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Henry Seton MORRIS

Male 1869 - 1915  (45 years)


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  • Name Henry Seton MORRIS 
    Born 22 Jun 1869  Bath, Somerset Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Census 1 Apr 1871  16 Belmont, Walcot, Somerset Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Occupation 1881 
    Scholar 
    Census 1 Apr 1881  The Woodlands, Bathwick, Somerset Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Occupation 1891 
    Architectural Draughtsman 
    • Was born in Bath, England and articled there to WJ Willcox from 1885 until about 1890 (H MOGER was also articled to Willcox). In 1890 he was employed as assistant to CJ Phipps, FRIBA, in London and studied at the Royal Academy Schools, from 1892 to 1897, where he won the prize for Design, Upper School, in 1892. In 1892 he was employed by HM Office of Works as an architectural draughtsman and by 1898 he was in partnership with H Baillie Scott in Douglas, the Isle of Man. With Baillie Scott he executed several buildings mostly of a domestic nature. Illustrations of a number of interiors of these buildings appeared in Academy Architecture around 1898 under the name of Baillie Scott & Seaton (sic) Morris. No mention of this partnership, however, is made in Gray's Dictionary of Edwardian Architects (1985) in the entry on Baillie Scott and indeed the partnership, or association, appears to have lasted for only about a year as by 1899 Morris returned to HM Office of Works. He remained there until 1902 as an architectural draughtsman. In 1902 Morris came to South Africa and was employed by the PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT, Transvaal, as assistant architect. After six months he left to enter into private practice in Johannesburg. This departure was drawn to the attention of the Colonial Secretary by the then Director of Public Works, GH FOWKE, to urge an increase in salaries 'Mr Seton Morris who came out with Mr Bevan has already left and started work in Johannesburg, refunding his passage money, and I am afraid Mr Bevan might do the same unless it is made worth his while to stay' (May 1903 ? PWD 189 1108). Morris became a member of the Transvaal Institute of Architects in 1903 and a Council member of the Institute in 1904, a position he held until 1907. He was also involved in teaching architecture at the Transvaal University College during this time (the Tin Temple). GE PEARSE mentions that Seton Morris, 'a lovable character', taught history of architecture, that he 'designed a house for Guy Brunton on the Berea and a hotel in Orange Grove' and added that Morris was 'very keen on Dramatic Art and took part in several plays at the Standard Theatre' (Pearse c1960:73). In around 1906 he was in partnership or association with GStJ COTTRILL (cf MORRIS & COTTRILL) and by 1909 he had returned to London.

      In London Morris took the special exam qualifying exam of the RIBA which enabled him to apply for Associate membership of the RIBA in 1909. From London he went work for the PWD in Rangoon, Burma. He was in Burma when he was elected a Fellow of the RIBA in 1914. He died in Rangoon in 1915.

      Although Morris's stay in South Africa was relatively short, he made a contribution during that time to both the teaching of architecture and the founding of the Transvaal Institute of Architects. His only known building was the Orange Grove Hotel, Johannesburg, a well known and popular meeting place, and now demolished.
      ARIBA 1909; FRIBA 1914. (ARIBA nom papers (1909) 146; Academy Architecture 1898*; Brown 1969; FRIBA nom papers (1914); Pearse c1960; RIBA Jnl 1914-15:191, 280 obit; SAWW 1908)

      [Entry extracted from electronic document lodged by Joanna Walker in the archives of the Department of Architecture, University of Pretoria]

      Source: www.artefacts.co.za
    Census 1 Apr 1891  25 Great Russell Street, St Giles, London Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Occupation 1895 
    Architect 
    • 1895: (A Baillie Scott )Forms partnership with Henry Seton Morris, thought to have also been a pupil of Davis, who sets up an office in both names at 30 Great James Street, London.
      Exhibit entrance design for a house, for Manx author Hall Caine, at the Royal Academy.

      1897: Association with Morris flounders, possibly following introduction to Wilfred Bond in 1896. Bond was clerk of works on St. Matthew's Church, Douglas for James Loughborough Pearson, until Pearson's death. He then joined Baillie Scott and was his assistant until 1901.

