Basic Biographical Details

Name: John Paterson
Designation: Architect
Born: 14 January 1832
Died: 15 July 1877
Bio Notes: John Paterson was born on 14 January 1832, the older son of Thomas Paterson, clerk of works to the Duke of Hamilton and his wife Margaret Instant and was the older brother of Robert Hamilton Paterson (1843-1911). His first cousin was Robert Paterson, architect and city assessor, who had been born in 1825 and apprenticed to George Beattie & Son. However John Paterson was articled to David Bryce. It is not yet known if he worked for his cousin who had established his own practice c.1860.

Paterson commenced practice at 27 Cockburn Street, Edinburgh c.1863 in partnership with Robert Thornton Shiells. Both the address and Paterson's use of a monogram at 49-55 Bernard Street Leith suggest that Paterson had a link with Peddie & Kinnear. Born in 1833, Shiells was a year younger and had trained in Bryce's office: he had commenced practice in the mid-1850s from his home address at 7 Gilmore Place. Both architects were - initially at least - enthusiasts for Italian Gothic and Romanesque. The partnership lasted until about 1867, Paterson setting up office at 21 St Andrew Square and Shiells at 62 George Street.

In 1869 Paterson along with James Ballantine, glass stainer, lodged an interdict in the Court of Session against the sale of George Watson's Hospital to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. The immediate outcome is not clear.

Paterson died on 15 July 1877 and was buried at Grange. The practice was taken over by Archibald Macpherson, then by Robert Rowand Anderson's office. Paterson's son, Thomas Tolmie Paterson was, however, articled to Anderson rather than Macpherson when he reached apprenticeship age in 1880. Paterson's widow Margaret Tolmie Paterson died on 4 September 1926 at Kilmore, 6 Morningside Park, Edinburgh.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 5Earl Grey Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate1841  
Item 2 of 513, East Preston Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivatec. 1863c. 1866 
Item 3 of 527, Cockburn Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusinessc. 1863c. 1867 
Item 4 of 521, St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusinessc. 18671877His cousin Robert is shown at the same address in about 1870, separately from his own address at 10 Hanover Street, c1868-71
Item 5 of 53, Morningside Park, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivateBefore 18751877 

Employment and Training


The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 2David Bryce  Apprentice 
Item 2 of 2Paterson & Shiellsc. 1863c. 1867Partner 

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 3Archibald Macpherson18661870Apprentice 
Item 2 of 3James Brownlie Wemyss1867 Apprentice 
Item 3 of 3Archibald Macpherson18701873Assistant 

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 23186348-68 Grove Street  EdinburghScotland 
Item 2 of 231865Original Secession Chapel  EdinburghScotland 
Item 3 of 231865Primitive Methodist Chapel  EdinburghScotland 
Item 4 of 231866St Peter's Episcopal ChurchMusselburgh MidlothianScotland 
Item 5 of 231866UP ChurchNewtown St Boswells RoxburghshireScotland 
Item 6 of 231867Beehive InnOld Town EdinburghScotland 
Item 7 of 231867Double villa, 41 and 43 Lauder Road  EdinburghScotland 
Item 8 of 231867Silverwells HouseBothwell LanarkshireScotland 
Item 9 of 23186849-55 Bernard StreetLeith EdinburghScotlandMonogrammed JP
Item 10 of 231868Double villa, 45 and 47 Lauder Road  EdinburghScotland 
Item 11 of 231868Temple LodgeGrange EdinburghScotland 
Item 12 of 23c. 1868Double villa, 49 and 51 Lauder Road  EdinburghScotland 
Item 13 of 231869Dalry Park  EdinburghScotlandProbably drew up feuing plan as ground for workmen's dwellings and for a 'works' offered for sale by him
Item 14 of 231870Broughton Place Church  EdinburghScotlandComplete internal refit
Item 15 of 231870St John's Free ChurchLeith EdinburghScotland 
Item 16 of 231871UP ChurchStow MidlothianScotland 
Item 17 of 2318731-2 Chambers Street and 74 South Bridge corner  EdinburghScotlandWith John Lessels
Item 18 of 231874Haymarket UP ChurchDalry EdinburghScotland 
Item 19 of 231874Morningside UP ChurchMorningside EdinburghScotlandAddition of Gallery and hall
Item 20 of 231877Borrowstoun SchoolBo'ness / Borrowstouness West LothianScotland 
Item 21 of 231877Jeffrey Street, Warehouse next Trinity College Church  EdinburghScotlandCompleted in 1878, after Paterson's death
Item 22 of 231877Mission Hall, Broughton Place  EdinburghScotlandDrew up original plans for this but died at an early stage. Macpherson appointed and drew up new plans
Item 23 of 23Before 1877SchoolLeith EdinburghScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 2Post Office Directories     
Item 2 of 2Scotlands People Website Wills & Testaments  Edinburgh Sheriff Court Inventories Sc70/1/184 and Wills SC70/4/168

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 4Census RecordsCensus 1841  
Item 2 of 4GROSRecords of Marriages Marraige certificate of John Paterson & Margaret Tolmie 9/06/1863
Item 3 of 4H M Register HouseDeath Register Death certificate of Robert Hamilton Paterson 14/10/1911.

Confirmations and Inventories 1926
PATERSON, Margaret, “Kilmore”, 6 Morningside Park, Edinburgh, widow, died 4 Sept 1926 at Edinburgh, testate. Confirmation Edinburgh 25th Sept. to Robert Tod Gow Paterson, merchant, “Kilmore” aforesaid, her son, Executor. Will dated 17 December 1920, recorded Edinburgh 24 Sept 1926.
Value of estate £1707 6s 5d.
Item 4 of 4Information courtesy of Dr Ian AndersonInformation via website Sent January 2009 and January 2016.