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Scottish Genealogist Dr Bruce Durie Receives Prestigious Fulbright Award

Author: Dick Eastman • May 22, 2015 • He can be reached at

The following announcement was written by the Fulbright Commission:

Dr. Bruce Durie, internationally recognized as one of Scotland’s top genealogists, has been granted the prestigious Fulbright Scottish Studies Scholar Award. This will enable him to spend seven months research and teaching at an American University, on one of the most prestigious and selective scholarship programmes operating world-wide.

Dr. Durie will be researching Lowland Scots migration to the Carolinas, and teaching classes on Scottish Genealogy, Culture and History at St Andrews University, Laurinburg, North Carolina, from January to July 2016.

Commenting on receiving the award, Dr. Durie said:
“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to fulfill a longstanding ambition. So much of Scottish-American migration is told in terms of the Highland and the Ulster Scots. But Lowlanders probably predominated in the early days of the settlement of that part of America, and subsequently. “It will also enable me to provide classes in how to research Scottish Family History correctly, and in the context of Scottish history and culture.
“I will continue and deepen my relationships with the Scots-American Community in the USA”

Dr. Durie is Honorary Fellow in Genealogical, Palaeographic and Heraldic Studies within the Centre for Lifelong Learning. He is also Shennachie (Genealogist and Historian) to COSCA (The Council of Scottish Clans and Associations) and an International Trustee, as well as being the International Board Member of the Association of professional Genealogists (APG). He is regularly invited to present Workshops and Seminars at Scottish Games and Gatherings and to St Andrews Societies throughout North America.
He can be contacted via email:

The US-UK Fulbright Commission is the only bi-lateral, transatlantic scholarship programme, offering awards for study or research in any field, at any accredited US or UK university. The Commission is part of the Fulbright programme conceived by Senator J William Fulbright in the aftermath of World War II to promote leadership, learning and empathy between nations through educational exchange. Award recipients and summer programme participants will be the future leaders for tomorrow and support the “special relationship” between the US and UK.

The Commission selects scholars through a rigorous application and interview process. In making these awards the Commission looks not only for academic excellence but a focused application, a range of extracurricular and community activities, demonstrated ambassadorial skills, a desire to further the Fulbright Programme and a plan to give back to the recipient’s home country upon returning.

Biography: Dr. Bruce Durie BSc(Hons) PhD OMLJ FSAScot FCollT FIGRS FHEA
Bruce Durie was born and went to school in Kirkcaldy, Fife. He 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. (

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 teaches courses on Genealogy, Documents and Heraldry at the University of Edinburgh. His background is in medicine and neuropharmacology, as well as holding a doctoral degree in history.

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). He sits on the Council of the 2016 International Congress of Genealogical and Heraldic Science, due to be held in Glasgow, August 2016.
Bruce has just been announced as the Fulbright Senior Scottish Studies Scholar, and will be spending seven months in 2016 at a university in the USA, researching and teaching.
More information is available at and books at

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