathhead, Kirkcaldy FifeScotlandCompetition design - not successful
Item 25 of 2971883St Machar's CathedralOld Aberdeen AberdeenScotlandAlterations
Item 26 of 2971883St Mary's Parish ChurchHawick RoxburghshireScotlandRebuilding after fire - apparently begun under Wardrop & Reid and completed under Wardrop, Anderson & Browne
Item 27 of 2971883The HirselColdstream BerwickshireScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 28 of 297188441-53 Nile Grove  EdinburghScotland 
Item 29 of 2971884BielBeesknowe East LothianScotlandAlterations
Item 30 of 2971884Catholic Apostolic Church  EdinburghScotlandCompletion of West end
Item 31 of 2971884Houses, Nile Grove  EdinburghScotland 
Item 32 of 2971884Kirkliston Parish ChurchKirkliston West LothianScotlandRestoration and additions.
Item 33 of 2971884National Portrait Gallery and Museum of Antiquities  EdinburghScotlandAnderson responsible for design
Item 34 of 2971884Preston HouseLinlithgow West LothianScotlandAlterations?
Item 35 of 2971884St Margaret's Episcopal ChurchBiel East LothianScotland 
Item 36 of 2971884Stornoway Parish ChurchStornowayLewisRoss and CromartyScotlandAlterations
Item 37 of 2971884Whitekirk ChurchWhitekirk East LothianScotlandNew nave ceiling and alterations (drawings dated)
Item 38 of 2971885Ballochmyle HouseMauchline AyrshireScotlandReconstruction and extension - Wardrop believed to have been responsible for design
Item 39 of 2971885Braid UP Church  EdinburghScotlandBegun in partnership, completed by Browne in independent practice
Item 40 of 2971885Buccleuch and Queensberry Memorial  EdinburghScotland 
Item 41 of 2971885Crichton Mains farmhouse and stables  MidlothianScotland 
Item 42 of 2971885Crichton Village, farm workers' cottagesCrichton MidlothianScotland 
Item 43 of 2971885Hamilton Parish Church Halls and SchoolsHamilton LanarkshireScotland 
Item 44 of 2971885Morningside Toll House  EdinburghScotland 
Item 45 of 2971885Pitmedden HouseUdny AberdeenshireScotlandProposed reconstruction - not executed; exhibited as Harry Wardrop's work
Item 46 of 2971885Place of Tillyfour  AberdeenshireScotlandReconstruction
Item 47 of 2971885St James' Episcopal ChurchGoldenacre EdinburghScotland 
Item 48 of 2971886Airfield FarmCousland (near) MidlothianScotlandReceived payment for work at Airfield (though practice had changed to Wardrop & Anderson in 1885)
Item 49 of 2971886Apostolic Church  EdinburghScotlandInterior refurbishment
Item 50 of 2971886Royal Blind Asylum Workshop  EdinburghScotland 
Item 51 of 2971886Villa, Cluny Gardens  EdinburghScotland 
Item 52 of 2971887Edinburgh Free Library  EdinburghScotlandWon competition to secure job
Item 53 of 2971887Tenement, 131-151 Bruntsfield Place  EdinburghScotland 
Item 54 of 297188824 Dick Place  EdinburghScotland 
Item 55 of 2971888House, St Clair Terrace  EdinburghScotland 
Item 56 of 2971888Library for Solicitors to the Supreme Courts of Scotland  EdinburghScotlandSecond premiated competition design
Item 57 of 2971889Glasclune HouseNorth Berwick East LothianScotlandDesigned as part-time assistant to Kinnear & Peddie: had his own practice
Item 58 of 297c. 1889Westdel and RoystonDowanhill GlasgowScotland 
Item 59 of 2971890Broughton Place Church  EdinburghScotlandOrgan bay and case
Item 60 of 2971890LangleesBiggar LanarkshireScotlandHouse and stables
Item 61 of 2971890Maison Dieu ChurchBrechin AngusScotland 
Item 62 of 2971890Villa, Cluny Drive  EdinburghScotlandAttribution by D Mays
Item 63 of 297c. 189020-22 Charlotte Square  EdinburghScotlandAlterations
Item 64 of 297c. 1890British Linen BankLinlithgow West LothianScotland 
Item 65 of 297c. 1890Davidson Memorial UP Church, hallCanonmills EdinburghScotlandBuilt by G Washington Browne, following Starforth's designs of ten years earlier (cf. separate entry for the church itself)
Item 66 of 2971891Ayr Public LibraryAyr AyrshireScotlandDesign exhibited 1892
Item 67 of 2971891Drumsheugh Toll, house and studio  EdinburghScotland 
Item 68 of 2971891(?)Edinburgh Royal Infirmary  EdinburghScotlandOperating theatres (date uncertain, but 1890s journal references may refer to this work)
Item 69 of 2971891Glasgow Art Gallery and MuseumKelvingrove GlasgowScotlandUnsuccessful competition design
Item 70 of 2971891House, Randoph Cliff  EdinburghScotlandAlterations?
