Basic Biographical Details

Name: Duncan McKerrow
Born: 1872
Died: 1948
Bio Notes: Duncan McKerrow was born in 1872 and articled to Steele & Balfour in Glasgow in 1888. At the end of his apprenticeship in 1893 he moved to Ayr as assistant to Allan Stevenson, remaining there until 1897 when he obtained a place in the office of Edwin Bowman in Newcastle upon Tyne. In 1899 he moved to Manchester to work first for John Ely from 1899 to 1901 and then for Mills & Murgatroyd from 1901 until 1902 when he returned he obtained a salaried post in Manchester Corporation Architect's Department under the City Architect, Henry Price. Whilst there he undertook occasional work for William Cecil Hardisty and for W & G Higginbottom. He was admitted LRIBA on 30 January 1911, his proposers being Price, Andrew Balfour of Steele & Balfour, and Walter Higginbottom. His nomination papers state that he had entered several competitions on his own account whilst still an assistant, winning the second premium for Peterhead Swimming Baths in 1896, third premium for Arbroath Infectious Diseases Hospital in 1899 and first premium for the Wilmslow Club and Public Hall in 1901. He is listed in 'Who's Who in Architecture' (1914) with an address in Northenden, Manchester. Nothing is yet known of his life after that date.

He died between April and June 1948/

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 22, Victoria Road, Northenden, Manchester, EnglandPrivate(?)1911 *  
Item 2 of 291, Palatine Road, Northenden, Manchester, EnglandPrivate(?)1914 *  

* earliest date known from documented sources.

Employment and Training


The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 9Steele & Balfour18881893Apprentice 
Item 2 of 9Allan Stevenson18931897Assistant 
Item 3 of 9Edwin Bowman18971899Assistant 
Item 4 of 9John Ely18991901Assistant 
Item 5 of 9Mills & Murgatroyd19011902Assistant 
Item 6 of 9Manchester City Architect's Department1902After 1910Senior Assistantworking under Henry Price, City Architect
Item 7 of 9Henry Price (or John Henry Price)1902After 1910Senior Assistantin Manchester City Architect's Department
Item 8 of 9William Cecil HardistyAfter 1902Before 1910 Occasional work, whilst in Manchester City Architect's Department
Item 9 of 9W & G HigginbottomAfter 1902Before 1910 Occasional work, whilst in Manchester City Architect's Department


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Andrew Balfour30 January 1911for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3Walter Higginbottom30 January 1911for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3Henry Price (or John Henry Price)30 January 1911for Licentiateship

Buildings and Designs

This 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 61889Largs Parish Church and Memorial HallsLargs AyrshireScotlandAs apprentice to Steele & Balfour
Item 2 of 6After 1893Dalblair HotelAyr AyrshireScotlandAs assistant to Allan Stevenson
Item 3 of 61896Peterhead Swimming BathsPeterhead AberdeenshireScotlandSecond premiated competition design - on own account
Item 4 of 61897Ayrshire Lunatic AsylumAyr AyrshireScotlandExtensions - as assistant to Allan Stevenson
Item 5 of 61899Arbroath Infectious Diseases HospitalArbroath AngusScotlandThird premiated competition design - on own account
Item 6 of 61901Club and Public HallWilmslow CheshireEnglandFirst premiated competition design - on own account


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 2British Architectural Library, RIBA2001Directory of British Architects 1834-1914   
Item 2 of 2Who's Who in Architecture1914    

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this :
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2England and WalesBirths, marriages and deaths  
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L v9 no498 (microfilm reel 32)