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The Scots have made a greater Figure Abroad, than any other Nation in Europe; this hath been generally ascribed to the Barrenness of their Country, as not being able to maintain its Inhabitants: But this is a vulgar Error, for it's entirely owing to the Fineness of their Education. 1
Sir James Hamilton of Finnan (c.1500–1540), second cousin to King James V and thereby a distant relative also of King Henry VIII, was a powerful Renaissance figure of early 16th century Scotland. There is unusual evidence of his direct involvement in some major artillery fortifications, and in...
A preliminary study of the architectural work of one who has always been better known as an antiquarian, dealer and guide. He is deserving of wider recognition as an architectural draftsman of great sensitivity.
Surviving letters written by George Richardson from Rome in 1761–2, when he was acting as draughtsman to James Adam, offer a unique picture of the life and education of a young man of humble station and of slender means, but with ambition to become an architect in his own right.
James Smith was a leading Scottish architect of his day whose real importance, it has been recently argued, consisted of making a link between Andrea Palladio and English classical architecture of the eighteenth century. James Gibbs was a Scotsman who achieved a very large reputation in that...
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