Basic Biographical Details

Name: William Henderson Duncan
Designation: Architect
Born: 4 January 1854
Bio Notes: William Henderson Duncan was born in Dundee on 4 January 1854, and educated at Dundee High School. He was articled to Alexander Johnston of Dundee in 1870 and on completion of his apprenticeship in 1874 joined John Carver of Meigle as assistant. Thereafter he worked as chief assistant in the offices of Robert Keith in Dundee and James Cheetham in Rochdale. He commenced indepenent practice in Rochdale in 1881, and was a partner in the Rochdale firm of Butterworth & Duncan. Duncan was elected FRIBA on 6 June 1904, his proposers being John Holden, James Diggle Mould and James William Beaumont. His work embraced board schools, ecclesiastical work, clubs, commercial buildings, villas and libraries, and he acted as assessor in several competitions for libraries and municipal buildings. He was also a Fellow of the Manchester Society of Architects.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 34, South Parade, Rochdale, Lancashire, EnglandBusiness1904 *  
Item 2 of 3Ingle Nook, Rochdale, Lancashire, EnglandPrivateBefore 1904After 1914 
Item 3 of 32, Baillie Street, Rochdale, Lancashire, EnglandBusiness1914 *  

* earliest date known from documented sources.

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 5Alexander Johnston18701874Apprentice 
Item 2 of 5John Carver1874Before 1878Assistant 
Item 3 of 5Robert KeithAfter 1874Before 1878Assistant 
Item 4 of 5James CheethamAfter 1874Before 1881Assistant 
Item 5 of 5Butterworth & Duncan1891 Partner 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3James William Beaumont6 June 1904for Fellowship
Item 2 of 3John Holden6 June 1904for Fellowship
Item 3 of 3James Diggle Mould6 June 1904for Fellowship

RIBA Proposals

This architect proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 1James Muir Calder5 December 1910for Associateship


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 1Who's Who in Architecture1914    

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2British Architectural Library, RIBARIBA Biographical Files  
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers F v15 p12 no944 (microfilm reel 11)