Basic Biographical Details

Name: Charles Sandeman Robertson
Designation: Architect
Born: 17 July 1838
Died: 30 April 1897
Bio Notes: Charles Sandeman Robertson was born in Lochee on 17 July 1838 the son of _ and Betty Sandeman. He was admitted to the Trustees' Academy on the recommendation of the Edinburgh architect Patrick Wilson, 3 May 1854. At that date he was fifteen years old and living at 11 Middle Arthur Place and was described as the 'son of Widow Robertson, Dundee'. He left on 12 May 1855. He was still in Edinburgh working as an 'architect's clerk' in 1861. He moved to Perth to work for the practice of James and George Condie. He stayed with the Condies for ten years.

He commenced independent practice in Perth some time before 1866 and died there on 30 April 1897. The Celtic cross erected to his memory in Wellshill Cemetery and designed by John Mitchell Robertson his assistant and successor suggests that he had a successful practice, probably a predominantly rural one. He left moveable estate of 2088 7s 4d. John Mitchell Robertson, architect, Inchture, was mentioned in the Calendar of Confirmation and Inventories and is probably a nephew. He took over the practice at 68 St John Street, Perth and was practising there from the late 1890s.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 6Dundee, ScotlandBusiness1838(?)Before 1866 
Item 2 of 6Lothian Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate1861 Living as a lodger
Item 3 of 6Perth, Perthshire, ScotlandBusinessBefore 18661897 
Item 4 of 67, William Street, Perth, Perthshire, ScotlandPrivate1871 Living as a lodger
Item 5 of 618, Balhousie Street, Perth, Perthshire, ScotlandPrivate1881 Living as a lodger with Mrs Eliza Crichton and her daughter.
Item 6 of 668, St John Street, Perth, Perthshire, ScotlandBusinessBefore 1884After 1895 

Employment and Training


The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 1Condie & Co / Condie, Mackenzie1850s1860sAssistant 

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 1John Mitchell Robertson 1897Assistant 

Buildings and Designs

This architect was involved with the following buildings or structures from the date specified (click on an item to view details):
 Date startedBuilding nameTown, district or villageIslandCity or countyCountryNotes
Item 1 of 171866Abernethy UP ChurchAbernethy PerthshireScotland 
Item 2 of 171866Memorial Fountain to 6th Duke of AthollDunkeld PerthshireScotland 
Item 3 of 171872Aytoun HallAuchterarder PerthshireScotland 
Item 4 of 171874Abernethy SchoolAbernethy PerthshireScotland 
Item 5 of 171874Bridge of Earn SchoolBridge of Earn PerthshireScotland 
Item 6 of 171878Dalguise Free ChurchLittle Dunkeld PerthshireScotlandReconstruction
Item 7 of 171879Struan Free ChurchStruan PerthshireScotland 
Item 8 of 171880Three blocks of buildings, High StreetPerth PerthshireScotland 
Item 9 of 171883Birnam InstituteBirnam PerthshireScotland 
Item 10 of 171883Craigie Primary SchoolPerth PerthshireScotland 
Item 11 of 171887Dovecotland HallPerth PerthshireScotland 
Item 12 of 171890Aberfeldy Town HallAberfeldy PerthshireScotlandSubmitted competition plans for town hall and work on school in 1888 but not selected. Robertson brought an action against the Commissioners of Police in Aberfeldy because he claimed that they had agreed to implement his plans in 1888. The Commissioners claimed this was because of local opposition and that there had been no written contract to employ him.
Item 13 of 171895Unity Place, premises for the Perth Co-operative SocietyPerth PerthshireScotland 
Item 14 of 171897Errol SchoolErrol PerthshireScotland 
Item 15 of 171897Erroll SchoolErtoll PerthshireScotland 
Item 16 of 171897Pitlochry Central SchoolPitlochry PerthshireScotlandBegun but taken over by John Mitchell Robertson
Item 17 of 171897Tenement, 64-68 Princes StreetPerth PerthshireScotlandperhaps begun before his death


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 2Johnston, W T2003Artists of Scotland Officina Publications CDROM 
Item 2 of 2Scotlands People Website Wills & Testaments  Perth Sheriff Court Sc49/31/171

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Dundee Advertiser20 April 1898   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1National Archives of Scotland (formerly SRO)?Calendar of Confirmations and Inventories 1898