Archibald Elliot

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Archibald Elliot
Born August 1761
Scotland
Died 16 June 1823
Scotland

Archibald Elliot (August 1760 – 16 June 1823) was a Scottish architect based in Edinburgh. He had a very distinctive style, typified by square plans, concealed roofs, crenellated walls and square corner towers. All may be said to derive from the earlier local example of Melville Castle by James Playfair. Sadly many of his works are now demolished.

Archibald Elliot ran an architecture practice in London and Edinburgh with his brother James Elliot. Following James' death in 1810, Archibald ran the company on his own. It was later taken over by Archibald's son, Archibald Elliot Junior.

Amongst his works he contributed to many significant buildings and streets in Edinburgh including St Paul's and St George's Church, Rutland Square, the Regent Bridge, Waterloo Place and Calton Prison (now demolished). He was also involved with work on many country houses in Scotland, including Blair Castle and Taymouth Castle in Perthshire, Loudoun Castle in Ayrshire, and Stobo Castle in Peeblesshire.[1]

He is buried in New Calton Cemetery close to his works on Waterloo Place.

Main Works[edit]

Stobo Castle
Entrance front of Loudoun Castle in the 1890s
Taymouth Castle's eastern façade
  • Loudoun Castle complete rebuilding around an original 17th century tower house (1804) (largely demolished)
  • Stobo Castle (1805)
  • Taymouth Castle (1806)
  • Calton Prison (1815) (demolished 1930)
  • Midlothian County Hall, Edinburgh (1816) (demolished)
  • Waterloo Monument, Peniel Heugh (1817)
  • 35 St Andrew Square, Edinburgh (as Royal Bank of Scotland head office) (1819)
  • Rutland Square and Rutland Street, Edinburgh (1819-21)
  • St George's Church, Paisley co-designed with William Reid (1819)
  • Edmonstone House, south of Edinburgh (1821, now largely demolished)
  • Jedburgh Castle Jail (1823)

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