Basic Biographical Details

Name: George Angus
Designation: Architect
Born: 1792
Died: 8 June 1845
Bio Notes: Goerge Angus was born in Meikleour, Perthshire in 1792 and practised in Edinburgh. He used a variety of styles, generally Greek Revival for public buildings and Gothic for churches.

His earliest known works date from the mid-1820s. During the 1830s he obtained various commissions in Dundee beating the local architects in competitions. He was responsible for the planning of Reform Street and the design of the elevations. The portico of the High School was used as the terminal feature for the layout. He prepared feu plans for an extensive layout of villas at Dudhope. Few of these were actually built because of the depression of the 1840s.

Most of Angus's work is concentrated in the central belt of Scotland but he undertook commissions in the Borders and his last known commission was in Tain, Ross & Cromarty. In the 1830s he would seem to have acted as architect to the British Linen Bank. In 1830 he was called upon to value a property in Merchant Street, a court case about which arose during the city improvements.

Angus was a man of wide interests. He was admitted a member of the Society of Arts in May 1833. In 1840 he attended a dinner in honour of the artist Alexander Fraser when he visited Edinburgh on the occasion of his election as
associate of the RSA. In 1843 he was listed as a subscriber to the maintenance of the Fever Hospital in Edinburgh. After his death his large library and small collection of paintings and office furniture were sold at auction.

Angus died at his home in Edinburgh on 8 June 1845. He was survived by his daughter. A gravestone in Warriston Cemetery records his death.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 5Meikleour, Perthshire, ScotlandPrivate1792 Place of birth
Item 2 of 5165, Rose Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusinessc. 1825(?) *  
Item 3 of 51, St Colme Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate/business1828 *1844 
Item 4 of 51, St Colme Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusiness18401844 
Item 5 of 5110, Princes Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusiness1845 *  

* earliest date known from documented sources.

Employment and Training

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 2James PatersonBefore 1832After 1834Apprentice(?) 
Item 2 of 2William Scott1836Before 1838ClerkClerk of Works for Dundee Prison and Bridewell

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 441816Drummuir & Botriphnie Parish ChurchDrummuir BanffshireScotland 
Item 2 of 441825Peatloan, Northfield, House for Mr WilliamsonTrinity EdinburghScotlandDrawings for new block possibly by George Angus (Mr Angus, 165 Rose Stret)
Item 3 of 441825Subscription Baths and Drawing Academy  EdinburghScotland 
Item 4 of 441827Cottage at ChristianbankTrinity Edinburgh?Scotland 
Item 5 of 441828Kirkcaldy Parish ChurchKirkcaldy FifeScotlandRenewing galleries and repairs on lower floor
Item 6 of 441829Contin ManseContin Ross and CromartyScotlandAddition of wing and repairs to manse, offices, garden wall and bridge
Item 7 of 441830sKingoldrum ManseKingoldrum PerthshireScotlandDrew up plans for repairs
Item 8 of 441830Springfield development, Perth Road  DundeeScotland'Probably' (Gifford)
Item 9 of 44c. 1830Kirk Yetholm ManseYetholm RoxburghshireScotlandImprovements
Item 10 of 441831Dundee High School  DundeeScotlandWon competition and secured job. Construction supervised by James Paterson. Also designed gateway and parapet wall of seminary.
Item 11 of 4418321-63 Reform Street  DundeeScotland 
Item 12 of 44183216-32 Reform Street  DundeeScotland 
Item 13 of 4418322-14 Reform Street and 49, 50, 51 High Street  DundeeScotland 
Item 14 of 44183238 and 40 Reform Street  DundeeScotland 
Item 15 of 44183242-58 Reform Street  DundeeScotland 
Item 16 of 441832Kettle Parish ChurchKingskettle FifeScotland 
Item 17 of 441832Kinross Parish ChurchKinross Kinross-shireScotland 
Item 18 of 441832Reform Street competition  DundeeScotlandInvited to compete in providing elevations for houses in new street - won competition
Item 19 of 441832Tulliallan Castle, gardens and lodgeKincardine-on-Forth FifeScotlandBlackhall Lodge and gateway
Item 20 of 441833Dundee Court House and Bridewell  DundeeScotlandWon competition to secure job.
Item 21 of 441833Hamilton PrisonHamilton LanarkshireScotlandAwarded prize of 50 for plans for prison.
Item 22 of 441833Plan for the layout and feuing of Upper Chapelshade Gardens  DundeeScotlandCompetition design - unsuccessful
Item 23 of 441833Tulliallan Parish ChurchKincardine-on-Forth FifeScotland 
Item 24 of 4424 May 1833Installation of common sewer, Reform Street and High Street  Dundee  
Item 25 of 441834Alloa HouseAlloa ClackmannanshireScotland 
Item 26 of 441834Feuing plan for the remainder of the field at Lower Chapelshade  DundeeScotlandSubmitted design in limited competition
Item 27 of 441834Watt Institution  DundeeScotlandEarned the commission - design executed by James Paterson
Item 28 of 44c. 1834Netherbyres HouseAyton BerwickshireScotland 
Item 29 of 441835Dunstaffnage Castle  ArgyllScotlandProposed reconstruction - not carried out
Item 30 of 44c. 1835British Linen BankKinross Kinross-shireScotlandProbably by Angus as architect to the British Linen BAnk
Item 31 of 44November 1837Dudhope Church  DundeeScotlandLetter from George Angus offering to furnish plans and sepcifications gratis
Item 32 of 441839Alloa Episcopal ChurchAlloa ClackmannanshireScotland 
Item 33 of 441839British Linen BankKirriemuir AngusScotland 
Item 34 of 441839Glendelvine  PerthshireScotland 
Item 35 of 4418405 Dudhope Terrace  DundeeScotland 
Item 36 of 4418409 Dudhope Terrace  DundeeScotland 
Item 37 of 441840Villa, 2 Dudhope Terrace  DundeeScotland 
Item 38 of 441840Villa, 2 Panmure Terrace  DundeeScotland 
Item 39 of 441840Villa, 3 Dudhope Terrace  DundeeScotland 
Item 40 of 441840Villa, 4 Dudhope Terrace  DundeeScotland 
Item 41 of 441840Villa, I Dudhope Terrace  DundeeScotland 
Item 42 of 44c. 1840Villa, 1 Panmure Terrace  DundeeScotlandHS attribution
Item 43 of 44Before 1841Gaelic Chapel  DundeeScotlandDesigned chapel
Item 44 of 441845British Linen BankTain Ross and CromartyScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 3Colvin, H M1995A Biographical Dictionary of British Architects 1600-18403rd editionNew Haven and London: Yale University Press 
Item 2 of 3Post Office Directories     
Item 3 of 3RCAHMS1992Dundee on Record RCAHMSp20 Photograph and drawn elevation of Dundee High School

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 5Caledonian Mercury20 February 1830  p3
Item 2 of 5Caledonian Mercury4 May 1833  p3
Item 3 of 5Caledonian Mercury26 November 1840  p3
Item 4 of 5Caledonian Mercury28 September 1843  p1
Item 5 of 5Fife Herald8 June 1845  Death notice.