Basic Biographical Details

Name: Charles Henry Greig
Born: 1871
Died: February 1929
Bio Notes: Charles Henry Greig was born in 1871, the son of George Greig and his wife Catherine C R Simpson. He was educated at George Watson's College. He began his training in 1887, attending classes at Edinburgh University, Heriot-Watt College and the Royal Institution, and was articled to Sydney Mitchell & Wilson in 1889, remaining as improver for a year and a half after completing his apprenticeship. In the 1891 census he was living with his parents in Argyle Place in Edinburgh and is described as an 'architect's apprentice'.

Thereafter Greig worked for John Eaglesham in Ayr for a year and nine months, followed by four years with Robert Morham and James Anderson Williamson in the City Architect's office in Edinburgh, engaged on the City Infectious Diseases Hospital. He spent a further year and nine months as office manager with Messrs Oliver & Dodgshun of Carlisle (in the 1901 census he living in Carlisle and is described as 'architect's manager') and Leeds before commencing practice on his own account in Edinburgh in 1902. Initially his practice was mainly in Dalkeith and district, and he lived at Roselea, Park Road, Eskbank. In 1904 he was admitted to the Edinburgh Merchants' Association. At some point thereafter he had houses in Stirling, perhaps because the Duke of Montrose was an important client. He was admitted LRIBA on 4 December 1911, his proposers being Thomas Tolmie Paterson and James Anderson Williamson. He died in February 1929.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 5Nelson Street, Caldewgate, Carlisle, EnglandPrivate1901  
Item 2 of 5Roselea, Park Road, Eskbank, Midlothian, ScotlandPrivate1911 *  
Item 3 of 56, York Place, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusiness1911 *c. 1913 
Item 4 of 515, Dumbarton Road, Stirling, Stirlingshire, ScotlandBusiness1914 *  
Item 5 of 54, Abercromby Place, Stirling, Stirlingshire, ScotlandPrivate1914 *  

* 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 7Sydney Mitchell & Wilson1889c. 1893Apprentice 
Item 2 of 7Sydney Mitchell & Wilsonc. 18931894 or 1895Improver 
Item 3 of 7John Eaglesham1894 or 18951897Draughtsman 
Item 4 of 7Edinburgh City Architect's Department (Edinburgh Corporation)1897c. 1901DraughtsmanUnder Robert Morham and James Anderson Williamson
Item 5 of 7Robert Morham1897c. 1901Draughtsman 
Item 6 of 7James Anderson Williamson1898c. 1901Draughtsman 
Item 7 of 7Oliver & Dodgshunc. 19011902Manager 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 2Thomas Tolmie Paterson4 December 1911for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 2James Anderson Williamson4 December 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 24c. 1889CraighouseCraiglockhart EdinburghScotlandAsylum buildings including New Craighouse, East and West Hospital Blocks, Queen's Craig, South Craig and Bevan House - as apprentice/assistant to Sydney Mitchell & Wilson
Item 2 of 241897Bangour Village AsylumUphall West LothianScotlandCompetition design for asylum, entered jointly with his employer, John Eaglesham - not successful, though was awarded a premium
Item 3 of 24c. 1897City Infectious Diseases HospitalColinton EdinburghScotlandAs draughtsman to Robert Morham
Item 4 of 24c. 1901Crown & Mitre HotelCarlisle CumberlandEnglandAs manager in Oliver & Dodgshun office
Item 5 of 24After 1902Broxburn UF Church and HallBroxburn West LothianScotland 
Item 6 of 24After 1902Buccleuch Parish Church and halls  EdinburghScotlandFurther reconstruction
Item 7 of 24After 1902Burgh ChambersDalkeith MidlothianScotlandCompetition designs - for enlargement - won competition and secured job
Item 8 of 24After 1902Butcher's business premises and housesDalkeith MidlothianScotland 
Item 9 of 24After 1902Chemist's shop, 37-39 High StreetDalkeith MidlothianScotland 
Item 10 of 24After 1902(?)Church and manseTranent East LothianScotlandReconstruction
Item 11 of 24After 1902Dundas Castle  MidlothianScotlandInternal refitting/reconstruction - date (from 'Buildings of Scotland') may not be accurate. HS List says the date is 1900
Item 12 of 24After 1902Golf ClubhouseBonnyrigg MidlothianScotlandCompetition design
Item 13 of 24After 1902Paper MillsLasswade MidlothianScotland 
Item 14 of 24After 1902Printing Works (Annan's?) and tenement housesPolwarth EdinburghScotland 
Item 15 of 24After 1902SchoolCorstorphine EdinburghScotland 
Item 16 of 241904Municipal AbattoirDalkeith MidlothianScotland 
Item 17 of 241906Draper's shop, 10 and 12 High StreetDalkeith MidlothianScotland 
Item 18 of 241906Gothenburg Public House and working men's housesDalkeith MidlothianScotland 
Item 19 of 241906West Church and hallsDalkeith MidlothianScotlandRenovation. HS gives date as 1901
Item 20 of 241913Memorial BridgeDalkeith MidlothianScotland 
Item 21 of 241914Ballikinrain CastleBalfron StirlingshireScotlandRebuilding after fire
Item 22 of 24Before 1914Carronbridge SchoolCarronshore, Falkirk StirlingshireScotland 
Item 23 of 24Before 1914Cowie SchoolCowie StirlingshireScotlandRebuild? Different School?
Item 24 of 24Before 1929Buchanan CastleDrymen Stirlingshire/DunbartonshireScotlandEstate work


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 3Bailey, Rebecca M1996Scottish architects' papers: a source book Edinburgh: The Rutland Pressp109
Item 2 of 3Post Office Directories     
Item 3 of 3Who's Who in Architecture1914    

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this :
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Edinburgh Evening News10 November 1904   
Item 2 of 2RIBA Journal29 February 1929 London: Royal Institute of British ArchitectsObituary p335

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this :
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2Census records onlineCensuses  
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L v22 no1710