Robert Mylne

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Robert Mylne (1734-5 May 1811) was a noted Scottish architect and engineer, particularly remembered for his work in the late 18th century.

Mylne was the grandson of a master stone-mason also called 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, like many of his contemporaries, travelled to mainland Europe on the Grand Tour to study architecture in Rome and Paris - during which he beat rival Robert Adam in an architectural competition in 1758.

He returned to Britain in 1759 and almost immediately won a competition to design Blackfriars Bridge over the River Thames in London (beating a design by John Gwynn that was actively supported by Samuel Johnson). The design, with its then novel elliptical arches, excited much interest both in Britain and across Europe; Mylne corresponded with Giovanni Battista Piranesi regarding the project which rivalled the Rialto in Venice.

His other projects included:

He was buried in St. Paul's Cathedral in London, having for many years served as surveyor to the cathedral.

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