Basic Biographical Details

Name: Robert Paterson
Designation: Architect
Born: 1825
Died: 5 October 1889
Bio Notes: Robert Paterson was born in 1825, the son of Robert Paterson (1790-1846), mason and later surveyor of police in Edinburgh, and his wife Margaret. He was the younger brother of John Paterson, Inspector of Lighting & Cleansing, Edinburgh and the first cousin of John Paterson, architect (1832-1877). He was articled to George Beattie, architect and builder, and commenced practice c.1859-60 at 6 (later 10) Hanover Street, Edinburgh. He came into prominence early at the Café Royal building with its innovative French roof in 1861-62, followed by some equally innovative polychromatic Italian Gothic churches in 1863-64. Paterson married Margaret Wyllie in January 1848 and his son, also Robert, was born in 1850. About 1876 Robert Paterson, Junior, became a partner: by that date Paterson Senior was City Assessor.

The elder Robert Paterson died on 5 October 1889 and was buried at Grange Cemetery.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 6Madeira Cottage/187, Causewayside, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate1850  
Item 2 of 66, Hanover Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusinessc. 1860c. 1864 
Item 3 of 647, Grange Road, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivatec. 1863  
Item 4 of 621, St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusinessc. 1868c. 1871Shown at this address as well as his own at Hanover Street
Item 5 of 610, Hanover Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusinessc. 1869c. 1874On his own
Item 6 of 610, Hanover Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusinessc. 1875c. 1889With son Robert as Robert Paterson & Son

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 1Robert Paterson & Sonc. 18761889Partner 

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 1Andrew Dewar (later A Redcote Dewar)Before 1863 Apprentice 

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 30186297-103 High Street  EdinburghScotland 
Item 2 of 301862Workmen's houses  EdinburghScotland 
Item 3 of 301863Café Royal  EdinburghScotland 
Item 4 of 301864Morningside UP ChurchMorningside EdinburghScotland 
Item 5 of 301864Newington UP Church  EdinburghScotland 
Item 6 of 301866West UP ChurchSaltcoats AyrshireScotland'Possibly' (HS - on stylistic grounds)
Item 7 of 301867Edinburgh Royal Lunatic Asylum  EdinburghScotlandNorth west range
Item 8 of 301869Canongate UP Church  EdinburghScotlandAttribution in Building News and 'Buildings of Scotland'
Item 9 of 301870Southern Literary Institute  EdinburghScotland 
Item 10 of 301872St Andrews Place UP ChurchLeith EdinburghScotlandAlterations
Item 11 of 301873County buildingsLanark LanarkshireScotlandRepairs
Item 12 of 301873TenementLeith EdinburghScotland 
Item 13 of 301876Hamilton PrisonHamilton LanarkshireScotlandEnlargement
Item 14 of 301876Portobello Cemetery and lodge housePortobello EdinburghScotland 
Item 15 of 301877Municipal and Police BuildingsPortobello EdinburghScotland 
Item 16 of 301877TenementPortobello EdinburghScotland 
Item 17 of 301878Canongate Christian Institute  EdinburghScotland 
Item 18 of 301878Tenements, Queen Charlotte Street and Maritme Street  EdinburghScotland 
Item 19 of 301879Windsor Hotel and Shops, 100 -100A Princes Street  EdinburghScotland 
Item 20 of 3018806 Strathearn Road  EdinburghScotlandAlterations
Item 21 of 3018806-8 Shandwick Place  EdinburghScotlandOriginal building
Item 22 of 301881Tenement block, 147-151 Warrender Park Road  EdinburghScotland 
Item 23 of 301881Tenement, Leslie Place and Carlton Street  EdinburghScotland 
Item 24 of 30c. 1881Glasgow Municipal Buildings  GlasgowScotlandCompetition design entered under the pseudonym Centre of Commerce
Item 25 of 30188416 Queen Street  EdinburghScotlandRemodelling and new doorpiece
Item 26 of 301884Villa for Thomas Landale  EdinburghScotland 
Item 27 of 301885Showrooms, Castle Terrace  EdinburghScotlandProposed alterations
Item 28 of 301885Villa, 59 Dick Place  EdinburghScotland 
Item 29 of 301886130 Princes Street  EdinburghScotlandShopfront and other alterations and additions
Item 30 of 301886Warrender Baths  EdinburghScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 1Post Office Directories     

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Caledonian Mercury26 August 1850  Report of birth of son Robert

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1Information courtesy of Dr Ian AndersonInformation via website Sent January 2009