Basic Biographical Details

Name: Duncan McNaughtan
Designation: Architect
Born: 1845
Died: 26 February 1912
Bio Notes: Duncan McNaughtan was born in Rutherglen in 1845 (christened 12 September), the son of Joseph McNaughtan, cotton spinner and his wife Helen Fulton. In 1863 he was articled to William Spence, spending about six years with him before becoming an assistant in the office of Campbell Douglas & Stevenson for six months. He then moved to London, securing a place in the office of William Henry Crossland and John Philpot Jones, which enabled him to study at the South Kensington Schools and to make sketching tours during his spare time of the principal cathedral towns of England. During his time in London he also carried out some work at home from Mr Edgar of Sir George Gilbert Scott's office. He returned to Glasgow to commence business on his own account in January 1871 from premises at 178 St Vincent Street.

McNaughtan married Elizabeth Smith and they had three sons: Alan George (born 1878), who became an architect; Arthur, who studied architecture at Glasgow School of Art; and Joseph, later of Fernlea, Helensburgh. Alan George, who signed his name MacNaughtan, joined his father's practice in 1904, becoming a partner in 1907.

Duncan McNaughtan was admitted FRIBA on 3 December 1906, his proposers being John Keppie, William Leiper and John James Burnet. In addition to his known works, his nomination paper cites 'a large number of' country houses and villas, terraced houses in the West End of Glasgow, many commercial buildings and workmen's houses.

He died of cardiac syncope at Fraoch, Bearsden on 26 Feburary 1912, his son Alan George continuing as sole practitioner thereafter.

NB: Duncan McNaughtan signed himself thus; his son Alan George inserted an 'a' to become MacNaughtan.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 9178, St Vincent Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusinessJanuary 18711877 or 1878 
Item 2 of 9Lairs Villa, Langside, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate(?)1871 or 1872 * Unclear whether 'Lewis Villa' and 'Lairs Villa' are different or in fact misreadings for the same building
Item 3 of 9Lewis Villa, Langside, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate(?)1873 or 1874 * Unclear whether 'Lewis Villa' and 'Lairs Villa' are different or in fact misreadings for the same building
Item 4 of 92, Kersland Street, Hillhead, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate(?)1873 or 18741878 or 1879 
Item 5 of 9140, Bath Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1877 or 1878Mid 1883 
Item 6 of 991, Hamilton Drive, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate(?)1878 or 1879After 1881 
Item 7 of 9124, Bath Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusinessMid 18831887 or 1888 
Item 8 of 9Fraoch, Bearsden, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivateBefore 18851912 
Item 9 of 9137, West Regent Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1887 or 18881912 

* earliest date known from documented sources.

Employment and Training


The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 4William Spence18631868Apprentice 
Item 2 of 4Campbell Douglas & Stevenson18681868Assistant 
Item 3 of 4Crossland & Jones18681870Assistant 
Item 4 of 4Duncan McNaughtan & Son (or Duncan MacNaughtan & Son)1907February 1912Partner 

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 6William Dunn1876c. 1880Apprentice 
Item 2 of 6Charles Gourlay18811884Apprentice 
Item 3 of 6Robert Wemyssc. 1881c. 1886Apprentice 
Item 4 of 6William Armour Arbuckle18851890ApprenticeLater assistant
Item 5 of 6Robert WemyssAfter 1886(?)Before 1895Assistant 
Item 6 of 6Alan George MacNaughtan19041907Assistant(?) 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3(Sir) John James Burnet3 December 1906for Fellowship
Item 2 of 3John Keppie3 December 1906for Fellowship
Item 3 of 3William Leiper3 December 1906for Fellowship

RIBA Proposals

This architect proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 2Robert Harvie20 March 1911for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 2James Austen Laird20 July 1911for Licentiateship

Buildings and Designs

This architect was involved with the following buildings or structures from the date specified (click on an item to view details):
 Date startedBuilding nameTown, district or villageIslandCity or countyCountryNotes
Item 1 of 321870Corn Exchange  LondonEnglandThird premiated competition design - as assistant to Crossland
Item 2 of 321876Maryhill Town HallMaryhill GlasgowScotlandWon competition to secure job
Item 3 of 321877Proposed villa at BearsdenBearsden GlasgowScotland 
Item 4 of 321878EricstaneHelensburgh DunbartonshireScotlandAdditions and alterations
Item 5 of 321878Helensburgh UP ChurchHelensburgh DunbartonshireScotlandEnlargement
Item 6 of 321882Burnbank UP ChurchHamilton LanarkshireScotland 
Item 7 of 321883Independent (Congregational) ChurchHelensburgh DunbartonshireScotlandUnsigned plans, presumably unexecuted, for addition?
Item 8 of 32c. 1884Lord Kelvin's warehouse  GlasgowScotland 
Item 9 of 32c. 1884Premises for James White, scientific instrument maker  GlasgowScotland 
Item 10 of 321886WinterdineHelensburgh DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 11 of 321887Villa at BearsdenBearsden GlasgowScotland 
Item 12 of 321889School, West King Street and James StreetHelensburgh DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 13 of 321890Premises for James White, scientific instrument maker  GlasgowScotlandLarge additions at rear
Item 14 of 3218912 West Clyde StreetHelensburgh DunbartonshireScotlandServants' wing
Item 15 of 321895Dumbarton County Buildings, court and prisonDumbarton DunbartonshireScotlandLarge additions
Item 16 of 321895Polmadie UP ChurchPolmadie GlasgowScotland 
Item 17 of 321896Loanhead UP ChurchLoanhead MidlothianScotlandReconstruction
Item 18 of 321897Baltic Chambers  GlasgowScotland 
Item 19 of 321899ThornleaBearsden GlasgowScotland 
Item 20 of 321901EricstaneHelensburgh DunbartonshireScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 21 of 321901RothiemayHelensburgh DunbartonshireScotlandConsulting room
Item 22 of 321901Warehouse for James White  GlasgowScotland 
Item 23 of 321902EricstaneHelensburgh DunbartonshireScotlandAlterations
Item 24 of 321904Tollcross Park UF Church  GlasgowScotlandAlan George MacNaughtan responsible
Item 25 of 32After 1904Possilpark School, manual instruction blockPossilpark GlasgowScotland 
Item 26 of 321905House for Dr Thomas J BurtonBearsden GlasgowScotland 
Item 27 of 321906Colston SchoolSpringburn GlasgowScotlandAlan George MacNaughtan responsible
Item 28 of 321906New Kilpatrick Parish Council ChambersBearsden GlasgowScotland 
Item 29 of 321906St Rollox School  GlasgowScotlandAlan George MacNaughtan responsible
Item 30 of 321907CuilvonaHelensburgh DunbartonshireScotland 
Item 31 of 321909Radnor Park UF ChurchClydebank DunbartonshireScotlandAdditions (transepts)
Item 32 of 321911Gallowflat Public SchoolRutherglen LanarkshireScotlandOne of three blocks (begun 1908?)


Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1RIBA Journal9 March 1912 London: Royal Institute of British Architectsp355 - obituary of Duncan McNaughtan

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers F v17 p142 no1167 (microfilm reel 12)