Basic Biographical Details

Name: Robert Hay
Born: c. 1819
Died: 17 April 1867
Bio Notes: Robert Hay was born about 1819 in Dunfermline, the son of Robert Hay, master wright, of Dunfermline (1779-1863c) and his wife Mary. He would seem to have trained in Edinburgh as he was living in Cumberland Street in 1841. He practised as an architect and surveyor and lived at Buchanan Street and then Abbey Park Place in Dunfermline. In 1861 he employed two men. He is still listed in Westwood's Parochial Directory in 1866. During the 1850s and 1860s he acted as agent for property sales in Dunfermline. He was also surveyor to the Fifeshire Property Investment Company which had been set up to enable people of limited means to build or purchase houses.

Hay was involved in local affairs and served as a Police Commissioner and President of the Dean of Guild Court.

He died young on 17 April 1867, survived by his wife, Isabella, and daughter.

Some confusion seems to have arisen between the father and son as Gifford attributes the architectural work in Dunfermline to the older Hay but it is clear that the younger Robert Hay was responsible.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 3Cumberland Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate1841  
Item 2 of 319, Buchanan Street, Dunfermline, Fife, ScotlandPrivate1851  
Item 3 of 3Abbey Park Place, Dunfermline, Fife, ScotlandBusinessBefore 1862After 1866 

Employment and Training

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 1Andrew ScobieBefore 1863(?)1867Apprentice 

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 111849Free North ChurchDunfermline FifeScotland 
Item 2 of 111849Saline ManseSaline FifeScotland 
Item 3 of 111852Design for a small villa    Design exhibited
Item 4 of 111854School of ArtDunfermline FifeScotland 
Item 5 of 111855Fordell Castle  FifeScotlandAlterations - including changes to north front
Item 6 of 111855Fordell Chapel  FifeScotlandDesign for new hammerbeam roof exhibited
Item 7 of 111855Wilson's InstitutionDunfermline FifeScotland 
Item 8 of 111856Fordell House  FifeScotlandDesign for proposed additions, north front exhibited
Item 9 of 111857Dalgety Parish SchoolDalgety FifeScotland 
Item 10 of 111858Dollar Free ChurchDollar ClackmannanshireScotland 
Item 11 of 111866Dunfermline Public ParkDunfermline FifeScotlandPlan drawn up for park and adjacent feus. Plan was thought to be by George Smith Birrell and this needs to be checked in archive. The Dundee Courier 1 April 1866 states that Hay had drawn up a plan for the park, Paxton's plan having been laid aside.


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 3Scotlands People Website Wills & Testaments  Cupar Sheriff Court Sc20/50/39
Item 2 of 3Westwood, _____1862Westwood's Parochial Directory of Fife and Kinross Edinburgh: John Menzies 
Item 3 of 3Westwood, _____1866Westwood's Parochial Directory of Fife and Kinross Edinburgh: John Menzies 

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this :
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 6Dunfermline Saturday Press16 July 1864  p1
Item 2 of 6Dunfermline Saturday Press6 May 1865  p1
Item 3 of 6Dunfermline Saturday Press20 April 1867  p4 Death notice.
Item 4 of 6Fife Herald6 January 1853  p1
Item 5 of 6Fife Herald11 May 1854  p3
Item 6 of 6Fife Herald23 January 1862  p3