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Name: Charles Duncan

Burial Number: 1395

Gender: Male

Occupation: Banker; Watercolour Artist

Born: 20/09/1844

Died: 05/04/1929

Buried: 09/04/1929


Charles Duncan was born on 20th September 1844 in North Queensferry near Edinburgh, He was baptised om 7th April 1845 at St George’s church, Edinburgh. He was the youngest of six children, Thomas b.1834, Mary b.1835, William b.1838, Jane b.1836, and John b.1839. He was the son of Thomas Duncan, a celebrated and successful historical painter and artist. Charles began his working life as a banker but like his father before him, he had a change of career and became an artist, specialising in water colours. His father had died tragically early with a brain tumour, just one year after Charles was born and he was raised by his mother, Mary, along with his 5 siblings. In 1880, Charles exhibited at the Dundee Fine Art Exhibition and later sold 4 paintings at the Royal Scottish Academy’s Exhibition. He also exhibited at the Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts. He lived with his family until his late thirties when he married Jane Vassie Braidwood at St George’s church, Edinburgh in 1883. The couple moved from Scotland to Worthing, living at Seaforth, St. Michael’s Road, next door to his mother’s house, Rosetta.
Charles and Jane had 6 children, Rosamund b.1883, Mabel b.1887, Constance b.1888, Charles b.1890, and Harold b.1895. Their daughter, Winifred Vassie Duncan, was born in April 1893 but died aged 4 months. Charles was widowed in 1904 and in 1905 his mother, who now lived with him, also died. He then moved to “Abingsworth” in Tongdean Road, Brighton with his 5 children. Charles died, aged 86yrs, on 5th April 1929. Probate was granted on 13th May to James George Meade retired stockbroker and Rosemund Esme Dell, wife of Henry Benifold Dell. Effects £5305 5s 11d.

Researcher: Carol Sullivan

The Grave

Photograph of headstone for Charles Duncan

Location in Cemetery

Area: SWS Row: 6 Plot: 1

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Ashes or Urn: Unknown



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In loving memory Jane Vassie wife of Charles Ducan. Died 14th June 1904. Charles Duncan died 5th April 1929. Harold James Vassie Duncan died 13th July 1950. In loving memory of Winifred Vassie daughter of Charles and Jane Vassie Duncan Born 29th April. Died 4th Sept. 1893

Further Information


Name: Charles Duncan

Gender: Male

Born: 20/09/1844

Town: Edinburgh

County: Midlothian (County of Edinburgh)

Country: Scotland


Maiden Name: Not applicable

Marriage Date: //1883

Spouse First Name: Jane

Spouse Second Name: Vassie

Spouse Last Name: Braidwood

Town of Marriage: Edinburgh

County of Marriage: Midlothian (County of Edinburgh)

Country of Marriage: Scotland

Information at Death

Date of Death: 05/04/1929

Cause of death: Unknown

Address line 1: Portslade Farm House

Town: Portslade

County: Sussex

Country: England


No obituary has been entered.

Personal Effects

Money left to others: £5305 5 s 11 d

Current value of effects: £242903.00

Census Information


Comely Bank Edinburgh

Mary Duncan, widow, 38, annuitant. Thomas 17, banker’s clerk. Mary 16. William 13. Jane 11. John 8. Charles 6. Plus 1 servant


St George, Edinburgh

Mary Duncan, 47, bank stockholder. Thomas 27, banker’s clerk. Charles 15, student. Plus 1 servant


Pentland Villa, Wardie Ferry Road, Edinburgh

Mary 58, annuitant. Thomas 37, banker. Charles 25, banker. Plus 1 servant


Pentland Villa, Ferry Road, Edinburgh

Mary Duncan 65, annuitant. Thomas 42, banker. Charles 35, watercolour artist. Plus 1 servant


” Seaforth”, St. Michael’s Road, Worthing.

Charles Duncan, 46yrs, living on own means, wife, Jane V., 36yrs, 4 children, Rosamund 7, Mabel 4, Constance 3, and Charles 1, plus 2 domestic servants.


” Seaforth”, St. Michael’s Road, Worthing.

Charles Duncan, 56yrs, living on own means, wife, Jane V., 46yrs, 5 children, Rosamund 17, Mabel 14, Constance 13, Charles 11, and Harold 5, plus 1 domestic servant.


” Abingworth”, Tongdean Road, Brighton.

Charles Duncan, 66yrs, Painter/Artist, Rosamund 27, Mabel 24, Constance 23, Charles R. 21, Clerk P & O Co. Service, Harold 15.


Alexandra House, Norman Road, Hove, Sussex

First name(s) Last name Relationship to head Sex Birth year Age Birth place Occupation Employer
Henry Benifold Dell
Male 1880 41 Sussex, England Values & Furniture Dealer Own Account
Rosamon Emmie Dell
Female 1883 37
Henry Charles Roper Dell
Male 1912 8 Hove, Sussex, England
Mary Bettina Dell
Female 1914 7 Hove, Sussex, England
John Michael Dell
Male 1920 Hove, Sussex, England
Charles Duncan
Male 1844 76 Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland None

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