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Basic Biographical Details

Name: David MacGibbon
Designation: Architect
Born: 2 April 1831
Died: 20 February 1902
Bio Notes: David MacGibbon was born in Edinburgh on 2 April 1831, the son of Charles MacGibbon and his wife Rachel Ritchie. Both the MacGibbons and the Ritchies were prominent Edinburgh building families. The MacGibbon business had been founded by David's grandfather, also David, in the later 18th century and had grown immensely in the hands of David's father (who was the original David's second son, the eldest, David Moyes MacGibbon, being a military surgeon) as David MacGibbon & Son, undertaking major country house contracts as far afield as Brownlow Hall and Crom Castle in Ireland. A third brother, John Stevenson MacGibbon, was in charge of these Irish contracts and stayed in Ireland to build on his own account before retiring to Edinburgh. It is not yet known whether David's father and uncle had any training in architecture as well as building, but Charles was sometimes referred to as an architect as well as a builder. They certainly provided him with a wide network of useful professional contacts.

At the age of seven David was sent to a boarding school at Kirkmichael, Lanarkshire, and then to Mr Lithgow's at Stanmore near Lanark before completing his schooling at the Royal High School in Edinburgh. From there he entered the Arts faculty at the University of Edinburgh in 1846, leaving without troubling to graduate in 1849. By that date he had already acquired considerable skill in sketching, as drawings made in the latter year of Tantallon, Jedburgh and New Abbey show. He was then articled to John Lessels and in the summer and autumn of 1851 he made an extensive study tour of north-eastern England before entering the Stratton Street office of William Burn in London. There he found himself working alongside Burn's nephew John Macvicar Anderson, James Donaldson, John Honeyman, John Wornham Penfold, Richard Norman Shaw and William Eden Nesfield. In July-August 1852 he made his first excursion to the continent when he drew in Coblenz and Frankfurt. A further major study tour was made in 1855 when he visited Blois and Chaumont in May, Cluny in early June and northern Italy in late June and July. Shaw heard that MacGibbon was on the continent in August and wrote to him inviting him to join him in Nuremberg. They travelled together visiting the cities and towns of eastern Germany throughout September and October, and then back to Venice and Padua where MacGibbon set off for Ferrara and Shaw for Vicenza. Thereafter he continued his study tour with Shaw's previous travelling companion John Thomas Christopher, sketching in Pisa, Lucca and Siena in December 1855 and January 1856, reaching Rome in February and Naples in April. They worked their way back through Germany in the autumn before embarking on an intense sketching programme of French cathedrals and abbeys in the autumn, exchanging tracings so that each had a full record of what the other had seen.

MacGibbon commenced practice on his return late in 1856, at first in association with his father who had been Master of the Merchant Company in 1852-53. His office was then in his father's house at East Claremont Street and initially he seems to have been principally engaged on the details of three houses his father was about to build in Royal Terrace. In September 1857 he made a short study tour in Wales when on family business at their Cambrian State Quarries and by April 1858 at the latest he had opened his own office at 89 George Street, where he was to provide a meeting room and library for the Architectural Institute of Scotland from 1861.

Within his first four years of practice MacGibbon had replaced David Rhind as architect to the Edinburgh Merchant Company, which brought an extensive feuing business and a continuous programme of repair and improvement to the Company's schools; had become architect to the Grindlay Trust; and had succeeded Archibald Scott in 1861 as principal, though not exclusive architect to the National Bank of Scotland, pioneering a Burn-inspired Scots Baronial for branch bank houses. In the same year he received the commission for the Alhambra Theatre in Nicolson Street, Edinburgh followed by that for the Theatre Royal in Broughton Street in 1865.

