Basic Biographical Details

Name: William Paton Burton
Designation: Architect
Born: 1828
Died: 1883
Bio Notes: William Paton Burton was born in Madras in 1828, the son of an Indian army officer. He was educated in Edinburgh and articled to David Bryce c.1844-9. He practised as both architect and architectural painter in both oil and watercolour, travelling widely for subject matter in Italy, France, Holland and in later years Egypt. From 1858 to 1862 he was based at Liberton Bank, but in 1862 or 1863 he moved to 87 Stanhope Street, Hampstead Row, London and in the later 1860s settled at Woodend, Whitley (or Witley), Surrey, briefly maintaining a studio in London, first at 84 Charlotte Street in 1874 and then at 24 Langham Street in 1875.

In 1882 Burton retired to Cults. He died in Aberdeen in 1883. His known architectural designs are few: he seems to have practised only as an artist after 1860.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 6Liberton Bank, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate18581862 or 1863 
Item 2 of 687, Stanhope Street, Hampstead Row, London, EnglandPrivate/business(?)1862 or 1863Late 1860s 
Item 3 of 6Woodend, Whitley (or Witley), Surrey, EnglandPrivateLate 1860s  
Item 4 of 684, Charlotte Street, London, EnglandBusiness1874 *  
Item 5 of 624, Langham Street, London, EnglandBusiness1875 *  
Item 6 of 6Cults, Aberdeenshire, ScotlandPrivate1882 In retirement

* earliest date known from documented sources.

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 1David Brycec. 1844c. 1849Apprentice 

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 41852Design for a building on The Mound  EdinburghScotlandDesign exhibited
Item 2 of 41858Stoneywood Episcopal Church and parsonageStoneywood AberdeenScotlandDesign exhibited
Item 3 of 41859Design for unspecified episcopal church    Design exhibited
Item 4 of 41860Design for convent and orphanage    Design exhibited


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 1McEwan, P J M1994Dictionary of Scottish Art and Architecture   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSNMRS Architects Index Information not referenced