Basic Biographical Details

Name: George Duns
Born: 22 February 1910
Died: 5 November 1956
Bio Notes: George Duns was born on 22 February 1910, the son of Walter Duns, architect, and his wife Isabella Hamilton Brown. He was educated at Duns Public School from 1915 to 1921, subesquently studying at Berwickshire High School. On 1 September 1927 he was articled to his father Walter Duns of Langtongate, Duns. He appears to have simultaneously spent time in the Edinburgh office of John Jerdan, then practising as James Jerdan & Son. On 8 April 1932 he was made a partner in the family firm, the title of which changed to Messrs Walter Duns, Architects.

He was entered on the Register of Architects on 27 June 1941 and was admitted LRIBA on 19 January 1943 with the support of only two proposers: Jerdan and William Barnet Wyllie. He was still officially practising from Langtongate, Duns under the same practice title, although at that time he must have been on war service as his declaration accepting his admittance was witnessed by a lieutenant at Ashridge Camp, Berkhamsted.

George Duns died at his parental home and business office, Inverdun, Langtongate, Duns on 5 November 1956 aged 46. He was survived by his wife, Margaret Welsh Fortune.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 3Sunnyside, Langtongate, Duns, Berwickshire, ScotlandPrivate 1956 
Item 2 of 3Langtongate, Duns, Berwickshire, ScotlandPrivate/business1927After 1950 
Item 3 of 3Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, EnglandPrivateJanuary 1943 * Presumably on war service

* 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 3Walter Duns1 September 19278 April 1932ApprenticeApparently also spending time in John Jerdan's office
Item 2 of 3James Jerdan & Son1 September 19278 April 1932ApprenticeApparently also spending time in Walter Duns's office
Item 3 of 3Messrs Walter Duns8 April 1932After 1943Partner 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 2John Jerdan19 January 1943for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 2William Barnet Wyllie19 January 1943for Licentiateship


Bibliographic References

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

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this :
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2H M Register HouseDeath Register  
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L no5300 (combined box 69)