Basic Biographical Details

Name: Robert Dickson
Designation: Architect
Born: c. 1796
Died: Before 1866
Bio Notes: Richard and Robert Dickson (born 1796) 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.

The Dean of Guild records show that the Dicksons provided designs for their 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.

Robert Dickson died sometime just before 1866.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 29, Blenheim Place, Leith, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate1841 *  
Item 2 of 211, Broughton Place, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate/businessBefore 1863 *1865 

* 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 2Richard Crichton Before 1817Apprentice 
Item 2 of 2R & R Dickson1817c. 1865Partner 

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 321815104 Princes Street  EdinburghScotlandDrawing may be by Richard and Robert Dickson
Item 2 of 321816St Ann's Terrace, North Bridge  EdinburghScotlandElevations of whole terrace. Simple design.
Item 3 of 321817Abercairney  PerthshireScotlandCompleted original house (begun by Richard Crichton)
Item 4 of 321817Row of shops, North Bridge  EdinburghScotland 
Item 5 of 321818Coach house and stable behind Abercromby Place  EdinburghScotlandDrew up designs
Item 6 of 321819Kilconquhar Parish ChurchKilconquhar FifeScotland 
Item 7 of 321820Cortachy CastleKirriemuir AngusScotlandRemodelled house with crenellated porch and relocated stair. New stairhall.
Item 8 of 321820Coul House  Ross and CromartyScotland 
Item 9 of 321822WhitehaughNewcastleton RoxburghshireScotland 
Item 10 of 321823Shop front, 8 St Andrew Square  EdinburghScotland 
Item 11 of 321824Balbirnie House, West LodgeMarkinch FifeScotland 
Item 12 of 321826Millearne  PerthshireScotlandAttirbution
Item 13 of 321826Tenements, Gardner's Crsecent and Morrison Street  EdinburghScotland 
Item 14 of 321827Church, Gardner's Crescent  EdinburghScotland 
Item 15 of 321828Tron Church  EdinburghScotlandRebuilt steeple after fire in 1824.
Item 16 of 321830Buildings, 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 321830MuirhouseCramond EdinburghScotland 
Item 18 of 321831Bathgate AcademyBathgate West LothianScotlandOriginal building - won competition to secure job
Item 19 of 321833Veterinary College   EdinburghScotland 
Item 20 of 321836Blair Drummond, East Lodge  PerthshireScotlandAdditions
Item 21 of 321836St James the Less Episcopal ChurchMuthill PerthshireScotland 
Item 22 of 321838Collessie Parish ChurchCollessie FifeScotlandWith Smith & Ireland (contractors)
Item 23 of 321839Arbuthnott House, Estate Buildings  KincardineshireScotlandEstate buildings
Item 24 of 321839Dr Bell's SchoolLeith EdinburghScotlandFront
Item 25 of 321839Dunimarle Castle  FifeScotland 
Item 26 of 321840Blair CottagesBlair Atholl PerthshireScotland 
Item 27 of 321853Duchess of Atholl's Industrial SchoolDunkeld PerthshireScotland 
Item 28 of 321855Kincardine SchoolKincardine-in-Menteith PerthshireScotland 
Item 29 of 321856Atholl Arms HotelBlair Atholl PerthshireScotland 
Item 30 of 321856Garryside villageGarryside, Blair Atholl PerthshireScotland 
Item 31 of 321863School for 6th Duke of AthollLogierait PerthshireScotland 
Item 32 of 321863Tenements, Grange Road and Causewayside  EdinburghScotland 


Bibliographic References

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

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1Census records onlineCensuses