Basic Biographical Details

Name: George Christie Morton
Designation: Architect
Born: 12 December 1886
Died: August 1953
Bio Notes: George Christie Morton was born on 12 December 1886 and was articled to John Bruce & Son of Dundee in 1903, studying at the Dundee Technical College under Patrick Hill Thoms. He remained with the same practice as assistant after completing his apprenticeship, leaving for Carlisle in 1909 to work for Thomas Taylor Scott. He returned to Dundee in 1912 to join his former tutor as chief assistant in the firm of Thoms & Wilkie. He served in the armed forces from May 1915 until 1919, resuming his position with Thoms & Wilkie on his return, but after only a few months he left to accept a partnership in the same town with James Prain Bruce of John Bruce & Son, which then became Bruce, Son & Morton.

Morton was admitted LRIBA in late 1931 or early 1932, his proposers being Thoms, William Salmond and the then secretary of the Dundee Institute of Architects.

Douglas P Bruce of St Clair, Carnoustie, presumably James Prain's son, became a partner of Bruce, Son & Morton in the 1930s. James Prain Bruce became ill in 1933 and died at Carnoustie on 20 January 1935. At the outbreak of the Second World War Douglas P Bruce went into the army and subsequently gave up his partnership; Morton, a very able domestic architect, thereafter gave most of his time to the family whisky firm of which he was latterly chairman. He died in August 1953.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 110, Whitehall Street, Dundee, ScotlandBusiness1930 or 1931 *After 1950(?) 

* 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 5John Bruce & Son19031907Apprentice 
Item 2 of 5John Bruce & Son19071908Assistant 
Item 3 of 5Thomas Taylor Scott19091911Assistant 
Item 4 of 5Thoms & Wilkie19121919Chief AssistantWith the exception of war service, May 1915 to 1919 (back in office for only a few months after the war)
Item 5 of 5Bruce, Son & Morton19191953(?)Partner 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 2William SalmondLate 1931 or early 1932for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 2Patrick Hill ThomsLate 1931 or early 1932for 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 381919Logie Housing Scheme  DundeeScotlandDesigned some areas within Logie.
Item 2 of 381920Burns and Harris shop, Nethergate  DundeeScotlandAlterations (drawing not signed)
Item 3 of 381920Stirling Park Housing Scheme  DundeeScotlandDesigned buildings; scheme planned by James Thomson, Dundee City Architect
Item 4 of 381921Dudhope Housing Scheme  DundeeScotland 
Item 5 of 381921Photographic Studio  DundeeScotlandAlterations
Item 6 of 381921Victory Public Park, War Memorial ArchMeigle PerthshireScotland 
Item 7 of 381922Queen Street UP ChurchBroughty Ferry DundeeScotlandAlterations
Item 8 of 381925Carnoustie War MemorialCarnoustie AngusScotland 
Item 9 of 381925Fairway GarageCarnoustie AngusScotland 
Item 10 of 381927Carnoustie Parish Church HallCarnoustie AngusScotland 
Item 11 of 381927New CemeteryPitskelly AngusScotland 
Item 12 of 381927Temporary Shed, East Dock Street  DundeeScotland 
Item 13 of 381928Cottage, Taymouth StreetCarnoustie AngusScotland 
Item 14 of 381928Licensed premises, Wolseley Street and Tannadice StreetClepington DundeeScotland 
Item 15 of 381928West End GarageBroughty Ferry DundeeScotlandAlterations.
Item 16 of 38192933 Hermon Hill  DundeeScotlandAdditions
Item 17 of 381929Cottage at Bingham Terrace  DundeeScotland 
Item 18 of 381929MagdalaWest Ferry DundeeScotland 
Item 19 of 381930sGreycroft  DundeeScotland 
Item 20 of 381930sMelfort  DundeeScotland 
Item 21 of 381930sRedholmeWest Ferry DundeeScotland 
Item 22 of 381930Cottage at Dalhousie StreetCarnoustie AngusScotland 
Item 23 of 381930George Morton's Bond  DundeeScotland 
Item 24 of 381931United Savings BankCarnoustie AngusScotland 
Item 25 of 381932Panbride Free ChurchCarnoustie AngusScotlandAdditions at North end of church
Item 26 of 381933Copper Works, 64 East Dock Street  DundeeScotland 
Item 27 of 381933Waverley Temperance Hotel  DundeeScotlandAlterations
Item 28 of 381934Concert HallCarnoustie AngusScotlandScheme for hall - apparently not executed as job went to Allan & Friskin
Item 29 of 381934George Morton's Bond  DundeeScotlandFurther work
Item 30 of 381934Thistle Hall  DundeeScotlandReconstruction of interior
Item 31 of 381935Ravensby Feus WorksCarnoustie AngusScotland 
Item 32 of 381936Cottage at Carlogie RoadCarnoustie AngusScotland 
Item 33 of 381936Various licensed premises  DundeeScotland 
Item 34 of 381937Dalhousie WorksCarnoustie AngusScotlandAlterations
Item 35 of 381938Copper Works, 64 East Dock Street  DundeeScotlandFurther work (drawings signed by Morton)
Item 36 of 381939Copper Works, 64 East Dock Street  DundeeScotlandFurther work
Item 37 of 381939Housing schemeCarnoustie AngusScotland 
Item 38 of 381946West End GarageBroughty Ferry DundeeScotlandAlterations? Additions?


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 2Bailey, Rebecca M1996Scottish architects' papers: a source book Edinburgh: The Rutland Presspp91, 207
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 no4058 (box 20)