Basic Biographical Details

Name: Hugh Birrell
Designation: Architect, Builder
Born: 1794
Died: 1873
Bio Notes: Hugh Birrell was an architect/builder who practised in Largo between the 1830s and the 1860s. He was the father of George Smith Birrell. His will was registered on 14 July 1873.

[Did he also practise in Newburn?]

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect, builder:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 2Drumeldrie, Largo, Fife, ScotlandBusiness *1873 
Item 2 of 2Springfield, Cupar, Fife, ScotlandPrivate *1873 

* earliest date known from documented sources.


Buildings and Designs

This architect, builder 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 461831Lahill, near Upper LargoUpper Largo (near) FifeScotland 
Item 2 of 461842BalcaskiePittenweem FifeScotlandHousemaid's pantry at head of back stair
Item 3 of 461842Balcaskie Home FarmPittenweem FifeScotlandWest wing added with Alexander Watson
Item 4 of 461842Balcaskie, officesPittenweem FifeScotlandStable, washing house and laundry
Item 5 of 461843Abercrombie Parish ChurchBalcaskie FifeScotlandRepairs
Item 6 of 461843BalcaskiePittenweem FifeScotlandAlterations to chimneyheads, west turret, fitting up old chapel
Item 7 of 461844Balcaskie, gardensPittenweem FifeScotlandStairs at west end of garden terrace
Item 8 of 461844Cupar AcademyCupar FifeScotland 
Item 9 of 461844Parish Kirk ManseLeuchars FifeScotlandNew offices
Item 10 of 461844Parish SchoolLeuchars FifeScotlandOffices for schoolmaster's house
Item 11 of 461845(?)Balcaskie, gamekeeper's housePittenweem FifeScotlandAttribution uncertain - unclear whether early refs in Gillespie & Scott list are to Birrell or George Rae (it is not yet known whether George Smith Birrell, whose practice was taken over by Gillespie, took over his father's practice or that of Rae)
Item 12 of 461846BalcaskiePittenweem FifeScotlandRebuilding of gate pillars and parapet walls at east approach
Item 13 of 461846Balcaskie, gardensPittenweem FifeScotlandAlterations to garden walls, terrace walls etc
Item 14 of 461848Dairsie Parish SchoolDairsie FifeScotlandProvided plan for school - but considered too expensive and John Honeyman, builder, alended plan. Birrell supervised construction.
Item 15 of 461848(?)Forthar Lime Works, draw kilnFreuchie FifeScotlandAttribution uncertain - unclear whether early refs in Gillespie & Scott list are to Birrell or George Rae (it is not yet known whether George Smith Birrell, whose practice was taken over by Gillespie, took over his father's practice or that of Rae)
Item 16 of 461849Free Church ManseCeres FifeScotland 
Item 17 of 461849Manse and offices, CeresCeres FifeScotlandBirrell provided plans and these were executed - single storey wing leading to two storey offices added
Item 18 of 461850sCounty Prison, Station RoadCupar FifeScotland7 new airing yards - unclear whether early refs in Gillespie & Scott list are to Rae or to Hugh Birrell (it is not yet known whether George Smith Birrell, whose practice was taken over by Gillespie, took over his father's practice or that of Rae).
Item 19 of 461850(?)6 Playfair TerraceSt Andrews FifeScotlandAttribution uncertain - unclear whether early refs in Gillespie & Scott list are to Birrell or George Rae (it is not yet known whether George Smith Birrell, whose practice was taken over by Gillespie, took over his father's practice or that of Rae)
Item 20 of 461850Schoomaster's house, CeresCeres FifeScotland 
Item 21 of 46c. 1850St HelensCeres FifeScotlandAttribution
Item 22 of 461851(?)Barnturk Farm steading  FifeScotlandAdditions? - unclear whether early refs in Gillespie & Scott list are to Birrell or George Rae (it is not yet known whether George Smith Birrell, whose practice was taken over by Gillespie, took over his father's practice or that of Rae)
Item 23 of 461851Ceres Parish ChurchCeres FifeScotlandTower and spire added
Item 24 of 461851Easter Fernie, cottagesMonimail FifeScotland 
