BORN 20 Dec 1789, Edinburgh: Rose Street - DIED 15 Feb 1870, London: Piccadilly|
GRAVE LOCATION London: Kensal Green Cemetery, Harrow Road, Kensal Green (129/RS (22022))
William Birn was the son of the architect Robert Burn. In England
he was taught by Sir Robert Smirke, the architect of the British
Museum. In 1812 he returned to Edinburg where he set up a practice.|
In 1827 he was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. In 1841 David Bryce became his pupil and later he became his partner. Burn was a pioneer of the Scottish Baronial style that was continued and perfected by Bryce.
In 1844 he moved to London and he resigned his fellowship in 1845. In London he designed Montagu House, Whitehall. He continued to receive commissions until his death in 1870.
Paths of Glory, The Friends of Kensal Green Cemetery, London, 1997