To cope with his now much enlarged practice MacGibbon engaged Thomas Ross as his assistant in 1862, taking him into partnership ten years later. Born at Wardheads, Errol on 10 November 1839, Ross was the son of a tenant farmer and throughout his long life had the manners and appearance of one: 'a fine simple old-time Scottish gentleman … he combined a sturdy and fearless independence of outlook with the utmost fairness of mind and unfailing courtesy towards those from whom he differed.' He was educated at Errol Parish School and Kinnoul Academy before setting out for Glasgow where he was articled to Alexander Kirkland c.1855. When Kirkland closed his Glasgow practice or perhaps even earlier, Ross moved to the much busier office of Charles Wilson from which he won John Thomas Rochead's measured drawing prize with a set of Glasgow Cathedral. This prize appears to have financed a study tour in Yorkshire from which drawings of Fountains, Selby and Ripon survive. In his early Edinburgh years Ross's closest friend was Alexander Graham Bell of telephone fame, a distant relative, with whom he remained in touch until Bell's death in 1922.

On 18 July 1865 MacGibbon married Jessie Vannan Rintoul, the daughter of a well-off Glasgow merchant Peter Rintoul of Bothwell Bank, probably a relative of the Rintouls of Kincardine-in-Menteith and Toronto, who had financed his father's and grandfather's building activities in the 1820s. Probably as part of the marriage settlement Charles MacGibbon made over to him the estate of Laggan at Ballantrae subject to a life rent which expired on his death in 1867; shortly thereafter the MacGibbons built a new house, initially known as Gurphur, on the estate. In Edinburgh they at first rented, and then in 1868 bought Edgehill, a plain house in extensive grounds at Dean, the margins of which MacGibbon subsequently developed as a stylish terrace of houses. These purchases were financed by Standard Life with a £20,000 bond on Laggan.

The same bond enabled MacGibbon to begin building speculatively in the mid-1860s, at least in part to encourage the development of the Merchant Company's Merchiston estate. From 1869 onwards the patronage of the great Edinburgh contracting firm of W & D MacGregor, notably at Bruntsfield, made it less necessary for him to risk his own capital to keep the office staff continually occupied and he developed a significant specialisation in the booming market for hotels, sometimes lending his own borrowed money to finance his clients. The fee income and the sale of some of the Merchiston houses, however, enabled him to build a much larger house to accommodate his three daughters and two sons at Ashfield in Grange Loan in 1874-75. A marked interest in contemporary French architecture was now evident, the details of the MacGregors' Bruntsfield tenements and George Watson's College Hall reflecting the influence of Cesar Daly's folios, while Ashfield had elements of the stripped modern gothic of Viollet-le-Duc.

From the mid-1870s MacGibbon & Ross speculated in property development, MacGibbon being one of the seven principal shareholders of the Leith Heritages Company for which he built much of Learmonth Terrace, such ventures having been made possible by the Companies Act of 1862. In this they paralleled on a smaller scale the activities of Peddie & Kinnear, their companies having the same managing secretary, the accountant A T Niven. To finance this company, the purchase of a new office at 92 George Street and that of 131 Princes Street which he reconstructed as a shop and offices, MacGibbon raised another £3,500 on Laggan, £3,750 on 92 George Street and £10,000 on Princes Street. But in 1878 the City of Glasgow Bank crashed and the bondholders began calling in their loans. More seriously although MacGibbon himself was not a shareholder his uncle John Stevenson MacGibbon had been, his sons James Ritchie MacGibbon and John MacGibbon inheriting £750 each. It was an unlimited company and on the first call for 500% both had to find £3,750. To finance these calls the MacGibbons' Cambrian Slate Quarries were sold, but when the final call came in at 2250%, or £16,875 each, it was more than they had. After initially trying to save his cousins from bankruptcy by further borrowing David MacGibbon sold Laggan in May 1881 and Ashfield in May 1882. The office at 92 George Street was bought by the trustees of Jessie's marriage contract, but the MacGibbons had to rent 17 Learmonth Terrace from the Leith Heritages Company, Jessie eventually buying number 23 in 1886. The George Street office was rented from 1890 when the practice moved to 65 Frederick Street, and was sold to the tenant of the shop in 1901.

