Basic Biographical Details

Name: John Ewing Murray
Born: 7 February 1915
Died: 7 January 1994
Bio Notes: John Ewing Murray was born on 7 February 1915, the son of Thomas Murray, wholesale butcher, and his wife, Agnes white. He was articled to William Cowie of Ayr in August 1932, and took evening classes at Glasgow School of Architecture from 1934 to 1937. On completion of his apprenticeship in September of the latter year, he continued his studies with day classes at the same School. He received his diploma in June 1940, took the Professional Practice exam that December, and was admitted ARIBA on 22 April 1941, his proposers being Cowie, James A Morris and T Harold Hughes. His nomination papers state that he had spent six weeks in Italy in March–April 1939, and that at the time of his application for Associateship he was working in the Ayr County Architect's Office.

In 1948 he was the Soane Medallist. In 1950 his address is given as Troon. He was still resident in Troon in 1970, but it is unclear if he worked from there.

He resigned from the RIBA in late 1970 at which time he was still living in Troon. At the time of his death on 7 January 1994 he was described as a retired architect and university lecturer. He was survived by his wife, Marion Parish Peden Smith.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 3Dalrowan, Castlehill Road, Ayr, Ayrshire, ScotlandPrivate1941 *  
Item 2 of 327, Victoria Drive, Troon, Ayrshire, ScotlandPrivate/business(?)1950 *After 1964 
Item 3 of 336 Crosbie Court, Craigend Road, Troon, Ayrshire, ScotlandPrivate/business(?)1970 *  

* 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 2William CowieAugust 1932September 1937Apprentice 
Item 2 of 2Ayr County Architect's Office1941 *  role unclear

* earliest date known from documented sources.


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3William Cowie22 April 1941for Associateship
Item 2 of 3Thomas Harold Hughes22 April 1941for Associateship
Item 3 of 3James Archibald Morris22 April 1941for Associateship

RIBA Proposals

This proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 1Robert Barr Rankin22 July 1970For Fellowship

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 11949Brig o' Doon HouseAlloway AyrshireScotlandAdditions


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 4Close, Rob and Riches, Anne2012The Buildings of Scotland: Ayrshire & Arran New Haven and London: Yale University Pressp92
Item 2 of 4RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 
Item 3 of 4RIBA1964The RIBA Kalendar 1963-64   
Item 4 of 4RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this :
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2H M Register HouseDeath Register  
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A no7853 (combined box 199)