Basic Biographical Details

Name: Francis Farquharson
Designation: Architect
Born: 21 October 1805
Died: 16 December 1878
Bio Notes: Francis Farquharson was born in Auchterarder on 21 October 1805. He moved to Haddington in 1833 or 1834 to be clerk of works for the erection of the town's County Buildings. He later worked in the same capacity on Monkrigg House. He took over the business of Frank Balsillie and was practising as an architect and builder in Haddington in 1853. He was married to Jessie Richardson. He was an elder in the Eastablished Church and very involved in municipal matters. In 1863 he became provost of Haddington.

Farquharson's sons, John (1847-1933) and Robert (1849-91) joined their father in partnership. Farquharson senior died on 16 December 1878 at Haddington; his wife survived him, dying on 19 August 1888.

The younger Farquharsons continued the business until 31st December 1889 when Robert resigned "owing to the state of his health". Robert died on 5th September 1891 at the age of 42. His obituary in the East Lothian Courier states that he had been suffering from mental depression and shot himself "in a fit of mental aberration".

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 2Haddington, East Lothian, ScotlandPrivate   
Item 2 of 2Hilton Lodge, Haddington, East Lothian, ScotlandPrivate   

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 61829Moulin ChurchPitlochry PerthshireScotlandOriginal church
Item 2 of 61833County BuildingsHaddington East LothianScotland 
Item 3 of 61834Monkrigg HouseHaddington East LothianScotland 
Item 4 of 61853Haddington Corn ExchangeHaddington East LothianScotlandTimber roof constructed by Dickson, joiner, Haddington, in association with Robertson and Lester of Glasgow
Item 5 of 61863Seacliffe House and cottageNorth Berwick East LothianScotlandNorth wing rebuilt
Item 6 of 61871Manse and SchoolhouseGladsmuir East LothianScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 3Architects Engineers and Building Trades Directory1868Architect's, Engineer's and Building Trades' Directory London, Wyman 
Item 2 of 3Hardy, Diana Hilton Lodge The story of a house in Haddington  pp29-30
Item 3 of 3Scotlands People Website Wills & Testaments  Haddington Sheriff Court Inventories SC40/40/22 and 23; for his wife Sc40/40/27

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Haddingtonshire Courier    

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2Courtesy of Bill Rarity, Haddington History SocietyInformation sent via 'Contact Us' in website Sent June 2012.
Item 2 of 2Courtesy of Craig StathamInformation sent via Contacts page on DSA website Additional information sent January 2010.