Like Charles Kinnear, with whom MacGibbon had some business links, MacGibbon had been an enthusiastic volunteer since the war scare of 1859. He was an excellent shot, becoming a member of the exclusive Scottish Twenty Club and equally good with a sword: these accomplishments brought about his promotion to Lt Col of the 2nd Battalion of the Queen's City of Edinburgh Rifle Brigade in 1880. In the same year he was elected president of the Edinburgh Architectural Association and organised a major exhibition at the Royal Scottish Academy (which had five times refused to accept him as an associate), to which he invited contributions from Shaw and John McKean Brydon. Earlier in the same year he had delivered presidential lectures on early Scottish art and architecture which were followed up by papers on Scottish Castles and Houses in May of 1883 and 1884. With these Ross helped: both partners had in fact been sketching in the course of their travels on business since the mid-1860s. These papers were well received and MacGibbon was encouraged to publish them. Out of these papers 'The Castellated and Domestic Architecture of Scotland' was born, gradually becoming a totally comprehensive survey of Scottish architecture prior to the Restoration.

The progress of its five volumes was, however, set back by a personal tragedy in July 1884. After Laggan was sold the MacGibbons holidayed at Kingussie, eventually taking a house at Tomdhu, Kincraig. While on holiday MacGibbon's twelve-year-old elder son William Peter was exploring sand-martins' nests in the banks of the River Spey with a manservant when an overhanging bank collapsed, burying him and his sister Rachel. William Peter did not survive; Rachel was dug out alive but her lungs were affected by sand and she was permanently deafened. Number 17 Learmonth Terrace was closed and the family moved to the Riviera to aid her recovery, leaving Ross in sole charge of the office for extended periods, during which he progressed the surveys for 'The Castellated and Domestic Architecture of Scotland' on his own as and when he could. Predictably MacGibbon put his time with his family on the Riviera to good use, sketching intensively from December 1884 to June 1885 with only short visits home, and again in the spring of 1886. The end result, 'The Architecture of the Riviera', was published in 1888, midway between volumes 1 and 2 of 'The Castellated and Domestic Architecture of Scotland'. Volumes 3, 4 and 5 followed in 1889-92 and 'The Ecclesiastical Architecture of Scotland' in 1896-97. Although MacGibbon was a photographer, like Kinnear, for practical reasons all the illustrations were measured and drawn on the spot. Some of the visits were made while travelling on other business, but most were weekend work undertaken by train and bicycle, usually setting out on a Friday evening equipped with weekend bags, drawing boards and provisions brought to Waverley Station by their daughters; sometimes they travelled together, sometimes separately, depending on what had to be done. In rthe late 1880s MacGibbon also found time to run the Edinburgh Architectural Association 'work-class'. His prize winners list included John Begg, Robert Lorimer and Victor Horsburgh.

Midway through the survey for 'The Ecclesiastical Architecture of Scotland', MacGibbon again turned his attention to the continent, determined to combine the sketches he had made forty years earlier with those his surviving son Alfred Lightly MacGibbon (who was known as Fred) made on their study tours of northern France in the summer of 1895 and in the late summer and autumn of 1896 and in Belgium in August 1897. But at sixty-six the strain of this hectic activity at home and abroad brought on a serious heart condition. Although trial proofs were made, the book never appeared, probably because photography had begun to replace drawing material in high-class book production. Prolonged absence abroad also resulted in his accounts with the Merchant Company being in arrears, and the accumulated fees additional to his salary came as a shock to the Company when finally presented. The problem arose at least in part from over-generous arrangements renegotiated by Walter Wood Robertson some years earlier and although MacGibbon agreed an abatement in May 1898 the reputation of the practice with the Company was irreparably damaged.

In 1899 the Ayrshire and Galloway Archaeological Association published MacGibbon's last major writing, 'The Five Great Churches of Galloway', a by-product of 'The Ecclesiastical Architecture of Scotland'; but when the University of St Andrews conferred the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws on him in April of that year he was too ill to attend. By March 1901 he was unable to attend the Merchant Company meetings and resigned as architect to the Company on the 21st. It was a personal appointment and did not pass to Ross although he too was a member of the Company. MacGibbon was thanked for his services but required to surrender all drawings relating to the Company and its trusts. On 20 February 1902 he died, survived by Jessie, his son Fred and his three daughters Isabella, Jessie and Rachel, the two first of whom were artists. None of the daughters married. MacGibbon left moveable estate of £22,688, a very substantial sum at the time although his total wealth was much less than it had been when he inherited from his father.

