Basic Biographical Details

Name: Samuel Bell
Designation: Architect
Born: 6 May 1739
Died: 23 January 1813
Bio Notes: Samuel Bell was born on 6 May 1739, the son of John Bell, wright, Dundee. He started as a wright and later practised as an architect. He designed most of Dundee’s public buildings from 1770 until his death in 1813. His style was ‘provincial and not very up-to-date’ but the buildings are attractive and Palladian in character with some details borrowed from the Adam brothers.

He died on 23 January 1813.

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 22 Belmont House  DundeeScotlandDate not recorded
Item 2 of 22 Tenement  DundeeScotland 
Item 3 of 221772St Andrew's Church  Dundee 'At St Andrew's, Bell made his debut as the First Town's Architect, probably with the assistance of plans prepared by James Craig.' RCAHMS (1992) Dundee on Record, p17
Item 4 of 221776Trades Hall  DundeeScotland 
Item 5 of 221783English Episcopal Chapel  DundeeScotland 
Item 6 of 221786City Churches, St Clement's Church and St Mary's Tower  DundeeScotland 
Item 7 of 221788Forfar Parish ChurchForfar AngusScotlandBased on plan by James Millar, mason, Bridgeton
Item 8 of 221790sMiln's Building  DundeeScotlandHad some input into the design?
Item 9 of 221790Morgan Tower  DundeeScotland 
Item 10 of 221790Provost Riddoch's House  DundeeScotland 
Item 11 of 221790Sailors' Hall  DundeeScotlandAtribution for styistic reasons
Item 12 of 221790Trinity House  DundeeScotland 
Item 13 of 221795Lintrathen Parish ManseBridgend of Lintrathen AngusScotlandMain block
Item 14 of 221797ManseTannadice AngusScotland 
Item 15 of 221799Duntrune MillDuntrune AngusScotlandPlan of 'New Fall'
Item 16 of 221799Officers' Mess  DundeeScotlandActed as superintending architect
Item 17 of 221799Parish ChurchAberlemno AngusScotland 
Item 18 of 22c. 1800Mylnefield  DundeeScotlandRepairs after riots
Item 19 of 221808Theatre Royal  DundeeScotland 
Item 20 of 221811Kinnettles Parish ChurchKinnettles AngusScotland 
Item 21 of 221812Castle Street Chapel  DundeeScotlandPerhaps responsible
Item 22 of 221812St Rule's ChurchMonifieth AngusScotlandDesign


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 3Colvin, Howard2008A Biographical Dictionary of British Architects 1600-1840 London: YUP. 4th edition 
Item 2 of 3RCAHMS1992Dundee on Record RCAHMSp16-17
Item 3 of 3Walker, David M1955Architects and Architecture in Dundee 1770-1914  pp4-6

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Caledonian Mercury1 February 1813  Death notice
Item 2 of 2Scots Magazine1813lxxv p238

Archive References

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