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Dr. Bruce Durie BSc (Hons) PhD OMLJ FCollT FIGRS FHEA FRSB CBiol QG

Dr Bruce DurieDr Bruce Durie has been paper bag salesman, bus conductor, research scientist, journalist, Director of the Edinburgh Science Festival, museum director and a senior academic at various universities. He is Shennachie (Genealogist and Historian) to the Chief of Durie and the Durie Family Association and has a strong interest in DNA research, helping to set up the Scottish DNA Project (http://www.scottishdna.net/) with Alasdair MacDonald (alasdair@familytreedna.com). He is happy to take on genealogical, family history and other projects on  a paid basis: see www.brucedurie.co.uk

Originally a biochemist/neuroscientist specialising in sleep research and the biochemical nature of anxiety, he was also a medical and science writer with many articles in publications as diverse as New Scientist and Vogue. In addition, he has a track record as a senior manager in universities, notably Kingston, Napier and the University of Strathclyde, where he established, managed and delivered the Professional Postgraduate programme in Genealogical, Palaeographic and Heraldic Studies, up to Masters level

He also teaches popular courses on Genealogy, Heraldry and Documents at the University of Edinburgh, where he is a Teaching Fellow (https://www.ed.ac.uk/studying/short-courses).

Bruce now concentrates mainly on teaching and researching in genealogy, and on writing books. His series for 'How To Books' were international best sellers; his local history books have a strong local market; his collections of detective stories are widely acclaimed; and his comic fantasy novels have a cult following (complete list of books published at http://www.brucedurie.co.uk/books.html). His 'Scottish Genealogy' is an international best-seller and his series for BBC Radio Scotland  'Digging Up Your Roots' ran for eight years  (https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00plfpz) and he regularly takes part in TV shows for Verborgen Verleden, the Dutch incarnation of Who Do You Think You Are.

Bruce frequently visits the USA, and in 2015-16 was the Fulbright Senior Scottish Studies Scholar, spending most of a year researching early Scottish migrations into Colonial America.

Other accolades include:

bulletChartered Biologist

bulletFreeman and Burgess of the City of Glasgow

bulletAcademician, Académie Internationale de Généalogie (the only Academician from Scotland)

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

He has Right of Audience at the Court of the Lord Lyon, and may Petition on behalf of those wishing to achieve a legal Coat of Arms in Scotland, or elsewhere.

Born in Fife, Scotland, ancestral home of the Duries, Bruce now lives in Edinburgh.
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