Duncanson & Henderson

Measurers

Duncanson & Henderson were measurers (quantity surveyors), tenement-building entrepreneurs and property managers, founded around 1886 by John Henderson (c. 1859–1930), a pharmacist's son, and John Duncanson (1865–1912), whose father, builder John Duncanson Senior (1832–1887) had erected 'the Grand Hotel, Charing Cross ... and many streets in Hillhead'. 1

Duncanson & Henderson began development of parts of Partickhill and the West End by 1893 (Beaconsfield Street) and Hyndland by 1898. 2 Many of Glasgow's characteristic tenements were built speculatively, using bonds guaranteed by already-completed projects (heritable security), or by land not yet built upon. Duncanson & Henderson's 'Western Property Company' frequently collaborated with architect-builder John Campbelll McKellar (1859–1941) and built much of upper-middle class Hyndland (mostly 1898–1910). 3 They also worked on 'artisans' dwellings' for the municipally-funded City Improvement Trust, such as Stobcross and Cheapside Streets, Anderston (1895). 4

From around 1894, Duncanson lived at 'Sandhurst', Nithsdale Road, Pollokshields, with 'exceptionally fine' stained-glass attributed to Stephen Adam's studio. 5 In 1902, Duncanson commissioned McKellar to design 'Redhills', a ‘baroque red sandstone villa’, also situated in Pollokshields. 6

Notes:

1: Glasgow Post Office Directory, 1886–7, pp. 235, 312; Scotsman, 13 September 1887, p. 4; birth death and census information, www.ancestry.co.uk and www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk [accessed 29 and 30 October 2012].

2: Glasgow Herald, 5 May 1893, p. 6; Ann Laird, Hyndland, Edwardian Glasgow's Tenement Suburb, Glasgow: Privately published, Laird, 1997, pp. 11, 15; Sam Small, Greater Glasgow: An Illustrated Architectural Guide, Edinburgh: R.I.A.S., 2008, pp. 46, 184.

3: Nicholas J. Morgan, 'Construction Industry', pp. 127, 129–30; 'John Campbell McKellar', pp. 151–2, both in Dictionary of Scottish Business Biography 1860–1960, vol. 2, Aberdeen: University Press, 1990; Ann Laird, Hyndland, Edwardian Glasgow's Tenement Suburb, Glasgow: Privately published, Laird, 1997, pp. 5, 14–19.

4: Glasgow Herald, 21 June 1895, p. 4.

5: Glasgow Post Office Directory, 1894–5, p. 248; Historic Scotland Listed Building report for '197 Nithsdale Road'.

6: Sam Small, Greater Glasgow: An Illustrated Architectural Guide, Edinburgh: R.I.A.S., 2008, p. 184.