Basic Biographical Details
|Name: ||David Bryce (junior) |
|Designation: ||Architect |
|Born: ||c. 1815 |
|Died: ||11 September 1874 |
|Bio Notes: ||David Bryce Junior was born c.1815, the son of William Bryce, architect, the elder brother of David Bryce. His father died on 5 September 1823 when he was aged about eight. William's much younger brother David then took responsibility for him, his sister Margaret and elder brother William as the second oldest son of the family. They were brought up first in the family development in Hermitage Place, Stockbridge, then in Walker Street and finally at 53 Castle Street which housed the Architectural Academy founded by their father. |
David Junior was probably trained initially from c.1830 at the Academy rather than in William Burn's office. He presumably worked on his uncle's private practice before finding a place at 131 George Street as his uncle's assistant: he must certainly have been there from 1841 when Bryce merged his practice with his master Burn's as Burn & Bryce. He followed this with 'many years' as assistant to David Cousin until c.1851 when he commenced practice on his own account at 29 Frederick Street, from which he exhibited a design for a church at the RSA in 1852 and from which he practised as a teacher of architectural drawing from 1851 to 1853. In 1854 he became an architect at the same address. In later years from c.1860 he practised at 26 Elder Street. He married twice, first Margaret Miller who died at the age of thirty-two on 3 June 1857 and secondly, Margaret Bell.
David Bryce's most important clients were Kennington & Jenner: for the Kenningtons he rebuilt the Star Hotel in Princes Street, a pioneer building of its kind in 1861. His architecture was similar in character to his uncle's, and he was particularly skilful in the design of canted bays as can be seen at his City of Glasgow Bank.
David Bryce Junior died on 11 September 1874 at the age of fifty-nine, and was buried in New Calton Cemetery. His second wife, Margaret Robinson Bell, survived him, dying on 23 November 1897 at the age of sixty-two.
Private and Business Addresses
|The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:|
| ||Address||Type||Date from||Date to||Notes|
|29, Frederick Street, Edinburgh, Scotland||Business||c. 1851||1861|| |
|26, Elder Street, Edinburgh, Scotland||Business||1863||1871|| |
|8, Abercrombie Place, Edinburgh, Scotland||Business||1872|| ||No entry for 1873 in PO Directory|
|14, Bath Street, Portobello, Edinburgh, Scotland||Private/business(?)||1874 *|| || |
* 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):|
| ||Name||Date from||Date to||Position||Notes|
|David Cousin||After 1841(?)||1851(?)||Assistant|| |
|David Bryce||Before 1841||Before 1851(?)||Assistant|| |
Buildings and Designs
|The following books contain references to this architect:|
|Architects Engineers and Building Trades Directory||1868||Architect's, Engineer's and Building Trades' Directory|| ||London, Wyman|| |
|Fiddes, Valerie and Rowan, Alistair||1976||David Bryce 1803-1876|| ||Exhibition Catalogue, University of Edinburgh|| |
|Laperriere, Charles Baile de (ed.)||1991||The Royal Scottish Academy Exhibitors 1826-1990|| || || |
|Post Office Directories|| || || || || |
|Scotlands People Website|| ||Wills & Testaments|| || ||Edinburgh Sheriff Court Wills Edinburgh Sheriff Court Wills Sc70/4/154 and Inventories Sc70/1/171|
|The following archives hold material relating to this architect:|
| ||Source||Archive Name||Source Catalogue No.||Notes|
|H M Register House||Death Register|| ||Testament Jan 1875 v 171 p994|