Basic Biographical Details
|Name: ||James Raeburn |
|Designation: ||Architect |
|Born: ||20 February 1787 |
|Died: ||30 September 1851 |
|Bio Notes: ||James Raeburn was born at Boyndie in Banffshire on 20 February 1787. His original training is not recorded, but his choice of forenames for his architect son, Robert Reid Raeburn, born 4 August 1819, suggests that he was in Reid's employment at that date. He became Reid's principal clerk of works in the Scottish Office of Works on its establishment in 1827. |
On the abolition of the Scottish Office of Works in 1839 he retired with a pension at the age of fifty-two and commenced practice own his own account from his house at 9 South East Circus Place, from 1841 assisted by his son Robert Reid Raeburn, born 4 August 1819 and articled to Thomas Brown, architect to the Prison Board.
In 1843 or early 1844 Raeburn moved to a flat at 3 Warriston Place, suggesting that his practice had not flourished and that his circumstances were somewhat reduced but by the late 1840s he had moved to a house at 4 Warriston Crescent. During those years he exhibited schemes for the improvement of Edinburgh at the RSA, but these were probably by his son who had exhibited designs with similar themes in that later 1830s. He appears to have been an adherent of the Free Church as he published a lithographed sheet of designs for Free Church buildings.
Raeburn married twice: first to Mary Ann Petrie, the mother of Robert who died on 11 September 1834 aged 37 and secondly to Rebecca Ord, born in 1804. Raeburn died in Edinburgh and was buried in St Cuthbert's Churchyard.
Private and Business Addresses
|The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:|
| ||Address||Type||Date from||Date to||Notes|
|9, South East Circus Place, Edinburgh, Scotland||Private/business||c. 1833||c. 1842|| |
|3, Warriston Place, Edinburgh, Scotland||Private||c. 1843||c. 1846|| |
|4, Warriston Crescent, Edinburgh, Scotland||Private||c. 1848||September 1851(?)||Moved there in late 1840s|
Employment and Training
Employees or Pupils
|The following individuals were employed or trained by this architect (click on an item to view details):|
| ||Name||Date from||Date to||Position||Notes|
|Robert Reid Raeburn||1841||1851||Assistant(?)|| |
Buildings and Designs
|The following books contain references to this architect:|
|Colvin, H M||1995||A Biographical Dictionary of British Architects 1600-1840||3rd edition||New Haven and London: Yale University Press|| |
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