MacGibbon's interest in the practice passed to his son Fred. Born on 23 November 1874, he was educated privately, spending one year only at the Edinburgh Academy in 1890. He shared his father's antiquarian interests and the years 1891-93 were probably spent helping with his father's publications and learning to draw, his precocious studies of Iona being published in 'The Builder' in April 1893. It was not until 5 January 1894 that he was formally articled to his father's practice at the relatively late age of nineteen, probably because he had been helping with his father's books. In August 1894 he made a study tour of the principal cathedrals in England and he probably did most of the drawing on the study tours of France and Belgium in 1895-97, some of which he probably made on his own. By the time of the Belgian study tour he was in the office of Robert Rowand Anderson, his father's great friend and ally in his quarrels with the Royal Scottish Academy. He completed his articles with Anderson between 21 January 1896 and 27 February 1899. Throughout the period of his articles he studied under Professor Frank Worthington Simon at the School of Applied Art and at Heriot-Watt College, passing the qualifying exam on 16 November 1900, the year in which he made a study tour of Paris. He was admitted ARIBA on 18 February 1901, his proposers being his father's long-standing friend Penfold from Burn's office, with whom he may have spent some time before returning to Edinburgh, and Thomas Blashill and John Slater, all of London.

Ross gave some of his drawings to the University of Aberdeen in his lifetime as a result of his interest in the work of Dr W Douglas Simpson. After his death his son James MacLaren Ross destroyed most of the practice papers but those relating to the books and to Commission business were given to the National Library. Fifty-three drawings relating to Edinburgh were given to Edinburgh Central Library. The drawings David and Fred MacGibbon had at home had entered the RIAS collection somewhat earlier in two tranches: some were given to Sir Rowand Anderson as a memento after David died in 1902 and the remainder were given by Rachel after her mother died on 25 July 1926 and the house at 23 Learmonth Terrace was sold and its contents dispersed.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 9East Claremont Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusinessLate 1856Before 1858 
Item 2 of 989, George Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusinessBefore 18581875(?) 
Item 3 of 9Edgehill, Dean, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate18681874 
Item 4 of 9Gurphur, Laggan, Ballantrae, Ayrshire, ScotlandPrivatec. 1868May 1881 
Item 5 of 9Ashfield/121, Grange Loan, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate18741881 
Item 6 of 992, George Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusiness18751890 
Item 7 of 917, Learmonth Terrace, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate1881November 1886 
Item 8 of 923, Learmonth Terrace, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivateNovember 1886  
Item 9 of 965, Frederick Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusiness1890  

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 3John Lessels18491851Apprentice 
Item 2 of 3William Burn18511855Assistant 
Item 3 of 3MacGibbon & Ross1872February 1902Partner 

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 1Thomas Ross18621872Assistant 

