Basic Biographical Details

Name: Arthur Bain ('Tim') Morrison
Designation: Architect
Born: 22 July 1903
Died: 13 May 1968
Bio Notes: Arthur Bain Morrison, known as 'Tim', was born on 22 July 1903 the son of William Bernie Morrison, mercantile clerk and his wife, Margaret Bain. His mother died early. He was educated at a school in Perth and from 22 September 1914 until 18 July 1919 at George Heriot's School, Edinburgh, where one school report said: 'attainment average. Excels in drawing and handicraft. Behaviour, manner attitude VG'.

From 1919-24 he was articled to W B Taylor in Edinburgh while attending morning classes at Edinburgh College of Art and afternoon and evening classes at Heriot Watt. In 1924 he took a post as junior assistant in the office of J D Cairns & Ford, being promoted to senior assistant in 1928. In this post he had responsibility for 'general practice work, including houses, hotels, factories banks, restaurants etc'.

In 1938 he was assumed into partnership, although the practice title J D Cairns & Ford remained unchanged.

he was elected LRIBA in 1947, his proposers being James Davidson Cairns, Charles Edward Tweedie and John Ross McKay.

Morrison died at his home in Gullane on 13 May 1968. He was survived by his wife Mona (Doctor Keyden or Reyden) Cumming.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 3Fairways, Templar Place, Gullane, East Lothian, ScotlandPrivate 1968 
Item 2 of 363, George Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusinessc. 19381940 
Item 3 of 348, Melville Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate/business(?)1950 *  

* earliest date known from documented sources.

Employment and Training


The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 4William Beattie Taylor19191924Apprentice 
Item 2 of 4J D Cairns & Ford19241927Junior Assistant 
Item 3 of 4J D Cairns & Ford19281938Senior Assistant 
Item 4 of 4J D Cairns & Ford19381963Partner 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3James Davidson Cairns6 May 1947For Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3John Ross McKay6 May 1947For Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3Charles Edward Tweedie (junior)6 May 1947For Licentiateship


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 2Post Office Directories     
Item 2 of 2RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 3H M Register HouseDeath Register  
Item 2 of 3Professor David M Walker personal archiveProfessor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material Information courtesy of Neil Brown
Item 3 of 3RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L no 6102 (Combined box 119)