ⓘ Duncan Archibald Bruce

Duncan Archibald Bruce

ⓘ Duncan Archibald Bruce

Duncan Archibald Bruce was an award-winning American author of fiction and non-fiction novels, best known for his historical contribution to the history of Scotland and the Scots. He authored and published four books, The Mark of the Scots, The Scottish 100, The Great Scot and Two Hundred Fifty Years; The History of St. Andrew’s Society of the State of New York, 1756-2006. He received a number of awards for his research and for sharing the historical accomplishments of the Scottish people. He was the father to daughters, Jenny Bruce and Elizabeth Bruce.


1. Career

Bruce was affiliated with many Scottish American organizations and groups and was a recognized historian, author, and educator on the subject.

In 1998, he was awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor by the National Ethnic Coalition Organization for his research and contributions in documenting Scottish history in the United States. He was awarded the Wallace Award in 2011 by the American Scottish Foundation. Noted ASF chairman, Kenneth Donnelly said of Bruce, Through his dedicated research and love for Scotland, Duncan educated us all on the real and meaningful contributions the Scots have made to America, ".

He was the President of Edgewood Holdings, Inc. in New York City from 1989 - 2002 and then of Normandie Holdings, Ltd., in New York City from 1996 - 2008.


1.1. Career Awards and Recognitions

  • 2011 - Wallace Award - the American Scottish Foundation
  • National Tartan Day Award - the Scottish Coalition
  • Commendation Award - the Scottish Parliament
  • Scottish Heritage Award - St. Andrews Society of New York
  • 1998 - Ellis Island Medal of Honor - National Ethnic Coalition Organization
  • Listed as a Notable Investor and Writer by Marquis Whos Who

1.2. Career Affiliations

  • Scottish Heritage United States of America board of directors
  • 1990 - Honorary Chieftan, Bonnie Brae Scottish Games, Millington, New Jersey
  • Member American Scottish Foundation board of directors
  • 95th President of The Saint Andrews Society New York
  • Mask and Wig Club
  • Fellow Society Antiquaries of Scotland

1.3. Career The Tartan Apple TV Movie

Bruce contributes historical commentary in The Tartan Apple TV movie.


2. Early life

Duncan Archibald Bruce was born February 19, 1932 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to parents, Archibald and Marian nee Colley Bruce. He was the eldest of four siblings. He graduated from Edgewood High School near Pittsburgh and was class president and captain of the baseball team. In 1954, he graduated from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and was a member of the Friars Senior Society, Alpha Tao Omega Fraternity and The Mask and Wig Club.

Bruces grandparents were Scottish Highland immigrants. His grandmother along with his grandfather, founded a Presbyterian church in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. While being interviewed on his book, The Scottish 100, Duncan said, "I call my grandmother the only true Christian I have ever known and she taught me, on her knee, about what good the Jews had done and how wrong the Nazi persecution was…but the main point is that The National Covenant made the Scots a covenanted people like the Jews".


3. Personal life

Bruce was married to his wife, Tamara, on December 4, 1965 until her death in April, 2005. They had two daughters, Jenny and Elizabeth. He resided in New York City until he died from complications related to Parkinsons Disease on November 22, 2019.

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