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 1461857Crimean MonumentSheffield YorkshireEnglandCompetition design - unplaced
Item 2 of 1461858Blackford Parish ChurchBlackford PerthshireScotland'Buildings of Scotland' gives MacGibbon as architect - conflicts with other information
Item 3 of 1461860Biggar Corn ExchangeBiggar LanarkshireScotland 
Item 4 of 1461860Cormiston TowersBiggar LanarkshireScotland 
Item 5 of 1461861National Bank of Scotland, Alloa BranchAlloa ClackmannanshireScotland 
Item 6 of 1461861National Bank of Scotland, Forfar BranchForfar AngusScotland 
Item 7 of 1461861New Royal Alhambra Theatre  EdinburghScotland 
Item 8 of 146c. 1861SeatowerAyr AyrshireScotlandAttribution on detail
Item 9 of 146c. 1861Two double villas, Bruntsfield Place  EdinburghScotland 
Item 10 of 14618621-4 Inverleith RowInverleith EdinburghScotland 
Item 11 of 146186237-65 Lothian Road  EdinburghScotland 
Item 12 of 1461862Barclay ChurchBruntsfield EdinburghScotlandThird place
Item 13 of 1461862Meadowside House  EdinburghScotlandConversion from villa to children's hospital
Item 14 of 1461862National Bank of Scotland, Dunfermline BranchDunfermline FifeScotlandAlterations
Item 15 of 1461862National Bank of Scotland, Falkirk BranchFalkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 16 of 1461862National Bank of Scotland, Girvan BranchGirvan AyrshireScotland 
Item 17 of 1461862Town Hall  EdinburghScotland 
Item 18 of 146186371-103 Lothian Road  EdinburghScotland 
Item 19 of 1461863National Bank of ScotlandStromnessMainlandOrkneyScotland 
Item 20 of 1461863National Bank of Scotland, Kilmarnock BranchKilmarnock AyrshireScotlandReported on alterations and improvements
Item 21 of 1461863National Bank of Scotland, Kirriemuir BranchKirriemuir AngusScotlandAlterations and improvements
Item 22 of 146186421-31 Colinton Road  EdinburghScotland 
Item 23 of 1461864Minden HousePeebles PeeblesshireScotlandRemodelling
Item 24 of 1461864National Bank of Scotland, Cupar BranchCupar FifeScotlandAlterations
Item 25 of 1461864National Bank of Scotland, Elie BranchElie FifeScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 26 of 1461864National Bank of Scotland, Islay Branch IslayArgyllScotlandAlterations
Item 27 of 1461864National Bank of Scotland, Montrose BranchMontrose AngusScotlandReconstruction of existing building with completely new elevation
Item 28 of 1461864National Bank of Scotland, Portree BranchPortreeSkyeInverness-shireScotlandRecommended repairs
Item 29 of 1461864National Bank of Scotland, Selkirk BranchSelkirk SelkirkshireScotlandAlterations
Item 30 of 1461864Rachan CottagesBiggar LanarkshireScotland 
Item 31 of 1461865Queen's Theatre  EdinburghScotland 
Item 32 of 1461866Buccleuch Parish Church and halls  EdinburghScotlandReconstruction
Item 33 of 1461866National Bank of Scotland, Berwick-upon-Tweed BranchBerwick-upon-Tweed NorthumberlandEnglandAlterations
Item 34 of 1461866National Bank of Scotland, Forres BranchForres MorayshireScotlandAlterations
Item 35 of 1461866National Bank of Scotland, Kelso BranchKelso RoxburghshireScotlandAlterations
Item 36 of 1461866National Bank of Scotland, Stornoway BranchStornowayLewisRoss and CromartyScotland 
Item 37 of 1461867National Bank of Scotland Head Office (Former)  EdinburghScotlandAlterations providing additional accommodation for secretary and officials
Item 38 of 1461867National Bank of Scotland, Edinburgh West End  EdinburghScotlandInspected premises for purchase
Item 39 of 1461867Royal Hotel and cinema  EdinburghScotlandReconstruction
Item 40 of 146186812 Morningside RoadMorningside EdinburghScotlandDesign based on Rhind's scheme
Item 41 of 1461868Merchiston Terrace  EdinburghScotland 
Item 42 of 1461868National Bank of Scotland, BanffBanff BanffshireScotlandUnexecuted plan for new premises; perhaps designed alterations
Item 43 of 146c. 1868GurphurBallantrae AyrshireScotlandOriginal house for himself
Item 44 of 1461869Glengyle Terrace, Leven Terrace, Valleyfield Street and 8-12 Leven Street  EdinburghScotland 
Item 45 of 1461869National Bank of Scotland, Biggar BranchBiggar LanarkshireScotlandAlterations?
Item 46 of 1461869National Bank of Scotland, Grantown BranchGrantown-on-Spey MorayshireScotlandAdditions and alterations
