William Burn

1789 - 1870

Architect. Burn was born in Edinburgh, the son of another architect, Robert Burn (1752 - 1815). He was educated at the High School of Edinburgh but trained as an architect in London. He worked both in London and Edinburgh during his long career. Burn was a pioneer of the Scottish Baronial style, perfected by his pupil David Bryce (1803-76). He designed many Scottish churches, public buildings and country houses, including Blairquhan Castle, South Ayrshire (1821), the New Abbey Church in Dunfermline (1821), Edinburgh Academy (1824), Camperdown House in Dundee (1828) and John Watson's Hospital in Edinburgh (1828, now the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art).

He died in London and lies buried in Kensal Green Cemetery.

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