Basic Biographical Details

Name: John Craig
Designation: Architect
Died: After 1815
Bio Notes: John Craig was born in Glasgow, the son of William Craig, a prosperous timber merchant there. In Post Office directories he is described as 'John Craig youngest' and 'architect to His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales'. The way in which he obtained this appointment is not yet clear.

Craig visited Italy. He had a reputation in Glasgow as a cultured man of taste. He could play the fiddle and speak Italian. He subscribed five guineas to the University of Edinburgh fund in 1791. He married William Stark's sister, Sarah, in 1787 but she died in Barcelona, Spain on the way to Italy in 1792 where she was going for her health.

Craig's daughter Margaret married General Sir George Napier. Craig was still alive in 1815 when he wrote a postscript on the report by William Stark on the planned developments on Calton Hill.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 3Clyde Street, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate(?)1787  
Item 2 of 3Dreghorn's Land, Stockwell, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate/business(?)1789 At the foot of Stockwell.
Item 3 of 3Dunlop Street, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate(?)17901791Described as lodgings

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 11791Trades House  GlasgowScotlandUnexecuted designs. Was paid 30gs for the drawings.


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 3Post Office Directories    Glasgow directories of 1787, 1789 and 1790-91.
Item 3 of 3Senex1884Glasgow Past and PresentII pp278, 330

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 3Scots Magazine lxxvii p582
Item 2 of 3Scots Magazine1787xlix p620
Item 3 of 3Scots Magazine1793lv p50