Basic Biographical Details

Name: W L Duncan & Munro
Born: 1947(?)
Died: 1975
Bio Notes: William Liddle Duncan was born in 1870, son of James Duncan, architect of Turriff. He took classes at Edinburgh School of Art in 1885-87 before being apprenticed to his father and completing his studies at Robert Gordon's College, Aberdeen. On completing his apprenticeship he moved briefly to Edinburgh 'to complete his architectural training' and then returned to his father's office as assistant. He was finally taken into partnership in 1897, later continuing the practice on his own account after his father's death in 1907. He was awarded the bronze medal by the Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland for designs for farm buildings in their competition of 1908.

Duncan was admitted LRIBA in the mass intake of 20 July 1911, his proposers being Arthur Clyne, John Wilson Walker and Arthur Hay Livingstone Mackinnon, and was admitted FRIBA in May 1930. For a number of years he held the appointment of architect to Aberdeen Education Authority for the Turriff and Huntly districts and his housing at Rhynie, Gartly and Insch was 'of such outstanding merit that he was specialliy invited to exhibit at the Royal Scottish Academy of 1943'. In the realm of public life he was active, being Preident of the Aberdeen Society of Architects and a member of the Council of the RIBA and RIAS. In his private life he was an enthusiastic volunteer and an expert marksman, winning the St George's Medal at Bisley as well as being a devotee of the game of bridge.

William Liddle Duncan died in 1951, remaining in practice until the week of his death. The practice was continued by James Munro, whom he had taken into partnership in 1947 and who had worked in his office since 1930. The practice title changed to W L Duncan & Munro.

Munro retired in 1975.

Private and Business Addresses

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 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 1Turriff, Aberdeenshire, ScotlandBusiness   

Employment and Training

Employees or Pupils

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 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 2William Liddle Duncan19471951Partner 
Item 2 of 2James Munro19471975Partner 


Bibliographic References

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Item 1 of 1RCAHMS2004Creating a Future for the Past: the Scottish Architects' Papers Preservation Project Edinburgh: Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotlandpp46-9

Periodical References

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 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1RIAS QuarterlyAugust 1951no 85Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS)p62 - obituary of William Liddle Duncan