Basic Biographical Details

Name: Latto Alexander Morrison
Designation: Architect
Born: 1870
Died: 1940
Bio Notes: Latto Alexander Morrison was born in 1870 and articled to John Lamb Murray of Biggar in 1886 and remained as assistant until 1898 when he was taken into partnership. When Murray retired in 1905, Morrison became sole partner, continuing the practice under his own name. He was admitted LRIBA in the mass intake of 20 July 1911, proposed by John Bennie Wilson and the Glasgow Institute of Architects, which Morrison had joined that year. He was then living and working at Murrayfield, Biggar, and by that date he had travelled in Germany, Holland, Belgium and France. Subsequently he entered into a partnership with James J Shannon. Shannon continued the practice until the 1970s.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 1Murrayfield, Biggar, Lanarkshire, ScotlandPrivate/businessBefore 1911After 1939 

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 4John Lamb Murray1886c. 1891Apprentice 
Item 2 of 4John Lamb Murrayc. 18911898Assistant 
Item 3 of 4Murray & Morrison18981905Partner 
Item 4 of 4Morrison & Shannon1930s Partner 

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 2James Johnstone Shannon 19301934Assistant 
Item 2 of 2James Johnstone Shannon 1937 * Chief Assistant(?) 

* earliest date known from documented sources.


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 1John Bennie Wilson20 July 1911for Licentiateship - as President of the Glasgow Institute of Architects

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 2189876-78 and 80-84 High StreetBiggar LanarkshireScotland 
Item 2 of 21934Biggar KirkBiggar LanarkshireScotlandRestoration


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 3Bailey, Rebecca M1996Scottish architects' papers: a source book Edinburgh: The Rutland Press 
Item 2 of 3RIBA1930The RIBA Kalendar 1930-1931 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 3 of 3RIBA1939The RIBA Kalendar 1939-1940 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 3Biggar Museum TrustJohn Lamb Murray Archive  
Item 2 of 3Courtesy of Rob CloseInformation via 'Contact Us' on website Information from stained glass window in Biggar Kirk in memory of Morrison. Information sent 21 October 2010.
Item 3 of 3RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L v19 no1472