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James Playfair

James Playfair was an architect active, particularly in Scotland, in the late-18th century. He was born in Benvie, near Dundee, Scotland on 5 August 1755 and died in Edinburgh, Scotland on 23 February 1794. He was the father of the architect William Henry Playfair (born 1790, died 1857).


Colvin, Howard, A Biographical Dictionary of British Architects 1600-1840, 3rd edition (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1995), pp. 762-764.

Dictionary of Scottish Architects, 'James Playfair', DSA Architect Biography Report <> [accessed 28 April 2008]

Leach, Peter, ‘Playfair, James (1755–1794)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004) <> [accessed 28 April 2008]

National Archives, National Register of Archives, Person Details, 'Playfair, James (1755-1794), architect, GB/NNAF/P126360', <> [accessed 28 April 2008]

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