Basic Biographical Details

Name: John Rutherford Wight
Designation: Architect
Born: 1829
Died: 8 September 1919
Bio Notes: John Rutherford Wight was born in 1829, the son of the Rev James Wight. He practised in Edinburgh, initially starting on his own in the early 1860s and then entering into partnership with Henry Hardy in the late 1860s following the retirement of Hardy's partner George Smith. Hardy was two years younger - born in 1831, the son of Thomas Hardy and Robina Forrester - and appears in the RSA catalogues as landscape painter as well as architect.

Hardy died on 4 December 1908 at 32 Minto Street; Wight on 8 September 1919 at 76 Hamilton Place.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 520, Fettes Row, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusinessc. 1868 In independent practice
Item 2 of 526, Hamilton Place, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusinessc. 1868 In independent practice
Item 3 of 57, St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusinessBefore 1869After 1897In partnership with Henry Hardy
Item 4 of 574, George Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusiness1891 *  
Item 5 of 576, Hamilton Place, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate8 September 1919 Place of death

* earliest date known from documented sources.

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 1Hardy & Wightc. 18721908(?)Partner 

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 471869Villa for R Bell Esq  LiverpoolEngland 
Item 2 of 471872Memorial Cross to John Charteris of Wamphray   Scotland 
Item 3 of 471874Southdean Parish ChurchChesters RoxburghshireScotlandDesign exhibited
Item 4 of 471874Villa at North BerwickNorth Berwick East LothianScotlandDesign exhibited
Item 5 of 471876Brick Church and hallNewcraighall EdinburghScotland 
Item 6 of 471878Church at GrantonGranton EdinburghScotlandDesign exhibited
Item 7 of 471878Mayfield Established churchMayfield EdinburghScotland 
Item 8 of 471880Granton and Wardie Free ChurchInverleith EdinburghScotland 
Item 9 of 471880South Leith Free ChurchLeith EdinburghScotland 
Item 10 of 471881West St Giles Church  EdinburghScotlandWon competition and secured job
Item 11 of 47188243 Inverleith GardensInverleith EdinburghScotland 
Item 12 of 471882Loanhead ChurchLoanhead MidlothianScotland 
Item 13 of 471884Jedburgh Grammar SchoolJedburgh RoxburghshireScotland 
Item 14 of 471884Robertson Memorial Church and Mission BuildingsOld Town EdinburghScotland 
Item 15 of 471884Stobhill Parish ChurchGorebridge MidlothianScotlandReconstruction
Item 16 of 471885Edrom Parish ChurchEdrom BerwickshireScotlandMajor rebuilding
Item 17 of 471885Kirkgate UP ChurchLeith EdinburghScotlandCompetition design - not successful
Item 18 of 471887St James' Episcopal ChurchGoldenacre EdinburghScotlandCompetition design by Hardy & Wight exhibited
Item 19 of 471888Morningside Parish ChurchMorningside EdinburghScotlandChancel and other additions, replacing apse
Item 20 of 471888Parish ChurchAncrum RoxburghshireScotland 
Item 21 of 471888St Cuthbert's Chapel of Ease  EdinburghScotlandApse and other alterations
Item 22 of 471890Baillie HallNewtown St Boswells RoxburghshireScotland 
Item 23 of 471891Earlston Parish ChurchEarlston BerwickshireScotlandDesign eshibited
Item 24 of 471892Castlebay ChurchCastlebayBarraInverness-shireScotland 
Item 25 of 471893Tolbooth St John's Church  EdinburghScotlandAddition of stair-hall
Item 26 of 471894Deaconess Hospital  EdinburghScotlandOriginal building in red sandstone
Item 27 of 471894Lasswade UP ChurchLasswade MidlothianScotlandRemodelling
Item 28 of 471894St James Parish ChurchPilrig EdinburghScotland 
Item 29 of 471895Boswell's Court  EdinburghScotlandRenovation as premises for the General Assembly
Item 30 of 471896Corbet HouseRoxburgh RoxburghshireScotlandDesign exhibited
Item 31 of 471896Free Church Assembly Hall  EdinburghScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 32 of 471896Kirtle Parish ChurchKirtlebridge DumfriesshireScotlandComplete remodelling
Item 33 of 471897Deaconess Hospital  EdinburghScotlandGrey crowstepped extension
Item 34 of 471897Foulden ManseFoulden BerwickshireScotlandAdditions and alterations
Item 35 of 471897Free ChurchCarlops PeeblesshireScotlandInterior reseated and refurbished
Item 36 of 471897Mertoun Parish ChurchMertoun BerwickshireScotlandNorth aisle extended and church re-roofed
Item 37 of 471897Rosewell Parish ChurchRosewell MidlothianScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 38 of 471897Smailholm Parish ChurchSmailholm RoxburghshireScotlandDesign exhibited for proposed new church or alterations?
Item 39 of 471897St Mary's ChurchKirkton of Cleish PerthshireScotlandTower and interior alterations
Item 40 of 471898Legerwood Parish ChurchLegerwood BerwickshireScotlandChancel restored
Item 41 of 471898Morebattle Parish ChurchMorebattle RoxburghshireScotland 
Item 42 of 471898St Mary and St Kentigern's ChurchCrichton MidlothianScotlandRepairs and porch built on site of sacristy
Item 43 of 471899Kennoway Parish Church, hall and session houseKennoway FifeScotland 
Item 44 of 471899Morningside Parish Church Hall  EdinburghScotland 
Item 45 of 471900Old Kirk Parish Hall  EdinburghScotland 
Item 46 of 471900Tynecastle Church  EdinburghScotland 
Item 47 of 471902Ednam Parish ChurchEdnam RoxburghshireScotland 


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