Basic Biographical Details

Name: Arthur Eustace Horsfield
Designation: Architect
Born: 1878
Died: February 1931
Bio Notes: Arthur Eustace Horsfield was born in Newcastle in 1878, the eldest of the four sons of John Henry Hargitt Horsfield of the Blaydon Steel Company in County Durham. After he was born his father moved to Edinburgh as Secretary of the Scottish Wagon Company, his house being at 20 Lomond Road.

Horsfield was educated at Edinburgh Academy between 1888 and 1894, by which date his father had died. It is not yet known to which practice he was articled, but he studied at the School of Applied Art and Edinburgh College of Art, and was for a time in London to gain wider experience, residing in Highgate. In 1903-04 he was in Italy, making studies of buildings in Florence which are still in the possession of his family. He returned to Edinburgh to commence independent practice, his main interest outwith the office being the Royal Forth Yacht Club: a 1910 menu drawn by him survives.

In common with so many others, Horsfield's practice appears to have suffered from the effects of the Finance Act of 1909. He resettled in Montreal, Canada, where in September 1914 he married his fiancée Alice Smith, born 1890, from Edinburgh, their first daughter being born in the following year. Because of a chronic duodenal ulcer problem he was not enlisted for war service and practised in Montreal throughout the war.

Horsfield returned to Edinburgh to recommence practice in 1920. Despite having to carry a stomach tube and a pump to control acidity problems, his practice remained fairly prosperous, mainly on domestic work, until he died of a perforated ulcer and peritonitis in February 1931. Horsfield's practice then closed, work in hand and most of the office records being taken over by John Ross McKay of Richardson & McKay.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 6Newcastle upon Tyne, EnglandPrivate1878Before 1888Place of birth
Item 2 of 620, Lomond Road, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivateAfter 1878After 1888With parents
Item 3 of 6Highgate, London, EnglandPrivateAfter 1898(?)Before 1903Whilst seeking wider experience after apprenticeship
Item 4 of 688a, George Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusinessc. 1907c. 1913 
Item 5 of 6Montreal, CanadaBusinessc. 19121920 
Item 6 of 645, Frederick Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusinessc. 19201931 

Employment and Training

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 1Harold John Muir19221927Apprentice 

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 27 Cramond Free Church  EdinburghScotlandAlterations - date unknown
Item 2 of 27 Houses, Corstorphine Bank TerraceCorstorphine EdinburghScotlandDate unknown
Item 3 of 271907BonardDunbar East LothianScotlandAdditions
Item 4 of 271907Perth Town HallPerth PerthshireScotlandCompetition design - unsuccessful
Item 5 of 271908Stirling Municipal BuildingsStirling StirlingshireScotlandUnsuccessful competition design
Item 6 of 271908Villa, 3 Spylaw ParkColinton EdinburghScotland 
Item 7 of 27190918 Inverleith Avenue SouthInverleith EdinburghScotland 
Item 8 of 271912St James Episcopal School  EdinburghScotlandAlterations
Item 9 of 271922Chockholm WorksStow MidlothianScotlandGarage and houses
Item 10 of 271922House, Kinnear Road  EdinburghScotland 
Item 11 of 27192314-17 Osborne Terrace  EdinburghScotlandReconstruction as symmetrical neo-Georgian composition
Item 12 of 271923Corstorphine Bank Farm, feuing layoutCorstorphine EdinburghScotland 
Item 13 of 271923Miners' Welfare Institute HousingWallyford MidlothianScotland 
Item 14 of 27c. 1923Feuing, North Berwick MainsNorth Berwick East LothianScotland 
Item 15 of 271924Buildings     
Item 16 of 271924House, Barnton AvenueDavidson's Mains EdinburghScotland 
Item 17 of 271924LanrigBalerno MidlothianScotland 
Item 18 of 27c. 1924Houses, Warriston Gardens  EdinburghScotland 
Item 19 of 27c. 1924Preston Garden City (four houses)Prestonpans East LothianScotland 
Item 20 of 271925Miners' Welfare Institute HousingDeantown  Scotland 
Item 21 of 271926Gateway in lane at 214 Leith Walk  EdinburghScotland 
Item 22 of 271928HousesJedburgh RoxburghshireScotland 
Item 23 of 271929ChurchDavidson's Mains EdinburghScotlandProposals and revised proposals
Item 24 of 271929House and garage, Corbiehill RoadDavidson's Mains EdinburghScotland 
Item 25 of 271930House and garage, Barnton AvenueDavidson's Mains EdinburghScotland 
Item 26 of 271930House and shopFairmilehead EdinburghScotland 
Item 27 of 27c. 193014 Duke Street  EdinburghScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 2Post Office Directories     
Item 2 of 2The Edinburgh Academy Register1914    

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1Professor David M Walker personal archiveProfessor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material Personal information from Miss M Horsfield, A E Horsfield's youngest daughter