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Herbert Morgan Smail was born in Monifieth, Forfar on 4th June 1890 to Isabella Smail (née Mitchell) and Adam Smail, a taylor and clothier. He attended Dundee School of Architecture and Technical College from 1908 to 1912, then The Glasgow School of Art from 1912 to 1914. During the First World War he served as a driver for the Scottish Red Cross and latterly as a lieutenant in the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry. After the war he joined an architects' office in St Andrews but left later on that year to join Mills & Shepherd of Dundee as a senior draughtsman, where he was made a partner two months later. He was admitted as fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects (FRIBA) in 1952. He died in 1960 survived by his wife Esme Jane Buttar. He is listed in the School's World War One Roll of Honour. He also appears on the Glasgow Institute of Architects Roll of Honour (Student) and is recorded as a Prisoner of War.
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Sources: Dictionary of Scottish Architects 1840-1980: http://www.scottisharchitects.org.uk/architect_full.php?id=202108