Basic Biographical Details

Name: Richard Dickson
Designation: Architect
Born: 1792
Died: 1857
Bio Notes: Richard (born 1972) and Robert Dickson were the sons of John Dickson (1766-1828), an Edinburgh builder, and his wife Mary Crichton, daughter of the mason, James Crichton, and sister of the architect Richard Crichton, to whom they were probably articled and whose practice they took over on his death in 1817. Robert died sometime just before 1866.

There is evidence that they supplied designs for the builder father. Like their uncle they were able designers and designed buildings in a variety of styles. Their Gothic work was not archaeologically accurate as Pugin advocated but had plenty of inventive detail. They were equally adept at the Grecian style and at the Town Hall in Leith successfully fused together Grecian and Renaissance styles reminiscent of C R Cockerell.

There is a mounment to Richard Dickson and his parents in Old Calton Burial Ground.

Richard Dickson died in 1857.

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 2Richard Crichton 1817Apprentice 
Item 2 of 2R & R Dickson1817 Partner 

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 301815104 Princes Street  EdinburghScotlandDrawing may be by Richard and Robert Dickson
Item 2 of 301816St Ann's Terrace, North Bridge  EdinburghScotlandElevations of whole terrace. Simple design.
Item 3 of 301817Abercairney  PerthshireScotlandCompleted original house (begun by Richard Crichton)
Item 4 of 301817Row of shops, North Bridge  EdinburghScotland 
Item 5 of 301818Coach house and stable behind Abercromby Place  EdinburghScotlandDrew up designs
Item 6 of 301819Kilconquhar Parish ChurchKilconquhar FifeScotland 
Item 7 of 301820Cortachy CastleKirriemuir AngusScotlandRemodelled house with crenellated porch and relocated stair. New stairhall.
Item 8 of 301820Coul House  Ross and CromartyScotland 
Item 9 of 301822WhitehaughNewcastleton RoxburghshireScotland 
Item 10 of 301823Shop front, 8 St Andrew Square  EdinburghScotland 
Item 11 of 301824Balbirnie House, West LodgeMarkinch FifeScotland 
Item 12 of 301826Millearne  PerthshireScotlandAttribution
Item 13 of 301826Tenements, Gardner's Crsecent and Morrison Street  EdinburghScotland 
Item 14 of 301827Church, Gardner's Crescent  EdinburghScotland 
Item 15 of 301828Tron Church  EdinburghScotlandRebuilt steeple after fire in 1824.
Item 16 of 301830Buildings, 1-8 Baxter's Place and Greenside Lane  EdinburghScotlandAddition of shop-fronts to 1-3 Baxter's Place and new buildings in Greenside Lane.
Item 17 of 301830MuirhouseCramond EdinburghScotland 
Item 18 of 301831Bathgate AcademyBathgate West LothianScotlandOriginal building - won competition to secure job
Item 19 of 301833Veterinary College   EdinburghScotland 
Item 20 of 301836Blair Drummond, East Lodge  PerthshireScotlandAdditions
Item 21 of 301836St James the Less Episcopal ChurchMuthill PerthshireScotland 
Item 22 of 301838Collessie Parish ChurchCollessie FifeScotlandWith Smith & Ireland (contractors)
Item 23 of 301839Arbuthnott House, Estate Buildings  KincardineshireScotlandEstate buildings
Item 24 of 301839Dr Bell's SchoolLeith EdinburghScotland 
Item 25 of 301839Dunimarle Castle  FifeScotland 
Item 26 of 301840Blair CottagesBlair Atholl PerthshireScotland 
Item 27 of 301853Duchess of Atholl's Industrial SchoolDunkeld PerthshireScotland 
Item 28 of 301855Kincardine SchoolKincardine-in-Menteith PerthshireScotland 
Item 29 of 301856Atholl Arms HotelBlair Atholl PerthshireScotland 
Item 30 of 301856Garryside villageGarryside, Blair Atholl PerthshireScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 2Colvin, Howard2008A Biographical Dictionary of British Architects 1600-1840 London: YUP. 4th edition 
Item 2 of 2Scottish Record Society1933Roll of Edinburgh Burgesses