Basic Biographical Details

Name: Grainger & Miller
Designation: Architectural practice, Engineers
Started: 1825
Ended: 1845
Bio Notes: Thomas Grainger was born near Edinburgh 12 November 1794, the son of Hugh Grainger and Helen Marshall. He was educated at Edinburgh University and at the age of sixteen entered the office of John Leslie, land surveyor, in Edinburgh. He commenced practice on his own account in 1816 as a civil engineer and surveyor, principally concerned with road construction and improvement. He became a prominent advocate for the introduction of railways from 1823 onwards, and in that same year he took on John Miller as an assistant, taking him into partnership two years later.

Miller had been born in Ayr on 26 July 1805, the son of James Miller, builder, and Margaret Caldwell. He had been educated at Ayr Academy and commenced his professional training in the office of Mr C D Gairdner, solicitor, at the age of twelve, but after a five-year apprenticeship had decided to train as a land surveyor, entering Grainger's office.

The practice of Grainger & Miller was concerned almost exclusively with railway engineering in Scotland and England, the two partners working separately although remaining in partnership until c. 1847. Grainger joined the Institution of Civil Engineers as a Member in 1829, and Miller was elected an Associate in June 1830, and Member in May 1832.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architectural practice, engineers:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 1Edinburgh, ScotlandBusiness   

Employment and Training

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this architectural practice, engineers (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 4Benjamin Hall Blyth Ic. 1835(?)Before 1845Apprentice 
Item 2 of 4Thomas GraingerBefore 18371845Partner 
Item 3 of 4John MillerBefore 18371845Partner 
Item 4 of 4Edward Lawrence Ireland BlythAfter 1840Before 1845Assistant 

Buildings and Designs

This architectural practice, engineers 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 15After 1828Signet Library  EdinburghScotlandSurvey plans - perhaps alterations - Upper Hall
Item 2 of 151837Newhaven HarbourNewhaven EdinburghScotlandSea wall
Item 3 of 151838Broughty Ferry Railway StationBroughty Ferry AngusScotland 
Item 4 of 151840Slateford railway viaduct  EdinburghScotlandMiller responsible
Item 5 of 15c. 1840Bridge over Railway  EdinburghScotland 
Item 6 of 15c. 1840Bridge over Railway  EdinburghScotland 
Item 7 of 15c. 1840Railway tunnel  EdinburghScotland 
Item 8 of 151841Railway Bridge over Warriston Road and the Water of Leith  EdinburghScotland 
Item 9 of 151842Linlithgow Railway StationLinlithgow West LothianScotlandMiller responsible
Item 10 of 151843Bridge, Russell Place  EdinburghScotland 
Item 11 of 151845(?)North Leith StationLeith EdinburghScotland 
Item 12 of 15c. 1845Railway BridgeWarriston EdinburghScotland 
Item 13 of 151846Cupar Station, station house, offices and railway BridgeCupar FifeScotland 
Item 14 of 151847Ladybank Station, main building, office, carriage shed and workshopsLadybank FifeScotland 
Item 15 of 151847Railway Station and ancillary buildingsBurntisland FifeScotlandAs engineer


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architectural practice, engineers:
Item 1 of 3Johnston, W T Scottish Engineers and Shipbuilders   
Item 2 of 3Pride, Glen L1999The Kingdom of Fife2nd EditionThe Rutland Pressp45, p102
Item 3 of Ayrshire Electronic Community website: page on Ballochmyle Viaduct