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The Scots have made a greater Figure Abroad, than any other Nation in Europe; this hath been generally ascribed to the Barrenness of their Country, as not being able to maintain its Inhabitants: But this is a vulgar Error, for it's entirely owing to the Fineness of their Education. 1
Jamaica, from the late seventeenth to the early nineteenth century, was one of Britain’ most lucrative colonies. The wealth of the island was created by two industries: sugar and, later, coffee. Their business interests established, their large and imposing processing works, aqueducts, mills,...
Sir James Hamilton of Finnan (c.1500–1540), second cousin to King James V and thereby a distant relative also of King Henry VIII, was a powerful Renaissance figure of early 16th century Scotland. There is unusual evidence of his direct involvement in some major artillery fortifications, and in...
Didier Repellin is the Architecte en Chef des Monuments Historiques, Lyon, France. This lecture was given at the Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh, on Monday 3 December 1990. The following text is taken from a tape-recording of the lecture.
Among the foreign architects and civil engineers active in the Far East between 1860 and 1940 were a number of Scotsmen. One of the most successful was the Victorian architect William Kidner, but records of his interventions at RIBA meetings show that he acquired only limited knowledge of...
Playfair built two houses at Lurgan in Northern Ireland, Drumbanagher for Maxwell Close, and Brownlow House (later renamed Lurgan House) for his brother-in-law Charles Brownlow, later Baron Lurgan. This article identifies a splendid Greek-style preliminary scheme for Brownlow House, Jound in the...
James Smith was a leading Scottish architect of his day whose real importance, it has been recently argued, consisted of making a link between Andrea Palladio and English classical architecture of the eighteenth century. James Gibbs was a Scotsman who achieved a very large reputation in that...
A preliminary study of the architectural work of one who has always been better known as an antiquarian, dealer and guide. He is deserving of wider recognition as an architectural draftsman of great sensitivity.
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