Basic Biographical Details

Name: David Monro Westland
Designation: Engineer
Born: c. 1845
Died: 14 March 1926
Bio Notes: David Monro Westland was christened in Dundee on 23 October 1845, the son of James Westland and his wife Agnes Monro. He was articled as a civil engineer to B & E Blyth in 1863 and remained with the firm when it became Blyth & Cunningham after Benjamin Hall Blyth's death in 1866. When Edward Blyth retired in 1886 to become a Scottish American investment manager George Miller Cunningham and Benjamin Hall Blyth junior took Westland into partnership, the practice title becoming Cunningham Blyth & Westland; and when Cunningham retired in 1893 it became Blyth & Westland.

Although Westland's private address has yet to be established, it is known that he lived in a house designed for him by the architect John Watson. Westland retired in 1913. He was an extremely competent structural engineer as can be seen at the dome of the McEwan Hall for which he designed the ironwork. He died in Edinburgh on 14 March 1926 leaving moveable estate of 41,476 12s 4d.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this engineer:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 1135, George Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusiness18631913 

Employment and Training


The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this engineer (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 5B & E Blyth18631867AssistantPossibly initially an apprentice
Item 2 of 5Blyth & Cunningham1867Before 1886Assistant 
Item 3 of 5Cunningham, Blyth & Westland18861893Partner 
Item 4 of 5Blyth & CunninghamBefore 18861886Chief Assistant 
Item 5 of 5Blyth & Westland18931913Partner 

Buildings and Designs

This engineer 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 10Before 1886Belford Bridge  EdinburghScotland 
Item 2 of 101889Bridge over Gala WaterGalashiels SelkirkshireScotland 
Item 3 of 101892Grange Cricket Club PavilionGrange EdinburghScotland 
Item 4 of 101892Waverley Station  EdinburghScotlandAlterations and additions including Mound outer tunnels
Item 5 of 101894North Bridge  EdinburghScotland 
Item 6 of 101896Glasgow Bridge  GlasgowScotland 
Item 7 of 101899Shiel BridgeArdnamurchan ArgyllScotland 
Item 8 of 101903St Andrews Castle, sea defencesSt Andrews FifeScotlandBulwark along north front from Sea Tower to Kitchen Tower
Item 9 of 101906Kincardine-Dunfermline Railway  FifeScotland 
Item 10 of 101907Methil Harbour and DocksMethil FifeScotlandDock no 3


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this engineer:
Item 1 of 1Blyth & Blyth1948A history of the firm of Blyth & Blyth, chartered civil engineers, consulting structural engineers 1848-1948 Edinburgh: C J Cousland 


© All rights reserved. Edinburgh and the Lothians at the opening of the twentieth century / by A. Eddington. Contemporary biographies / edited by W.T. Pike 

© All rights reserved. Edinburgh and the Lothians at the opening of the twentieth century / by A. Eddington. Contemporary biographies / edited by W.T. Pike