Basic Biographical Details

Name: John David Louis Mylne
Designation: Architect
Born: 13 June 1925
Died: 5 April 1992
Bio Notes: John David Louis Mylne (generally known as David) was born on 13 June 1925, the son of Kenneth Mylne, a prep school headmaster and his wife Dorothy Parry Oakden. He was educated at Craigflower and Glenalmond. He spent the war years in the RAF, serving in South Africa and France. He then studied architecture at Edinburgh College of Art, working part-time in the Edinburgh office of Sir Basil Spence. He was elected a student member of the RIBA in 1950. He was elected ARIBA and ARIAS in 1953.

After qualifying he was for a time in British Aluminiumís architectural department prior to commencing independent practice as Walter Duns in Duns in 1959, later opening a branch office in Berwick on Tweed; but by the late 1970s his home was in Edinburgh, his practice being continued from a combined office and bedsit at Hutton, Berwickshire.

Mylne was essentially a conservation architect, serving as adviser to the Berwickshire Civic Society and as a committee member and consultant to Berwick on Tweed Civic Trust. His work in Berwick brought Civic Trust awards. Amongst his other work, he was responsible for conservation work at two housing schemes, Main Street, Tweedmouth, and Ravensknowe, Berwick which involved matching original buildings and renovating old buildings. By 1987 he was practising as David Mylne at 43 Market Square in Duns.

Mylne retired from practice in 1989 following heart surgery, and he and his first wife Mary Rushton were divorced in the following years. He died on 5 April 1992 and was survived by a son and a daughter of his first marriage and by his second wife Elizabeth Sarah Boyd or Body, a teacher. His main interest outwith the profession was early jazz, both as a historian and a collector of recordings.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 7Sunnyside, Hutton, Berwickshire, ScotlandPrivate 1992 
Item 2 of 7Dalhousie Castle, Bonnrigg, Midlothian, ScotlandPrivate1950 *  
Item 3 of 72, Windsor Street Lane, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivateBefore 1953After 1955 
Item 4 of 7Langtongate (or Langton Gate), Duns, Berwickshire, ScotlandBusinessBefore 1960After 1965 
Item 5 of 747, Market Square, Duns, Berwickshire, ScotlandBusinessBefore 1970 *After 1980 
Item 6 of 743-67, Market Square, Duns, Berwickshire, ScotlandBusinessc. 1985  
Item 7 of 7112, Castlegate, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland, EnglandBusinessc. 1985  

* 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 2Basil Spence & Partnersc. 1953 Architect 
Item 2 of 2Walter Duns1959Before 1987DirectorPrincipal

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 2Donald Chapmanc. 19651967Assistant 
Item 2 of 2Peter Derek TurnerBefore 1979 Architect 

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 381960sBillemainsChirnside BerwickshireScotlandUnspecified work
Item 2 of 381960sBirnieknowes FarmCockburnspath BerwickshireScotlandUnspecified work
Item 3 of 381960sBlackhouse FarmReston BerwickshireScotlandUnspecified work
Item 4 of 381960sButterdean FarmGrantshouse BerwickshireScotlandUnspecified work
Item 5 of 381960sEast Fenton FarmDirleton East LothianScotlandUnspecified work
Item 6 of 381960sFarmsteading, AirfieldPathhead MidlothianScotlandUnspecified work
Item 7 of 381960sHedderwick Hill FarmDunbar East LothianScotlandUnspecified work
Item 8 of 381960sHeugh FarmNorth Berwick East LothianScotlandUnspecified work
Item 9 of 381960s(?)Home CastleGreenlaw BerwickshireScotlandConsolidation
Item 10 of 381960sHopton FarmAncrum RoxburghshireScotlandUnspecified work
Item 11 of 381960sHowford FarmTraquair PeeblesshireScotlandUnspecified work
Item 12 of 381960sMainhill FarmSt Boswells RoxburghshireScotlandUnspecified work
Item 13 of 381960s(?)Marchmont House, including stables and cottagesDuns (near) BerwickshireScotlandAdaptation as Sue Ryder Home.
Item 14 of 381960sOldcastlesChirnside BerwickshireScotlandUnspecified work
Item 15 of 381960sPreston Mains FarmEast Linton East LothianScotlandUnspecified work
Item 16 of 381960sRawburn FarmLongformacus East LothianScotlandUnspecified work
Item 17 of 381960sRedpath FarmLongformacus East LothianScotlandUnspecified work
Item 18 of 381960sRestonhill FarmReston BerwickshireScotlandUnspecified work
Item 19 of 381960sSouth Belton FarmDunbar East LothianScotlandUnspecified work
Item 20 of 381960sStagehall FarmStow MidlothianScotlandUnspecified work
Item 21 of 381960sTraquairknowe FarmInnerleithen PeeblesshireScotlandUnspecified work
Item 22 of 381964Edrington HouseBerwick-upon-Tweed  EnglandReconstruction
Item 23 of 381964House and filling stationAyton BerwickshireScotland 
Item 24 of 381965House, Newton HallGifford East LothianScotland 
Item 25 of 381965Private Housing, Woodlands ParkColdstream BerwickshireScotland 
Item 26 of 381966House, WinfieldHutton BerwickshireScotland 
Item 27 of 381966Royal Bank of ScotlandGreenlaw BerwickshireScotland 
Item 28 of 381967British Linen Company BankDuns BerwickshireScotlandAlterations
Item 29 of 381967Old LinthillEyemouth BerwickshireScotlandReconstruction
Item 30 of 381968Council Housing, Scott RoadLauder BerwickshireScotland 
Item 31 of 381968Offices for SAIColdstream BerwickshireScotland 
Item 32 of 381968Tillmouth SchoolTillmouth NorthumberlandEnglandAlterations
Item 33 of 38196947 Market SquareDuns BerwickshireScotlandAlterations
Item 34 of 381969Fogo ManseFogo BerwickshireScotlandReconstruction
Item 35 of 381960s or 1970s(?)HousingAyton Old Town BerwickshireScotland 
Item 36 of 381975House, 5 Quay WallsBerwick-upon-Tweed NorthumberlandEnglandReconstruction and restoration
Item 37 of 381979Greenlaw County Buildings and CourthouseGreenlaw BerwickshireScotlandMaking building wind and water tight and reconversion from private swimming pool to hall.
Item 38 of 381981Wedderburn CastleDuns BerwickshireScotlandChange of use from house to home for the elderly.


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 10Allen, Nic (ed.) Scottish Architects in Conservation  p88
Item 2 of 10Municipal Annual1964Scottish Municipal Annual1964-1965  
Item 3 of 10RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 4 of 10RIBA1955Kalendar 1954-1955   
Item 5 of 10RIBA1960The RIBA Kalendar 1959-19601959-1960  
Item 6 of 10RIBA1965The RIBA Kalendar   
Item 7 of 10RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   
Item 8 of 10RIBA1979Directory of members   
Item 9 of 10RIBA1980Directory of Practices 1980   
Item 10 of 10RIBA1987RIBA Directory of Members 1987   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2RIAS NewsletterJune 1992v3, no8  
Item 2 of 2Scotsman20 April 1992  Memoir by Anthony Troon.

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1H M Register HouseDeath Register