Item 47 of 1461869Tenement, Lauriston Place corner  EdinburghScotlandRevision of Thornton Shiells work
Item 48 of 1461869Tenements, Glen Street  EdinburghScotlandRevised design for superior
Item 49 of 146187025-31 Eyre Place  EdinburghScotland 
Item 50 of 1461870Bruntsfield Crescent  EdinburghScotland 
Item 51 of 1461870Edinburgh Ladies' College  EdinburghScotlandReconstruction of existing houses for the Merchant Company
Item 52 of 1461870Tenements, Gillespie Crescent  EdinburghScotland 
Item 53 of 146187290-110 Lothian Road  EdinburghScotland 
Item 54 of 1461872Mansion in New Forest  HampshireEngland 
Item 55 of 1461872Morningside Free ChurchMorningside EdinburghScotland 
Item 56 of 1461872National Bank of Scotland, Aberdeen Union Street Branch  AberdeenScotlandAlterations
Item 57 of 1461873143-146 Princes Street  EdinburghScotlandOriginal hotel - radical reconstruction of existing houses with 'compo' façade
Item 58 of 1461873British Hotel and Hopetoun Rooms  EdinburghScotlandNew top floor added
Item 59 of 1461873George Watson's College  EdinburghScotlandHall
Item 60 of 1461873HillwoodCorstorphine EdinburghScotland 
Item 61 of 1461873National Bank of Scotland, Edinburgh West End  EdinburghScotlandUnspecified work
Item 62 of 1461873Trustee Savings BankDunfermline FifeScotlandMay be responsible
Item 63 of 1461874Ashfield  EdinburghScotland 
Item 64 of 1461874Lodge to Ashfield  EdinburghScotland 
Item 65 of 1461875Layout of Orchardfield  EdinburghScotland 
Item 66 of 1461875Peebles Parish ChurchPeebles PeeblesshireScotlandProposed rebuilding (not carried out)
Item 67 of 1461875Tenement and shop, GrassmarketOld Town EdinburghScotlandPartly with John Lessels
Item 68 of 1461876AirlieAyr AyrshireScotlandPerhaps (Buildings of Scotland)
Item 69 of 1461876Carleton MainsLendalfoot AyrshireScotlandExtension
Item 70 of 1461876George Watson's Ladies College  EdinburghScotlandOriginal building
Item 71 of 1461876Great Western Hotel  EdinburghScotland 
Item 72 of 1461876Maitland Hotel  EdinburghScotland 
Item 73 of 1461876Ravelston Terrace and Ravelston Place  EdinburghScotland 
Item 74 of 1461876West ChurchFraserburgh AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 75 of 146c. 1876Old Racecourse HotelAyr AyrshireScotlandAttribution by Close
Item 76 of 14618771-20 Learmonth Terrace  EdinburghScotlandIn consultation with John Chesser, who specified design of façade
Item 77 of 1461877Dean Park CrescentDean EdinburghScotlandUnexecuted scheme
Item 78 of 1461877Granville Terrace  EdinburghScotland 
Item 79 of 1461877Houses, Upper Gilmore Place  EdinburghScotland 
Item 80 of 1461877Royal Maternity and Simpson Memorial Hospital  EdinburghScotland 
Item 81 of 1461877Villa for Mr BlackwoodPeebles PeeblesshireScotland 
Item 82 of 1461878Kilravock LodgeGrange EdinburghScotland 
Item 83 of 1461878Mayfield Free ChurchMayfield EdinburghScotlandCompetition design - not successful
Item 84 of 1461878RedwoodMerchiston EdinburghScotlandStables
Item 85 of 146187992 George Street  EdinburghScotlandReconstruction as their own office
Item 86 of 1461879Caledonian Insurance Company  EdinburghScotlandReconstruction and enlargement of David Bryce building
Item 87 of 1461879City of Glasgow Bank  EdinburghScotlandConversion of original northern part of building to Merchant Company Offices with hall at rear
Item 88 of 1461879St Cuthbert's Parish Church Sunday School and hall  EdinburghScotland 
Item 89 of 1461879St Oswald Lodge  EdinburghScotland 
Item 90 of 1461879Villa, Polwarth Terrace  EdinburghScotlandDesign by Robert Murray, working as assistant
Item 91 of 146188121-24 Learmonth Terrace  EdinburghScotlandAdapted Chesser's designs
Item 92 of 1461882George Watson's College  EdinburghScotlandAdditions at both ends
Item 93 of 1461882RedwoodMerchiston EdinburghScotlandAdditions to house
Item 94 of 1461883James Gillespie's School  EdinburghScotlandAdditions
Item 95 of 1461883Tenement, Eildon Street and Inverleith RowInverleith EdinburghScotland 
Item 96 of 1461884Richmond Hotel  EdinburghScotland 
Item 97 of 1461885Gorebridge Free ChurchGorebridge MidlothianScotlandExtensive alterations - incorporating old church into transept
