Bruce Durie - Genealogy

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

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Ancestral Tours - with Jamie,
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Victorian Crime Fiction
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This website and associated services were founded and managed by Dr Bruce Durie, recognised internationally as one of the leading practitioners in the field, particularly for his teaching, writing and broadcasting.

  In 2013-14, Bruce was honoured by election to the Académie Internationale de Généalogie, 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 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.

  As Honorary Fellow at Strathclyde, he is currently working with the Genealogical Studies team ( to develop a full-time Masters programme.

  He also regularly teaches courses on Genealogy, Documents and Heraldry for the University of Edinburgh.

  Bruce is also Shennachie (Genealogist and historian) to the Chief of Durie ( , and to the Order of Alba (

  He has authored over 30 books on family and local history, which include the best-selling Scottish Genealogy (History Press, 3rd ed., 2011) as well as volumes on Victorian crime fiction and the internet. Most recently, these include Documents for Genealogy and Local History - Palaeography, Law and Language and Welsh Genealogy, (both for The History Press). See BOOKS for more.

  The BBC Radio Scotland series Digging up Your Roots and A House With a Past have attracted rave reviews and a solid listener following.
  His original background is in medicine, researching and teaching in neuropharmacology for over 20 years.

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Fellowships etc

Fellow, Society of Antiquaries of Scotland (FSAScot)
Fellow, Irish Genealogical Research Society (FIGRS)
Fellow, Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
Fellow, College of Teachers, London (FCollT)
Freeman Burgess and Guild Brother, City of Glasgow
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Bruce Durie awarded US-UK Fulbright Commission
Senior Scottish Studies Scholar 2015-2016


Memberships, Fellowships and Links:

Association of Professional Genealogists

Heraldry Society of Scotland

Scottish Genealogy Society
Order of St.Lazarus of Jerusalem
Society of Scottish Armigers
Arms of The Society of Scottish Armigers

Fife Family History Society
Académie Internationale
de Généalogie

Fellow, Irish Genealogical Research Society
Higher Education Academy
College of Teachers

Fulbright Senior Scottish Studies Scholar 2015-16


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