About Bruce Durie BSc (Hons) PhD OMLJ FCollT FIGRS FHEA QG

BD and his TardisBruce Durie is considered one of Scotland's top genealogists, with an international reputation. He is perhaps best known in the UK for his BBC radio series, “Digging Up Your Roots” and “A House with A Past”. See Broadcasting for more.

Bruce started and directed (until September 2011) the much-acclaimed Genealogical, Heraldic and Palaeographic Studies Programme (leading to Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and the Masters degree) at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland.

  He now regularly teaches courses on Genealogy, Heraldry and Documents for the University of Edinburgh, and is in great demand as a speaker and lecturer internationally, particularly in the USA.

With Right of Audience at the Court of the Lord Lyon, Bruce can prepare, present and oversee Petittions for legally-granted arms in Scotland, and other matters pertaining to heraldry, chiefship and so on. See Heraldry for more.

   As Shennachie  to the Chief of Durie, Bruce is Genealogist, Heraldist, Archivist and Historian  for the Durie Family worldwide (www.duriefamily.co.uk)

  He has authored over 35 books, including the best-selling Scottish Genealogy (History Press, 4th ed. 2017) as well as volumes on Victorian crime fiction, Comic Fantasy, Local History and the internet. See BOOKS for more.

In 2017, Bruce was honoured by election as an Academician of the prestigious Académie Internationale de Généalogie, and as member of the of the Instituto Internacional de Genealogía y Heráldica. He is also a Freeman and Burgess of the City of Glasgow. 

In 2013-14, he received the award of the Companionate of Merit of the Sovereign and Military Order of St Lazarus Of Jerusalem and Life Membership of the Fife Family History Society.

   He was on the Council of the 2016 International Congress of Genealogical and Heraldic Sciences, held in Glasgow, August 2016.

   Bruce is one of the Founding Members of the Register of Qualified Genealogists (www.qualifiedgenealogists.org) and a member of the Editorial Board of two scholarly, peer-reviewed journals, Genealogy (www.mdpi.com/journal/genealogy) and The Journal of Genealogy and Family History (www.qualifiedgenealogists.org/ojs) and helped start the Scottish DNA Project (www.scottishdna.net) at Family Tree DNA (www.ftdna.com).

   As Fulbright Senior Scottish Studies Scholar, Bruce spent seven months of 2016 researching Scottish Migration at St Andrews University, Laurinburg, North Carolina, USA.

  Other Fellowships held include the Irish Genealogical Research Society, the Higher Education Academy and the College of Teachers

Académie Internationale
de Généalogie

Higher Education Academy
College of Teachers
Fulbright Senior Scottish Studies Scholar 2016
Fife Family History Society
Order of St.Lazarus of Jerusalem
Society of Scottish Armigers
Arms of The Society of Scottish Armigers
Irish Genealogical Research Society