Robert Burn

Robert Burn was an architect active in Scotland, particularly in Edinburgh, in the late-18th and early-19th centuries.

He was born in 1752 in Jessfield, Portobello, Edinburgh, Scotland and is perhaps best known for the Nelson Monument, on Calton Hill, in that city (1807-1814) and for being the father of architect, William Burn (born 1789, died 1870).

Robert Burn died on 5 June 1815. He was survived by his wife and twelve of their children. He was buried, in a Gothic burial place erected by them, in 1816, in Calton Cemetery, Edinburgh.


Colvin, Howard, A Biographical Dictionary of British Architects 1600-1840, 3rd edition (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1995), pp. 181-182.

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