Basic Biographical Details

Name: Duncan Menzies
Designation: Architect
Born: 22 July 1837
Died: 24 July 1910
Bio Notes: Duncan Menzies was born on 22 July 1837. He appears to have been articled to Robert Bell of 25 St Patrick Square, Edinburgh (previously Dalkeith) and succeeded to his practice at the early age of twenty-one when Bell died on 24 February 1859. The practice then became Bell & Menzies, and was relocated to a more central address, 13 Young Street. In 1864 Menzies merged his practice with that of James W Stewart, CE, who was presumably older and more experienced, as Stewart & Menzies. Stewart closed his office at 73 George Street and the merged practices initially operated from Young Street but moved to 39 York Place in the mid-1870s, and stayed there for the remainder of Menzies's lifetime. Stewart appears to have died ot retired in about 1881 or 1882 and Menzies continued to practice alone.

In or about 1901 Menzies took Alexander W Cockburn into partnership, the practice title then becoming Menzies & Cockburn. In all these partnerships Menzies was as much a civil engineer as architect and was described as such when he died on 24 July 1910. He was buried at Grange Cemetery in Edinburgh and was survived by his wife Catherine Balfour (born 30 April 1845, died 4 June 1932).

Shortly after Menzies's death Cockburn merged the practice with that of William Henry Johnson as Menzies Cockburn & Johnson, the office moving from 39 York Place to no 33.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 725, St Patrick Square, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusinessBefore 1864  
Item 2 of 713, Young Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusiness1868 *c. 1877 
Item 3 of 744, Findhorn Place, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivatec. 18681870 
Item 4 of 7Annesley, Craigmillar Park, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivatec. 1871c. 1877 
Item 5 of 739, York Place, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusinessc. 1878 *c. 1901(?) 
Item 6 of 731, Regent Terrace, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivatec. 18911910 
Item 7 of 733, York Place, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusiness1910 *  

* 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 6Robert Bell Before 1859Apprentice 
Item 2 of 6Bell & Menziesc. 18591864Partner 
Item 3 of 6Stewart & MenziesBefore 1868After 1886Partner 
Item 4 of 6Menzies & CockburnBefore 19101911Partner 
Item 5 of 6Menzies, Cockburn & Johnson1911Before 1928Partner 
Item 6 of 6Menzies, Cockburn & MerryleesBefore 1928 Partner 

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 1William Henry Johnson (junior)18941899Apprentice 

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 231863Inzievar HouseDunfermline FifeScotlandStable courtyard
Item 2 of 231870Cockburnspath School and SchoolhouseCockburnspath BerwickshireScotland 
Item 3 of 231872Barnhall Cottages     
Item 4 of 231872Buildings at East PiltonEast Pilton EdinburghScotland 
Item 5 of 231872Buildings at Meadowfield  EdinburghScotland 
Item 6 of 231872Cottage at CliftonClifton West Lothian?Scotland 
Item 7 of 231872Easter Drylaw Cottages  EdinburghScotland 
Item 8 of 231872Forrest Hill Drill HallOld Town EdinburghScotland 
Item 9 of 231872Hallyards  Perthshire/Peeblesshire?Scotland 
Item 10 of 231872North Gyle cottages  EdinburghScotland 
Item 11 of 231878Two cottages at Gogar MainsGogar Mains MidlothianScotland 
Item 12 of 231878Windsor Place UP ChurchPortobello EdinburghScotland 
Item 13 of 231888Ship HotelLeith EdinburghScotland 
Item 14 of 231889Waverley Station, Ticket Centre, Waverley Bridge  EdinburghScotlandDrew up and submitted to Dean of Guild plans for a set of warehouses above the railway lines at the southwest corner of Waverley Station, now housing the transport offices, the Edinburgh Dungeon and the Tattoo offices. They were prepared on behalf of James Lindsay and Son.
Item 15 of 23c. 1889Terrace of houses, 2-60 Murrayfield Avenue  EdinburghScotland 
Item 16 of 231893Terrace of houses, 1-9 Murrayfield Avenue  EdinburghScotland 
Item 17 of 231897Crichton ChurchCumnock AyrshireScotland 
Item 18 of 231897Shops, Ayr RoadCumnock AyrshireScotland 
Item 19 of 231902Bowling Pavilion  EdinburghScotland 
Item 20 of 2319101-18 Mayfield RoadMayfield EdinburghScotland 
Item 21 of 23191028-32 Mayfield RoadMayfield EdinburghScotland 
Item 22 of 23c. 1910Turnberry  EdinburghScotland 
Item 23 of 231928St Margaret's ChurchCorstorphine EdinburghScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 4Architects Engineers and Building Trades Directory1868Architect's, Engineer's and Building Trades' Directory London, WymanMistakenly refers to him as Daniel Menzies
Item 2 of 4British Architectural Library, RIBA2001Directory of British Architects 1834-1914   
Item 3 of 4Johnston, W T Scottish Engineers and Shipbuilders   
Item 4 of 4Post Office Directories