Basic Biographical Details

Name: George Alexander Lyle
Designation: Architect
Born: 1845
Died: 1905
Bio Notes: George Alexander Lyle was born in Ireland in 1845, the son of George Lyle, clothier, who had been born himself in Berwick on Tweed and his wife, Diana. Little is known of George Alexander Lyle's background, but in 1861 he was an apprentice architect in Edinburgh. He was presumably the principal assistant of Robert Reid Raeburn at the time of the latter's death on 7 February 1888, as he inherited Raeburn's business, continuing in practice as Raeburn & Lyle. By 1895 he had taken William Constable (born 1863) into partnership, the practice title becoming Lyle & Constable. Lyle did not appear with Constable in 'Who's Who in Architecture 1914' but the practice title of Lyle & Constable was retained until the 1930s. He died in 1905 and his will was registered in the district of Morningside, his wife Margaret Funkie having predeceased him on 20 November 1900.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 1022, Leith Walk, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate/businessc. 1873c. 1875 
Item 2 of 103, Antigua Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate/businessc. 1876c. 1879 
Item 3 of 107, Broughton Place, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate/businessc. 1880  
Item 4 of 106, Haddington Place, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate/business18811883 
Item 5 of 1018, Melville Terrace, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate/businessc. 1884c. 1885 
Item 6 of 1016, Montague Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate/businessc. 1886c. 1888 
Item 7 of 10Edinburgh, ScotlandBusinessBefore 1888After 1899 
Item 8 of 103, Hill Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusinessc. 1891c. 1895In partnership with Robert Reid Raeburn
Item 9 of 103, Hill Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusinessc. 1895c. 1940In partnership with William Constable
Item 10 of 10Ravenswood, Broomieknowe, Midlothian, ScotlandBusiness1900 *  

* 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 3Robert Reid Raeburn 7 February 1888Chief Assistant(?) 
Item 2 of 3Raeburn & Lyle1888c. 1895Partner 
Item 3 of 3Lyle & Constablec. 1895(?)After 1899(?)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 131870sPriestfield Feuing PlanPriestfield EdinburghScotland 
Item 2 of 131891Eyre Crescent  EdinburghScotland 
Item 3 of 131891Marshall's Bar  EdinburghScotland 
Item 4 of 131894Braid Hills Hotel  EdinburghScotland 
Item 5 of 131895(?)Barnton Hotel  EdinburghScotland 
Item 6 of 13189638 Dick Place stables  EdinburghScotland 
Item 7 of 131897Pentland Terrace, southern houses  EdinburghScotland 
Item 8 of 131898(?)Braid Hills Hotel  EdinburghScotlandAdditions
Item 9 of 131899Auchtergaven Parish ChurchAuchtergaven PerthshireScotlandRemodelling of Georgian church - vestries flanking tower added
Item 10 of 131900Cardenden School and schoolhouseCardenden FifeScotland 
Item 11 of 131905Braid Hills Road, houses on south side and 168-172 Braid RoadGreenbank EdinburghScotland 
Item 12 of 131905Pentland Terrace, houses between Braid Hills Road and Riselaw RoadGreenbank EdinburghScotland 
Item 13 of 13c. 1905Riselaw Road, houses on north sideGreenbank EdinburghScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 3Post Office Directories     
Item 2 of 3Scotlands People Website Wills & Testaments  Edinburgh Sheriff Court Inventories SC70/1/396
Item 3 of 3Scotlands People Website - Statutory Registers - Deaths  Death 685/06 0256