(Arthur George) Sydney Mitchell

1856 - 1930

Prodigious architect. Born in Larbert (Falkirk), the only child of Sir Arthur Mitchell (1826 - 1909), who was a wealthy doctor. Mitchell was educated at the University of Edinburgh and undertook his professional training with Robert Rowand Anderson (1834 - 1921). He set up an architectural practice in Edinburgh in 1882, and was joined by George Wilson (1844 - 1912).

His more significant buildings include Well Court in Dean Village (1883-85); Ben Nevis Observatory for the Scottish Meteorological Society (1883-89); and the Church of Scotland Offices on George Street in Edinburgh (1908).

He also served as architect to the Commercial Bank of Scotland from 1884, where his father was a Director, and was responsible for their head office in Glasgow (1884), and branches at Kirkintilloch (1886), Oban (1888), Comrie (1889), Dumfries (1889) and Kyle of Lochalsh (1895). His father's influence also brought Wilson commissions for hospitals and asylums including Montrose Asylum (1887); the Crichton Royal Institution, Dumfries (1887); the Thomas Clouston Clinic at Craighouse, Edinburgh (1888); Dingleton Hospital, Melrose (1895); and Southfield Sanatorium, Edinburgh (1902). He also built a number of churches and private houses,

Mitchell never married. He retired to Gullane (East Lothian), where he died. He lies buried next to his parents in Rosebank Cemetery (Edinburgh). Historic Environment Scotland hold a collection of his architectural drawings.

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