Basic Biographical Details

Name: Robert Bell
Designation: Architect
Died: 24 February 1859
Bio Notes: Robert Bell was in practice in Dalkeith by 1835 but subsequently moved to 28 St Patrick's Square Edinburgh where he died on 24 February 1859. The sums owing in the inventory of his estate (NAS SC 70/1/102, p731) suggest that his practice was mainly concerned with farm steadings, farmhouses and cottages.

Arch. Trotter, Bush 39 9s 0d
Sir John Dick Lauder 23 8s 10d
Sir Archibald Hope 25 11s 6d
John Archibald, Duddingston House, Queensferry 18 15s 6d
Capt Rigg, Drumcarro 36 3s 6d
W E Hope Vere, Craigiehall 55 8s 2d
Geo. G Mackay, Grangemouth, Falkirk 102 11s 10d
E of Home, Bunkle Castle, Berwickshire 78 4s 0d
Hon. Mrs Douglas of Strathendry 94 4s 6d
Lady Drummond, Hawthornden, 82 9s 2d
E of Zetland 26 11s 11d
James Gilmour of Inch 22 17s 0d

The practice was continued by Duncan Menzies, probably of his office, under the title of Bell & Menzies. He relocated the practice to 13 Young Street where he founded the partnership with George Stewart CE as Stewart & Menzies.

It should be noted that a there was a builder of the same name working in Markinch and that part of Fife at about the same time. It is impossible to tell which was Bell was responsible for certain small jobs.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 125, St Patrick's Square, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate/business18381859First entry in Post Offie Directories is 1838.

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 1Bell & Menzies Before 1859Partner 

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 1Duncan Menzies Before 1859Apprentice 

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 241833Farm at SpottSpott East LothianScotland 
Item 2 of 241835Redheugh dwelling house and steadingCockpen MidlothianScotland 
Item 3 of 241847Chestertone, farm buildingsLargo FifeScotlandAdditions - measured work for this
Item 4 of 241848Auchindownie, farm buildingsLargo FifeScotlandAdditions
Item 5 of 241848Buckthorns farm steadingLargo FifeScotlandAdditions - work measured by Bell - on farm offices
Item 6 of 24c. 1850West Craigie Farmhouse  West LothianScotlandHS attribution
Item 7 of 241852Fliskmillan, steading and cot housesFlisk FifeScotlandNew build? Additions?
Item 8 of 241853Kerse House  StirlingshireScotlandAlterations
Item 9 of 241853Leslie House, East LodgeLeslie FifeScotlandSpecifications for repairs
Item 10 of 241854Leslie HouseMarkinch FifeScotlandGame larder, dairy, shoe house and coal shed
Item 11 of 241855Leslie HouseMarkinch FifeScotlandAdditions to terrace walls, forcing pit etc
Item 12 of 241855Leslie House, Lodge at entry to sawmill from Leslie RoadLeslie FifeScotland 
Item 13 of 24c. 1855Nos 8-9 Preston Farm CottagesPreston BerwickshireScotland 
Item 14 of 241856Ceres MillCeres|Cupar FifeScotland 
Item 15 of 241856Drumcaro Farmhouse and seven cottages  FifeScotland 
Item 16 of 241856Greenhead Farm Steading   Scotland 
Item 17 of 241856Leslie HouseMarkinch FifeScotlandBilliard room on the top floor
Item 18 of 241856Leslie Mains, farm buildingsLeslie FifeScotlandCattle sheds and offices
Item 19 of 241857Leslie HouseMarkinch FifeScotlandAdditions and alterations to stable and coach houses
Item 20 of 241857Starthendry Home FarmMarkinch FifeScotlandNew buildings
Item 21 of 241857Thurston MainsInnerwick East LothianScotlandCottages and alterations
Item 22 of 241858Carlowrie FarmCarlowrie West LothianScotland 
Item 23 of 241858Parkhill, dwelling houseNewburgh FifeScotland 
Item 24 of 241859Christ's Kirk on the GreenLeslie FifeScotlandScheme for enlargement - not executed


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 2Post Office Directories     
Item 2 of 2Scotlands People Website Wills & Testaments  Edinburgh Sheriff Court Wills SC70/4/67 and Inventories SC70/1/102

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1National Archives of Scotland (formerly SRO)Sheriff Court Records SC 70/1/102, p73