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Bruce, Sir William, first baronet (c. 1625–1710), architect and politician, was born into minor Perthshire gentry, the second son of Robert Bruce, Lord Bruce of Blairhall, and Catherine (or Jean), daughter of Sir John Preston of Valleyfield. His early life is obscure but if he is identified with the ...

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McGill, Alexander (c. 1680–1734), mason and architect, was the son of George McGill, minister of Arbirlot in Forfarshire (c.1641–1691×1702), and his wife, Margaret Guthrie. In 1697 he was apprenticed to Alexander Nisbet, an Edinburgh mason with strong professional connections in Forfarshire...