Basic Biographical Details

Name: Duncan & Ironside
Designation: Architectural practice
Started: 1887
Ended: 1891(?)
Bio Notes: Thomas Duncan was born about 1856, the son of John Duncan, law stationer and his wife Mary Hunter. Nothing is yet known of his early years, though he would appear to have been trained as both architect and civil engineer. In 1887 he took over the practice of land surveyor and engineer Andrew Jamieson Ironside on the latter's death. Ironside had been born about 1831, the son of Robert Ironside, farm overseer and his wife Jane Pratt, and was probably a member of the family of architect A I Ironside of Kinloch, St Fergus. He had lived at 4 Argyll Place, Aberdeen and was married first to Mary Ann Proud and then to Tamar Proud, presumably a sister of his first wife. He died aged 56 of phthisis on 27 November 1887.

The firm of Duncan & Ironside was merged in 1891 with the essentially similar one of George James Walker, who had previously been in practice with James Alexander Beattie. The practice title then became Walker & Duncan. The reason for the merger may have been the better to compete with Jenkins & Marr, another practice specialising in agricultural business which was similarly formed from the merger of two separate rural practices.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architectural practice:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 1Aberdeen, ScotlandBusiness   

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 1Thomas Duncan18871891(?)Architect 

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 81888King's CollegeOld Aberdeen AberdeenScotlandWalls and gateways
Item 2 of 81888Terrace of houses, Fountainhall Terrace  AberdeenScotlandProposed terrace
Item 3 of 81888University Recreation grounds  AberdeenScotland 
Item 4 of 81889Little Tillyeve farmUdny AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 5 of 81890Dyce feuing  AberdeenScotlandFeuing plan
Item 6 of 81890Houses for George DuguidTorry AberdeenScotland 
Item 7 of 8c. 1890Cairntradlin, dwelling houseFechnie AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 8 of 81891House for Thomas MacLean  AberdeenScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architectural practice:
Item 1 of 1Scotlands People Website Wills & Testaments  Aberdeen Sheriff Court Wills SC1/37/101 and Aberdeen Sheriff Court Inventories SC1/36/103