Durie, Dr. Bruce


Durie, Dr. Bruce

Genealogist, Author, Broadcaster, Lecturer; Ambassador-at-large to RQG

  • Broadcasting, Buildings/Locations research, Heraldic research, Individuals/Families research, Mentoring/Tutoring, Speaking
  • Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Updated 2 years ago


Dr. Bruce Durie BSc(Hons) PhD OMLJ FSAScot FCollT FIGRS FHEA

Bruce Durie is considered one of Scotland’s top genealogists, with an international reputation. He is perhaps best known for his BBC radio series, “Digging Up Your Roots” (eighth season in 2014), and “A House with A Past”, and he has authored 30 books, including the best-selling “Scottish Genealogy” now in its 3rd edition (www.brucedurie.co.uk/books).

Bruce founded the much-acclaimed Postgraduate Program in Genealogical Studies at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, which he headed for six years as Course Director, until 2011. Now a Fellow at Strathclyde, he is developing a full-time one-year Masters and a Doctoral programme. He also Tutor in Genealogy, Documents and Heraldry at the University of Edinburgh.

Recently elected to the prestigious Académie Internationale de Généalogie (the only member from Scotland), he is Shennachie (Genealogist and Historian) to the Chief of Durie, and was recently appointed official Shennachie to COSCA (Council of Scottish Clans and Associations).

Bruce’s background is in medicine and neuropharmacology, as well as holding a doctoral degree in history.
He sits on the Council of the 2016 International Congress of Genealogical and Heraldic Science, due to be held in Glasgow, August 2016.

Bruce is currently the Fulbright Senior Scottish Studies Scholar (Professor), and will be spending seven months in 2016 at St Andrews University, North Carolina, USA, researching and teaching.
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  • Broadcasting
  • Genealogy
  • Heraldry
  • History
  • Teaching
  • Writing (articles)
  • Writing (books)


  • 2005-2011
    Course Director, Professional Postgraduate Program in Genealogical, Palaeographic and Heraldic Studies Studies at University of Strathclyde
    Now Honorary Fellow


  • 1976
    BSC (Hons) 1st Class; PGCert (Advanced Academic Studies); PhD at University of Edinburgh; University of Strathclyde


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