Basic Biographical Details

Name: John Bryce II (or John Bryce (junior))
Designation: Architect
Born: c. 1842
Died: 22 August 1922
Bio Notes: John Bryce II was born in Glasgow in about 1842, the son of David Bryce's younger brother John who died in August 1851 and his wife Annie. John presumably trained with his uncle and remained as his assistant. He is listed in the census of 1861 as an architectural student. It was probably frequent indisposition that persuaded David Bryce to take Robert Rowand Anderson into partnership in 1873, with John Junior also becoming a partner, the practice title being Bryce, Anderson & Bryce. However at that stage in his career Anderson was primarily a church architect and incompatibility led to Anderson's departure. John Bryce Junior remained in partnership, the partnership title then becoming D & J Bryce.

John Bryce retained the practice title of D & J Bryce after his uncle's death in 1876, completing the work in hand and running a generally similar practice until the early 1890s when business trailed off. He was admitted FRIBA on 13 January 1879, his proposers being Charles Barry Junior, Richard Armstrong (a former assistant) and Edmund Benjamin Ferrey. He retired in 1908 and died on 22 August 1922, leaving moveable estate of 34,831 19s 6d.

After 1908 the practice was continued by John's nephew John Bryce Brechin, son of his sister Davida who had married into the Brechin quantity surveying family.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 22, Maryfield, Portobello, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate1861 *  
Item 2 of 2131, George Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate/business(?)1899  

* earliest date known from documented sources.

Employment and Training


The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 3Bryce, Anderson & Bryce18731873Partner 
Item 2 of 3D & J Bryce18731908Partner 
Item 3 of 3David BryceBefore 1873 Assistant 

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 1John Carrick1831c. 1836Apprentice 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3Richard Armstrong (junior)13 January 1879for Fellowship
Item 2 of 3Charles Barry (junior)13 January 1879for Fellowship
Item 3 of 3Edmund Benjamin Ferrey13 January 1879for Fellowship

RIBA Proposals

This architect proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 7James Thomas Baillie2 December 1907for Fellowship
Item 2 of 7Owen Keith Beattie24 June 1912for Licentiateship
Item 3 of 7James Graham Fairley13 June 1892for Fellowship
Item 4 of 7James Macintyre Henry2 March 1903for Fellowship
Item 5 of 7Thomas Munro Logan20 July 1911for Licentiateship
Item 6 of 7Thomas Smith Peace (junior)20 July 1911for Licentiateship
Item 7 of 7John Russell Walker20 March 1882for Associateship

Buildings and Designs

This architect was involved with the following buildings or structures from the date specified (click on an item to view details):
 Date startedBuilding nameTown, district or villageIslandCity or countyCountryNotes
Item 1 of 281870Bonaly TowerColinton EdinburghScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 2 of 28c. 1870Langton House, gatewayDuns BerwickshireScotland 
Item 3 of 281873Paisley AbbeyPaisley RenfrewshireScotlandProposals for restoration of West range of cloister. Not executed.
Item 4 of 281874St Andrew's Episcopal Chapel  EdinburghScotlandBaptistery
Item 5 of 281874Union Bank of Scotland  EdinburghScotlandCompletion of David Bryce work
Item 6 of 281875Bowhill HouseSelkirk SelkirkshireScotlandChapel in east wing, never consecrated and now the Monmouth Room
Item 7 of 281875Drum CastleDrum AberdeenshireScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 8 of 281876Blair CastleBlair Atholl PerthshireScotlandBallroom and addition to S end of S wing
Item 9 of 281876Edinburgh Royal Infirmary  EdinburghScotlandCompletion of work
Item 10 of 281876Royal College of Physicians  EdinburghScotlandSupervised work on new library
Item 11 of 281878Ayton HouseGlenfarg PerthshireScotlandAlterations
Item 12 of 281878Fettes College, Concert Hall  EdinburghScotland 
Item 13 of 281878Newbattle AbbeyNewbattle MidlothianScotlandEnlargement of porch - may be responsible
Item 14 of 28Before 1878Thirlestane CastleLauder BerwickshireScotlandRepairs and alterations
Item 15 of 281880Killearn Parish ChurchKillearn StirlingshireScotland 
Item 16 of 281880Scottish Union Insurance Office, 47 George Street  EdinburghScotlandGround floor extended
Item 17 of 281880St Cuthbert's PoorhouseCraigleith EdinburghScotlandEnlarged with addition of forecourt wings
Item 18 of 28c. 1880Carberry TowerInveresk, Musselburgh MidlothianScotlandNorth lodge quadrants
Item 19 of 281881Dunbeath Castle  CaithnessScotlandFirst phase of work on castle; walled gardens and garden pavilion. Possibly also stable court
Item 20 of 28c. 1882Drum CastleDrum AberdeenshireScotlandDetailing of interior
Item 21 of 281883133, 133A George Street  EdinburghScotlandAlterations
Item 22 of 281883Music Hall and Assembly Rooms  EdinburghScotlandInternal alterations - low vestibule inserted
Item 23 of 281884Portmore HouseEddleston PeeblesshireScotlandRebuilding after fire
Item 24 of 281890Fyvie Castle and ancillary buildingsFyvie AberdeenshireScotlandSouth lodge and gates
Item 25 of 281891Luffness HouseDrem East LothianScotlandSaloon
Item 26 of 281891Mauldslie CastleCarluke LanarkshireScotlandAdditions and alterations, including dining room
Item 27 of 281892Fyvie Castle and ancillary buildingsFyvie AberdeenshireScotlandAddition - addition of Leith Tower built out from flank of Gordon Tower, billiard room and interior work in dining room in Gordon Tower. Other work halted because of financial difficulties of Alexander Forbes-Leith.
Item 28 of 281907Dunbeath Castle  CaithnessScotlandHouse further baronialised


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 1Fiddes, Valerie and Rowan, Alistair1976David Bryce 1803-1876 Exhibition Catalogue, University of Edinburgh 

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1RIBA Journal1922v29London: Royal Institute of British Architectsp610 - obituary

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers F v5 p125, microfiche 92/G3 - no job list