Basic Biographical Details

Name: Duncan McMillan
Designation: Architect
Born: 1840
Died: 22 June 1928
Bio Notes: Duncan McMillan was born in Inverness in 1840 and apprenticed to Alexander Ross from c.1855 until 1861 when he went to Aberdeen to work for James Matthews, the connection probably being made through his Matthews & Lawrie Inverness office.

McMillan married Sibella Ross on 28 February 1866 and commenced practice on his own account in Aberdeen in 1868. In 1878 he formed a partnership with John Russell Mackenzie as Mackenzie & McMillan but this was dissolved in 1883 because of Mackenzie's bankruptcy.

McMillan's son, John Ross McMillan (born 6 July 1868), was articled to his father in 1885, remaining as assistant until 1893 when he was taken into partnership. During this period he went on a number of sketching tours in Scotland and England. He was admitted FRIBA on 4 March 1907, his proposers being Alexander Marshall Mackenzie and Arthur Clyne of Aberdeen and Francis W Troup of London.

A younger son, Douglas Stuart McMillan (born 29 October 1888), also later joined the practice. He was articled to George G Irvine of Aberdeen from 1905 to 1910 before transferring to the family firm, where he remained as assistant until 1911 when he left for British Columbia, Canada to gain experience with a qualified Land Surveyor. Prior to his Canadian trip he attended classes at Robert Gordon's Technical College in Aberdeen. He returned from Canada as principal assistant in his father's and brother's office in 1912. In 1914 he was taken into partnership but from 4 August of that year he served with the Gordon Highlanders in the Expeditionary Force in France rising to the rank of Captain until his discharge on 2 February 1919.

In the 1920s the firm specialised in housing estate work. Duncan McMillan died in Aberdeen on 22 June 1928; his sons continued the practice thereafter.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 57, Marine Terrace, Aberdeen, ScotlandPrivate(?)  Check dates that he is at this address
Item 2 of 5Aberdeen, ScotlandBusiness1868  
Item 3 of 511, Albury Road, Aberdeen, ScotlandPrivateLate 1880s  
Item 4 of 566, Polmuir Road, Aberdeen, ScotlandPrivateLate 1880s  
Item 5 of 5211, Union Street, Aberdeen, ScotlandBusiness1903  

Employment and Training

Employers

The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 5Alexander Rossc. 1855(?)1861Apprentice 
Item 2 of 5James Matthews18611864Assistant 
Item 3 of 5Matthews & Lawrie18641868AssistantIn Aberdeen office, under James Matthews
Item 4 of 5Mackenzie & McMillan18781883Partner 
Item 5 of 5D & J R McMillan18931928Partner 

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 5John Alexander Ogg Allan18851890Apprentice 
Item 2 of 5John Ross McMillan18851890Apprentice 
Item 3 of 5John Alexander Ogg Allan18901892Assistant 
Item 4 of 5John Ross McMillan18901893Assistant 
Item 5 of 5Daniel Andrew Leviec. 18901893Apprentice 

