Basic Biographical Details

Name: Bryce McMaster
Designation: Engineer
Born: 1832
Died: October 1877
Bio Notes: Bryce McMaster was born in 1832, the son of Major General McMaster. In 1848 he was articled to the civil engineer T H Bertram, joining the staff of Isambard Kingdom Brunel at the end of his articles in 1852. He left in August of the following year to enter the service of the Madras Railway as assistant engineer and was admitted AMICE following his promotion to resident engineer in 1856.

In January 1862 McMaster left the Madras Railway to join Brassey & Wythes on the Mauritius Railway and was admitted MICE the following month. He remained with that project for four years, returning to Britain early in 1866 to order material for the contractors of the Delhi Railway prior to going out there himself. While in Britain he competed for the Waverley Station reconstruction, probably in the hope of establishing a home-based practice, but was placed second.

In 1872 McMaster was appointed first sub-agent and then agent on the East Argentine Railway but his health failed in October of the following year and he returned home to recuperate. He recovered sufficiently to go back to India as assistant engineer to the Madras Railway in March 1877 but died there in the following October.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this engineer:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 5Madras, IndiaBusiness1853January 1862 
Item 2 of 5MauritiusBusinessJanuary 1862  
Item 3 of 5Delhi, IndiaBusiness1866  
Item 4 of 5ArgentinaBusiness18721873 
Item 5 of 5Madras, IndiaBusinessMarch 1877October 1877 

Employment and Training


The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this engineer (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 2T H Bertram18481852Apprentice 
Item 2 of 2Isambard Kingdom Brunel1852August 1853Assistant 

Buildings and Designs

This engineer 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 11866Waverley Station, hotel and market scheme  EdinburghScotlandSecond premiated competition design (150 premium)


Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this engineer:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers*  p 277