The History of Leith

November 15, 2007

Robert Mylne

Mylne was descended from a family of architects and builders, and was the grandson of master stone-mason Robert Mylne (1633-1710), remembered particularly for his work as the King’s Master Builder at Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh. The grandson was born in Edinburgh and educated at the Royal High School. Like many of his contemporaries, he travelled to mainland Europe on the “Grand Tour”, studying architecture in Rome and Paris. Robert Adam was in Rome at the same time, and viewed Mylne as a potential rival. While in Rome, Mylne won a silver medal in an architectural competition at the Accademia de S. Lucca, being presented the award at a ceremony attended by several cardinals, including Henry, brother of the “Young Pretender” Charles Edward Stuart. for more click here

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