Item 71 of 2971891Residence and stables  EdinburghScotlandPlanned but not built
Item 72 of 2971891Royal Hospital for Sick Children  EdinburghScotland 
Item 73 of 2971892Premises for Messrs J Redfern & Son  EdinburghScotlandDesign exhibited
Item 74 of 2971893Lady Glenorchy's ChurchCalton EdinburghScotlandInterior renovation
Item 75 of 2971893Swan Memorial HallsKirkcaldy FifeScotland 
Item 76 of 2971894Pinkieburn HouseMusselburgh MidlothianScotlandLibrary and additions
Item 77 of 2971895Bakery  EdinburghScotlandDesigned by Browne, begun in independent practice and completed in partnership
Item 78 of 2971895British Linen BankNewcastleton RoxburghshireScotland 
Item 79 of 2971895Forfar British Linen BankForfar AngusScotland 
Item 80 of 2971895House in WestgateNorth Berwick East LothianScotland 
Item 81 of 2971895Kilmory CastleLochgilphead ArgyllScotlandAlterations
Item 82 of 2971895Miss Cranston's Tea Rooms, Buchanan Street  GlasgowScotland 
Item 83 of 2971895North Berwick Golf ClubhouseNorth Berwick East LothianScotlandAdditions
Item 84 of 2971895The LodgeNorth Berwick East LothianScotlandMinor alterations
Item 85 of 2971896137-138 Princes Street  EdinburghScotlandPlans for alterations drawn up
Item 86 of 2971896Abington ChurchAbington LanarkshireScotlandAttributed to Peddie
Item 87 of 2971896Advocates' Library  EdinburghScotlandBookstack building - Browne mainly responsible
Item 88 of 2971896Comely Bank Cemetery, lodge and gateComely Bank EdinburghScotland 
Item 89 of 2971896House, Abbey FeusNorth Berwick East LothianScotlandAlterations
Item 90 of 2971896House, CambuscairnCambuscairn DumfriesshireScotland 
Item 91 of 2971896House, Point GarryNorth Berwick East LothianScotlandAdditions
Item 92 of 2971896Longmore Hospital for IncurablesNewington EdinburghScotlandLarge W addition (approximately matching earlier E addition), boiler house and laundry block to rear, chapel and mortuary block to W
Item 93 of 2971896Longmore Hospital for IncurablesNewington EdinburghScotlandMinor internal alterations
Item 94 of 2971896Milton LodgeNorth Berwick East LothianScotland 
Item 95 of 2971896Newmills House and stablesBalerno MidlothianScotlandAdditions and alterations
Item 96 of 2971896Royal Blind Asylum Workshop  EdinburghScotlandAlterations
Item 97 of 2971896Scottish Equitable Life Assurance Company office  EdinburghScotlandRebuilding
Item 98 of 2971896Standard Life Assurance Co  EdinburghScotlandNew building erected
Item 99 of 2971896The Limes  EdinburghScotlandDesign exhibited
Item 100 of 29718971-7 Old Abbey RoadNorth Berwick East LothianScotland 
Item 101 of 2971897143-146 Princes Street  EdinburghScotlandAlterations
Item 102 of 2971897(?)Aros House MullArgyllScotlandAdditions
Item 103 of 2971897British Linen BankDumbarton DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 104 of 2971897British Linen BankMelrose RoxburghshireScotland 
Item 105 of 2971897British Linen BankRenfrew RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 106 of 2971897Catherine LodgeMusselburgh MidlothianScotlandAlterations
Item 107 of 2971897Church buildings, Victoria Terrace  EdinburghScotlandAlterations
Item 108 of 2971897CottageNorth Berwick East LothianScotland 
Item 109 of 2971897CraighouseCraiglockhart EdinburghScotlandGate lodge (attributed to Peddie & Washington Browne by D C Mays; no documentary evidence of this is known)
Item 110 of 2971897Falkirk British Linen BankFalkirk StirlingshireScotlandProbably by Browne alone
