Basic Biographical Details

Name: Forbes Murison
Designation: Architect
Born: 22 November 1896
Died: Before May 1977
Bio Notes: Forbes Murison was born at Whitehill, Carnousie, Forglen on 22 November 1896, the son of William Murison, master carpenter and his wife, Elizabeth Winchester. He began his apprenticeship with an unidentified firm in 1912. His training was interrupted by military service abroad from 1914 to 1919. On his return he attended classes at Heriot-Watt College, Edinburgh, and in 1922 he moved to Glasgow to complete his training at the Technical College and School of Architecture there whilst working as an assistant in the Architect's Department of the Office of Public Works. He remained in the same office, by then known as the City Engineer's Department, until at least late 1931 when he was admitted ARIBA, his proposers being Thomas Gilchrist Gilmour, also of the Office of Public Works, David Salmond and John Watson. His permanent address was still living in Glasgow at the time of his death in the 1970s.

[In the RIBA Directory of 1960 he is listed but has no address. Hamish Stewart Murison who qualified in 1959 was living in Elgin in 1960. He emigrated to Australia where he worked in the Faculty of Architecture, University of Queensland, St Lucia, Brisbane, Queensland. Did his father join him and died out there?]

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 415, Ascog Street, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1931  
Item 2 of 450, Madison Avenue, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate/business(?)1950 *  
Item 3 of 454, West Regent Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1951  
Item 4 of 465, Bath Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness(?)1951 *1953 

* 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 3Glasgow Office of Public Works Architectural Department (later Glasgow Corporation City Engineer's Department)19221931Assistant 
Item 2 of 3Glasgow Office of Public Works Architectural Department (later Glasgow Corporation City Engineer's Department)1931 Assistant(?) 
Item 3 of 3Western Regional Hospital BoardEarly 1950s Chief Architect 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Thomas Gilchrist GilmourLate 1931for Associateship
Item 2 of 3David SalmondLate 1931for Associateship
Item 3 of 3John WatsonLate 1931for Associateship

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 81951Greenock Royal Infirmary Convalescent HomeGreenock RenfrewshireScotlandAs chief architect to Western District Hospital Board Scotland in association with Richard Llewelyn Davies
Item 2 of 81951New Block at Mental Hospital, StoneyeltsChryston DunbartonshireScotlandAs Forbes Morrison
Item 3 of 81952Rankin Memorial Maternity and Children's HospitalGreenock RenfrewshireScotland 
Item 4 of 81953Garrick HospitalStranraer WigtownshireScotlandAs Chief Architect to the Western Regional Hospital Board - in collaboration with the Department of Health
Item 5 of 816 January 1953General Hospital, BellshillBellshill LanarkshireScotlandAdditions
Item 6 of 813 March 1953Govan Combination Poorhouse and AsylumGovan GlasgowScotlandTwo-storey extension to maternity block
Item 7 of 88 January 1954Buildings for Western Region Hospital Board, ForehillAyr AyrshireScotlandPlans prepared and approved
Item 8 of 8Early 1950sVale of Leven HospitalAlexandria DunbartonshireScotlandAs Chief Architect for Western Regional Hospital Board


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 4Glendinning, Miles1997Rebuilding Scotland: The Postwar Vision, 1945-75  Tuckwell Press Ltdp12, p169 Vale of Leven Hospital
p28 Experimental ward at Greenock
Item 2 of 4RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 3 of 4RIBA1961Kalendar 1960-61   
Item 4 of 4RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 8Architects Journal3 November 1955  p587 (named as Chief Architect for Western Regional Hospital Board for Vale of Leven Hospital)
Item 2 of 8Builder25 May 1951  p768
Item 3 of 8Builder10 August 1951  p198
Item 4 of 8Builder12 January 1951  p87
Item 5 of 8Builder11 January 1952  p101
Item 6 of 8Builder16 January 1953  p145
Item 7 of 8Builder13 March 1953  p435
Item 8 of 8Builder8 January 1954  p77

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2National Archives (via Scotlands People)Statutory births  
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A no4780 (combined box 35)