Basic Biographical Details

Name: Douglas Prain Bruce
Designation: Architect
Born: 27 February 1896
Bio Notes: Douglas Prain Bruce was a son of James Prain Bruce and grandson of John Bruce. During the First World War, he served in the 1/4th (City of Dundee) Battalion of the Black Watch as a private before receiving a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Highland Divisional Cyclist Company, part of the Army Cyclist Corps. He finished the war in training for the RAF. His RAF service record shows that before joining up, he was employed as an architect's apprentice with Thoms & Wilkie in Reform St, Dundee.

Bruce lived at 'St Clair', Carnoustie and was married to Eliza Galletly on 9 June 1926 at Auchterarder, Perthshire. He was a partner in the family firm in the 1930s, the other partners at that time being James Prain Bruce and George Christie Morton.He served in the armed forces during the Second World War and never returned to the practice. His younger brother Frank trained as an architect and served as an irrigation engineer in Ceylon and later North Rhodesia.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 1St Clair, Carnoustie, Angus, ScotlandPrivate   

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 2Thoms & Wilkie1914 Apprentice 
Item 2 of 2Bruce, Son & MortonAfter 19301939Partner 

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 151919Logie Housing Scheme  DundeeScotlandDesigned some areas within Logie.
Item 2 of 151930sGreycroft  DundeeScotland 
Item 3 of 151930sMelfort  DundeeScotland 
Item 4 of 151930sRedholmeWest Ferry DundeeScotland 
Item 5 of 151931United Savings BankCarnoustie AngusScotlandMay not yet be involved
Item 6 of 151932Panbride Free ChurchCarnoustie AngusScotlandAdditions at North end of church
Item 7 of 151933Copper Works, 64 East Dock Street  DundeeScotland 
Item 8 of 151933Waverley Temperance Hotel  DundeeScotlandAlterations
Item 9 of 151934Concert HallCarnoustie AngusScotlandScheme for hall - apparently not executed as job went to Allan & Friskin
Item 10 of 151934Thistle Hall  DundeeScotlandReconstruction of interior
Item 11 of 151935Ravensby Feus WorksCarnoustie AngusScotland 
Item 12 of 151936Various licensed premises  DundeeScotland 
Item 13 of 151937Dalhousie WorksCarnoustie AngusScotlandAlterations
Item 14 of 151938Copper Works, 64 East Dock Street  DundeeScotlandFurther work
Item 15 of 151939Copper Works, 64 East Dock Street  DundeeScotlandFurther work


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 1Post Office Directories     

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 3 Military records Medal Index Card for Douglas Prain Bruce
RAF Service Records for Douglas Prain Bruce (AIR 76/62)
Item 2 of 3Courtesy of Adrian BruceInformation via 'Contact Us' on the Dictionary website Sent August 2010
Item 3 of 3Professor David M Walker personal archiveProfessor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material Personal information from Mrs Fairweather (née Cowan), owner of the Castle, Alpha and Panmure Terrace properties, obtained in the 1950s; and from W Sinclair Gauldie, orgiinally obtained from Douglas Bruce's daughter, a student at Dundee Art College c.1943-7. Also information from his descendent Adrian Bruce, via the web