Basic Biographical Details

Name: (Captain) Douglas Stuart McMillan
Designation: Architect
Born: 29 October 1888
Died: 1963
Bio Notes: Douglas Stuart McMillan was born on 29 October 1888, the son of Duncan McMillan, architect and his wife Isabella Ross, and the much younger brother of John Ross McMillan. He was articled to George G Irvine of Aberdeen from 1905 to 1910, transferring in the latter year to the practice of his father and brother, D & J R McMillan, where he remained as assistant until 1911 when he left for British Columbia, Canada to gain experience with a qualified Land Surveyor. Prior to his Canadian trip he attended classes at Robert Gordon's Technical College in Aberdeen. He returned from Canada as principal assistant in his father's office in 1912. In 1914 he was taken into partnership but from 4 August of that year he served with the Gordon Highlanders in the Expeditionary Force in France rising to the rank of Captain until his discharge on 2 February 1919.

In the 1920s the firm specialised in housing estate work. Duncan McMillan died in Aberdeen on 22 June 1928; his sons continued the practice thereafter. Douglas Stuart McMillan was admitted LRIBA in late 1930, his proposers being William Edgar Gauld, William Liddle Duncan and the then Secretary of the Aberdeen Society of Architects, of which he was also a member of the council at that time. He was elected FRIBA a year later in the middle of 1931, his proposers being Gauld, George Morrison Hay and Robert Leslie Rollo.

Douglas Stuart McMillan was listed with the title 'Captain' in the RIBA Klendar of 1950-51. He died at the Royal Infirmary in Aberdeen aged 75 in 1963. His wife Annie Lawrie, had predeceased him but he was survived by his daughter.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 2105, Crown Street, Aberdeen, ScotlandBusiness1914 *After 1939 
Item 2 of 2Rosebank, West Cults, Aberdeenshire, ScotlandPrivate1930 *1931(?) 

* 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 4George Gilbert Alexander Andrew Irvine19051910  
Item 2 of 4D & J R McMillan19101912Assistant 
Item 3 of 4D & J R McMillan191231 December 1913Chief Assistant 
Item 4 of 4D & J R McMillan1 January 1914After 1931Partner 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 5William Liddle DuncanLate 1930for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 5William Edgar GauldLate 1930for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 5William Edgar GauldMid 1931for Fellowship
Item 4 of 5George Morrison HayMid 1931for Fellowship
Item 5 of 5Robert Leslie RolloMid 1931for Fellowship

RIBA Proposals

This architect proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Robert Smart BrownLate 1929for Associateship
Item 2 of 3John Brown Johnston12 April 1937for Associateship
Item 3 of 3Albert Ruddiman4 December 1933for Associateship

Buildings and Designs

This architect 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 14After 1919County of Caithness housing scheme  CaithnessScotland 
Item 2 of 14After 1919Fraserburgh Housing SchemeFraserburgh AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 3 of 14After 1919Housing schemeLerwickMainlandShetlandScotland 
Item 4 of 14After 1919Inverurie Housing SchemeInverurie AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 5 of 14After 1919Laurencekirk Housing SchemeLaurencekirk KincardineshireScotland 
Item 6 of 14After 1919Peterhead Housing schemePeterhead AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 7 of 14After 1919Thurso Housing SchemeThurso CaithnessScotland 
Item 8 of 14After 1919Wick Housing SchemeWick CaithnessScotland 
Item 9 of 141925King Memorial HallGrange BanffshireScotland 
Item 10 of 141930Mackie AcademyStonehaven KincardineshireScotland'in progress'
Item 11 of 141930New SchoolLaurencekirk KincardineshireScotland'In progress'
Item 12 of 141930Palladium Cinema  AberdeenScotlandProposed extension scheme
Item 13 of 141934Marr College Sports pavilionTroon AyrshireScotlandAs chief assistant with James Miller
Item 14 of 141935(?)Bervie Junior Secondary SchoolInverbervie KincardineshireScotlandSchool and fittings


Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2H M Register HouseDeath Register  
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers L no 3535 (box 13); F no 2933 (box 14)