Morrison's Academy

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Coordinates: 56°22′30″N 3°50′27″W / 56.37491°N 3.84076°W / 56.37491; -3.84076

Morrison's Academy
Crieff, Perth and Kinross
Type Independent School
Motto Ad Summa Tendendum
("To Strive For The Highest")
Established 1860
Rector Gareth Warren
Number of pupils approx 530
The grave of Thomas Morison, St Cuthberts, Edinburgh

Morrison's Academy is a co-educational day independent school in Crieff, Perth and Kinross, in Central Scotland. The school provides nursery, primary and secondary school facilities. It draws many pupils from surrounding Perth and Kinross and Stirling.


Morrison's Academy (original spelled as "Morison's") owes its foundation to Thomas Morrison, a native of the village of Muthill. Born in Muthill in 1761, his mother belonged to Crieff. Morrison trained as a stonemason and, following some years spent working in Auchterarder, he moved to Edinburgh, set up his own business and made his fortune as the builder of a substantial part of the city's beautiful Georgian New Town (the sections north of Queen Street).

Thomas Morison had no children, and he decided that, rather than letting his entire fortune fall into the hands of his relatives, he would tell his trustees, in the words of his will, to: -

"erect and endow an institution or institutions as to them shall appear best calculated to promote the interests of mankind, having a particular regard to the Education of youth and the diffusion of knowledge".

And he continues, "although I do not wish to confine this object to a particular place, yet I have regard in my views to the part of the country where I was born, and to the city of Edinburgh, where I long resided and acquired my fortune"

He finishes by saying "I rather incline to point at a new institution which may bear my name and preserve the remembrance of my good intentions for the welfare and happiness of my fellowmen".

Morrison died in 1820, and after several years of searching for a suitable location his trustees decided on Crieff, the part of the country where Morrison was born, rather than Edinburgh which was already well served with schools. They purchased the old market site where the cattle tryst used to be held before it moved south to Falkirk. The School opened for business on 1 October 1860.[1]

Morrison is buried in the north-east corner of the north extension to St Cuthberts Churchyard in Edinburgh.


There are four school houses:

  • Murrays
  • Campbells
  • Grahams
  • Drummonds

Notable alumni[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Morrison's Academy – History".