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Basic Biographical Details

Name: Alexander Barr Morrison
Designation: Architect
Born: 26 March 1857
Died: 10 February 1937
Bio Notes: Alexander Barr Morrison was born at 142 Castlebank Street, Partick on 26 March 1857, the son of Norman Morrison, grocer and his wife Helen Barr. It is not known where he was originally articled, but he was senior draughtsman in the Campbell Douglas & Sellars practice by 1888, and must have had a reasonably good salary for sometime prior to that date as he was able to marry Sarah Fletcher Jack from Govan by 1879. They had four children, Clifford (born c.1879), Helen (born c.1881), Alfred (born c.1883) and Hilda (born c.1890).

After Sellars's death in 1888, chief draughtsman John Keppie went into partnership with John Honeyman, and Douglas took Morrison into partnership. The practice of Campbell Douglas & Morrison had a fair degree of success, winning the competitions for the public libraries at Ayr and Perth and coming second to Dunn and Findlay at the Adam Smith Memorial and Beveridge Halls at Kirkcaldy. Their work was refined in detail if unadventurous.

Around 1901 Campbell Douglas 'found it necessary' to dissolve the partnership with Morrison: the problem is said to have been Morrison's addiction to drink. Morrison then merged his practice with that of Thomson, Turnbull & Peacock, the practice title now being Morrison, Turnbull & Peacock, the sequence of names suggesting that Robert Turnbull had retired and that Alexander Turnbull had been taken into partnership, the firm now describing itself as civil engineers as well as architects and surveyors. This arrangement proved to be brief and is known only from an amendment to the Glasgow directories traced by William Williamson, the practice title reverting to Thomson Turnbull & Peacock.

Morrison died of a cerebral haemorrhage at the Southern General Hospital on 10 February 1937, his usual address being 1360 Paisley Road West

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 5266, St Vincent Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusinessc. 1890 Practice address of Campbell Douglas & Morrison
Item 2 of 576, Forth Street, Pollokshields, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1891 *  
Item 3 of 5116, Forth Street, Pollokshields, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1899 *  
Item 4 of 536, Seymour Street, Crossmyloof, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1909 *  
Item 5 of 51360, Paisley Road West, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1937 *  

* 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 2Campbell Douglas & SellarsBefore 1888c. 1889Senior Draughtsman 
Item 2 of 2Campbell Douglas & Morrisonc. 18891901Partner 

Buildings and Designs

This architect was involved with the following buildings or structures from the date specified (click on an item to view details):
 Date startedBuilding nameTown, district or villageIslandCity or countyCountryNotes
Item 1 of 251889Bonhill Free ChurchBonhill DunbartonshireScotlandAlts and adds
Item 2 of 251891Ayr Public LibraryAyr AyrshireScotlandWon competition and secured job
Item 3 of 251891NetherhallLargs AyrshireScotlandAddition
Item 4 of 251891Victoria InfirmaryLangside GlasgowScotlandSecond part, including nurses' home and additional pavilion
Item 5 of 25After 1892Canaan House  EdinburghScotlandMorrison involved if before 1902
Item 6 of 25After 1892Cottages at NetherhallLargs AyrshireScotland 
Item 7 of 25c. 1892Property, Lochee Road and Union Place  DundeeScotland 
Item 8 of 251893Bridgend UP ChurchBridgend, Perth PerthshireScotland 
Item 9 of 251893Cowan InstitutePenicuik MidlothianScotland 
Item 10 of 251894Adam Smith Memorial and Beveridge Halls and LibraryKirkcaldy FifeScotlandCompetition design - placed second
Item 11 of 251894Discharged Prisoners' Aid Society  GlasgowScotland 
Item 12 of 251894Lochgoilhead and Kilmorich Parish ChurchLochgoilhead ArgyllScotlandAlterations and new north porch
Item 13 of 251895Inveraray Free ChurchInveraray ArgyllScotland 
Item 14 of 251895Sandeman Public LibraryPerth PerthshireScotlandWon competition and secured job
Item 15 of 25After 1895Large schools  Glasgow (and neighbourhood)Scotland 
Item 16 of 251896Milngavie Free Church and HallMilngavie DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 17 of 251896Paisley Technical SchoolPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandCompetition design
Item 18 of 251896Roshven HouseKinlochmoidart Inverness-shireScotlandSubstantial additions
Item 19 of 251897Dalry UP ChurchSt John's Town of Dalry KirkcudbrightshireScotland 
Item 20 of 251897Kirkcaldy Burgh Infectious Diseases HospitalKirkcaldy FifeScotland 
Item 21 of 251898DoonholmAyr AyrshireScotlandAddition
Item 22 of 251899Victoria InfirmaryLangside GlasgowScotlandThird part, including isolation pavilion and operating rooms
Item 23 of 251899Warehouse, North Canal Bank Street  GlasgowScotland 
Item 24 of 251900Glasgow Royal Infirmary  GlasgowScotlandCompetition design - unplaced
Item 25 of 251900St Michael's HouseInveresk MidlothianScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 3Johnston, W T2003Artists of Scotland Officina Publications CDROM 
Item 2 of 3Post Office Directories     
Item 3 of 3Williamson, William2011Robert Turnbull IA of Lenzie   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1Professor David M Walker personal archiveProfessor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material Research by Iain Paterson


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