Basic Site Details

Name: Inglis Memorial Hall and Library
Town, district or village: Edzell
City or county: Angus
Country: Scotland
Status: A listed
Grid ref:
Notes: Total of 170 entrants in competition.

The competition drawings by William Bonner Hopkins were advertised on ebay (located in Portugal) in February 2017.

According to the Dundee Courier [4 April 1896 page 6 ] the competition entries were sent to Mr J Shiell in Brechin (who was acting as agent for Mr Inglis) who forwarded them to London, where they were submitted to the examiner of the Royal Institute of British Architects. The examiner selected a shortlist of seven designs. The remaining designs were returned to the entrants "along with a sum of the money representing the cost of the materials, and covering the expense of carriage." This was "an unusual and very pleasant feature".

The donor was Lt Col R W Inglis VD, who was born in Edzell at a time when his family was rather poor (his father was the first Free Church minister of Edzell), but who went on, in 1907, to become Chairman of the London Stock Exchange. (Inglis Memorial Hall was opened in 1898 and was built in memory of some of Lt Col R W Inglis VD's family.)

Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 2Library  
Item 2 of 2Hall  


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 11896  Competition


Design and Construction

The following individuals or organisations have carried out design/construction work. Where architects or practices worked together, matching letters appear beside their names in the Partnership Group column.
 NameRolePartnership GroupFromToNotes
Item 1 of 11Alfred CoxArchitect 1896 Design exhibited. (Competition design - C & L Ower got the job)
Item 2 of 11John SimArchitect 1896 Competition design - placed second
Item 3 of 11Thomas Reid PeacockArchitect 1896 Competition design - unsuccessful
Item 4 of 11Conner & MitchellArchitectural practiceA1896 Competition design - unsuccessful
Item 5 of 11Henry MitchellArchitectA1896 Competition design - unsuccessful
Item 6 of 11William Tait ConnerArchitectA1896 Competition design - unsuccessful
Item 7 of 11John William SmallArchitectB1896 Competition design - unsuccessful
Item 8 of 11C & L OwerArchitectural practiceC1896 Won competition and secured job
Item 9 of 11Charles Ower (junior)ArchitectC1896 Won competition and secured job
Item 10 of 11Leslie OwerArchitectC1896 Won competition and secured job
Item 11 of 11William Bonner HopkinsArchitectD1896 Competition designs - not successful


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 6Academy Architecture1896 part 2 p10
Item 2 of 6Chalmers, Mark Inglis Hall - Edzell's patrimony 
Item 3 of 6Harper, Roger H1983Victorian Architectural Competitions: An Index to British and Irish Architectural Competitions… London: Mansell Publishing 
Item 4 of 6RSA1897   581 (Peacock's design)
Item 5 of 6Smedley, Jean2105Inglis Memorial Hall & Library, Edzell Zeldel Publishing 
Item 6 of 6Smith, Norma1991John William Small: his life and work University of St Andrews MA dissertationp44

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 3BuilderEarly 1896LXX p318
Item 2 of 3Dundee Advertiser   ??
Item 3 of 3Stirling Journal and Advertiser6 March 1896   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 2Courtesy of Jean SmedleyInformation sent to Dictionary by  Sent February 2017
Item 2 of 2Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register11261