Basic Biographical Details

Name: David Morton Brown
Designation: Architect
Born: 15 June 1879
Died: c. 1951
Bio Notes: David Morton Brown was born on 15 June 1879 and educated at Ayr Academy, where he later became assistant teacher of Building Construction under William Cowie. He was articled to J & H V Eaglesham of Ayr in 1895, and moved from there to Anderson Simon and Crawford in Edinburgh in 1900, working under Alexander Hunter Crawford and studying at the School of Applied Art. His holidays during this period were spent visiting the cathedral cities of England. In 1902 he moved to Glasgow to work for John Archibald Campbell, taking classes at the Technical College.

He emigrated to Montreal, Canada in 1905 and, 'to get an insight into colonial work', entered the office of Robert Findlay, who had worked in Burnet's office: the introduction probably came from Campbell. From there he travelled around eastern Canada and the United States, and at some point also made a study tour in France.

In 1906 Brown returned to Scotland and was taken into partnership by Robert Samson Ingram at King Street, Kilmarnock after the death of the latter's brother, William Ingram. Brown was admitted LRIBA on 20 March 1911, his proposers being Cowie, James Kennedy Hunter and John Eaglesham.

Ingram died of heart disease on 6 October 1915; his death was reported by Brown, suggesting he had no near relatives left. Brown was still listed in the RIBA Kalendar of 1950 as living in Kilmarnock and still being a partner in Ingram & Brown. He died shortly after this.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 2124, King Street, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, ScotlandBusiness1911 *  
Item 2 of 25, Park Circus, Ayr, Ayrshire, ScotlandPrivate1911 *  

* 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 5J & H V EagleshamSeptember 18951900Apprentice 
Item 2 of 5Anderson Simon & Crawford19001902Assistantunder Alexander Hunter Crawford
Item 3 of 5John Archibald Campbell19021905Assistant 
Item 4 of 5Robert Findlay19051906Assistant(?) 
Item 5 of 5Ingram & Brown19061915Partner 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3William Cowie20 March 1911for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3John Eaglesham20 March 1911for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3James Kennedy Hunter20 March 1911for Licentiateship

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 291902Office building, 157-167 Hope Street and 169-175 West George Street  GlasgowScotlandAs assistant to John Archibald Campbell
Item 2 of 29After 1902Allan Line turbine steamers    As assistant to John Archibald Campbell
Item 3 of 291903Ladykirk HouseMonkton (near) AyrshireScotlandMansion house, and estate work
Item 4 of 291904Edinburgh Life Assurance Company  GlasgowScotlandAs assistant to John Archibald Campbell
Item 5 of 29Before 1905Queen Victoria Memorial School, Drums of the KippendavieDunblane PerthshireScotlandAs assistant to John Archibald Campbell
Item 6 of 29After 1906Ballochmyle HouseMauchline AyrshireScotlandEstate work
Item 7 of 29After 1906Braehead HouseKilmarnock AyrshireScotlandAdditions
Item 8 of 29After 1906Houses  CamargoSpain 
Item 9 of 29After 1906HousesMonte de Hierro  Spain 
Item 10 of 29After 1906Kameshill HouseMuirkirk AyrshireScotlandAdditions?
Item 11 of 29After 1906Ochiltree Church HallOchiltree AyrshireScotland 
Item 12 of 29After 1906Sanquhar Public HallSanquhar DumfriesshireScotlandAdditions? David Morton Brown's LRIBA nomination paper suggests he was responsible for the entire building
Item 13 of 29After 1906SchoolNew Cumnock AyrshireScotland 
Item 14 of 29After 1906SchoolLugar AyrshireScotland 
Item 15 of 29After 1906SchoolRiccarton AyrshireScotland 
Item 16 of 29After 1906SchoolAuchinleck AyrshireScotland 
Item 17 of 29After 1906Sorn CastleMauchline AyrshireScotlandEstate work
Item 18 of 29After 1906The DeanKilmarnock AyrshireScotlandAdditions to house; new gate lodge
Item 19 of 291907Villa, Dundonald RoadKilmarnock AyrshireScotlandStudio added to house
Item 20 of 291910Dean CastleKilmarnock AyrshireScotlandNew lodge
Item 21 of 291910Dick InstituteKilmarnock AyrshireScotlandRebuilt after fire
Item 22 of 291910Riccarton Parish ChurchRiccarton AyrshireScotlandChancel added
Item 23 of 291911Chirk CastleChirk, Wrexham DenbighshireWalesRestoration and alterations
Item 24 of 29c. 1912Dean CastleKilmarnock AyrshireScotlandLater stages of restoration in consultation with J S Richardson
Item 25 of 291920sHousing, KirkoswaldKirkoswald AyrshireScotland 
Item 26 of 291921Housing, ColmonellColmonell AyrshireScotland 
Item 27 of 291924Clandeboye SchoolDunlop AyrshireScotlandAddition to S
Item 28 of 291924House, Sorn RoadMauchline AyrshireScotland 
Item 29 of 291927Villa, London RoadKilmarnock AyrshireScotlandAdditions and alterations


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 2British Architectural Library, RIBA2001Directory of British Architects 1834-1914   
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 1RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L v13 no883