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 1531869St Clement Street School  AberdeenScotland 
Item 2 of 1531870sCottages Ornés, Albury Road  AberdeenScotland 
Item 3 of 1531870Pitcaple House  AberdeenshireScotlandAdditions and service court, red granite columns in hall and stair
Item 4 of 1531872Easter Kinmundy HouseSkene AberdeenshireScotlandReconstruction
Item 5 of 153c. 1872Pair of cottages ornées  AberdeenScotland 
Item 6 of 1531874College of Nursing Club and house at no 1 Fonthill Road  AberdeenScotlandNo 1 Fonthill Road built
Item 7 of 1531874Ferryhill Free ChurchFerryhill AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 8 of 153187513 Queen's Road  AberdeenScotland 
Item 9 of 1531875Church of Scotland Training College  AberdeenScotlandAdditions?
Item 10 of 1531875Commerce Street School  AberdeenScotland 
Item 11 of 1531875Inverurie Free ChurchInverurie AberdeenshireScotlandRebuilding - selected for job after small competition
Item 12 of 1531875Inverurie SchoolInverurie AberdeenshireScotlandAlterations
Item 13 of 1531876Maryfield HouseTurriff (near) AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 14 of 1531876Villa, Queen's Road  AberdeenScotland 
Item 15 of 1531876Villa, Queen's Road  AberdeenScotland 
Item 16 of 1531878BlackhillKinmundy AberdeenshireScotlandAlterations
Item 17 of 1531878Causewayend Free Church and HallCausewayend AberdeenScotlandHall
Item 18 of 1531878Gilcomston Chapel of EaseGilcomston AberdeenScotlandAdditions and repairs amounting to complete reconstruction (mainly responsible)
Item 19 of 1531878Queen's Terrace  AberdeenScotland 
Item 20 of 1531878Rathen SchoolRathen AberdeenshireScotlandAlterations and houses
Item 21 of 1531879Brown's School  AberdeenScotlandWest and East extensions
Item 22 of 1531880Buckie Parish ChurchBuckie BanffshireScotlandReplacing chapel of ease
Item 23 of 1531880Cottages, Marine TerraceFerryhill AberdeenScotlandMcMillan mainly responsible for revising and completing scheme
Item 24 of 1531880Houses for Aberdeen and Northern Heritable Company  AberdeenScotland 
Item 25 of 1531881Causewayend Free Church and HallCausewayend AberdeenScotlandMcMillan mainly responsible
Item 26 of 1531881Cookney Chapel of EaseCookney KincardineshireScotland 
Item 27 of 1531881Free ChurchBoddam AberdeenshireScotlandMcMillan mainly responsible
Item 28 of 1531881Fyvie Castle and ancillary buildingsFyvie AberdeenshireScotlandRepairs
Item 29 of 1531881House and shop, Netherkirkgate  AberdeenScotland 
Item 30 of 1531881Rubislaw Den House and Gordon House  AberdeenScotland 
Item 31 of 1531881Terraced houses, Carden Place  AberdeenScotlandCompleted terrace
Item 32 of 1531883Five houses, Claremont Street  AberdeenScotland 
Item 33 of 1531883Four houses, Claremont Place  AberdeenScotland 
Item 34 of 1531883Fyvie Parish ChurchFyvie AberdeenshireScotlandChurchyard walls with gates and railings - probably (Buildings of Scotland)
Item 35 of 1531883Royal HotelKeith BanffshireScotland 
Item 36 of 1531884111, 113 Union Street  AberdeenScotland 
Item 37 of 153188428 Netherkirkgate  AberdeenScotland 
Item 38 of 153188434-36 Gallowgate  AberdeenScotland 
Item 39 of 1531884House, Bridge of Dee Road  AberdeenScotland 
Item 40 of 1531884House, St Swinthin Street  AberdeenScotland 
Item 41 of 1531884Two houses, North Charlotte Street  AberdeenScotland 
Item 42 of 153c. 188464 Fonthill Road and 73-75 Albury Road  AberdeenScotland 
Item 43 of 153188538 Union Street  AberdeenScotland 
Item 44 of 1531885Ferryhill Free Church HallFerryhill AberdeenScotland 
Item 45 of 1531885Rothiemurchus Free ChurchRothiemurchus Inverness-shireScotland 
Item 46 of 1531886House, Crown Street  AberdeenScotland 
Item 47 of 1531886House, Deemount Terrace  AberdeenScotland 
Item 48 of 1531886House, Summerfield Terrace  AberdeenScotland 
Item 49 of 1531887Two houses, Polmuir Road  AberdeenScotland 
Item 50 of 1531888Two houses, Whitehall Road  AberdeenScotland 
