Basic Biographical Details

Name: David Neave
Designation: Architect
Born: 17 March 1773
Died: 23 January 1841
Bio Notes: David Neave was born in Forfar, the son of Thomas Neave, mason there, on 17 March 1773. He practised in Dundee where he was the leading architect after the death of Samuel Bell. At some point probably about 1813 he was appointed the Town's Architect (no formal appointment has been traced) and he resigned from this post in June 1833. During his tenure of this post he was responsible for work on a variety of public buildings in Dundee. Most of his private commissions were for villas and small houses in and around Dundee.

Neave was a competent architect designing in the Greek Revival style, sometimes with details borrowed from the designs of Sir John Soane.

There may be some connection between Neave and Errol and he may have had a hand in the design of Muirhouses farm.

Neave died in Dundee on 23 January 1841. His son, also David, was a builder. In the notice of his grandson James's death on 23 January 1864, he (the grandson) is mentioned as the son of David Neave, builder, and grandson of David Neave, town architect. A collection of his drawings are held by HES in John Sinclair House and two manuscript plans of parts of Dundee are in the National Archives of Scotland.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 2Hawkhill, Dundee, ScotlandPrivate18221825 
Item 2 of 28, South Tay Street, Dundee, ScotlandPrivatec. 1829c. 1838House advertised March 1842 for letting after Neave's death.

Employment and Training

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 1James Sampson (or Samson) 1842 It is unclear whether Sampson was employed by Neave, but it seems likely as Sampson was responsible for the sale of Neave's house after his death.

