Basic Biographical Details

Name: John Edgar Gregan
Born: 18 December 1813
Died: 1855
Bio Notes: John Edgar Gregan was born in Dumfries on 18 December 1813. He was articled to Walter Newall in Dumfries but completed his articles with Thomas Witlam Atkinson in Manchester, commencing practice there in or about 1840.

Gregan was an accomplished Renaissance designer and was able to ask Sir Charles Barry, Ambrose Poynter and George Godwin to be his proposers for admission to FRIBA, 5 February 1849. He died at the early age of 41 at York Place, Manchester on 29 April 1855, and was buried at St Michael's, Dumfries.

William Reid Corson who had also trained with Walter Newall moved from Leeds to take over the practice and complete some of Gregan's work, inlcuding the Mechanics Institute in Princess Street. He continued to work independently from Gregan's old address at 20 Cooper Street until the mid-1860s when he took Robert Aitken into partnership.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 3Dumfries, Dumfriesshire, ScotlandPrivate1813After 1828Place of birth
Item 2 of 3Manchester, EnglandBusinessAfter 1828Before 1855 
Item 3 of 3York Place, Manchester, EnglandPrivate1855 * Place of death

* 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 3Thomas Witlam AtkinsonAfter 1828c. 1833(?)Apprentice 
Item 2 of 3Walter Newallc. 1828(?)Before 1833(?)Apprentice 
Item 3 of 3Thomas Witlam Atkinsonc. 1833(?)1840Assistant 

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 1Edward Salomonsc. 18461851(?)ApprenticeSome sources (e.g. Beenstock) have indicated that he was with Gregan for one year only but this is not correct.


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3(Sir) Charles Barry5 February 1849for Fellowship
Item 2 of 3George Godwin5 February 1849for Fellowship
Item 3 of 3Ambrose Poynter5 February 1849for Fellowship

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 31841Roman Doric 'Rotunda', Dumfries and Maxwelltown ObservatoryDumfries DumfriesshireScotland 
Item 2 of 31841Sinclair MemorialDumfries DumfriesshireScotland 
Item 3 of 31847Trustee Savings BankDumfries DumfriesshireScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 4APSD The Dictionary of Architectureed Wyatt PapworthThe Architectural Publication Society (8v 1852-1892) 
Item 2 of 4British Architectural Library, RIBA2001Directory of British Architects 1834-1914   
Item 3 of 4Dixon, Roger and Muthesius, Stefan1978Victorian Architecture London: Thames & Hudson 
Item 4 of 4DNB Dictionary of National Biography   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this :
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Builder12 May 1855  Obituary

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 F v2 p61 (microfiche 77/E4)