Basic Biographical Details

Name: Donald Murray
Designation: Architect
Born: 18 November 1905
Died: 1991
Bio Notes: Donald Murray was born on 18 November 1904, the son of Alexander Murray locomotive driver, and his wife Elizabeth Scott. He was articled to William Brown of Paisley in 1921. During his apprenticeship he studied at Paisley Technical College and School of Art from 1922 to 1930, obtaining his diploma in 1928. He remained with Brown as chief assistant from 1930, his work including competition designs for municipal and local authority buildings. He commenced independent practice on 1 September 1933.

Murray was admitted LRIBA on 12 March 1946, his proposers being James Steel Maitland, Harry Cook, and initially Joseph Wilson, although Wilson's signature was struck off his nomination papers after it was realised that he was only an Associate himself, and not a Fellow as was required for proposers. His office at that time was at 27 School Wynd, Paisley and his home at 59 Southwold Road, Ralston. He was still living at the same address when he resigned from the RIBA on his sixty-fifth birthday, his office latterly having been at 4 St Midden Street, Paisley.

He died at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley in 1991 aged 86, survived by his wife Flora Edith Kidd.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 550, Houstonfield Road, Houston, Renfrewshire, ScotlandPrivate 1991 
Item 2 of 527, School Wynd, Paisley, Renfrewshire, ScotlandBusiness1946 *  
Item 3 of 54, St Midden Street, Paisley, Renfrewshire, ScotlandBusinessAfter 1946Before 1970 
Item 4 of 559, Southwold Road, Ralston, Renfrewshire, ScotlandPrivateBefore 1946After 1970 
Item 5 of 57, Moss Street, Paisley, Renfrewshireq, ScotlandBusiness1950 *  

* 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 2William Brown (junior)19211930ApprenticePresumably latterly as assistant
Item 2 of 2William Brown (junior)19301933Chief Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Henry ('Harry') Cook12 March 1946for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3James Steel Maitland12 March 1946for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3Joseph Wilson12 March 1946for Licentiateship - initially signed but signature struck off as Wilson was only an Associate and Fellowship was required for proposers

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 21938Public garagePaisley RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 2 of 21939SchoolLochwinnoch RenfrewshireScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 1RIBA1950The 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 2H M Register HouseDeath Register  
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L no5853 (combined box 104)