Basic Biographical Details

Name: Charles Fell Duncan
Born: 16 August 1895
Died: 13 February 1960
Bio Notes: Charles Fell Duncan was born in Howrah, Calcutta, India on 16 August 1895, the son of Charles Melville Duncan, executive in H___ Works, and his wife Margaret Fell. He studied at Dundee Technical College from 1913-16 and he served his articles during part of this time in the office of H & F Thomson, remaining as a junior assistant to Frank Thomson from 1919-21. From 1921-22 he worked with a firm of pineapple growers, Baldwin Packers at Honolua Ranch, Honokohau, Manui, Hawaii and undertook a survey of Honokohau. He returned to Scotland in the latter year and took a post as assistant with Grant & Henderson architects and surveyors in Blairgowrie. The years 1923-24 were spent in the office of James Money in Glasgow but in 1924 he moved again to a similar post with Roberts & Hume in Bathgate.

In 1926 he moved to London to a position as architectural assistant in HM Office of Works in Westminster but in 1928 moved to the Architects Department with London County Council as technical assistant. In 1932 he spent a few months as assistant to Owen Keith Beattie whose office was in Piccadilly but moved later that year to W R Hindmarsh & Co. In 1933 he has a short term post with G S N Stone and then in 1934 moved back to the London County Council again as a technical assistant. He remained with the LCC until at least 1947 in which year he was elected LRIBA proposed by R Wilson, Edwin Williams and G Wells Horne. He was elected ARIAS in 1959.

By the mid-1950s he had returned to Scotland and had a post in the Burgh Surveyor's Office in Perth.

He was living in Scotland at the time of his death in the Hospital at Bridge of Earn on 13 February 1960. He was survived by his wife Margaret Gibson and their son.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 154, Fairies Road, Perth, Perthshire, ScotlandPrivateBefore 1959After 1960 

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 12H & F Thomson19141919(?)Apprentice 
Item 2 of 12Frank Drummond Thomson19191921Junior Assistant 
Item 3 of 12W J Brewster Grant & Henderson19221923Assistant 
Item 4 of 12James Money19231924Assistant 
Item 5 of 12Thomas Roberts and Hume19241926Assistant 
Item 6 of 12H M Office of Works (later Ministry of Works, Department of the Environment and Property Services Agency)19261928Assistant 
Item 7 of 12London County Council Architects' Department (LCC Architects' Department)19281932Assistant'Technical assistant'
Item 8 of 12Owen Keith Beattie1932 Assistant 
Item 9 of 12W R Hindmarsh & Co.1932 Assistant 
Item 10 of 12G S N Stone1933 Assistant 
Item 11 of 12London County Council Architects' Department (LCC Architects' Department)1934After 1947AssistantTechnical assistant
Item 12 of 12Burgh Surveyors Office Perth1950s Architect 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3G Wells Horne24 June 1947For Licentiateship
Item 2 of 3Edwin L Williamson24 June 1947For Licentiateship
Item 3 of 3R Wilson24 June 1947For Licentiateship


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 1RIBA1955Kalendar 1954-1955   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this :
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 3H M Register HouseDeath Register  
Item 2 of 3RIAS, Rutland SquareRecords of membership  
Item 3 of 3RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L 6111 (Combined Box 120)