Item 111 of 2971897Glenforsa HouseGrulineMullArgyllScotlandAdditions
Item 112 of 2971897Invereil HouseDirleton East LothianScotlandHouse with coach house and lodge
Item 113 of 2971897Model housing, Philpingstone RoadBo'ness / Borrowstouness West LothianScotland 
Item 114 of 2971897Muirfield Golf CourseGullane East LothianScotlandGolf clubhouse
Item 115 of 2971897Ochiltree Parish ChurchOchiltree AyrshireScotlandAlterations
Item 116 of 2971897Pant WellSelkirk SelkirkshireScotlandRebuilding
Item 117 of 2971897Premises, KirkcudbrightKirkcudbright KirkcudbrightshireScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 118 of 2971897Senior SchoolWest Calder MidlothianScotlandDesign exhibited
Item 119 of 297189819 York Place  EdinburghScotlandAlterations
Item 120 of 297189897-98 Princes Street/1-5 Frederick Street  EdinburghScotlandAlterations
Item 121 of 2971898British Linen BankPerth PerthshireScotland 
Item 122 of 2971898Caledonian Hotel  EdinburghScotlandFormation of hotel over station, incorporating Kinnear & Peddie's Caledonian Station
Item 123 of 2971898Carnegie LibraryJedburgh RoxburghshireScotland 
Item 124 of 2971898Hill GardensCoupar Angus PerthshireScotland 
Item 125 of 2971898KirkhillGorebridge MidlothianScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 126 of 2971898Lainshaw HouseStewarton AyrshireScotlandAlterations
Item 127 of 2971898National Bank of Scotland  GlasgowScotlandWon in competition and secured job
Item 128 of 2971898North Berwick, feuingNorth Berwick East LothianScotland 
Item 129 of 2971898St Mark's Unitarian Chapel  EdinburghScotlandAlterations
Item 130 of 2971898The KnollNorth Berwick East LothianScotland 
Item 131 of 29718992 Chester Street  EdinburghScotlandAlterations
Item 132 of 297189927 Walker Street  EdinburghScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 133 of 297189932 Abercromby Place  EdinburghScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 134 of 297189960 George Street  EdinburghScotlandAlterations
Item 135 of 2971899Abbey SchoolNorth Berwick East LothianScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 136 of 2971899British Linen BankThurso CaithnessScotland 
Item 137 of 2971899Cargilfield School  EdinburghScotland 
Item 138 of 2971899Cheylesmore LodgeNorth Berwick East LothianScotland 
Item 139 of 2971899Cottages for A B BachLoch Awe ArgyllScotland 
Item 140 of 2971899Harwood, Bonchester BridgeHawick RoxburghshireScotlandAlterations proposed but not executed
Item 141 of 2971899Kirkden ManseKirkden AngusScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 142 of 2971899Ladybank Free ChurchLadybank FifeScotlandPulpit
Item 143 of 2971899LangleesBiggar LanarkshireScotlandAdditions
Item 144 of 2971899Makerstoun ManseMakerstoun RoxburghshireScotlandDesign - not built
Item 145 of 2971899Redford House, workmen's cottagesColinton EdinburghScotland 
Item 146 of 2971899Royal Bank of Scotland  DundeeScotlandMainly responsible
Item 147 of 2971899Selkirk ManseManse SelkirkshireScotlandAlterations and new offices
Item 148 of 2971899Sickness and Accident Assurance  EdinburghScotlandAlterations
Item 149 of 2971899WinterfieldDunbar East LothianScotlandAlterations
Item 150 of 297190011 Randolph Crescent  EdinburghScotlandAlterations
Item 151 of 297190026 St Andrew Square  EdinburghScotlandAlterations
Item 152 of 297190033, 36, 38 40 Melville Street  EdinburghScotlandAlterations to attic
