Richard Crichton

Richard Crichton (died 1817) was a Scottish architect operating in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. He was described as "competent and versatile".[1]


He was born around 1771, the son of James Crichton (d.1797) an Edinburgh mason. He trained under John and Robert Adam, probably the best training an architect in 18th century Britain could hope for.

In May 1797 he was appointed as a burgess in the city of Edinburgh, reflecting the public esteem with which he was viewed.

He continued the style of the Adams: a simple but very well-proportioned Classicism, occasionally venturing to the Gothic or Greek Revival styles, all with equal competence.

In 1813 he submitted a competition design for the extension of Princes Street over to Calton Hill but despite winning this (jointly with William Reid of Glasgow), the scheme was ultimately executed by Archibald Elliot.

Crichton’s career was cut short by his premature death on 17 August 1817, aged only 46.

He is buried in St Cuthberts Churchyard in Edinburgh in the grave of his parents (which is of Richard's design). The grave lies just north of the church.

His practice was continued by his nephews, and pupils, Richard and Robert Dickson who completed his several unfinished projects.




  1. A Biographical Dictionary of British Architects, H M Colvin
  2. Dictionary of Scottish Architects: Crichton
  3. Buildings of Scotland : Edinburgh, by Gifford McWilliam and Walker
  4. Buildings of Scotland: Edinburgh
  • A Biographical Dictionary of British Architects, H M Colvin
  • Buildings of Scotland: Edinburgh by Gifford McWilliam and Walker
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