      Source: http://www.victorianweb.org/art/design/bailliescott/chron.html
    Occupation 1901 
    Architectural Draughtsman and architect 
    • Single.
    Census 1 Apr 1901  10 Great Ormond Street, St Andrew, Holborn, London Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Occupation 1914  Burma Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Architect 
    • All Saints' Church at Maymyo was consecrated by Bishop Fyffe in 1914, taking the place of a mere hut (still remembered with affection) which had been erected and licensed in 1902 (2.P.p.44). The permanent Church forms a memorial to the soldiers and Civilians who have died during service in Burma. It was designed by Mr Seton Morris, consulting architect to the Government and the work of building (A.D.1912-14) was supervised by the P.W.D. engineer in both cases as a labour of love. There was a small Government grant, and another grant from the Burma Railways. There was also available some money subscribed in 1893 to beautify the Church which was planned (but never built) for the Fort Dufferin in Mandalay as a memorial of those who fell in the annexation. But the bulk of the funds came from subscriptions largely gathered by Archdeacon Cory. (2.P 1911 p.288; 1913 pp.219, 285; 1914 pp.398, 410). As time went on, more gifts were received for its furnishing and embellishment, including the reredos given by the Indian Civil Service, the Font and appointments of the Baptistry given by the Forest Department, and the marble flooring of the Sanctuary given by the Burma Rifles. The upper portion of the tower was lacking for many years, but that too was added in 1927. (2.P.1928 p.25).

      Source: www.pyinoolwin.info
    Died 1915  Rangoon, Burma Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I11066  5. Somerset Ennevers (2)
    Last Modified 24 Jul 2011 

    Father Joseph William MORRIS,   Born:  3 Jan 1830, Bath, Somerset Find all individuals with events at this location,   Died:  17 Aug 1901, Bath District, Somerset Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years) 
    Mother Emily PHIPPS,   Born:  1826/7, Bath, Somerset Find all individuals with events at this location,   Died:  1901, Bath District, Somerset Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Married 1854  Bath District, Somerset Find all individuals with events at this location 
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    Family (spouse) S UNKNOWN,   Born:  1881/2,   Died:  Yes, date unknown 
    Children 
     1. Noel Ennever Seton MORRIS,   Born:  28 Dec 1911, Burma Find all individuals with events at this location,   Died:  9 Aug 1985, Top Cottage, Bell Yard, Broadway, Evesham, Worcestershire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 22 Jun 1869 - Bath, Somerset Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1 Apr 1871 - 16 Belmont, Walcot, Somerset Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1 Apr 1881 - The Woodlands, Bathwick, Somerset Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1 Apr 1891 - 25 Great Russell Street, St Giles, London Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • FRIBA, in London and studied at the Royal Academy Schools, from 1892 to 1897, where he won the prize for Design, Upper School, in 1892. In 1892 he was employed by HM Office of Works as an architectural draughtsman and by 1898 he was in partnership with H Baillie Scott in Douglas, the Isle of Man. With Baillie Scott he executed several buildings mostly of a domestic nature. Illustrations of a number of interiors of these buildings appeared in Academy Architecture around 1898 under the name of Baillie Scott & Seaton (sic) Morris. No mention of this partnership, however, is made in Gray's Dictionary of Edwardian Architects (1985) in the entry on Baillie Scott and indeed the partnership, or association, appears to have lasted for only about a year as by 1899 Morris returned to HM Office of Works. He remained there until 1902 as an architectural draughtsman. In 1902 Morris came to South Africa and was employed by the PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT, Transvaal, as assistant architect. After six months he left to enter into private practice in Johannesburg. This departure was drawn to the attention of the Colonial Secretary by the then Director of Public Works, GH FOWKE, to urge an increase in salaries 'Mr Seton Morris who came out with Mr Bevan has already left and started work in Johannesburg, refunding his passage money, and I am afraid Mr Bevan might do the same unless it is made worth his while to stay' (May 1903 ? PWD 189 1108). Morris became a member of the Transvaal Institute of Architects in 1903 and a Council member of the Institute in 1904, a position he held until 1907. He was also involved in teaching architecture at the Transvaal University College during this time (the Tin Temple). GE PEARSE mentions that Seton Morris, 'a lovable character', taught history of architecture, that he 'designed a house for Guy Brunton on the Berea and a hotel in Orange Grove' and added that Morris was 'very keen on Dramatic Art and took part in several plays at the Standard Theatre' (Pearse c1960:73). In around 1906 he was in partnership or association with GStJ COTTRILL (cf MORRIS & COTTRILL) and by 1909 he had returned to London.

      In London Morris took the special exam qualifying exam of the RIBA which enabled him to apply for Associate membership of the RIBA in 1909. From London he went work for the PWD in Rangoon, Burma. He was in Burma when he was elected a Fellow of the RIBA in 1914. He died in Rangoon in 1915.

      Although Morris's stay in South Africa was relatively short, he made a contribution during that time to both the teaching of architecture and the founding of the Transvaal Institute of Architects. His only known building was the Orange Grove Hotel, Johannesburg, a well known and popular meeting place, and now demolished.
      ARIBA 1909; FRIBA 1914. (ARIBA nom papers (1909) 146; Academy Architecture 1898*; Brown 1969; FRIBA nom papers (1914); Pearse c1960; RIBA Jnl 1914-15:191, 280 obit; SAWW 1908)

      [Entry extracted from electronic document lodged by Joanna Walker in the archives of the Department of Architecture, University of Pretoria]

      Source www.artefacts.co.za


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