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William Henry Playfair

William Henry Playfair was an architect active, particularly in Scotland and in Northern Ireland, in the 19th century. He was born in London, England on 15 July 1790, the younger son of architect James Playfair (born 1755, died 1794). He died in Edinburgh, Scotland on 19 March 1857 and was buried in Dean Cemetery.


Colvin, Howard, A Biographical Dictionary of British Architects 1600-1840, 3rd edition (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1995), pp. 764-767.

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

Gow, Ian, 'William Henry Playfair's Design for a 'Roman Villa' at Lurgan in Northern Ireland', Architectural Heritage, 2 (1991), pp. 79-83.

McKean, Charles, ‘Playfair, William Henry (1790–1857)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004) <> [accessed 28 April 2008]

National Archives, National Register of Archives, Person Details, 'Playfair, William Henry (1789-1857), architect, GB/NNAF/P126362' < > [accessed 28 April 2008]

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