Item 153 of 2971900Buchanan LodgeNorth Berwick East LothianScotlandReconstruction of former Buchanan Lodge
Item 154 of 2971900Commercial Union  EdinburghScotlandAlterations
Item 155 of 2971900Crieff British Linen BankCrieff PerthshireScotlandMay be about 1905
Item 156 of 2971900House for E CarmoycheMorningside EdinburghScotland 
Item 157 of 2971900New house near Craigcrook Castle on south  EdinburghScotland 
Item 158 of 2971900North British and Mercantile Insurance Office BuildingLeeds YorkshireEngland 
Item 159 of 2971900Royal Maternity and Simpson Memorial Hospital  EdinburghScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 160 of 2971900Villa for Alfred J Bell  EdinburghScotland 
Item 161 of 2971900WarehouseLeith EdinburghScotlandAttribution
Item 162 of 2971900WinterfieldDunbar East LothianScotlandStables
Item 163 of 297c. 190044 Northumberland Street  EdinburghScotlandAlterations
Item 164 of 297c. 1900House for Dr Turner LawsonNorth Berwick East LothianScotland 
Item 165 of 297c. 1900Johnsburn HouseBalerno, Currie MidlothianScotlandDate not yet certain
Item 166 of 297c. 1900Troon British Linen BankTroon AyrshireScotland 
Item 167 of 297190129 Chester Street  EdinburghScotlandAlterations
Item 168 of 29719019-18 South Bridge  EdinburghScotlandAlterations
Item 169 of 2971901Ayr British Linen BankAyr AyrshireScotland 
Item 170 of 2971901Braidfoot  EdinburghScotlandAlterations
Item 171 of 2971901Free Church Assembly Hall  EdinburghScotlandReconstruction for union of Free and UP churches as UF Church
Item 172 of 2971901InchgarryNorth Berwick East LothianScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 173 of 2971901Langshawbush HouseMoffat Dumfriesshire Additions
Item 174 of 2971901Longmore Hospital for IncurablesNewington EdinburghScotlandNew building to E which included new shops, nurses' accomodation and belvidere with link to old E wing.
Item 175 of 2971901Palmerston Place UP Church  EdinburghScotlandPulpit and organ case
Item 176 of 2971901Rosehall UP ChurchNewington EdinburghScotlandAlterations
Item 177 of 2971901Town Hall and Public LibraryBo'ness / Borrowstouness West LothianScotlandWon competition and executed job
Item 178 of 297190211 Gloucester Place  EdinburghScotlandAlterations
Item 179 of 297190212 Belgrave CrescentDean EdinburghScotlandAlterations
Item 180 of 2971902137-138 Princes Street  EdinburghScotlandAlterations
Item 181 of 297190215 Lynedoch Place  EdinburghScotlandAlterations
Item 182 of 297190219 Drumsheugh Gardens  EdinburghScotlandAlterations
Item 183 of 2971902Buchanan LodgeNorth Berwick East LothianScotlandFurther work
Item 184 of 2971902Colstoun HouseHaddington (near) East LothianScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 185 of 2971902House, Garscube TerraceMurrayfield EdinburghScotlandProposed (not built?) stable and coachman's house
Item 186 of 2971902KaimendNorth Berwick East LothianScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 187 of 2971902Kirkwood HouseLockerbie DumfriesshireScotlandAlterations
Item 188 of 2971902Library with art galleryCastle Douglas KirkcudbrightshireScotland 
Item 189 of 2971902North British and Mercantile Company building  DublinEire 
Item 190 of 2971902North British and Mercantile Offices  EdinburghScotlandDesigns for new building, or alterations to old? - secured commission for new building in 1904
Item 191 of 2971902Shop for Bell Donaldson  EdinburghScotlandAlterations
