Robert Mylne - Architect

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Robert Mylne by George Dance (1795)
Robert Mylne
Born January 04, 1733
Died May 05, 1811

Scottish architect and engineer. Son of Thomas Mylne, a deacon. Married (1770) to Mary Home (d. 1797) with whom he had nine children. Ca. 1753-1758 he studied architecture in Rome, at least some of the time together with his brother James.1

Following his arrival back in London in 1759 he became a much respected architect and builder/renovator of such grand projects as Blackfriar's Bridge in London, St Cecilia's Hall in Edinburgh, The Hunterian Medical School in London, Inveraray village and castle in Scotland, Greenwich Hospital, Rochester Cathedral and even the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal. He died in 1811 and was buried in St. Paul's Cathedral.

  • 1"they had walked most of the way across France and down through Italy and were leading a hand-to-mouth existence in Rome on an allowance of £30 a year from their father" according to John Fleming's Robert Adam and His Circle, in Edinburgh & Rome, p. 188 (available at AbeBooks)
Life with Boswell

Boswell dined with Mylne at Lord Eglinton's on November 23, 1762 in London.


A. E. Richardson's biography Robert Mylne: Architect and Engineer 1733 to 1811 (1955) is the authoritative work on Mylne. It is usually available via AbeBooks.