Basic Biographical Details

Name: Duncan Livingstone
Designation: Architect
Born: 16 November 1909
Died: 15 November 1990
Bio Notes: Duncan Livingstone was born on 16 November 1909, the son of George Livingstone, colliery ovensman and his wife Mary Anderson. He commenced his training with two years' experience in an unspecified office from 29 July 1925. This was followed by five years' day classes in the School of Architecture, Edinburgh College of Art under John Begg. He received his diploma and passed the qualifying exam in June 1932, and undertook a further year's post-graduate work on civic design. He was admitted ARIBA on 4 December 1933, his proposers being Begg, William Williamson and Thomas Rutherford. At that time he was assisting in Williamson's practice, Williamson & Hubbard, in Kirkcaldy, and was living in Dunfermline.

Livingstone subsequently took a post with the East Lothian County Architects's office, entitled the Property & Works Department, which was based in Haddingston. He was still there in 1950. By 1965 he was East Lothian County Architect.

Livingstone died on 15 November 1990, his death being reported to the RIBA by his second wife, Helen Gill, who was then living at Templar Cottage, Gullane. His first wife's name was Audrey.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 3Edinburgh, Scotland(?)PrivateBefore 19271932 or 1933 
Item 2 of 314, St Lawrence Street, Dunfermline, Fife, ScotlandPrivate1933 *  
Item 3 of 3Templar Cottage, Gullane, East Lothian, ScotlandPrivate1990 *  

* 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 3Williamson & Hubbard1933 * Assistant 
Item 2 of 3East Lothian County Council Works Department1950 * Architect 
Item 3 of 3East Lothian County Architect's Department1965 * Chief Architect 

* earliest date known from documented sources.


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3John Begg4 December 1933for Associateship
Item 2 of 3Thomas Rutherford4 December 1933for Associateship
Item 3 of 3William Williamson4 December 1933for Associateship

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 21948Dunbar Primary SchoolDunbar East LothianScotlandCounty Architect
Item 2 of 21957Dunbar Primary SchoolDunbar East LothianScotlandCounty Architect for second development


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 1RIBA1950The RIBA Kalendar 1950-1951 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2H M Register HouseDeath Register  
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers A no5241 (combined box 65) (includes letter from his widow, Helen Livingstone, 21 November 1990, announcing his death on 15 November)