Basic Biographical Details

Name: Lyle & Constable
Designation: Architectural practice
Started: Before 1895
Ended: 1933(?)
Bio Notes: Nothing is known of George A Lyle's background, but he was presumably the principal assistant of Robert Reid Raeburn at the time of the latter's death on 7 February 1888, as he inherited Raeburn's business, continuing in practice as Raeburn & Lyle. By 1895 he had taken William Constable into partnership, the practice title becoming Lyle & Constable. Constable had been born at Hill-of-Errol on 16 August 1863, son of Andrew Constable, farmer, and had been educated privately and at Strathmore House School, Southport, Lancashire. He had served his articles with John Melvin & Son of Alloa from 1879 to 1883 and then worked as assistant to Alexander Johnston of Dundee for two years, spending some time on sketching tours of the Borders including Jedburgh Abbey. From 1886 to 1892 he had worked as assistant to George Craig, architect to Leith School Board. He had commenced independent practice in Edinburgh in 1893.

Lyle did not appear with Constable in 'Who's Who in Architecture 1914' but the practice title of Lyle & Constable was retained until the 1930s.

Constable was architect for the Superior of Grange Estate, Edinburgh; for the Superior of Mortonhall, Blackford and Greenbank Estates; and for the Superiors of Ranfurly Estate, Bridge-of-Weir. He was elected LRIBA in the mass intake of 20 July 1911, proposed by James Bow Dunn and the Edinburgh Architectural Association. He was treasurer of the Musselburgh Fair Day Association, Ltd.; treasurer of Musselburgh Burns' Club, and of St John's Lodge, Fisherrow, No112; a member of the Union Club, Edinburgh, Royal Musselburgh and New Luffness Golf Clubs; and provost of Musselburgh.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architectural practice:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 13, Hill Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusinessBefore 1895After 1930 

Employment and Training

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this architectural practice (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 11Joseph Weekes14 August 189514 August 1900Apprentice 
Item 2 of 11William ConstableBefore 1895(?)1933Partner 
Item 3 of 11George William Cooperc. 1895(?)1898(?)Apprentice(?) 
Item 4 of 11George Alexander Lylec. 1895(?)After 1899(?)Partner 
Item 5 of 11John Stewart Hardie19001904Apprentice 
Item 6 of 11Rodney BroadAugust 1920March 1925Apprentice 
Item 7 of 11James Moffatt Aitken19231927Apprentice 
Item 8 of 11James Moffatt Aitken19271928Assistant 
Item 9 of 11James (or Hamish) Ponton Hastie19281933Apprentice 
Item 10 of 11John ('Jack') Airey MacMinnJune 1929Mid 1933Apprentice 
Item 11 of 11John ('Jack') Airey MacMinnMid 1933July 1934Assistant 

Buildings and Designs

This architectural practice 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 191894Braid Hills Hotel  EdinburghScotland 
Item 2 of 191895(?)Barnton Hotel  EdinburghScotland 
Item 3 of 191897Pentland Terrace, southern houses  EdinburghScotland 
Item 4 of 191898(?)Braid Hills Hotel  EdinburghScotlandAdditions
Item 5 of 191899Auchtergaven Parish ChurchAuchtergaven PerthshireScotlandRemodelling of Georgian church - vestries flanking tower added
Item 6 of 191900Cardenden School and schoolhouseCardenden FifeScotland 
Item 7 of 191901Musselburgh Town HouseMusselburgh MidlothianScotlandWon competition for hall at rear (25 premium) and secured job
Item 8 of 191905Braid Hills Road, houses on south side and 168-172 Braid RoadGreenbank EdinburghScotland 
Item 9 of 191905Pentland Terrace, houses between Braid Hills Road and Riselaw RoadGreenbank EdinburghScotland 
Item 10 of 19c. 1905Riselaw Road, houses on north sideGreenbank EdinburghScotland 
Item 11 of 191906Marshall's Bar  EdinburghScotlandAlterations
Item 12 of 191914Cambie SchoolMusselburgh MidlothianScotland 
Item 13 of 191922Musselburgh & Inveresk War MemorialMusselburgh/Inveresk MidlothianScotland 
Item 14 of 19192530 Houses for G Graham  EdinburghScotland 
Item 15 of 191925Cox House, LothianburnLothianburn EdinburghScotland 
Item 16 of 191931Windy Mains Cottages  East LothianScotland 
Item 17 of 1919331-8 SwanstonSwanston EdinburghScotlandAdditions
Item 18 of 191933108-122 Grange Loan  EdinburghScotland 
Item 19 of 19c. 1936Grange Crescent  EdinburghScotlandResponsible for the plan of Grange Crescent.


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architectural practice:
Item 1 of 1Post Office Directories