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John Mylne (c.1585–1657)

Architect and sculptor from Perth, and the father of Alexander Mylne and John Mylne Junior. He was the son of the Master Mason to James VI, John Mylne (d. 1621), whom he assisted on the construction of the bridge over the river Tay in Perth. He was called to Edinburgh in 1616 to complete the statue of James VI and I, and was made a burgess of the city the following year. He left Edinburgh in 1618, working at Falkland and Aberdeen, before returning in 1629 to carry out work at Holyroodhouse, including a sundial in the garden to the north of the Queen’s Tower. Described as ‘richly decorated with the initials and appropriate emblems of the princes of the House of Stuart’, it is said to have cost £408 15s 6d Scots, and was probably carried out with the assistance of his two sons. In 1631, he succeeded William Wallace as Master Mason to the Crown.

Bibliography: Dictionary of Scottish Architects; D. Howarth, ‘Sculpture in Scotland 1540–1700’, in F. Pearson (ed.), Virtue and Vision: Sculpture in Scotland, Edinburgh, 1991, p. 28; R. McKenzie, Public Sculpture of Edinburgh (2 vols), Liverpool, 2018, vol. 1, pp. 424–46; R.S. Mylne, The Master Masons to the Crown of Scotland, Edinburgh, 1893, pp. 104–15, 305; R.S. Mylne, ‘The Netherbow Port’, Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, vol. 46, 1911–12, p. 386.

Ray McKenzie 2018