Item 51 of 1531889Torry Free ChurchTorry AberdeenScotlandNew church. (Buildings of Scotland incorrectly associates this with the practice of D & J R McMillan. AT this date John Ross McMillan was apprenticed to his father and the firm was not formed until some time later).
Item 52 of 1531890Cornhill Free ChurchCornhill BanffshireScotlandInterior remodelled
Item 53 of 1531890House, Erskine Street  AberdeenScotland 
Item 54 of 1531891Property at Rosemount Terrace  AberdeenScotland 
Item 55 of 1531892Four houses, Belvidere Crescent  AberdeenScotland 
Item 56 of 1531892Four houses, Belvidere Crescent  AberdeenScotland 
Item 57 of 1531892Mackie AcademyStonehaven KincardineshireScotlandWon competition and secured job
Item 58 of 1531892Peterhead Library and MuseumPeterhead AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 59 of 1531893Aberchirder UP ChurchAberchirder BanffshireScotland 
Item 60 of 1531893Cluny Parish ChurchCluny AberdeenshireScotlandNW vestry added
Item 61 of 1531893Hay Memorial HallCornhill BanffshireScotland 
Item 62 of 1531893Strichen Free ChurchStrichen AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 63 of 1531893Two houses, Belvidere Place  AberdeenScotland 
Item 64 of 1531894Brechin Municipal BuildingsBrechin AngusScotland 
Item 65 of 1531894Brechin Post OfficeBrechin AngusScotland 
Item 66 of 1531894Ferryhill Free ChurchFerryhill AberdeenshireScotlandAdditions, including galleries
Item 67 of 1531894House, Menzies RoadTorry AberdeenScotland 
Item 68 of 1531894Lochinver Free Church and manseLochinver SutherlandScotland 
Item 69 of 1531894Wick Post OfficeWick CaithnessScotland 
Item 70 of 1531895Property, Market Street  AberdeenScotland 
Item 71 of 1531895Villa, 6 Queen's Road  AberdeenScotland 
Item 72 of 1531896New Pitsligo Parish ChurchNew Pitsligo AberdeenshireScotlandVestry enlarged
Item 73 of 1531896Property, Woolmanhill  AberdeenScotland 
Item 74 of 1531897ArdluiStonehaven KincardineshireScotland 
Item 75 of 1531897Beechgrove Free Church  AberdeenScotlandPlaced third in competition
Item 76 of 1531897East ChurchPeterhead AberdeenshireScotlandAlterations
Item 77 of 1531897Police station and Police houseDufftown BanffshireScotland 
Item 78 of 1531897Two houses, Albury Road and Albury Place  AberdeenScotland 
Item 79 of 1531898Crown HotelStonehaven KincardineshireScotlandExtension
Item 80 of 1531898Four houses, Bedford Road  AberdeenScotland 
Item 81 of 1531898Marine HotelKirkton of Slains AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 82 of 1531898Property, Belmont Street and Gaelic Lane  AberdeenScotland 
Item 83 of 1531898Property, King Street  AberdeenScotland 
Item 84 of 1531898Turriff Free ChurchTurriff AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 85 of 1531898Unitarian Church  AberdeenScotlandNot built until 1905
Item 86 of 153c. 1898Alexandra HotelFraserburgh AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 87 of 1531899Fochabers Free ChurchFochabers MorayshireScotland 
Item 88 of 1531899Free Church at AberlourAberlour BanffshireScotlandExtension
Item 89 of 1531899Portknockie UP ChurchPortknockie BanffshireScotlandRemodelling
Item 90 of 1531899Two houses, Bedford Road  AberdeenScotland 
Item 91 of 153Late 1800sOrdiquhill UF ManseOrdiquhill BanffshireScotlandRemodelled - possibly by McMillan (HS)
Item 92 of 1531900Cullen Free ChurchCullen BanffshireScotland 
Item 93 of 1531900St Andrews UF ChurchBlairgowrie PerthshireScotlandWon competition
Item 94 of 1531901Cluny ManseCluny AberdeenshireScotlandImprovements
Item 95 of 1531901Cults Free ChurchCults AberdeenshireScotlandNew church
Item 96 of 1531901Enzie Parish Church hallPortgordon MorayshireScotland 
Item 97 of 1531901House, West Church StreetBuckie BanffshireScotland 
Item 98 of 1531901Houses, Albury Place  AberdeenScotland 
Item 99 of 1531901King Street UF Church  AberdeenScotland 
Item 100 of 1531901Seven houses, Fonthill Terrace  AberdeenScotland 
Item 101 of 1531901Two dwelling houses, Hamilton Place  AberdeenScotland 
Item 102 of 1531901Two houses, King's Gate  AberdeenScotland 
Item 103 of 1531901Villa for Pat CummingsKeith AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 104 of 1531902Church of Christ  AberdeenScotland 
