Edward Goldie was born in Sheffield in 1856, the son of architect George Goldie. Like his father, he was educated at Ushaw. He was articled to his father’s practice, Goldie & Child, in 1875, and was taken into partnership shortly after the end of his apprenticeship in 1880. He did not seek admittance to the RIBA until 1904. George Goldie died at St Servan, Brittany on 1 March 1887 and was buried at St Jouan des Guerets; Child died in 1911 and Edward Goldie in 1921.