Basic Biographical Details
|Name: ||Thomas Shepherd Morris |
|Designation: ||Architect |
|Born: ||17 December 1905 |
|Died: ||8 October 1984 |
|Bio Notes: ||Thomas Shepherd Morris was born into the well-known golfing family in St Andrews on 17 December 1905 and was educated at Madras College. He served his articles and a brief period as assistant in the office of Thoms & Wilkie from 1921, attending evening classes at Dundee Technical College and School of Art. He moved to London in 1926 and continued his studies at the Polytechnic School of Architecture, Regent Street whilst assisting in the office of Wimperis, Simpson & Guthrie. |
In 1928 he completed his studies at the Regent Street Polytechnic and shortly thereafter he went to Montreal where he attended day classes at McGill University for a year and spent two years in the employment of the Sun Life Assurance Company, designing their Headquarters as well as a number of private houses. He returned to Edinburgh c.1932 and worked in the office of T P Marwick & Son in Edinburgh for two years before moving to London to take up a salaried post in H M Office of Works. Whilst in the latter office he was admitted ARIBA on 2 December 1935, his proposers being W B Simpson, Septimus Warwick and Charles Johns Mole, and he was involved in designs for the coronation of King George VI.
He transferred to the Department of Health for Scotland in 1948. There he worked under Professor Robert Gardner-Medwin, the chief architect and planning officer. Having gained a Diploma in Town Planning from Edinburgh College of Art in 1950, Morris was promoted to Main Grade Architect in 1956 and Senior Grade Architect in 1964. He had particular responsibility for the prisons division, for the construction of new buildings and the maintenance of old buildings.
Morris retired in 1965. He died on Monday 8 October 1984, survived by a son and daughter and five grandchildren. His wife, Johanna Sime Malcolm, had predeceased him. His practice was taken over by his son James S Morris who subsequently became a partner in Morris & Steedman.
Private and Business Addresses
|The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:|
| ||Address||Type||Date from||Date to||Notes|
|2 Dene Court/2, Orchard Brae Gardens, Edinburgh, Scotland||Private|| ||1984|| |
|Montreal, Canada||Business||After 1928||Before 1932|| |
|London, England||Business||c. 1934||After 1936|| |
|24 Lone Meadow Cottages, Old Farm Avenue, Sidcup, Kent, England||Private||1935 *|| || |
|Edinburgh, Scotland||Business||Before 1948|| || |
|20, Goff Avenue, Edinburgh, Scotland||Private(?)||1950 *|| || |
* earliest date known from documented sources.
Employment and Training
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 started||Building name||Town, district or village||Island||City or county||Country||Notes|
|c. 1923||Auchterhouse mansion house, lodge|| || ||Angus|| ||Extension|
|The following books contain references to this architect:|
|RIBA||1950||The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951|| ||London: Royal Institute of British Architects|| |
|The following periodicals contain references to this architect:|
| ||Periodical Name||Date||Edition||Publisher||Notes|
|RIBA Journal||December 1984||v91, no12||London: Royal Institute of British Architects||Death notice|
|The following archives hold material relating to this architect:|
| ||Source||Archive Name||Source Catalogue No.||Notes|
|Professor David M Walker personal archive||Professor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material|| ||Typed summary from his Scotsman obituary 1984 (exact date uncertain)|
|RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert Museum||RIBA Nomination Papers|| ||A no5869 (combined box 105)|