Basic Biographical Details

Name: Francis Murray
Designation: Architect
Born: 6 April 1915
Died: 24 June 1996
Bio Notes: Francis Murray was born on 6 April 1915, the son of Francis Walton Murray, cruelty inspector, and his wife Barbara Linton McLaren. He was articled to J & W Wittet of Elgin from June 1930 to October 1935, moving in the latter month to the office of A H Mottram in Edinburgh. There, he enrolled in part-time classes at Edinburgh College of Art and Heriot-Watt College, where he continued studying full-time for a further two years from October 1938 to January 1941. He received the RIAS Incorporation Prize in 1939, the ECA Andrew Grant Travelling Scholarship in 1940, and the RIBA Archibald Dawney Scholarship in 1939-40. He was awarded his diploma in June 1941 and was admitted ARIBA on 16 December that year, his proposers being John Ross McKay, Alfred Hugh Mottram and J S Johnston. At that time he was serving as second lieutenant in the Royal Engineers, and he gave his home address as 'Oregon', Young Street, Elgin.

He gave up architecture at some point before his death when he was described as a 'retired timber merchant'. His home was Drummayne, Matne Estate, Elgin. He died on 24 June 1996, survived by his wife Kathleen Milne and at least one son, Charles.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 1Oregon, Young Street, Elgin, Morayshire, ScotlandPrivateBefore 1941After 1950 

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 2J & W WittetJune 1930October 1935Apprentice 
Item 2 of 2Alfred Hugh MottramOctober 1935October 1936Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3James Stewart Johnston16 December 1941for Associateship
Item 2 of 3John Ross McKay16 December 1941for Associateship
Item 3 of 3Alfred Hugh Mottram16 December 1941for Associateship


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 A no7980 (combined box 201)