Basic Biographical Details

Name: S E Duncan & Harkess
Designation: Architectural practice
Started: After 1939
Bio Notes: Samuel Edwin Duncan was born on 10 January 1899 and articled to James Bower Bennett of 5 Hill Street, Edinburgh in September 1915. His apprenticeship was interrupted by war service but he completed it with William Nicholas Thomson of 87 Constitution Street, Leith. He studied at Heriot-Watt College and at Edinburgh College of Art under George Washington Browne. He remained with the same firm after completing his training, and became principal assistant in 1925, superintending and inspecting all work for the firm, and working principally on domestic buildings, factories, shops, stores and alterations. He was admitted LRIBA in late 1930 or early 1931, his proposers being George Washington Browne and A Nicol Bruce, the then secretary of the RIAS. In 1835 he became a partner in Thomson's firm, but he withdrew from the partnership in 1939, a year after it had been taken over by Thomson's son William Innes Thomson on the elder Thomson's death. It seems that he then entered partnership with Thomas J Harkess in Haddington.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architectural practice:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 35, Vivian Terrace, Davidsons Mains, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate1930 *  
Item 2 of 352, Leith Walk, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusiness1939 or 1940  
Item 3 of 3Haddington, East Lothian, ScotlandBusinessAfter 1940  

* earliest date known from documented sources.

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 2Samuel Edwin DuncanAfter 1939 Partner 
Item 2 of 2Thomas J HarkessAfter 1939 Partner 

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 1After 1939BielBeesknowe East LothianScotlandAdditions and alterations


Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architectural practice:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L no3694 (box 15) (Duncan's paper)