Item 192 of 2971902Stirling StationStirling StirlingshireScotlandUnexecuted design for new building
Item 193 of 2971903137-138 Princes Street  EdinburghScotlandFurther alterations
Item 194 of 297190332 Abercromby Place  EdinburghScotlandFurther work
Item 195 of 297190356 George Street  EdinburghScotlandAlterations
Item 196 of 29719037 Cromwell RoadNorth Berwick East LothianScotlandAlterations
Item 197 of 29719038 Eton Terrace  EdinburghScotlandAlterations
Item 198 of 2971903Burnside HouseForfar AngusScotlandAlterations
Item 199 of 2971903Colinton glebe feuingColinton EdinburghScotland 
Item 200 of 2971903Dalreach LodgeTummel Bridge PerthshireScotlandReconstruction - completing work by Leonard
Item 201 of 2971903Golspie Technical College Drummuie HouseGolspie SutherlandScotland 
Item 202 of 2971903House for G N ChristieNorth Berwick East LothianScotland 
Item 203 of 2971903Liberton HospitalLiberton EdinburghScotlandAlso lodge
Item 204 of 2971903Lintalee HouseJedburgh RoxburghshireScotlandAlterations and additions to house and walled garden
Item 205 of 2971903MichelstonStow MidlothianScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 206 of 2971903Milton Bridge ManseMilton Bridge MidlothianScotland 
Item 207 of 2971903RedholmNorth Berwick East LothianScotlandExtension and new gates
Item 208 of 2971903Royal Hospital for Sick Children  EdinburghScotlandOut-patients' department in Sylvan Place
Item 209 of 2971903St Cuthbert's ManseColinton EdinburghScotlandAddition
Item 210 of 297Before 1903Scottish Provident Institution  GlasgowScotland 
Item 211 of 2971904Abbot's CroftNorth Berwick East LothianScotlandAlso gates and lodge
Item 212 of 2971904Arnot House  Fife/Kinross-shireScotlandAdditions
Item 213 of 2971904Dalton Parish ManseDalton DumfriesshireScotland 
Item 214 of 2971904DormontDalton (near) DumfriesshireScotlandHouse and stables
Item 215 of 2971904Drygrange HouseMelrose RoxburghshireScotlandSummer House added
Item 216 of 2971904FairknoweNorth Berwick East LothianScotland 
Item 217 of 2971904House, Ravelston Park  EdinburghScotlandAddition
Item 218 of 2971904Lennel HouseColdstream BerwickshireScotlandRemodelling and stables
Item 219 of 2971904New Inverawe HouseNew Inverawe, Tirvane ArgyllScotlandAdditions and alterations
Item 220 of 2971904Offices and shops, Gordon Street and West Nile Street  GlasgowScotlandAlterations
Item 221 of 2971904Orton House  MorayshireScotlandAlterations
Item 222 of 2971904Poltalloch HouseLochgilphead ArgyllScotlandAdditions and alterations
Item 223 of 2971904Scottish Amicable Building  GlasgowScotlandAlterations
Item 224 of 2971904SpringfieldNorth Berwick East LothianScotland 
Item 225 of 2971904Swinton HouseSwinton BerwickshireScotlandAdditions
Item 226 of 2971904Swinton ManseSwinton BerwickshireScotlandAdditions
Item 227 of 2971904Tweedie Homes, Hailes EstateJuniper Green EdinburghScotland 
Item 228 of 29719054 Eton Terrace  EdinburghScotlandAlterations
Item 229 of 297190549 Eton Terrace  EdinburghScotlandAdditions
Item 230 of 2971905Barnton Park, feuingBarnton EdinburghScotland 
Item 231 of 2971905British Linen Bank  EdinburghScotland 
Item 232 of 2971905Carriden Parish Church (former)  MidlothianScotlandAlterations to old church
Item 233 of 2971905Drylaw Mains Farmhouse  EdinburghScotland 
Item 234 of 2971905Dundonald CastleDundonald AyrshireScotlandConsolidation
Item 235 of 2971905Kelso Public LibraryKelso RoxburghshireScotland 
Item 236 of 2971905Morningside Road Savings Bank  EdinburghScotlandAlterations
