Basic Biographical Details
|Name: ||G N Beattie & Morton |
|Designation: ||Architectural practice |
|Started: ||Before 1904 |
|Ended: ||1909 |
|Bio Notes: ||George Nicholas Beattie was born in 1869 the son of the architect and civil engineer of Port Adelaide, and was educated at Whinham College, Adelaide, South Australia. He was articled to George Dale Oliver in Carlisle in 1887 and remained as assistant until 1892 when he became assistant to John Rust in Aberdeen for one year and then to James Miller in Glasgow for seven years. During his time with Miller he carried on a small private practice from his flat at 152 Parliamentary Road, first appearing in the Directories in 1896. |
In 1900 he commenced independent practice at 121 St Vincent Street, his business consisting mainly of tenements. In 1902 or early in 1903 he formed a partnership with John Gibb Morton who was the son of the goods manager of the Caledonian Railway: nothing is yet known of his training. The partnership was dissolved in 1909, perhaps because of the impact of the increment tax in the Finance Act of that year. The St Vincent Street office was closed, Beattie taking chambers at 109 Hope Street and Morton at 74 Bath Street, with William James Smith as apprentice.
Morton's practice did not prosper sufficiently. Late in 1910 or early in 1911 when he was engaged to be married and in arrears with rent, he emigrated to Canada pawning the office equipment to do so. His father closed the practice providing Smith with sufficient funds to settle the rent and redeem his instruments. Smith then transferred his apprenticeship to John Hamilton & Son, while Morton seems to have had a reasonably successful career in Toronto.
Beattie was admitted LRIBA in the mass intake of 20 July 1911, his proposers being Oliver, Henry Edward Clifford and George Bell. He died in 1932.
Private and Business Addresses
|The following private or business addresses are associated with this architectural practice:|
| ||Address||Type||Date from||Date to||Notes|
|121, St Vincent Street, Glasgow, Scotland||Business||1902 or 1903||1905(?)||At least until 1905|
Employment and Training
Employees or Pupils
Buildings and Designs
|The following books contain references to this architectural practice:|
|Who's Who in Architecture||1914|| || || || |
|Who's Who in Architecture||1926|| || || || |
|The following archives hold material relating to this architectural practice:|
| ||Source||Archive Name||Source Catalogue No.||Notes|
|Professor David M Walker personal archive||Professor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material|| ||Personal information from the late Professor William James Smith.|