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Simpson, Archibald (1790–1847). Scots architect. He was responsible for many distinguished buildings in Aberdeenshire. His Greek Revival designs include the Aberdeen Music Hall or County Assembly Rooms (1820–2) and Crimonmogate, a country-house at Lonmay (c.1825), both built of fine granite masonry that gives them a monumental severity. Thainston House, near Kintore (c.1847), was in a simplified Classical style, and he also experimented with castellated architecture (Castle Forbes (1814–15) ), Gothic (Old Aberdeen Free Church (1845–6) ), and Tudor Gothic (The Gordon Schools, Huntly (1839) ). Other works include the handsome Greek Revival Church of St Giles, Elgin, Morayshire (1827–8). Most of his country-houses and villas were chastely Greek, with very fine and ingenious Neo-Classical interiors.
Jane Turner (1996)