Thomas Hamilton

1784 - 1858

Architect. Born in Glasgow, but based in Edinburgh, Hamilton was a proponent of the Greek revival style. He was responsible for a great number of public works in the city, including the Royal High School on Calton Hill (1829), Dean Orphanage (1831, now the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art - Modern Two), George IV Bridge (1834), the Martyrs' Monument (1844) and the Royal College of Physicians (1846), together with monuments to the poet Robert Burns (1759-96) at his birthplace of Alloway in Ayrshire (1828) and in Edinburgh (1831). He also designed churches in Alyth, Dunbar, Dunfermline, Edinburgh and Kennoway. In Edinburgh, he influenced the development of the New Town and The Mound. Hamilton died in Edinburgh and lies buried within the family vault in Old Calton Burial Ground.

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