Basic Biographical Details

Name: Alexander MacLauchlan Duncan
Designation: Architect
Born: c. 1884
Died: 8 May 1952
Bio Notes: Alexander MacLauchlan Duncan was born about 1884, the son of Robert MacGregor Duncan, draper, and his wife Annn Clow Crichton. He was articled to James Marshall in Perth from 1900 until 1904 and transferred later that year to become a junior assistant with Thoms & Wilkie in Dundee. He appears to have attended Glasgow School of Art and the Royal Technical College during 1904, perhaps on a part-time basis. After a year in Dundee he moved again, this time in the office of Walker & Ramsay in Glasgow where he remained for two years as junior assistant and for a further five years as chief assistant. During this period he made study tours to Belgium and Holland. In 1912 he moved to the post of chief assistant in Charles James McNair's office for one year returning to a similar post in Robert J Walker's office in 1913. In 1914 he returned to Glasgow School of Art to continue his studies and in June 1915 sat the 'special examination' in London and was admitted ARIBA in late 1915 or early 1916, his proposers being David Salmond, Thomas Hill Thoms and John Watson.

He died on 8 May 1952 aged 68. He never married.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 27, Charlotte Street, Perth, Perthshire, ScotlandPrivate 1952 
Item 2 of 2Rahoy, Lenzie, Dunbartonshire, ScotlandPrivate/business(?)1915 *  

* 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 6James Marshall19001904Apprentice 
Item 2 of 6Thoms & Wilkie19041905Junior assistant 
Item 3 of 6Walker & Ramsay19051907Junior assistant 
Item 4 of 6Walker & Ramsay19051912Chief Assistant 
Item 5 of 6Charles James McNair19121913Chief Assistant 
Item 6 of 6Walker & Ramsay19131915Chief Assistant 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3David SalmondLate 1915 or early 1916For Associateship
Item 2 of 3Thomas Hill ThomsLate 1915 or early 1916For Associateship
Item 3 of 3John WatsonLate 1915 or early 1916For Associateship


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 A no 2586 (microfilm reel 22)