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 84 CottageStrathmartine DundeeScotland 
Item 2 of 84 Cottage at IdviesInvies AngusScotland 
Item 3 of 841810s(?)House at BinrockBinrock DundeeScotland 
Item 4 of 841810s(?)House at Bonnybank  DundeeScotland 
Item 5 of 841810s(?)House for James Davidson  DundeeScotland 
Item 6 of 841810s(?)House for James SootChapelshade DundeeScotland 
Item 7 of 841810s(?)House, Perth Road  DundeeScotland 
Item 8 of 841810s(?)Union Mount  DundeeScotland 
Item 9 of 84After 1810House at Milnbank  DundeeScotland 
Item 10 of 841811Liff Parish Church, Watt/Webster MemorialLiff AngusScotland 
Item 11 of 841811Monikie Parish ChurchMonikie AngusScotlandReconstruction
Item 12 of 841812Castle Street Chapel  DundeeScotlandPerhaps responsible?
Item 13 of 841812St Paul's Episcopal Church  DundeeScotlandAttribution by David M Walker
Item 14 of 841812St Rule's ChurchMonifieth AngusScotlandConstructed under David Neave's supervision
Item 15 of 84After 1812Houses in Tay Street  DundeeScotland 
Item 16 of 84c. 1812(?)Provost Riddoch's House  DundeeScotlandRailings
Item 17 of 841813Plan of Magdalen Yard and lands adjoining  DundeeScotland 
Item 18 of 841813Plan of part of the town, streets and harbour  DundeeScotland 
Item 19 of 841814Harbour  DundeeScotlandPlan and section of harbour
Item 20 of 841815Plan of lands at Lochee belonging to Thomas & JohnElderLochee DundeeScotland 
Item 21 of 84c. 18152 Roseangle  DundeeScotland 
Item 22 of 84c. 1815House, Milnbank Road  DundeeScotland 
Item 23 of 84c. 1815Logie House and lodge  DundeeScotlandAttribution by DMW for house
Item 24 of 841816Willison Church  DundeeScotland 
Item 25 of 84After 1816Houses in King Street  DundeeScotland 
Item 26 of 841817Grange House  DundeeScotland 
Item 27 of 841817House for Mr Watt  DundeeScotland 
Item 28 of 841817Logie House and lodge  DundeeScotlandLodge
Item 29 of 84c. 1817House for Captain Shaw  DundeeScotland 
Item 30 of 84181815-29 Tay Street Lane  DundeeScotland 
Item 31 of 841818Edzell Parish ChurchEdzell AngusScotland 
Item 32 of 841818Terrace of Houses, 6, 8, 10 South Tay Street and 1 Tay Square   DundeeScotland 
Item 33 of 841818Villa for William Small, Town Clerk of Dundee  DundeeScotland 
Item 34 of 841818Whitelawstone farm and steadingWhitelawstone/Whitelawston DundeeScotland 
Item 35 of 84c. 18188 Roseangle  DundeeScotland 
Item 36 of 84c. 1818Terrace of houses, South Tay Street  DundeeScotland 
Item 37 of 841819House for Rev Patrick D McVicarRoseangle DundeeScotlandDoorcase added
Item 38 of 841819Villa for Robert AdieRoseangle DundeeScotland 
Item 39 of 84c. 1819Binrock and Lodge  DundeeScotlandRemodelling and raising to 2-storeys
Item 40 of 841820s(?)Forebank  AngusScotland 
Item 41 of 841820House, Park Place  DundeeScotland 
Item 42 of 841820The Horn farmhouse and steadingErrol PerthshireScotland 
Item 43 of 8429 September 1820Townhouse  DundeeScotlandRepairs after townhouse struck by lightning. Date of report in newspapers at the time
Item 44 of 84c. 1820Balruddery House  AngusScotland 
Item 45 of 84c. 1820(?)Ellenbank  DundeeScotlandAttribution - on stylistic grounds and relationship to Union Mount which documentary evidence supports as being by Neave
Item 46 of 84c. 1820(?)House at Roseangle  DundeeScotland 
Item 47 of 84c. 1820(?)House for James Souter  DundeeScotland 
Item 48 of 84c. 1820(?)The New Bank  DundeeScotland 
Item 49 of 841821Kilspindie Parish ChurchKilspindie PerthshireScotland 
Item 50 of 841821Kilspindie SchoolKilspindie PerthshireScotlandRebuilding
Item 51 of 841821Sheriff CourthouseForfar AngusScotland 
Item 52 of 841822Burnhead House  DundeeScotlandPlan of Alexander Riddoch's Property - perhaps drawn up with a view to alterations?
Item 53 of 841822Flour Mill   DundeeScotland'Plan of Property in Dundee belonging to Alexander Riddoch'
Item 54 of 841822The Tabernacle  DundeeScotlandReconstructed the Tabernacle as St David's Church
Item 55 of 84c. 1822House, Milnbank Road  DundeeScotlandAttribution on stylistic grounds
Item 56 of 84c. 1822House, Milnbank Road  DundeeScotland 
Item 57 of 841823High LighthouseSouth ferry (near Tayport) FifeScotlandIn collaboration with Robert Stevenson
Item 58 of 841823Layout of Small's Wynd and Nethergate Street  DundeeScotland 
Item 59 of 841823Longforgan Parish Church ManseLongforgan PerthshireScotland 
Item 60 of 84c. 1823RavenswoodForfar AngusScotland'Style of David Neave' (HS)
Item 61 of 841824Old Infirmary  DundeeScotlandCompletion of John Paterson's designs
Item 62 of 841824Old Parish ChurchAlyth PerthshireScotlandInspection of church with a view to repairs along with John Scott, mason, and David Walker, slater. Drew up specificartions for repairs to church
Item 63 of 841824Plan of grounds at HillbankHillbank DundeeScotland 
Item 64 of 84c. 1824Dundee Royal Lunatic Asylum and feuing of groundsStobswell DundeeScotlandAdditions
Item 65 of 841825Plans of extension of Broughty Ferry on lands of General HunterBroughty Ferry DundeeScotland 
Item 66 of 841826Thistle Hall  DundeeScotland 
Item 67 of 8418281-7 Union Street and 52-58 Nethergate  DundeeScotlandExecuting William Burn's scheme
Item 68 of 841828Liff Board School and schoolhouseLiff AngusScotlandOriginal school
Item 69 of 841829Abernyte Parish SchoolAbernyte PerthshireScotland 
Item 70 of 841829St Ninian's Parish ChurchLochee DundeeScotland 
Item 71 of 841830Chapelshade Parish Church  DundeeScotlandReconstruction
Item 72 of 84c. 1830(?)57 Magdalen Yard Road  DundeeScotland'Style of' (HS)
Item 73 of 841832Baldovan HouseBaldovan AngusScotlandStables - or further work on house?
Item 74 of 841832Feuing plan of lands beyond West Port, between Scouringburn and Hawkhill Road  DundeeScotland 
Item 75 of 841832Feuing plan of West Craigie  DundeeScotlandFeuing plan drawn up and lots advertised
Item 76 of 841832Reform Street competition  DundeeScotlandInvited to compete in providing elevations for house in new street - unsuccessful
Item 77 of 841832Terrace of houses, Airlie Place  DundeeScotlandFeuing plan drawn up
Item 78 of 84May 1832Building stances in the Hospital Ward   DundeeScotland 
Item 79 of 84July 1832Feuing of lands at Wallace Craigie, adjoining King Street  DundeeScotland 
Item 80 of 841833Plan for the layout and feuing of Upper Chapelshade Gardens  DundeeScotlandCompetition design - unsuccessful
Item 81 of 841833The Howff  DundeeScotlandWith James Black. Provided design for railing and gates in Barrack Street.
Item 82 of 841835East Newport layoutNewport FifeScotlandFeuing plan
Item 83 of 841840Forfar Town and County HallForfar AngusScotlandInterior recast
Item 84 of 84Early 1800sThe Red House, Beach Crescent and St Vincent Street  DundeeScotlandPossibly by David Neave since he drew up the 1825 feuing plan for the area


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 4Colvin, H M1995A Biographical Dictionary of British Architects 1600-18403rd editionNew Haven and London: Yale University Press 
Item 2 of 4Dundee Post Office Directories     
Item 3 of 4RCAHMS1992Dundee on Record RCAHMSp19 Plan of South Tay Street
p23 North elevation and plan of 24 Milnbank Road, and designs for two monuments from Neave's volume of architectural drawings.
Item 4 of 4Walker, David M1955Architects and Architecture in Dundee 1770-1914   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 3Dundee Advertiser4 February 1841   
Item 2 of 3Dundee Advertiser25 March 1842   
Item 3 of 3Dundee Courier8 March 1864