An exceptional education
There was great excitement in Crieff in 1859 when the work began on the Scottish baronial style building with its crow stepped gables. The local paper said, “Its healthful locality and commanding view of extensive and beautifully romantic scenery cannot be surpassed, if at all equalled, by any such public building in Scotland”.
The Academy that opened on 1 October 1860 owed its foundation to Thomas Morison or Morrison (it is recorded that both spellings of his surname were used). Thomas was born in Muthill in 1761, his mother belonged to Crieff.
Thomas 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.