Item 98 of 1461886St Cuthbert's Parish Council Offices  EdinburghScotland 
Item 99 of 146188710-11 Thirlestane Lane Mews  EdinburghScotland 
Item 100 of 1461887129 Princes Street  EdinburghScotlandReconstruction
Item 101 of 146188732 Shandwick Place  EdinburghScotland 
Item 102 of 1461887Tenement, Danube Street and St Bernard's Crescent  EdinburghScotland 
Item 103 of 1461887Tenement, Perth Street  EdinburghScotland 
Item 104 of 1461888Library for Solicitors to the Supreme Courts of Scotland  EdinburghScotlandCompetition design (by invitation) - not successful
Item 105 of 1461888MansePeebles PeeblesshireScotland 
Item 106 of 1461888Old Rectory and TweedbraePeebles PeeblesshireScotlandReconstruction
Item 107 of 1461888Star Hotel  EdinburghScotlandAttic additions
Item 108 of 1461888Three tenement blocks, Royal Crescent  EdinburghScotlandModified Thomas Brown's original design
Item 109 of 1461889St Giles Cathedral  EdinburghScotlandMemorial chapel to Dr Chambers
Item 110 of 1461889St Giles Cathedral  EdinburghScotlandTracery in window of St John's Chapel
Item 111 of 1461889Tenement and shops, Morningside Road and Newbattle Terrace  EdinburghScotland 
Item 112 of 1461890Edinburgh Academy, laboratories  EdinburghScotland 
Item 113 of 1461890George Watson's Ladies College  EdinburghScotlandAbsorbed into larger building
Item 114 of 146c. 1890Prestonfield House  EdinburghScotlandAlterations
Item 115 of 1461891Ballantrae Parish ChurchBallantrae AyrshireScotlandAddition of clock turret with gables, finials and a tiny fleche
Item 116 of 1461891Inch HouseLiberton EdinburghScotlandRestoration and addition
Item 117 of 1461891James Gillespie's School  EdinburghScotlandNew top floor
Item 118 of 1461891St Giles Cathedral  EdinburghScotlandLadies' vestry in choir
Item 119 of 1461892Edinburgh Academy, Western Classrooms  EdinburghScotland 
Item 120 of 1461892George Watson's College  EdinburghScotlandFurther additions
Item 121 of 1461892Tenement for the North British Railway Company  EdinburghScotland 
Item 122 of 1461893Falconhall, wooden sports pavilion for George Watson's College  EdinburghScotland 
Item 123 of 1461893Lothian Road UP Church  EdinburghScotlandAlterations
Item 124 of 1461893Lothian Road UP Church Hall  EdinburghScotland 
Item 125 of 146c. 1893Villa, 42 Polwarth Terrace  EdinburghScotland 
Item 126 of 146c. 1893Villa, 50-52 Polwarth Terrace  EdinburghScotland 
Item 127 of 1461894Daniel Stewart's Hospital  EdinburghScotlandRoofing in of forecourt
Item 128 of 1461894Edinburgh Ladies College  EdinburghScotland 
Item 129 of 1461895The WhitehouseCramond EdinburghScotlandAlterations
Item 130 of 1461896Crosbie CastleWest Kilbride AyrshireScotland 
Item 131 of 1461896Kirkconnel Parish ChurchKirkconnel DumfriesshireScotlandReconstruction
Item 132 of 146After 1896Eddleston Parish ChurchEddleston PeeblesshireScotlandReconstruction after fire
Item 133 of 1461897Houses, 75-77 Colinton Road  EdinburghScotland 
Item 134 of 1461898Merchiston Gardens  EdinburghScotland 
Item 135 of 1461898Moffat Parish Church and hallMoffat DumfriesshireScotlandChurch hall (built by Starforth) extended
Item 136 of 1461899Haggs Castle  GlasgowScotlandMade schemes for additions but not executed
Item 137 of 146190015, 16 & 17 Spylaw Street  EdinburghScotland 
Item 138 of 1461900Forgandenny Parish ChurchForgandenny PerthshireScotlandProposed restoration - not executed (Paid off £72)
Item 139 of 1461900Prestonfield Church  EdinburghScotland 
Item 140 of 1461900Spylaw Street cottages  EdinburghScotlandReconstruction
Item 141 of 1461900Trustee Savings BankStockbridge EdinburghScotlandReconstruction
Item 142 of 146c. 1900VenlawPeebles PeeblesshireScotlandAddition of large tower house to south
Item 143 of 1461901CranleyColinton EdinburghScotlandReconstruction with new attic
Item 144 of 1461902Iona Abbey IonaArgyllScotlandRestoration of choir, crossing & transepts - with John Honeyman
Item 145 of 146Before 1902(?)7 Eglinton Crescent, billiard room  EdinburghScotlandDate uncertain - may have been after Macgibbon's death
Item 146 of 146Before 1907Scott Monument  EdinburghScotlandDesign for unspecified work - possibly improvements to setting; date of design not known, may have been after Macgibbon's death


