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 started||Building name||Town, district or village||Island||City or county||Country||Notes|
|1771||Royal Bank of Scotland Headquarters|| || ||Edinburgh||Scotland||Was responsible for the masonry|
|1777||Ballast Quay||Leith|| ||Edinburgh||Scotland||Submitted offer to build quay and won job.|
|1785||Register House|| || ||Edinburgh||Scotland||Tendered for the brick vaults|
|The following books contain references to this builder:|
|Baird, William||1898||History of Duddingston and Portobello|| || || |
|Colvin, Howard||2008||A Biographical Dictionary of British Architects 1600-1840|| ||London: YUP. 4th edition|| |
|Lewis, Anthony||2014||The Builders of Edinburgh New Town 1767-1795|| ||Reading: Spire Books|| |
|The following periodicals contain references to this builder:|
| ||Periodical Name||Date||Edition||Publisher||Notes|
|Gentleman's Magazine||1814||i|| ||p524|