Andrew Morrison (1864-1918) studied engineering at Edinburgh University, and worked on the Forth Bridge as a student. He met Eloise Morgan in or before 1895; her father, Thomas Millington Morgan, was an ironmaster. By 1895 Morrison was working for the Bengal and North Western Railway as a Divisional Officer responsible for overseeing the construction of the line. The letters in this collection record their courtship, though only Andrew Morrison’s letters have survived. They married in 1899 in London, which event is recorded in detail in a letter possibly by Andrew Morrison’s niece, and both moved to Balrampur in India. Eloise returned to the UK to have their 2 children, and there are further letters written during their separation.
At some point, Morrison saved a village from flooding and was presented with skinning knives and a garland.
By 1904, Andrew Morrison’s health was breaking down and he spent time in a sanitorium in Darjeeling. In 1906, correspondence shows he wishes to leave his post with the Bengal and North Western Railway, perhaps to return to the UK. He died in 1918 aged 54, and Eloise died in 1949 aged 85.