Item 237 of 2971905Rose Street UP Church  EdinburghScotlandConversion to offices
Item 238 of 2971905Savings Bank, Montrose Terrace  EdinburghScotlandAlterations
Item 239 of 2971905St Andrews Boat Club, boathouseCraiglockhart EdinburghScotland 
Item 240 of 297190619 York Place  EdinburghScotlandAlterations
Item 241 of 297190621 Grosvenor Crescent  EdinburghScotlandAlterations
Item 242 of 29719063, 7, 9 Thistle Street  EdinburghScotlandAdditions and alterations
Item 243 of 2971906Alloa British Linen BankAlloa ClackmannanshireScotland 
Item 244 of 2971906Annan Public Library and hallAnnan DumfriesshireScotlandHS attribution - library
Item 245 of 2971906Buchanan LodgeNorth Berwick East LothianScotlandMotor house and servants bedrooms
Item 246 of 2971906Coldstream Parish ChurchColdstream BerwickshireScotlandComplete rebuilding
Item 247 of 2971906Cowhill TowerHolywood DumfriesshireScotlandProposed alterations and additions
Item 248 of 2971906Drygrange HouseMelrose RoxburghshireScotlandLodge and gates (also gates in walled garden)
Item 249 of 2971906Edinburgh Municipal Art College  EdinburghScotland 
Item 250 of 2971906Invereil HouseDirleton East LothianScotlandAdditions
Item 251 of 2971906Muirfield Golf CourseGullane East LothianScotlandExtension with staff quarters to west and increased changing room and laundry facilities to east.
Item 252 of 2971906QueenshillRingford (near), Kirkcudbright KirkcudbrightshireScotland 
Item 253 of 2971906Royal Victoria Hospital, dispensary  EdinburghScotland 
Item 254 of 297c. 1906Double cottage at LibertonLiberton EdinburghScotland 
Item 255 of 297190715 Gloucester Place  EdinburghScotlandAdditional storey added
Item 256 of 2971907Arngask Parish ChurchArngask PerthshireScotlandBellcote
Item 257 of 2971907Bathgate AcademyBathgate West LothianScotlandAdditions
Item 258 of 2971907County BuildingsCupar FifeScotlandCompetition design for extension to east - not successful
Item 259 of 2971907Grangemouth British Linen BankGrangemouth StirlingshireScotlandDesign exhibited
Item 260 of 2971907Inveresk Mills, officesInveresk MidlothianScotland 
Item 261 of 2971907Kirroughtree HouseMinnigaff Kirkcudbrightshire?ScotlandMajor reconstruction
Item 262 of 2971907Largs British Linen BankLargs AyrshireScotland 
Item 263 of 2971907North Berwick Golf ClubhouseNorth Berwick East LothianScotlandAddition of second storey
Item 264 of 2971907Northcliff cottagesNorth Queensferry FifeScotland 
Item 265 of 2971907Old Parish ChurchArngask PerthshireScotlandAddition of bellcote
Item 266 of 2971907Shop Front, 132 Princes Street  EdinburghScotlandAlterations
Item 267 of 2971907Stobo Castle  PeeblesshireScotlandTerraces, stairs, summer house and alterations
Item 268 of 2971907Tummel Bridge UF Church  PerthshireScotlandAlterations
Item 269 of 2971909London County Hall  LondonEnglandCompetition design exhibited
Item 270 of 2971910George Watson's Ladies College  EdinburghScotlandWest wing altered and extended
Item 271 of 2971911Chambers InstitutePeebles PeeblesshireScotlandAlterations
Item 272 of 2971911Holyrood Palace, King Edward VII Memorial Gates  EdinburghScotlandWon competition and secured job; original scheme had hemi-cycles at north and south ends
Item 273 of 2971911Usher Hall  EdinburghScotlandCompetition design
Item 274 of 2971911Welsh National Museum  CardiffWalesDesign exhibited
Item 275 of 2971912Whitehouse and Grange Bowling ClubhouseGrange EdinburghScotland 
