Basic Biographical Details

Name: David Alexander Murray
Born: 27 April 1908
Died: 1979
Bio Notes: David Alexander Murray was born on 27 April 1908 and commenced his apprenticeship in the St Andrews branch office of Thoms & Wilkie in 1925, transferring the following year to Jamieson & Arnott in Edinburgh, where he remained as junior assistant and studied at Edinburgh College of Art and Heriot-Watt College. During this period he was admitted ARIAS. Following the dissolution of the Jamieson & Arnott practice in 1936 he was engaged as senior assistant by the newly merged practice of Dick Peddie, Todd & Jamieson. Up to this time he had worked mainly on hospitals, city banks and insurance offices, large country houses, county buildings and county housing schemes.

In 1937 he moved to Newport, Monmouthshire as resident architect for the British Aluminium Company, to supervise the erection of the large industrial plant at Gold Harbour Farm. He returned to Edinburgh in 1940 to work in the British Aluminium Company's offices, and through his employment there obtained a deferment from national service during the Second World War, being engaged on work under the authority of the Ministry of Aircraft Producers. He was admitted LRIBA on 20 July 1943, his proposers being James Alexander Arnott, John Wilson and James Inch Morrison. He was also an Associate of the Edinburgh Architectural Association.

Murray had fully retired from practice by 1976 when he resigned his membership of the RIBA. Immediately prior to that time he had been living at 21 Wester Links, Fortrose but he had moved in that year to 'Gidan Yammata', Horsell, Woking, Surrey. He died in Chichester in 1979, his death being registered between October and December of that year.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 4British Aluminium Co, Alumina Works, Gold Harbour Farm, Newport, Monmouthshire, WalesPrivate/business1939 *  
Item 2 of 4119, Trinity Road, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate1943 *  
Item 3 of 421, Wester Links, Fortrose, Ross and Cromarty, ScotlandPrivateAfter 19431976 
Item 4 of 4Gidan Yammata, Horsell, Woking, Surrey, EnglandPrivate1976  

* 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 6Thoms & Wilkie19251926ApprenticeIn St Andrews office
Item 2 of 6Auldjo Jamieson & Arnott1926c. 1930Apprentice 
Item 3 of 6Auldjo Jamieson & Arnottc. 19301936Assistant 
Item 4 of 6Dick Peddie, Todd & Jamieson19361937Senior Assistant 
Item 5 of 6British Aluminium Company Architects Department19371940ArchitectResident architect in Wales
Item 6 of 6British Aluminium Company Architects Department1940After 1943ArchitectIn Edinburgh office


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3James Alexander Arnott20 July 1943for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3James Inch Morrison20 July 1943for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3John Wilson20 July 1943for Licentiateship

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 11937British Aluminium Company Alumina Works, Gold Harbour FarmNewport MonmouthshireWales 


Bibliographic References

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

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this :
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2England and WalesBirths, marriages and deaths  
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L no5464 (combined box 80)