Basic Biographical Details

Name: George Craig
Born: 17 January 1852
Died: 18 April 1928
Bio Notes: George Craig was born on 17 January 1852 and articled to James Simpson from 1867 to 1871, remaining as draughtsman. He attended Edinburgh Royal Institution and Leith School of Art, and was taught to paint by a Mr Lewis of Edinburgh. He subsequently became assistant to George Brown of Leith, moving thereafter to the offices of John Lessels and to Sir Robert Rowand Anderson. He travelled in France, Belgium, Holland and Germany.

Craig commenced independent practice in Leith in 1880 and became Simpson's successor as architect to Leith School Board, also serving as architect to the Highland Railway and to an as yet unidentified Inverness practice. He took an active part in public work and was a keen Freemason. He was elected LRIBA in the mass intake of 20 July 1911, his proposers being Hippolyte Jean Blanc, James Bow Dunn and James Anderson Williamson.

Craig died on 18 Appril 1928.

'Building Stones used in Edinburgh: their geological courses, relative durability and other characteristics' (1892), published by the Edinburgh Geological Society and adopted by the Geological Society

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 685, Constitution Street, Leith, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusinessc. 1881c. 1885 
Item 2 of 63, Bernard Street, Leith, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusiness1886 *  
Item 3 of 679, Duke Street, Leith, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusinessc. 1887c. 1890 
Item 4 of 66, East Hermitage Plac, Leith, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusiness1889  
Item 5 of 685, Duke Street, Leith, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusinessc. 1891c. 1927Last entry in PO directoy is 1927
Item 6 of 6St Helens, Russell Place, Trinity, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivatec. 19041928 

* earliest date known from documented sources.

Employment and Training


The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 5James Simpson18671871ApprenticeLater assistant
Item 2 of 5James Simpson1871Before 1880Draughtsman 
Item 3 of 5(Sir) Robert Rowand AndersonAfter 18711880(?)Assistant 
Item 4 of 5George BrownAfter 1871Before 1880Assistant 
Item 5 of 5John LesselsAfter 1871Before 1880Assistant 

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 4William Constable18861892Assistant 
Item 2 of 4James Muir CalderJune 1887September 1891Apprentice 
Item 3 of 4Alexander Hay Lamont28 July 1891July 1895Apprentice 
Item 4 of 4Alexander Hay LamontJuly 189531 December 1898Draughtsman 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Hippolyte Jean Blanc20 July 1911for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3James Bow Dunn20 July 1911for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3James Anderson Williamson20 July 1911for Licentiateship

Buildings and Designs

This 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 33After 1880Co-Operative StoreMusselburgh MidlothianScotland 
Item 2 of 33After 1880Co-Operative StoreRoslin/Rosslyn MidlothianScotland 
Item 3 of 33After 1880Co-Operative StorePenicuik MidlothianScotland 
Item 4 of 33After 1880Co-Operative StoreLeith EdinburghScotland 
Item 5 of 33After 1880DunardarighInverness Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 6 of 33After 1880Hospital for Women  EdinburghScotland 
Item 7 of 33After 1880HotelAberdour FifeScotland 
Item 8 of 33After 1880Residence for Sir Richard MacRieLeith EdinburghScotland 
Item 9 of 33After 1880Smiths HallsLeith EdinburghScotland 
Item 10 of 33After 1880St Andrews Place UP ChurchLeith EdinburghScotlandReconstruction
Item 11 of 33After 1880St Clair Works  EdinburghScotland 
Item 12 of 33After 1880Swimming BathsLeith EdinburghScotland 
Item 13 of 331882Leith Sailors' HomeLeith EdinburghScotlandCompetition design - not successful (Gothic style)
Item 14 of 331885Lochend Road SchoolLeith EdinburghScotland 
Item 15 of 331888Trafalgar Masonic HallLeith EdinburghScotland 
Item 16 of 331888Yardheads SchoolLeith EdinburghScotlandReconstruction and heightening
Item 17 of 331889Couper Street SchoolLeith EdinburghScotland 
Item 18 of 331890Dr Bell's SchoolLeith EdinburghScotlandAdditions
Item 19 of 331891Craighall SchoolTrinity EdinburghScotlandWon competition to secure job
Item 20 of 331891St Mary Star of the Sea RC ChurchLeith EdinburghScotlandConfessionals to south aisle
Item 21 of 331893(?)Skirling Parish ChurchSkirling PeeblesshireScotlandRenovation/rebuilding?
Item 22 of 33189446 Constitution StreetLeith EdinburghScotlandShopfront - at 46
Item 23 of 331894Turkish BathsLeith EdinburghScotlandHeightened by 2 storeys
Item 24 of 331895Leith Academy and Technical CollegeLeith EdinburghScotland 
Item 25 of 331896Dr Bell's SchoolLeith EdinburghScotlandSwimming baths
Item 26 of 331896Victoria SchoolNewhaven EdinburghScotlandRebuilding
Item 27 of 331898Premises of Messrs Smith & Sons, bakers and confectioners  EdinburghScotland 
Item 28 of 331898WarehouseLeith EdinburghScotland 
Item 29 of 33c. 1907Tantallon HallNorth Berwick East LothianScotland 
Item 30 of 331912Strathmiglo Free ChurchStrathmiglo FifeScotlandAlterations
Item 31 of 331912UF Church hallStrathmiglo FifeScotland 
Item 32 of 331913David Kilpatrick SchoolLeith EdinburghScotland 
Item 33 of 331920Leith Academy and Technical CollegeLeith EdinburghScotlandGymnasium added


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 2Post Office Directories     
Item 2 of 2Who's Who in Architecture1914    

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this :
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 3Builder9 June 1928  p535
Item 2 of 3RIBA Journal9 June 1928 London: Royal Institute of British ArchitectsObituary p535
Item 3 of 3Scotsman31 October 1894   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this :
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L v17 no1200