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c.1857 Born son of Robert Duncan
1883 Became a partner in his father's firm
Obituary 1907 
The death took place at Port Glasgow, on the 31st ult. of Mr. Robert Duncan. of the firm of Messrs. Robert Duncan and Co., Limited, shipbuilders, Port Glasgow.
Mr. Duncan, who was about fifty years of age, was the eldest son of the late Mr. Robert Duncan, Junior, who for many years was one of the leading shipbuilders on the Clyde and elsewhere, he having laid out the original yard at Barrow-on-Furness. Young Robert Duncan served his apprenticeship in his father's yard, and for upwards of a quarter or a century has taken an active part in the management of the firm, which includes his brother, Mr. John Duncan, and Mr. A. Livingston.
As a practical shipbuilder, his services were of great value in the calculation of estimates and the execution of important contracts. He did valuable service as a harbour trustee of Port Glasgow. He was much respected in the community, and in Clyde shipbuilding and other business circles.