Item 105 of 1531902Premises of A MacDonald & Sons, merchantsFraserburgh AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 106 of 1531903House and shops, Commerce Street  AberdeenScotland 
Item 107 of 1531903New Pitsligo Parish ChurchNew Pitsligo AberdeenshireScotlandOrgan chamber added
Item 108 of 1531903Six houses, Osborne Place  AberdeenScotland 
Item 109 of 1531903Stonehaven Town hallStonehaven KincardineshireScotlandAdditions and alterations
Item 110 of 1531904Cornhill Free ChurchCornhill BanffshireScotlandRemodelled
Item 111 of 1531904House, Fonthill Road  AberdeenScotland 
Item 112 of 1531904Shops and offices, Upperkirkgate  AberdeenScotland 
Item 113 of 153c. 1904Premises, 69-75 Cross StreetFraserburgh AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 114 of 1531905Good Templar's HallBuckie BanffshireScotland 
Item 115 of 1531905SchoolPortessie BanffshireScotland 
Item 116 of 1531906Four houses, Devanha Gardens  AberdeenScotland 
Item 117 of 1531906House, Devanha Gardens West  AberdeenScotland 
Item 118 of 1531906Two houses, Devanha Gardens  AberdeenScotland 
Item 119 of 1531906Two houses, near Devanha Gardens  AberdeenScotland 
Item 120 of 153Before 1906Cullen Parish Church HallCullen BanffshireScotland 
Item 121 of 153Before 1906Dunbeath Public HallDunbeath CaithnessScotland 
Item 122 of 153Before 1906Ordiquhill Public HallOrdiquhil BanffshireScotland 
Item 123 of 153Before 1906Public HallNew Pitsligo AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 124 of 1531907Villa, 54 Rubislaw Den North  AberdeenScotland 
Item 125 of 1531908Blairgowrie Public SchoolBlairgowrie PerthshireScotlandHeightened by one storey
Item 126 of 1531908Broadsea School (known as Fraserburgh North School at opening)Fraserburgh AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 127 of 1531908Fraserburgh AcademyFraserburgh AberdeenshireScotlandRebuilding - won competition
Item 128 of 1531908The HermitageStonehaven KincardineshireScotland 
Item 129 of 1531908Watten UF ChurchWatten CaithnessScotland 
Item 130 of 1531909InstituteWick CaithnessScotland 
Item 131 of 1531909Two Houses Devanah Gardens South  AberdeenScotlandBoth client and architect
Item 132 of 1531909Wick High SchoolWick CaithnessScotland 
Item 133 of 1531910Pair of Small CottagesBuckie BanffshireScotland 
Item 134 of 1531910Public HallWhitehills BanffshireScotland 
Item 135 of 153c. 1910Brodick ChurchBrodickArranButeScotland 
Item 136 of 1531911Farmhouse, KingseatKingseat AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 137 of 1531912Advocates Hall  AberdeenScotlandConversion to cinema
Item 138 of 1531912Alford Village Public SchoolAlford AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 139 of 1531912House, Queen StreetBuckie BanffshireScotland 
Item 140 of 1531912Portknockie Public SchoolPortknockie, Rathven BanffshireScotland 
Item 141 of 1531912Public SchoolEcht Kirktown AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 142 of 1531912The Post OfficeKeith BanffshireScotlandBuildings of Scotland seems certain of authorship and date
Item 143 of 1531913Pair of semi-detached villasStonehaven KincardineshireScotland 
Item 144 of 153c. 1914Cottages in the grounds of Ashley House  AberdeenScotland 
Item 145 of 1531915Buildings for the Northern Co-operative LtdStonehaven KincardineshireScotland 
Item 146 of 1531920War MemorialGamrie BanffshireScotland 
Item 147 of 1531925King Memorial HallGrange BanffshireScotland 
Item 148 of 1531925Two Houses, Deemount Avenue  AberdeenScotland 
Item 149 of 1531925Two Houses, Deemount Gardens,  AberdeenScotland 
Item 150 of 1531926Two Bungalows, Ashley Park Drive  AberdeenScotland 
Item 151 of 153Before 1928Aberchirder Free ChurchAberchirder BanffshireScotland 
Item 152 of 153Before 1928Keith Free ChurchKeith BanffshireScotland 
Item 153 of 153Before 1928St Paul Street School  AberdeenScotland 

References

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Builder29 June 1928  p1102 Obituary