Basic Biographical Details

Name: D & J R McMillan
Designation: Architectural practice
Started: 1893
Ended:  
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 and 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. Douglas Stuart McMillan was admitted LRIBA in late 1930, his proposers being William Edgar Gauld, William Liddle Duncan and the then Secretary of the Aberdeen Society of Architects, and was elected FRIBA a year later in the middle of 1931, his proposers being Gauld, George Morrison Hay and Robert Leslie Rollo.

John Ross McMillan died on 9 October 1959, aged 92.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architectural practice:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 2211, Union Street , Aberdeen, ScotlandBusiness1903  
Item 2 of 2105, Crown Street, Aberdeen, ScotlandBusinessBefore 1914After 1937 

Employment and Training

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this architectural practice (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 16Daniel Andrew Levie1893c. 1895Apprentice 
Item 2 of 16Duncan McMillan18931928Partner 
Item 3 of 16John Ross McMillan18931959Partner 
Item 4 of 16George Morrison HayJune 18931898Apprentice 
Item 5 of 16Andrew Grant18981899Assistant 
Item 6 of 16(Captain) Douglas Stuart McMillan19101912Assistant 
Item 7 of 16(Captain) Douglas Stuart McMillan191231 December 1913Chief Assistant 
Item 8 of 16(Captain) Douglas Stuart McMillan1 January 1914After 1931Partner 
Item 9 of 16Albert Ruddiman19241929Apprentice 
Item 10 of 16John Forbes19241929Apprentice 
Item 11 of 16Gordon Stansfield Esslemont15 November 1926September 1928Apprentice 
Item 12 of 16Albert Ruddiman19291931Assistant 
Item 13 of 16John Brown Johnston19291934Apprentice 
Item 14 of 16Alexander McRobie19301935Apprentice 
Item 15 of 16Gordon Stansfield EsslemontSeptember 1934August 1940Chief Assistant 
Item 16 of 16John Brown Johnston1936After 1937Assistant 

