[bap. Alfredo] (1903-1964), novelist, was born in Lomas de Zamora, the
eldest son of Alfredo Huberto Duggan
(1875-1915) and Grace Elvina, daughter of Joseph Monroe Hinds.
Alfredo Huberto Duggan was the second son of Thomas Duggan (1838-1913)
of Ballymahon, Co. Longford, and Marcela Casey (1845-1922),
sister of the businessman and land entrepreneur Eduardo Casey
A. Duggan was taken
to England when his father was appointed in 1906
honorary attaché at the Argentine embassy in London. Leo
Alfred Duggan was educated at Eton and Balliol college, Oxford,
and then worked for the
British Natural History Museum.
At the age of twenty-one Duggan sailed in the St.
George from England via Madeira, Trinidad, and Panama
to the Galapagos Islands, in pursuance of his tasks for
the museum. Later he travelled extensively in
Greece and Turkey, studying Byzantine monuments, and in
1935 he helped to excavate Constantine's palace in Istanbul,
under the auspices of the University of St. Andrews (Scotland).
In 1938- 1941 Duggan served in the London Irish Rifles, with active service in Norway. For the rest of
World War II he worked in an airplane factory. A prolific
writer of historical fiction, Duggan turned out more than
one book a year, being the first Knight with Armour
(1950). Alfred L. Duggan had visited all the
places mentioned in this work except Antioch, where neither
the French nor, later, the Turks encouraged foreign visitors.
Married in 1953 with Laura Hill, he then published his novels
The Conscience of the King and The
Little Emperors, the latter dealing in lively fashion
with the decline and fall of the Western Roman Empire
as it impinged upon the life of a British civil servant. His novel
Leopards and Lillies was found
by some critics to be deficient in characterization and
human interest. Leo Alfred Duggan died on 4 April 1964
at Old Hill Court, Ross-on-Wye, Wales, and was buried at
Saint Francis, Windsor.
Coghlan, Eduardo A., Los Irlandeses en la Argentina: Su
Actuación y Descendencia (Buenos Aires, 1987), p.
- University of Calgary (http://www.ucalgary.ca/library/SpecColl/aldug.htm),
accessed 12 September 2003.