Kemp, George Mickle, architect, born at Hillriggs, near Biggar, 26th May 1795, up to four-teen assisted his father, a shepherd. Becoming a carpenter and millwright, he sought work in England and France, settling where he could study Gothic architecture. He returned to Scotland in 1826, and became a draughtsman in Edinburgh. In 1838 his second design for the Scott Monument at Edinburgh was accepted, but before its completion he was drowned in the canal at Edinburgh, on the night of 6th March 1844. See Life by T. Bonnar (1892).
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