Scottish family of masons and architects. Their involvement in construction stretched over ten generations and 300 years, from its obscure beginnings in the 15th century to the 18th. John Mylne I (d 1621), son of Thomas Mylne, Master Mason of Dundee, was a Burgess of Dundee, Freeman of Perth, Master of the mason's lodge at Scone and, like his father, Master Mason to the king of Scotland. His known works include the elegant, polygonal Dundee Mercat Cross (1586) and the Tay Bridge (1604; destr. 1621) at Perth. His son John Mylne II (d 1657), Master of the Scone Lodge and Burgess of both Dundee and Edinburgh, was involved in church and fortification repair. Although his known works include the re-erection of the Mercat Cross (1617), Edinburgh, and two elaborate sundials in the Scots necromantic tradition—Drummond Castle (1630) and Holyrood (1633)—his main significance lies in his involvement in the family's sizeable firm of masons, which worked on crown contracts throughout Scotland for most of the 17th century.
From The Grove Encyclopedia of Northern Renaissance Art in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Renaissance Art.