William Adam Architect, Scotland

William Adam, Edinburgh, Scottish Neoclassical Architecture, Photo, House, Works

William Adam, Architect, Scotland

Scottish Classical Architect – Georgian Buildings, UK

William Adam Architect – Key Projects

Key Buildings by architect William Adam, all in Scotland, alphabetical:

Chatelherault Lodge, Lanarkshire

Duff House, Banff, Banffshire

Duff House
scanned image © Adrian Welch

General Wade’s Bridge, Aberfeldy, Perthshire

Haddington Town House, East Lothian
originally by William Adam but little of his work remains
William Adam building
Haddington building : photo © Adrian J Welch
William Adam: Haddington Town House

Haddo House, Aberdeenshire

Mellerstain House, Berwickshire, Scotland

Mellerstain House
Image © Adrian Welch
Stately home set within 80 hectares of parkland
Home of the 13th Earl of Haddington
The east and west wings were completed first, by architect William Adam. They were built for George Baillie and Lady Grisel Baillie.
When Lady Grisel Baillie died, a son of the Earl of Haddington inherited Mellerstain – George Hamilton. He commissioned Robert Adam to design and build the central part of the property.
This was forty five eyars after his father William had built the wings. The intricate plasterwork interior is a very good example of Robert Adam’s (eponymous) style, using Greek motifs and unusual combinations of colours.

Old College – Library, Glasgow University

Pollok House, Pollokshaws, Lanarkshire

Robert Gordon’s College, Aberdeen

Robert Gordon's College
photograph © adrian welch
William Adam: Robert Gordon’s College

Yester House, East Lothian
by James Smith & Alexander MacGill, with interventions by William & Robert Adam

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William Adam Scotland – Practice Information

William Adam : Background

William Adam, father of famous Scottish architect Robert Adam, was born at Kirkcaldy in 1689.

In 1724 William Adam transformed Hopetoun House (Sir William Bruce, 1700) into a great Scottish Classical House and this remains one of his key works. William Adam was appointed in 1729 as the Surveyor of the Kings’ Works in Scotland. Robert joined John as an architect apprentice to his father William Adam in 1746.

William died in 1748 and was buried at Greyfriars Churchyard, Edinburgh. Robert then became John’s partner in the family business.

John Adam was born 1721 and his brother James Adam in 1732.

Scottish Architecture : key Scottish Buildings

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There is a contemporary Robert Adam, architect, based in England who practices in the Classical style of architecture.

Edinburgh Buildings

William Adam‘s son – architect Robert Adam

Key Robert Adam House – South Queensferry, Scotland

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