Basic Biographical Details

Name: William Jamieson
Designation: Builder
Born: c. 1736
Died: 12 November 1813
Bio Notes: William Jamieson was born about 1736, the son of Patrick Jamieson, an Edinbrgh master mason who had been employed as master mason at the Royal Exchange in 1753.

In 1785 William Jamieson was described as 'a tradesman of character and reputation' when he tendered for the brick vaults of Register House, designed by Robert Adam.

In 1763 he purchased forty acres of land in Portobello where he set up a brickworks. The brickworks supplied builders in Edinburgh with bricks for the internal walls of houses in the New Town. He also built a small quay at Portobello from which he exported bricks to Norway, North America and elswhere. In the Figgate area he built seven villas including one for himself and feued other parts of the ground for building thus creating a small industrial and residential suburb of Edinburgh.

There is almost no evidence that he actually worked as an architect. However he was an important figure and was Deacon of the Masons and Convenor of the trades and one of the Trustees for the building of South Bridge.

He died aged 77 on 12 November 1813.

Buildings and Designs

This builder 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 31771Royal Bank of Scotland Headquarters  EdinburghScotlandWas responsible for the masonry
Item 2 of 31777Ballast QuayLeith EdinburghScotlandSubmitted offer to build quay and won job.
Item 3 of 31785Register House  EdinburghScotlandTendered for the brick vaults


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this builder:
Item 1 of 3Baird, William1898History of Duddingston and Portobello   
Item 2 of 3Colvin, Howard2008A Biographical Dictionary of British Architects 1600-1840 London: YUP. 4th edition 
Item 3 of 3Lewis, Anthony2014The Builders of Edinburgh New Town 1767-1795 Reading: Spire Books 

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this builder:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Gentleman's Magazine1814i p524