Basic Biographical Details

Name: John Notman
Designation: Clerk of Works
Born: 1778
Died: 1861
Bio Notes: John Notman was born in 1778 and although he was a very good draughtsman he practised mainly as a clerk of works rather than an architect. He was based at Kirkurd, Peeblesshire when his son William was born in 1809 and was probably engaged on the building of Stobo for Archibald and James Elliot. He certainly acted for the Elliots in their works for the Duke of Atholl at Blair Castle, Dunkeld House and Dunkeld Cathedral; for William Burn at Abdie Church; and for George Angus at a church in Kirkcaldy, 1828. He may have acted in a similar capacity for Playfair. One of the drawings for arcading at Dunkeld Cathedral is signed Walter Notman but it is not clear whether he was a son or a brother.

Notman was a brother of the quarrymaster David Notman whose son John Notman (1810-61) had a distinguished career in Philadelphia, USA. He worked for William Henry Playfair and his early American work is markedly Playfair-influenced. The elder John Notman died in 1861.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this clerk of works:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 2Kirkurd, Peeblesshire, Scotland(?)Private1809  
Item 2 of 2Northfield Cottage, Leith, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusinessc. 18201861 

Buildings and Designs

This clerk of works 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 15 Belmont House  EdinburghScotlandUndated site plan to show planting, approach paths, etc.
Item 2 of 15 Blair CastleBlair Atholl PerthshireScotlandOffice wing and kitchen tower (for Archibald Elliot) - date unknown
Item 3 of 15 Dunkeld House  PerthshireScotlandGothic gates and gate lodges
Item 4 of 15 Tenement, Castle Terrace  EdinburghScotlandUndated plan signed 'JN'
Item 5 of 15 Unidentified Castellated Gateway    Undated drawings possibly by Notman - date unknown
Item 6 of 15 Unidentified Row of Cottages    Undated drawings possibly by Notman
Item 7 of 15After 1809Unidentified Piggery and Poultry House    Undated plans and sections possibly by J Notman
Item 8 of 15After 1810Pulney Lodge (or Polney Lodge), Dunkeld HouseDunkeld PerthshireScotlandPossibly by Notman
Item 9 of 151814Dunkeld CathedralDunkeld PerthshireScotlandAs assistant to Archibald Elliot on restoration of choir as parish church
Item 10 of 15c. 1820Peatloan, Northfield, House for Mr WilliamsonTrinity EdinburghScotlandPossibly assisted Milne
Item 11 of 151827Abdie Parish ChurchAbdie FifeScotlandAssisted William Burn
Item 12 of 151827Cottage at ChristianbankTrinity Edinburgh?ScotlandPossibly assisted George Angus
Item 13 of 151828Kirkcaldy Parish ChurchKirkcaldy FifeScotlandAssisted George Angus
Item 14 of 151833Belmont House  EdinburghScotlandPossibly gate lodge
Item 15 of 151837Calton Burial GroundCalton EdinburghScotlandSurvey possibly by Notman?


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this clerk of works:
Item 1 of 1Bailey, Rebecca M1996Scottish architects' papers: a source book Edinburgh: The Rutland Press