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 7Architects Engineers and Building Trades Directory1868Architect's, Engineer's and Building Trades' Directory London, Wyman 
Item 2 of 7British Architectural Library, RIBA2001Directory of British Architects 1834-1914   
Item 3 of 7Eddington, A1904Contemporary BiographiesEdinburgh and the LothiansWT Pike and Co., Pike's New Century Series, no. 12p324
Item 4 of 7Grierson, J M, Sir1909Records of the Scottish Volunteer Force   
Item 5 of 7Love, J1928Local Antiquarian Notes and Queries Falkirk: Falkirk Library 
Item 6 of 7Pride, Glen L1999The Kingdom of Fife2nd EditionThe Rutland Pressp14, p167
Item 7 of 7Walker, David1984The Architecture of MacGibbon & Ross: The Background to the Books Breeze, David (ed.): 'Studies in Scottish Antiquity', Chapter 16, pp391-449 

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 4British Architect28 February 1902  p146 -Obituary
Item 2 of 4Builder8 March 1902  Obituary
Item 3 of 4Scotsman30 July 1884  Obituary of his son William Peter MacGibbon
Item 4 of 4Scotsman21 February 1902  Obituary

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 recolllections of Elizabeth Hume Ross, retold by the late Stewart H Cruden and the late Dr David Ross; of Mrs Theodore Durrant, Thomas Ross's granddaughter; of the late Dr Thomas Alfred MacGibbon, Thetford, Norfolk, son of Alfred Lightly MacGibbon; and of David MacGibbon, Berlin, elder son of Alfred Lightly MacGibbon. Letters of Richard Norman Shaw to his mother per Professor Andrew Saint


© All rights reserved. Edinburgh Architectural Association 1907 Exhibition Catalogue  

© All rights reserved. Edinburgh Architectural Association 1907 Exhibition Catalogue

© All rights reserved. Edinburgh and the Lothians at the opening of the twentieth century / by A. Eddington. Contemporary biographies / edited by W.T. Pike 

© All rights reserved. Edinburgh and the Lothians at the opening of the twentieth century / by A. Eddington. Contemporary biographies / edited by W.T. Pike