Buildings and Designs

This architectural practice 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 1091893Hay Memorial HallCornhill BanffshireScotland 
Item 2 of 1091893Strichen Free ChurchStrichen AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 3 of 1091893Two houses, Belvidere Place  AberdeenScotland 
Item 4 of 1091894Brechin Municipal BuildingsBrechin AngusScotland 
Item 5 of 1091894Brechin Post OfficeBrechin AngusScotland 
Item 6 of 1091894Ferryhill Free ChurchFerryhill AberdeenshireScotlandAdditions, including galleries
Item 7 of 1091894House, Menzies RoadTorry AberdeenScotland 
Item 8 of 1091894Lochinver Free Church and manseLochinver SutherlandScotland 
Item 9 of 1091894Wick Post OfficeWick CaithnessScotland 
Item 10 of 1091895Property, Market Street  AberdeenScotland 
Item 11 of 1091896New Pitsligo Parish ChurchNew Pitsligo AberdeenshireScotlandVestry enlarged
Item 12 of 1091896Property, Woolmanhill  AberdeenScotland 
Item 13 of 1091897ArdluiStonehaven KincardineshireScotland 
Item 14 of 1091897Beechgrove Free Church  AberdeenScotlandPlaced third in competition
Item 15 of 1091897East ChurchPeterhead AberdeenshireScotlandAlterations
Item 16 of 1091897Police station and Police houseDufftown BanffshireScotland 
Item 17 of 1091897Two houses, Albury Road and Albury Place  AberdeenScotland 
Item 18 of 1091898Crown HotelStonehaven KincardineshireScotlandExtension
Item 19 of 1091898Four houses, Bedford Road  AberdeenScotland 
Item 20 of 1091898Marine HotelKirkton of Slains AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 21 of 1091898Property, Belmont Street and Gaelic Lane  AberdeenScotland 
Item 22 of 1091898Property, King Street  AberdeenScotland 
Item 23 of 1091898Turriff Free ChurchTurriff AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 24 of 1091898Unitarian Church  AberdeenScotlandNot built until 1905
Item 25 of 109c. 1898Alexandra HotelFraserburgh AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 26 of 1091899Fochabers Free ChurchFochabers MorayshireScotland 
Item 27 of 1091899Free Church at AberlourAberlour BanffshireScotlandExtension
Item 28 of 1091899Portknockie UP ChurchPortknockie BanffshireScotlandRemodelling
Item 29 of 1091899Two houses, Bedford Road  AberdeenScotland 
Item 30 of 1091900Cullen Free ChurchCullen BanffshireScotland 
Item 31 of 1091900St Andrews UF ChurchBlairgowrie PerthshireScotlandWon competition
Item 32 of 1091901Cluny ManseCluny AberdeenshireScotlandImprovements
Item 33 of 1091901Cults Free ChurchCults AberdeenshireScotlandNew church
Item 34 of 1091901Enzie Parish Church hallPortgordon MorayshireScotland 
Item 35 of 1091901House, West Church StreetBuckie BanffshireScotland 
Item 36 of 1091901Houses, Albury Place  AberdeenScotland 
Item 37 of 1091901King Street UF Church  AberdeenScotland 
Item 38 of 1091901Seven houses, Fonthill Terrace  AberdeenScotland 
Item 39 of 1091901Two dwelling houses, Hamilton Place  AberdeenScotland 
Item 40 of 1091901Two houses, King's Gate  AberdeenScotland 
Item 41 of 1091901Villa for Pat CummingsKeith AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 42 of 1091902Church of Christ  AberdeenScotland 
Item 43 of 1091902Premises of A MacDonald & Sons, merchantsFraserburgh AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 44 of 1091903House and shops, Commerce Street  AberdeenScotland 
Item 45 of 1091903New Pitsligo Parish ChurchNew Pitsligo AberdeenshireScotlandOrgan chamber added
Item 46 of 1091903Stonehaven Town hallStonehaven KincardineshireScotlandAdditions and alterations
Item 47 of 1091904Cornhill Free ChurchCornhill BanffshireScotlandRemodelled
Item 48 of 1091904House, Fonthill Road  AberdeenScotland 
Item 49 of 1091904Shops and offices, Upperkirkgate  AberdeenScotland 
Item 50 of 109c. 1904Premises, 69-75 Cross StreetFraserburgh AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 51 of 1091905Good Templar's HallBuckie BanffshireScotland 
Item 52 of 1091905SchoolPortessie BanffshireScotland 
Item 53 of 1091905Six houses, Osborne Place  AberdeenScotland 
Item 54 of 1091906Four houses, Devanha Gardens  AberdeenScotland 
Item 55 of 1091906House, Devanha Gardens West  AberdeenScotland 
Item 56 of 1091906Two houses, Devanha Gardens  AberdeenScotland 
Item 57 of 1091906Two houses, near Devanha Gardens  AberdeenScotland 
Item 58 of 109Before 1906Cullen Parish Church HallCullen BanffshireScotland 
Item 59 of 109Before 1906Dunbeath Public HallDunbeath CaithnessScotland 
Item 60 of 109Before 1906Ordiquhill Public HallOrdiquhil BanffshireScotland 
Item 61 of 109Before 1906Public HallNew Pitsligo AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 62 of 1091907Villa, 54 Rubislaw Den North  AberdeenScotland 
Item 63 of 1091908Blairgowrie Public SchoolBlairgowrie PerthshireScotlandHeightened by one storey
Item 64 of 1091908Broadsea School (known as Fraserburgh North School at opening)Fraserburgh AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 65 of 1091908Fraserburgh AcademyFraserburgh AberdeenshireScotlandRebuilding - won competition
Item 66 of 1091908House for Mr Alexander EdwardBuckie BanffshireScotland 
Item 67 of 1091908The HermitageStonehaven KincardineshireScotland 
Item 68 of 1091908Watten UF ChurchWatten CaithnessScotland 
Item 69 of 1091909InstituteWick CaithnessScotland 
Item 70 of 1091909Wick High SchoolWick CaithnessScotland 
Item 71 of 1091910Pair of Small CottagesBuckie BanffshireScotland 
Item 72 of 1091910Public HallWhitehills BanffshireScotland 
Item 73 of 109c. 1910Brodick ChurchBrodickArranButeScotland 
Item 74 of 1091911Farmhouse, KingseatKingseat AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 75 of 1091912Advocates Hall  AberdeenScotlandConversion to cinema
Item 76 of 1091912Alford Village Public SchoolAlford AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 77 of 1091912House, Queen StreetBuckie BanffshireScotland 
Item 78 of 1091912Portknockie Public SchoolPortknockie, Rathven BanffshireScotland 
Item 79 of 1091912Public SchoolEcht Kirktown AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 80 of 1091912The Post OfficeKeith BanffshireScotland 
Item 81 of 1091913Pair of semi-detached villasStonehaven KincardineshireScotland 
Item 82 of 109c. 1914Cottages in the grounds of Ashley House  AberdeenScotland 
Item 83 of 1091915Buildings for the Northern Co-operative LtdStonehaven KincardineshireScotland 
Item 84 of 1091919Herring Kilns FraserburghFraserburgh  Scotland 
Item 85 of 109After 1919County of Caithness housing scheme  CaithnessScotland 
Item 86 of 109After 1919Fraserburgh Housing SchemeFraserburgh AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 87 of 109After 1919Housing schemeLerwickMainlandShetlandScotland 
Item 88 of 109After 1919Inverurie Housing SchemeInverurie AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 89 of 109After 1919Laurencekirk Housing SchemeLaurencekirk KincardineshireScotland 
Item 90 of 109After 1919Peterhead Housing schemePeterhead AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 91 of 109After 1919Thurso Housing SchemeThurso CaithnessScotland 
Item 92 of 109After 1919Wick Housing SchemeWick CaithnessScotland 
Item 93 of 1091920War MemorialGamrie BanffshireScotland 
Item 94 of 1091925King Memorial HallGrange BanffshireScotland 
Item 95 of 1091925Two Houses, Deemount Avenue  AberdeenScotland 
Item 96 of 1091925Two Houses, Deemount Gardens,  AberdeenScotland 
Item 97 of 1091926Two Bungalows, Ashley Park Drive  AberdeenScotland 
Item 98 of 109Before 1928Aberchirder Free ChurchAberchirder BanffshireScotland 
Item 99 of 109Before 1928Keith Free ChurchKeith BanffshireScotland 
Item 100 of 109Before 1928St Paul Street School  AberdeenScotland 
Item 101 of 1091930Mackie AcademyStonehaven KincardineshireScotland'in progress'
Item 102 of 1091930New SchoolLaurencekirk KincardineshireScotland'In progress'
Item 103 of 1091930Palladium Cinema  AberdeenScotlandProposed extension scheme
Item 104 of 1091931CinemaHuntly AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 105 of 1091935Bervie Junior Secondary SchoolInverbervie KincardineshireScotlandSchool and Fittings
Item 106 of 1091937Kincardine County HospitalStonehaven KincardineshireScotlandLarge extensions
Item 107 of 109Early 1930s(?)Flatted blocks of houses, King StreetStonehaven KincardineshireScotland 
Item 108 of 1091948Aberdeen Town and County Bank Head Office  AberdeenScotlandAlterations
Item 109 of 1091949North of Scotland Bank  AberdeenScotlandAlterations

References

Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architectural practice:
 Author(s)DateTitlePartPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architectural practice:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Builder29 June 1928  Obituary of Duncan