Item 276 of 2971914Young Men's Christian Association  EdinburghScotland 
Item 277 of 2971915Longmore Hospital for IncurablesNewington EdinburghScotlandAlterations
Item 278 of 2971915St Paul's Bridge  LondonEnglandCompetition won
Item 279 of 2971918Music HallDunfermline FifeScotlandDesign - not successful
Item 280 of 2971918Scottish National War MemorialCalton Hill EdinburghScotlandDesign exhibited
Item 281 of 2971918St Mary's Parish Church, Red Cross War MemorialHaddington East LothianScotland 
Item 282 of 2971919Keith War MemorialKeith BanffshireScotland 
Item 283 of 2971919Pittencrieff Park, concert hall and winter gardenDunfermline FifeScotland 
Item 284 of 2971919(?)Working-class housing    Designs exhibited in 1919 and 1921
Item 285 of 297c. 1920Lochearnhead war memorialLochearnhead PerthshireScotland 
Item 286 of 297c. 1920War memorialBalquhidder PerthshireScotland 
Item 287 of 2971921Arbroath war memorialArbroath AngusScotland 
Item 288 of 2971921Duddingston War MemorialDuddingston EdinburghScotland 
Item 289 of 2971921War MemorialDunfermline FifeScotland 
Item 290 of 2971922Larbert War MemorialLarbert StirlingshireScotland 
Item 291 of 2971922War MemorialColdstream BerwickshireScotland 
Item 292 of 2971924Milton LodgeNorth Berwick East LothianScotlandAlterations
Item 293 of 2971924Montrose war memorialMontrose AngusScotlandAdditions (with H S Gamley). In 'Buildings of Scotland', Gifford attributes the design of the monument to Browne with Victory statue by Gamley.
Item 294 of 2971929Town Hall and Municipal OfficesDumfries DumfriesshireScotland 
Item 295 of 2971932Pittencrieff Park, stables and storage accommodation and new aviaryDunfermline FifeScotland 
Item 296 of 2971933Scottish Office buildingsCalton Hill EdinburghScotlandAs Royal Fine Art Commissioner, made outline design which influenced the massing of the final scheme by T S Tait
Item 297 of 297c. 1934Sheriff Courthouse  EdinburghScotlandModification of elevations to High Street, as Royal Fine Art Commissioner


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 6Gordon, Esme1976The Royal Scottish Academy 1826-1976 Charles Skelton 
Item 2 of 6Laperriere, Charles Baile de (ed.)1991The Royal Scottish Academy Exhibitors 1826-1990   
Item 3 of 6Mays, Deborah A Profile of Sir George Washington Browne Architectural History 111, The Age of Mackintoshpp52-63
Item 4 of 6Post Office Directories     
Item 5 of 6Scottish Biographies1938  E J Thurston (pub.) 
Item 6 of 6Walker, Frank Arneil1986South Clyde Estuary: An Illustrated Architectural Guide to Inverclyde and Renfrew  p96

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 8Architect and Building News28 June 1939   
Item 2 of 8Builder23 June 1939  p1187
Item 3 of 8Building News19 September 1890   
Item 4 of 8RIAS Quarterly1940 Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS)p12 Tribute by John Wilson
Item 5 of 8RIBA Journal17 July 1939 London: Royal Institute of British Architectsp904
Item 6 of 8RSA*  Annual Report 1939
Item 7 of 8Scotsman16 June 1939   
Item 8 of 8The Times16 June 1939   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2Professor David M Walker personal archiveProfessor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material Incorporates research by Dr D Mays and Alan Calder
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers F no2356 (box 5)


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