Basic Site Details

Name: Carnegie Free Library
Town, district or village: Hawick
City or county: Roxburghshire
Country: Scotland
Status: B listed
Grid ref:
Notes: Competition assessed by John James Burnet. 42 competitive designs submitted.

In November 1901 the assessor’s report was submitted to the Town Council for consideration. J J Burnet had awarded the first premium to “Quex ” and the second to that marked with a red star. The council refused to divulge the names of the winning architects , instead passing the matter to a committee for further consideration. On 6 December the British Architect recorded that Hawick Town Council had decided to adopt the design marked “Teviot” by Mr Scott of Scott and Campbell 44 Queen Street Edinburgh.

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 1Public Library  

Building Type Classification

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

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 1North Bridge StreetYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 41902  Competition designs
Item 2 of 41903 Design exhibitedAdshead & Sloper design exhibited at RA
Item 3 of 4April 1903 Foundation stoneFoundation stone laid
Item 4 of 41904 Opened 


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 18Edward Charles Henry Maidman  1901 Unsuccessful competition design
Item 2 of 18James Pearson Alison  1901 Competition design - not successful
Item 3 of 18Stanley Davenport Adshead  1901 Won competition but commission was awarded to John Nichol Scott
Item 4 of 18Findlater & Murray A1901 Competition design - not successful
Item 5 of 18John Murray A1901 Competition design - not successful
Item 6 of 18Robert W Findlater A1901 Competition design - not successful
Item 7 of 18Alexander Gardner B1901 Competition design - not successful
Item 8 of 18Alexander Lorne Campbell C19011904Awarded commission following competition
Item 9 of 18J N Scott & A Lorne Campbell (or Scott & Campbell) C19011904Awarded commission following competition
Item 10 of 18John Nichol Scott C19011904Awarded commission following competition
Item 11 of 18George Mackie Watson D1901 Competition design - not successful
Item 12 of 18George Andrew Paterson E1901 Competition design - not successful
Item 13 of 18John Stewart E1901 Competition design - not successful
Item 14 of 18Stewart & Paterson E1901 Competition design - not successful
Item 15 of 18William Birnie Rhind CAfter 1901(?)1904Sculpture
Item 16 of 18E W Sloper A1903 Competition design - not successful
Item 17 of 18S D Adshead & E W Sloper A1903 Competition design - not successful
Item 18 of 18Stanley Davenport Adshead A1903 Competition design - not successful


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 1Carnegie, AndrewProvided £10,000 donation to fund construction


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 12Academy Architecture1902 part 1 p18 and p61 (Scott & Lorne Campbell design), 68 (Findlater & Murray design)
Item 2 of 12Academy Architecture1906 Part 1 p79 (Alexander Gardner design)
Item 3 of 12Cruft, Kitty, Dunbar, John and Fawcett, Richard2006Borders (The Buildings of Scotland) New Haven and London: Yale University Presspp 72 & 353; pl 102
Item 4 of 12Graves, Algernon1905The Royal Academy of Arts: a complete dictionary of exhibitors and their works…1905-6London: Graves and Bell1903, no 1582
Item 5 of 12Powers, Alan (ed.)1981Architects I have known: the architectural career of S D Adshead Architectural History 24, 1981, pp103-123, plates 38-40 
Item 6 of 12Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts1902   569 (Stewart & Paterson design)
Item 7 of 12Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts1906   940 (Alexander Gardner design)
Item 8 of 12RSA1902   657 (Maidman's design) 563 (Scott & Lorne Campbell design); 654 (George Mackie Watson design); 658 (Findlater & Murray design)
Item 9 of 12Scott, R E1998Companion to Hawick and District3rd Edition pp30-1
Item 10 of 12Strang, Charles Alexander1994Borders and Berwick: An Illustrated Architectural Guide  p143
Item 11 of   
Item 12 of 12Young, Alex F2004Old Hawick  p17

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 6British Architect15 November 1901  p343
Item 2 of 6British Architect6 December 1901  p397
Item 3 of 6British Architect13 June 1902  p418 and illustration of design - described as having been awarded second prize design by Murray & Forrester. This is probably an error for Findlater & Murray.
Item 4 of 6British Architect17 April 1903  p290 - foundation stone.
Item 5 of 6British Architect27 May 1904  p397
Item 6 of 6Builder7 December 1901  p510

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 2Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register51218 
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers Alexander Lorne Campbell: F v18 p75 no1210 (microfilm reel 12); John Nichol Scott: F v18 p91 no1219 (microfilm reel 12)