Introduction: Sir William Bruce and Architecture in Early Modern Scotland

MacKechnie, Aonghus
July 2012
Architectural Heritage;2012, Vol. 23 Issue 1, p1
Academic Journal
This volume derives directly from the University of Edinburgh's commemorative Sir William Bruce symposium, which took place four centuries after his death in 1710. This is also the first dedicated volume on Bruce since those by John Dunbar and Hubert Fenwick in 1970, although in the interim much has been published by numerous scholars on Bruce's career and his context, legacy and impact on others. Today, two readily available modern abstract accounts of Bruce exist - one by John Lowrey in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (2004), the other by Howard Colvin in his Biographical Dictionary of British Architects 1600-1840 (4th edn, 2008). There seems no purpose in duplicating that material here, but it may be helpful to highlight here at the outset some key aspects of Bruce's life and architectural career.


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