Basic Biographical Details
|Name: ||John Mylne |
|Designation: ||Mason |
|Born: || |
|Died: ||1657 |
|Bio Notes: ||John Mylne was the son of John Mylne (died 1621) and his wife Helen Kinneris. |
John Mylne assisted his father in the construction of the bridge over the Tay at Perth. However before the completion of the project he left Perth for Edinburgh in 1616 because he had been invited to complete a statue of King James I and VI for the Netherbow Port after the original sculptor, Benjamin Lambert, died suddenly. He undertook further work in Edinburgh and was made a burgess there in June 1617.
He returned north in 1618, either to Perth or to Dundee. In 1620 he entered a contract with David Murray, Lord Scone, to build Falkland Church. He subsequently worked in Aberdeen and was made a burgess of the city 'ex gratia'. In 1627 he became a burgess of Dundee in right of his late father.
By 1629 he had returned to Edinburgh and was working at Holyroodhouse. Two years later he succeeded William Wallace as Master Mason to the Crown. However he resigned this in favour of his son John and returned to Dundee where he undertook various work for the town between 1643 and 1651. In 1643 he was admitted a burgess of Kirkcaldy probably because of work he had undertaken on the church there.
Like his father he was Master of the Masons' Lodge at Scone. He married Isobel Wilson, a native of Perth in 1610. The couple had two sons, John (1611-1667) who followed in his fatherís footsteps as a mason and Alexander (1613-1643) who was a sculptor and carver and who is commemorated by a monument in Holyrood Abbey.
John Mylne died in 1657.
Employment and Training
Employees or Pupils
|The following individuals were employed or trained by this mason (click on an item to view details):|
| ||Name||Date from||Date to||Position||Notes|
|Robert Mylne|| || ||Apprentice|| |
Buildings and Designs
|The following books contain references to this mason:|
|APSD|| ||The Dictionary of Architecture||ed Wyatt Papworth||The Architectural Publication Society (8v 1852-1892)|| |
|Colvin, Howard||2008||A Biographical Dictionary of British Architects 1600-1840|| ||London: YUP. 4th edition|| |
|DNB|| ||Dictionary of National Biography|| || || |
|Howard, Deborah||1995||The Architectural History of SCotland 1560-1660|| ||Edinburgh|| |
|Mylne, R S|| ||The Master Masons to the Crown of Scotland|| || ||Various pages including p113, 114-5|