Basic Biographical Details

Name: David Mills Duncan
Designation: Architect
Born: 29 May 1872
Died: 31 March 1932
Bio Notes: David Mills Duncan was born in Glasgow on 29 May 1872, the eldest son of the four sons and two daughters of William Duncan, spirit dealer and his wife Mary (or Ann?). In 1891 he is described as an 'architect's apprentice'. In 1901 he was still single and living with his parents in Whitevale Street, Glasgow. He is described in the census record as 'architect'.

In 1902 at the time of the Ibrox disaster Duncan was 'chief clerk' and 'chief draughtsman' to Archibald Leitch. Earlier that year on 24 April 1902 he married Helen Kerr Ritchie in Edinburgh. She was the daughter of James Ritchie, Holyrood Palace.

He later set up in independent practice with William Archibald Hunter as 'consulting engineers'. There were offices in West Campbell Street, Glasgow and in Ann Street, Belfast. He also ran a business with Hunter offering services in 'drawing, tracing, photo printing' with premises at 70 Wellington Street. In 1911 he is described as 'managing director, drawing and printing office'.

The partnership with Hunter was dissolved in May 1923 and in the later 1920s Duncan was in partnership with ___Kerr as D Mills Duncan & Kerr. Again they offered services as consulting engineers and he continued the photo printing business alongside. This firm continued (it is unclear who ran it) through most of the 20th century. 'D Mills Duncan & Co' printed the Ayr Directory for 1934.

Duncan died on 31 March 1932 aged 59, described at that date as 'consulting structural engineer'.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 33, Central Avenue, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate 1929 
Item 2 of 326, Whitevale Street, Glasgow, ScotlandPrivate1901  
Item 3 of 3137, West Campbell Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusinessc. 1927  

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 1Archibald ('Archie') Leitch1902 * Clerk 

* earliest date known from documented sources.


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 2Post Office Directories     
Item 2 of 2Scotland Census 19011901    

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Evening Telegraph26 April 1902   
Item 2 of 2Evening Telegraph8 July 1902   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1H M Register HouseDeath Register