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James Burn (also known as Old Timmer, Old Timmer)

James Burn, otherwise known as 'Old Timmer', was a Scottish architect and builder active in the late-18th and early-19th centuries. He was born in 1748 in Yester, East Lothian, Scotland the son of George Burn and Helen Pearson.

A wright by trade, Burn later became a successful builder in Haddington, East Lothian, Scotland. He established an architectural practice and took on a number of commissions, concentrating mostly on private homes and bridges, particularly in Aberdeen, Scotland. Burn died on 27 January 1816.


Colvin, Howard, A Biographical Dictionary of British Architects 1600-1840, 3rd edition (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1995), pp. 180-181.

Dictionary of Scottish Architects, 'James Burn', DSA Architect Biography Report <> [accessed 29 January 2008]

Skempton, Alec Westley, et. al, (eds.) A Biographical Dictionary of Civil Engineers in Great Britain and Ireland, Volume 1: 1500-1830 (London: Thomas Telford, 2002), pp. 104-105.