Item 25 of 461851Less MillMonimail FifeScotlandRepairs
Item 26 of 461851West Hall, farmstead and farm offices, cottages etcMonimail FifeScotlandSmith's and wright's houses
Item 27 of 461852Parbroath FarmBrunton FifeScotlandCottages, riding stable and gig shed
Item 28 of 461853Ceres Parish ChurchCeres FifeScotlandExtensive repairs
Item 29 of 461853Kilchattan FarmToberonochy ArgyllScotland 
Item 30 of 461853Ovenstone, house, cottages and steadingCarnbee FifeScotlandTwo new cottages and alterations to two old cottages; also byre and shed. Work certified by Birrell. Masons were Alexander & Robert Pearson
Item 31 of 461853Over Rankeillour, home farm steading  FifeScotlandRepairs - re-roofing whole of east range and part of south range and building in centre of steading
Item 32 of 461854Knights Ward, cottageCarnbee FifeScotland 
Item 33 of 461858VillaLundin Links FifeScotland 
Item 34 of 46186131 Main StreetCeres FifeScotland 
Item 35 of 461862Rose BankSt Andrews FifeScotlandMay be by another architect
Item 36 of 461864(?)Dunfermline PrisonDunfermline FifeScotlandAlterations or additions? - unclear whether early refs in Gillespie & Scott list are to Birrell or George Rae (it is not yet known whether George Smith Birrell, whose practice was taken over by Gillespie, took over his father's practice or that of Rae)
Item 37 of 461864Dunino Parish ManseDunino FifeScotlandAlterations and additions to manse and offices; addition of porch
Item 38 of 461864(?)Fernie Mill and farmMonimail FifeScotlandFarm steading? - unclear whether early refs in Gillespie & Scott list are to Birrell or George Rae (it is not yet known whether George Smith Birrell, whose practice was taken over by Gillespie, took over his father's practice or that of Rae)
Item 39 of 461865(?)Forth and Tay Bridges  FifeScotlandSurvey plans? - unclear whether early refs in Gillespie & Scott list are to Birrell or George Rae (it is not yet known whether George Smith Birrell, whose practice was taken over by Gillespie, took over his father's practice or that of Rae)
Item 40 of 461866Kilmaron FarmhouseCupar FifeScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 41 of 461867(?)Buckhaven UP ChurchBuckhaven FifeScotlandAttribution uncertain - unclear whether early refs in Gillespie & Scott list are to Birrell or George Rae (it is not yet known whether George Smith Birrell, whose practice was taken over by Gillespie, took over his father's practice or that of Rae)
Item 42 of 461867(?)Collairnie, farmhouse, steading and cottagesDunbog FifeScotlandAdditions to steading? - unclear whether early refs in Gillespie & Scott list are to Birrell or George Rae (it is not yet known whether George Smith Birrell, whose practice was taken over by Gillespie, took over his father's practice or that of Rae)
Item 43 of 461867(?)Freuchie UP ChurchFreuchie FifeScotlandAttribution uncertain - unclear whether early refs in Gillespie & Scott list are to Birrell or George Rae (it is not yet known whether George Smith Birrell, whose practice was taken over by Gillespie, took over his father's practice or that of Rae)
Item 44 of 461868(?)1 Gillespie TerraceSt Andrews FifeScotlandAdditions? - unclear whether early refs in Gillespie & Scott list are to Birrell or George Rae (it is not yet known whether George Smith Birrell, whose practice was taken over by Gillespie, took over his father's practice or that of Rae)
Item 45 of 461868Session house and schoolroomCeres FifeScotlandActed as advisor?
Item 46 of 461871Thirdpart Farm, labourer's cottagePitscottie FifeScotlandMaybe by Hugh Birrell?

References

Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect, builder:
 Author(s)DateTitlePartPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Scotlands People Website Wills & Testaments  Cupar Sheriff Court Sc20/50/46

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect, builder:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1St Andrews Gazette1 April 1876  Obituary of his son, George Smith Birrell