Basic Biographical Details

Name: Paterson & Shiells
Designation: Architectural practice
Started: c. 1863
Ended: c. 1867
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. Whether John was also articled to the Beatties is not yet known; also unknown is whether he worked for his brother who had established his own practice c.1860.

Paterson commenced practice at 27 Cockburn Street c.1863 or therabouts 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 three or four years, Paterson setting up office at 21 St Andrew Square and Shiells at 62 George Street.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architectural practice:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 127, Cockburn Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusinessc. 1862c. 1867 

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 2Robert Thornton Shiellsc. 1863c. 1867Partner 
Item 2 of 2John Patersonc. 1863c. 1867Partner 

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 4186348-68 Grove Street  EdinburghScotland 
Item 2 of 41865Original Secession Chapel  EdinburghScotland 
Item 3 of 41865Primitive Methodist Chapel  EdinburghScotland 
Item 4 of 41866St Peter's Episcopal ChurchMusselburgh MidlothianScotland 


Currently, there are no references for this architectural practice. The information has been derived from: the British Architectural Library / RIBA Directory of British Architects 1834-1914; Post Office Directories; and/or any sources listed under this individual's works.