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David Bryce – Scots Baronial Architect

Famous 19th Century Scottish Architect: Architecture


A proponent of the Scots Baronial style – blending Gothic with motifs from Scottish vernacular, notably castles – Bryce created some of the best quality Victorian buildings in Scotland. His work was mostly in southeast Scotland, principally in the capital.

One building which many people in Edinburgh often mention to me as being one of their favourites is the Bank of Scotland in St Andrew Square by David Bryce: it contains a beautiful unpedimented portico rising above a subtle podium, with generously-proportioned statues atop each column. The result is a rich but digestible composition that is very attractive.

Another key building by Bryce in Edinburgh is Fettes College which can be seen from many points, especially in north Edinburgh. Again the architect seems to take building elements to their extreme with a huge, soaring tower.

David Bryce Architect Buildings

David Bryce – Scottish Buildings

Balcarres House (William Burn 1834), additions 1863
Balfour Castle, Shapinsay, Orkney 1846-50
Bank of Scotland, St Andrew Square, Edinburgh (former British Linen Bank) 1846
The Bank of Scotland, The Mound, Edinburgh 1864-71
Cairnhill House 1840s
Carradale House, Carradale Bay, Kintyre 1844 (18th Century house extended)
Craigends House, Renfrewshire 1857; demolished 1971
Dalkeith Palace: conservatory & church with William Burn* 1850’s
Dargavel House, Bishopton, redevelopment 1849
Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, Lauriston Place
Fettes College, Fettes Avenue, Edinburgh 1864-70
Free St. George’s Church, Shandwick Place, Edinburgh 1867-69
Hamilton and Inches: refurbishment of 87 George St, Edinburgh 1835
Kinnaird Castle, Angus 1854
Leny, Callendar, 1845
Seacliffe, North Berwick 1841
Tollcross, Tollcross Park, Glasgow 1848
Torosay, Isle of Mull 1856

*David Bryce was a partner in William Burn’s practice.

David Bryce Buildings

David Bryce Building Designs – a recent selection on this website:

Key David Bryce Building:
Bank of Scotland, St Andrew Square, Edinburgh
Bank of Scotland by David Bryce Edinburgh
photograph © Adrian Welch
Bank of Scotland

HBOS Bank of Scotland, The Mound, city centre
HBOS Bank of Scotland The Mound

Dalkeith Palace, Dalkeith, southeast of the capital city
Dalkeith Palace : conservatory & church

Edinburgh Royal Infirmary – site redeveloped as the huge mixed-use property development titled Quartermile.

St. George’s West Church
St. George’s West Church

Fettes College – designed in the Scots Baronial style:
Fettes College building design by David Bryce Architect
photo © Adrian Welch
Fettes College


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Edinburgh Buildings

Edinburgh Property Developments – a recent selection on this website:

Trinity Academy Edinburgh secondary school building, Victoria Park conservation area, Trinity, north of Edinburgh
Design: Holmes Miller Architects
Trinity Academy Edinburgh school building design
image courtesy of Holmes Miller
Trinity Academy Edinburgh secondary school

Sciennes Primary School Edinburgh building – the first Scottish Passivhaus primary school to use CLT structure
Sciennes Primary School Edinburgh building
photo © Chris Humphreys
Sciennes Primary School Edinburgh Building

Scottish Parliament

Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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