George DUNCAN [????-????]
My name is Iain Duncan, and I came across your web site about "Old Hong Kong", purely by chance, as I had visited the Stanley Prison Site in 1995, during a first and perhaps last visit to my birth place.
I was born in Kowloon in 1936, my Father Andrew Duncan, was also born there in 1902 and my grandfather George Duncan MBE of Kowloon Dock, left Scotland around 1880/85, as a Plumber and Gas Fitter (time served in Scotland) and settled to a new life In the then Crown Colony of Hong Kong. He latterly lived on the Peak and I believe he received his MBE for services to Hong Kong but the date and place of the investiture Is not known to me. It was between 1927 and 1932!
I believe he was heavily involved in the setting up of the Hong Kong pavilion at the Great British Empire Exhibition at Wembley, In London in 1926.
in your Website, the Marriage of My Uncle, James Herbert Swan (Cubby) Duncan is also detailed by Phil Cracknell, he was my Father's youngest brother, his Middle Brother George Duncan, who was also born in HK, settled in Australia. My one and only full cousin, Neil Duncan, (retired Pharmacist among other pursuits) only son of George Duncan, (junior) still lives Sydney, in fact he was home 2 weeks ago to see the Rugby World cup, but left before the Scotland/Australia debacle, last Sunday.
My elder sister, Margaret Helen, (Peggy) who was a flower girl at Cubby Duncan's wedding (also mentioned by Phill Cracknell in his article) was also born in Kowloon in 1932 and my younger Sister Fionna, (the famous (Scottish) jazz Singer now almost retired) was Born in 1939, in Garelochead, three months after we came home from HK to the U.K., and eventually back to Scotland.
My Grandfather George and his wife Ellen (nee McFarlane) retired back to Scotland in 1932/33 settling on the shores of Loch Long, close to his many brothers and one sister....... (the Duncan's of "Craigard," Carrick Castle, loch Goil.
My Aunt Helen Duncan (nee Wylie) and my Uncle "Cubby"Duncan retired to Sydney, NSW, Australia. In her latter years, Helen Duncan spent her time recording "Listening Books" for the Blind - a born communicator to her dying days.................she passed away in 1997.
My only cousin Neil Duncan and his wife Rose were very very close to both Cubby and Helen Duncan during their last year's in Sydney and could enlarge upon many of our Aunt Helen's activities; She was the dearest and brightest lady ever to have set foot on Planet Earth!
My sister Fionna, can also probably add infinitely more background to the Hong Kong lives of our forefathers and all their friends and Acquaintances during the 80 odd years of their residency, work and leisure in Old Hong Kong.