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Mrs Thomas; Robert Duncan; Mrs Robert Duncan

by Benjamin Stone
platinum print, July 1907
8 in. x 6 1/8 in. (202 mm x 155 mm) image size
Given by House of Commons Library, 1974
Photographs Collection
NPG x15799

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  • Sir (John) Benjamin Stone (1838-1914), Politician and photographer. Artist associated with 1436 portraits, Sitter in 28 portraits.

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Alison Garber nee Duncan

24 December 2019, 01:33

Robert Duncan was the Unionist M.P. for Govan from 1906 to 1910. His engineering company made ships’ engines on the Clyde, employing 450 men, the senior of whom shared in the profits of the company. Robert Duncan was well known in his native city of Glasgow for his political activism, his innovative ideas, his public service, and also his poetry, which was published in the Glasgow Herald and other places. He was a man of many interests: he loved the beautiful Scottish countryside, had a country house near Loch Earn, loved sailing, golf, and edited a memorial volume of Carlyle’s work. He was also noted for his sense of humor, and inspired great affection in all his family.
His wife, Mary, shown beside him in the portrait, was the daughter of William Jolly, H.M.I.S. Their son, Professor William Jolly Duncan, F.R.S., was a distinguished aeronautical engineer, who made an important contribution to the war effort in the 1940’s and was awarded a C.B.E. for his services to the nation.

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