Basic Biographical Details

Name: George Morrison Hay
Born: 1 February 1875
Bio Notes: George Morrison Hay was born on 1 February 1875 in Aberdeen and was articled to D & J R McMillan in his home city from June 1893 until 1898, studying at Robert Gordon's College and Gray's School of Art. His extensive travels commenced in these early days with visits to Rome, Florence, Venice, New York and San Francisco. After completing his apprenticeship he spent three years in London successively in the offices of Alfred Walter Saxon Snell and Henry Hewitt Bridgman, followed by a year in Bristol working for the firm of Oatley & Skinner. In 1902 he left for South Africa to spend four years as chief assistant to Stucke & Bannister of Johannesburg, subsequently transferring to the office of Allen Wilson in the same city. He moved to Hong Kong in 1907 to assist in the firm of Leigh & Orange, and was still there when he was admitted LRIBA on 27 February 1911, his proposers being his former employers William Henry Stucke and Snell, and Arthur Henry Ough, who was then chief partner of Leigh & Orange. The following year he moved yet again, to join the office of William Williamson at Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada, and it was there that he commenced independent practice, in 1913. He returned to Britain in 1921, to set up practice at 177 Union Street, Aberdeen in partnership with Robert Robb Gall, who had been a fellow assistant in Snell's office and had been practising on his own account in Aberdeen since 1918.

The partnership with Gall was dissolved in 1926 or 1927. Hay was elected FRIBA on 5 December of the latter year, his proposers being John Ross McMillan, George Topham Forrest and Snell. At that time he was continuing to work from the office at 177 Union Street, and was living at 'Breezy Neuk', Muchalls. He was listed as being retired in the RIBA Kalendar of 1950-51.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 4The Hong Kong Club, Hong Kong, ChinaPrivateAfter 19071911 
Item 2 of 4Medicine Hat, Alberta, CanadaPrivate/business1912Before 1921 
Item 3 of 4177, Union Street, Aberdeen, ScotlandBusiness1921After 1939 
Item 4 of 4Breezy Neuk, Muchalls, Kincardineshire, ScotlandPrivate1927 *  

* earliest date known from documented sources.

Employment and Training


The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 9D & J R McMillanJune 18931898Apprentice 
Item 2 of 9H Saxon Snell & Son1898Before 1901AssistantUnder Alfred Walter Saxon Snell
Item 3 of 9Henry Hewitt BridgmanAfter 18981901Assistant 
Item 4 of 9Oatley & Skinner19011902Assistant 
Item 5 of 9Stucke & Bannister19021906Chief Assistant 
Item 6 of 9Allen Wilson19061907Chief Assistant 
Item 7 of 9Leigh & Orange19071911Assistant 
Item 8 of 9William Williams19121912Assistant 
Item 9 of 9Gall & Hay19211926 or 1927Partner 

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 4Charles Ritchie Emslie19271930Apprentice 
Item 2 of 4John Flett Duncan28 November 192721 July 1928Junior Assistant 
Item 3 of 4George Leslie Cruickshank19291929Assistant 
Item 4 of 4Charles Ritchie Emslie19331935Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 6George Topham Forrest5 December 1927for Fellowship
Item 2 of 6John Ross McMillan5 December 1927for Fellowship
Item 3 of 6Arthur Henry Ough27 February 1911for Licentiateship
Item 4 of 6Alfred Walter Saxon Snell27 February 1911for Licentiateship
Item 5 of 6Alfred Walter Saxon Snell5 December 1927for Fellowship
Item 6 of 6William Henry Stucke27 February 1911for Licentiateship

RIBA Proposals

This proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 7James Harrison Ball7 October 1930for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 7George Cruickshank19 May 1942For Associateship
Item 3 of 7George Leslie CruickshankLate 1930for Associateship
Item 4 of 7Charles Ritchie Emslie9 May 1938For Associateship
Item 5 of 7(Captain) Douglas Stuart McMillanMid 1931for Fellowship
Item 6 of 7William James ReithLate 1930for Associateship
Item 7 of 7William Caie Walker1930 or 1931for Associateship

Buildings and Designs

This 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 22After 1898FlatsKensington LondonEnglandAs assistant to Alfred Walter Saxon Snell or Henry Hewitt Bridgman
Item 2 of 22After 1898HotelBexhill-on-Sea SussexEnglandAs assistant to Alfred Walter Saxon Snell or Henry Hewitt Bridgman
Item 3 of 22After 1898South African Mutual Assurance Buildings  Cape TownSouth AfricaAs assistant to Alfred Walter Saxon Snell
Item 4 of 221900Romford BathsRomford EssexEnglandAs assistant to Alfred Walter Saxon Snell or Henry Hewitt Bridgman
Item 5 of 221901 or 1902Cardiff Asylum  CardiffWalesAs assistant to Oatley & Skinner
Item 6 of 22After 1902Church  PretoriaSouth AfricaSecond premiated competition design (75 prize)
Item 7 of 22After 1902Cuthberts Buildings  JohannesburgSouth AfricaAs assistant to Stucke & Bannister or Allen Wilson
Item 8 of 22After 1902Queen Victoria Hospital for Women  JohannesburgSouth AfricaAs assistant to Stucke & Bannister or Allen Wilson
Item 9 of 22After 1907Hong Kong University  Hong KongChinaAs assistant to Leigh & Orange
Item 10 of 221913The Low Block business premisesMedicine Hat AlbertaCanada 
Item 11 of 221914Bungalow and other residencesBanff AlbertaCanada 
Item 12 of 221921Four cottages, KingseatNew Machar AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 13 of 221923Kingseat AsylumNew Machar AberdeenshireScotlandTwo new villas (male and female, 60 patients each); additions to nurses' home
Item 14 of 221924HouseBucksburn AberdeenScotland 
Item 15 of 221924Sandhaven SchoolPitullie AberdeenshireScotlandAdditions
Item 16 of 221924Scotstown Moor Children's CampBridge of Don AberdeenScotland 
Item 17 of 221925Harris Academy, Perth Road  DundeeScotlandWon competition but did not get the job
Item 18 of 221926Fraserburgh AcademyFraserburgh AberdeenshireScotlandAnnexe (ten classrooms plus gymnasium), plus additions and alterations to existing premises
Item 19 of 221927Central SchoolFraserburgh AberdeenshireScotlandReconstruction
Item 20 of 221929Two Semi-detached Houses Balnagask RoadTorry AberdeenScotland 
Item 21 of 221930New Pitsligo SchoolNew Pitsligo AberdeenshireScotlandAdditions to school (classrooms?) - planned as reported in the Architect & Building News
Item 22 of 221936New Pitsligo SchoolNew Pitsligo AberdeenshireScotlandClassrooms added


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 2RIBA1939The RIBA Kalendar 1939-1940 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 2 of 2RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this :
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L v10 no536 (microfilm reel 32); F no2540 (box 8)