Thursday, May 10, 2012

Morgan Hospital or Morgan House?

The major roadblock to extending the Gardiner line has always been Annie Morgan? Is she really the husband of James Gardiner Sr? This has been the big question for the last 100 years. Some have ignored her and gone in other directions like Mary Butchard for one.

But for others the following text from Aunt Eva, sister to Frederick Gardiner, has remained what it has always been, a big problem. Who is Annie Morgan? Where is the Morgan Hospital and more importantly who are the parents of James (tin) Gardiner , husband of Ann Gall?

In the 1980's we received a letter from James Jr to Alfred with very interesting letterhead. This just added to the mystery. If Annie Morgan and the Morgan Hospital was a figment of Eva's imagination then why would the Morgan Hospital be on family letterhead? There must be something to Morgan Hospital!

On October 18, 2009, just before church, I was thinking about Morgan Hospital walked over to the computer and pulled up this image:

Look familiar?

Morgan Hospital as it was once knows is now Morgan Academy. Here is how it appears today:

That troublesome text from Aunt Eva should really be read this way:

To find out about the "well-to-do" part read on:

The "Morgan Hospital" was opened in 1868 as a charitable institution providing accommodation and education for "sons of tradesmen and persons of the working class generally whose parents stand in the need of assistance".

Morgan Academy is a secondary school in Dundee, Scotland. It was designed in 1862 by the Edinburgh architects John Dick Peddie and Charles Kinnear, opening in 1868 as the Morgan Hospital, a charitable institution providing accommodation and education for "sons of tradesmen and persons of the working class generally whose parents stand in the need of assistance". The building is similar to Fettes College in Edinburgh. The architecture is designated as a Category 'A' listing by Historic Scotland.

"Its benefactor was John Morgan, the son of a Dundee maltman, who emigrated to India at the age of 20 where, with his brother, he became a wealthy indigo farmer. After a lengthy retirement in Edinburgh, he died, aged 90, in 1850. His will was very confusing and was contested so it was not until 1861 that the House of Lords determined that Morgan's wish had been to bequeath the bulk of his fortune (£73 500) to establish a residential institution in Dundee for the education of boys, similar in character to George Heriot's in Edinburgh.

"The Governors were determined to have a monumental building. The setting chosen sits high above the city, commanding the north east quarter of Dundee and its style is an impressive form of baronial architecture, derived from French chateaux and Flemish guild halls. It is one of Peddie and Kinnear's finest buildings and it is of international significance, being only comparable in design to Edinburgh's Fettes College, which was designed by David Bryce and also built in the 1860s.

"The early design for the school was not impressive enough for the Governors, so the turreted central tower was heightened to some 120 feet and elaborate dormer window heads with carved pinnacles and gargoyles were added to the frontage. The building's decorative details are exceptional, with traceried windows and a delightful variety of Gothic motifs, attenuated chimney stacks and slender lanterns. The roof was decorated with cast iron ridge cresting and ornate wrought iron finials to the many turrets and towers."

By 1889, the school had been acquired by Dundee School Board and it became the "Morgan Academy", one of the secondary schools of Dundee. It was later classed as an A-listed building. Unfortunately, on the evening of 21st March, 2001, it was severely gutted by fire after which its future became uncertain. However, it has since been restored to its former glory and, in the process of restoration, many improvements to the interior of the school have been made.

Dundee University:
John Morgan born in 1760
Father Thomas Morgan

Dundee University:
John Morgan and Euphemia Dacres
Thomas Morgan and Janet Cramond
Seven Children

MS 17/9/20/5 Hand written family tree showing the children of John Morgan and Euphemia Dacres and of Thomas Morgan and Janet Cramond. Births 1724 – 1780

MS 17/9/20/6 Typed family tree showing children of John Morgan and Euphemia Dacres and of Thomas Morgan and Janet Cramond. Births:

New Family Search: Janet Cramond and Thomas Morgan had two children: James Morgan 1758 and John Morgan 1760, no wife shown. John born 28 Feb 1760 and christened on 2 Mar 1760, Dundee, Angus, Scotland.

Found November 3rd 2009 on the antiquated DOS Family Search at the local Family History Library.

Janet Cramond and Thomas Morgan
Marriage 1 Dec 1757
Dundee, Angus, Scotland
M 112822

James 1758
John 1760 (This is the man who donated the money for Morgan Hospital/Academy)
Thomas 1761
Helen 1764
Robert 1766
Matilda 1767
Agnes 1770
Janet 1773

Note the name of both parents links to the parents of the man who began Morgan Hospital.

Geo Morgan married to Elisth. Crammond (These are the parents of one Anne Morgan)
Marriage 22 July 1786
Dundee, Angus, Scotland

George and Elizabeth's Children are
1. Robert 1787
2. Anne 1789
3. Matilda 1792
4. Elisabeth 1795
5. Isabell 1798

Anne Morgan
Father George Morgan
Mother: Elisth. Crammond (Spelling is one M off)
1 Feb 1789
Dundee, Angus, Scotland

Now the task of finding the film and looking at the original documents to see if any of this actually makes sense: 


Dear Kent

We think it is the following:

"These are my ascendant's on my mother side.  (her mother Mrs Eva Moon 
was a Crammond) The Morgan referred to founded the Morgan Academy."

His upper case "Ms" look like "Js" which is why it was hard to work out what he had written.


Michael Bolik
Assistant Archivist
Archive Services
University of Dundee
Dundee DD1 4HN
United Kingdom