Basic Biographical Details

Name: George Miller Cunningham
Designation: Architect
Born: 8 May 1829
Died: 25 March 1897
Bio Notes: George Miller Cunningham's was born in Tibbermore, Perthshire, son of Lieutenant-Colonel John Cunningham of the Honourable East India Company and his wife Marjorie Ritchie. He was chief assistant 'for many years' when Edward Lawrence Ireland Blyth took him into partnership following the death of his brother Benjamin Hall Blyth in 1866, the practice title then changing from B & E Blyth to Blyth & Cunningham. They took Benjamin Hall Blyth junior into partnership in 1871.

After Edward Blyth retired in 1886 to become a Scottish American investment manager, Cunningham became senior partner and David Monro Westland was taken into partnership, the practice title then becoming Cunningham Blyth & Westland.

Cunningham had married Margaret, eldest daughter of John Miller, engineer and Isabella Ogilivie on 14 October 1858 in Edinburgh. The couple had four daughters and three sons. In his will, Margaret's father, John Miller, expressed a wish that his daughter and her husband should add Miller to their name, which they did.

Cunningham retired in 1893. He died at his Edinburgh home, 2 Ainslie Place, on 25 March 1897. He left moveable estate of 94,632 13s, but he also owned the estate of Leithen Hopes in Peeblesshire which they inherited from Margaret's father.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 5Leithen Hopes, Peeblesshire, ScotlandBusiness   
Item 2 of 5Parkhill, Polmont, Stirlingshire, ScotlandPrivate1859 * The grounds of Parkhill adjoined Millfield House and cottages on this estate were occupied by servants of John and Isabella Miller, George Cunningham's father-in-law and mother-in-law.
Item 3 of 522, Rutland Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate1861 *  
Item 4 of 5135, George Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusinessBefore 18671893 
Item 5 of 52, Ainslie Place, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusinessBefore 18711897 

* 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 4B & E BlythAfter 18541867Chief Assistant 
Item 2 of 4Blyth & Cunningham18671886Partner 
Item 3 of 4(Sir) Robert Rowand Anderson1876(?)  engaged by Rowand Anderson as structural engineer for Edinburgh University graduation hall & medical school
Item 4 of 4Cunningham, Blyth & Westland18861893Partner 

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 161859Railway BridgesDalmarnock GlasgowScotlandAttribution - as assistant to B & E Blyth
Item 2 of 161872Victoria Bridge  AberdeenScotland 
Item 3 of 161876Caledonian Railway Bridge over the Clyde  GlasgowScotland 
Item 4 of 161876Glasgow Central Station  GlasgowScotland 
Item 5 of 161876(?)University of Edinburgh, Medical School and McEwan Hall  EdinburghScotlandEngaged as structural engineer by Robert Rowand Anderson
Item 6 of 161877Ayr New BridgeAyr AyrshireScotland'Buildings of Scotland' indicates he was responsible.
Item 7 of 161877Carron DockGrangemouth StirlingshireScotland 
Item 8 of 161881Carlisle Citadel StationCarlisle CumberlandEnglandAlterations and additions
Item 9 of 161883Manor BridgeManor PeeblesshireScotland 
Item 10 of 161883Spey ViaductGarmouth MorayshireScotlandWith Patrick M Barnett
Item 11 of 161884Perth Joint StationPerth PerthshireScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 12 of 161884Railway ViaductCullen BanffshireScotland 
Item 13 of 161885Belford Bridge  EdinburghScotland 
Item 14 of 161889Bridge over Gala WaterGalashiels SelkirkshireScotland 
Item 15 of 161892Grange Cricket Club PavilionGrange EdinburghScotland 
Item 16 of 161892Waverley Station  EdinburghScotlandAlterations and additions including Mound outer tunnels


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 3Blyth & Blyth1948A history of the firm of Blyth & Blyth, chartered civil engineers, consulting structural engineers 1848-1948 Edinburgh: C J Cousland 
Item 2 of 3  Accessed February 2011
Item 3 of 3Johnston, W T Scottish Engineers and Shipbuilders   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Scotsman27 March 1897