Logie Bruce Lockhart

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Logie Bruce Lockhart (12 October 1921 – 7 September 2020) was a British schoolmaster, writer, and journalist, in his youth a Scottish international rugby union footballer and for most of his teaching career Headmaster of Gresham's School.



Lockhart belonged to the Bruce Lockhart family, which has long traditions of teaching and playing rugby union and has branched out into other areas. His grandfather was a schoolmaster, while his father, John Bruce Lockhart, and one of his older brothers, Rab Bruce Lockhart, were both public school headmasters who had played rugby union for Scotland. [1] Another brother, J. M. Bruce Lockhart, was an intelligence officer, and a third brother, Patrick, was an obstetrician who fenced for Scotland. [2]

Lockhart’s uncle, Sir Robert Bruce Lockhart (1887–1970), was an author and adventurer whose son, Robin Bruce Lockhart, became an author. [3] One nephew was Sandy Bruce-Lockhart, Baron Bruce-Lockhart; another, Kim Bruce-Lockhart, played squash for Scotland. [1] A great-nephew, Dugald, is an actor and director.

Early life

Lockhart was educated at Cargilfield School, Edinburgh, [4] Sedbergh School, where his father was Headmaster and he became Head Boy, and then at the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, with the Second World War just beginning. [5] From Sandhurst, Lockhart was commissioned into the 9th Sherwood Foresters and then later served in the Household Cavalry (Lifeguards) in France and Germany during the Second World War. [6] [7] He was one of the first British soldiers to enter Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. [5]

After the war, Lockhart continued his interrupted education at St John's College, Cambridge, as a choral scholar, with a scholarship. [7] At Cambridge, he read French and German, won the Wright Prize for Modern Languages, and was both a rugby union and a squash rackets Blue. [5] He gained a double first, and his degree was later promoted to MA. [7]

Lockhart has said of his time at Cambridge

We hardly attended any lectures, except to get a book list at the beginning of the year, so we were able to read an unusually large number of books. Our view on lectures was that little was to be gained by attending them... Supervisors’ tutorials were potentially far more valuable, but the standard varied from the sublime to the ridiculous. [6]

After playing rugby union for Cambridge, Lockhart went on to play for Scotland between 1948 and 1953, mostly at fly half and once at centre. His first and last international games were both against England, on 20 March 1948 and 21 March 1953. [8] [9]


From Cambridge, Lockhart followed in a long family tradition by deciding to enter the teaching profession. He became an assistant schoolmaster and rugby union coach at Tonbridge School, [9] and then in 1955, at the age of 33, was appointed as Headmaster of Gresham's School, Holt. [7]

He became Chairman of the Eastern Division of the Headmasters' Conference in the 1970s and broke new ground by inviting the heads of the Girls' Schools Association to attend HMC meetings. [5] In 1977, he argued that five subjects, rather than three, should be taught in sixth forms, and that this could be made possible by universities teaching more inter-disciplinary and creative courses. [10]

Lockhart retired as Headmaster of Gresham's School at the end of the Summer Term of 1982. [11]

Journalist and author

For sixty years, Logie Bruce Lockhart contributed articles to magazines and newspapers, from Country Life and Rugby World to She. He wrote mostly on education, fishing, sport, and wildlife.

Lockhart's first book, The Pleasures of Fishing (1981) [7] was about his adventures as a fly fisherman, mostly in England and Scotland. [12] His second book, Stuff and Nonsense, [7] gave the philosophy of a retired headmaster and thoughts on educational topics of the previous half century, the 'Stuff', while a variety of essays on rugby, fly fishing, camping in old age, wind-surfing in France, and so forth provided the 'Nonsense'. [13]

Now We Are Very Old (2012) is a collection of Lockhart’s cautionary verses for the elderly, while Now And Then, This And That (2013) is a reflection on his family history, his experiences in the Second World War, the changes in education during his teaching career, and the changes in society during his lifetime. British Bird Watching for Beginners & Enthusiasts (2018), written for his grandchildren and illustrated with his own watercolours, explored his lifetime passion for ornithology. As a boy, he was taught to paint birds by Talbot Kelly.

Personal life

In 1944 Logie Bruce Lockhart married Josephine Agnew, and they had two sons and three daughters. [7] [14] His wife died at Holt in 2009, aged 86. [15] Jennifer Bruce-Lockhart became a teacher of music in Paris. Rhuraidh Bruce-Lockhart is a property developer in Norfolk. Fiona Drye was a Head of English who gained a 'Teacher Trailblazer' award from the Poetry Society for her work in helping children to write poetry. Bede Bruce-Lockhart played rugby union for Scotland B and works in the City. Their sister Kirsty was killed in a car accident in childhood. [16]

A granddaughter, Chelsea Bruce Lockhart, is a data journalist at the Financial Times. One grandson, Nicolas, works in property management. Grandsons Alastair and Dacre Drye are property developers in Lisbon and Brazil respectively.

Lockhart died in September 2020 at the age of 98 [17] and was buried at St Andrew’s parish church, Holt, Norfolk. [18]


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Simon C. Bruce-Lockhart, is a Scottish-Canadian schoolmaster who taught at several schools in Canada between 1972 and 2015.


  1. 1 2 Jamie Bruce Lockhart & Alan Macfarlane, Dragon Days (2013) (full text online at cam.ac.uk), p. 11
  2. Dr Paddy Bruce-Lockhart in The Scotsman dated 25 August 2009 at scotsman.com/news/obituaries, accessed 21 April 2018
  3. Robin Bruce Lockhart, Ace of Spies (Hodder and Stoughton, 1967), re-issued as Reilly: Ace of Spies; Half-way to Heaven (Thames Methuen, 1985); Reilly: The First Man (1987); Listening to Silence (Darton, 1997)
  4. Logie Bruce Lockhart, Now and Then, This and That (Larks Press, 2013), p. 27
  5. 1 2 3 4 S. G. G. Benson and Martin Crossley Evans, I Will Plant Me a Tree: an Illustrated History of Gresham's School (James & James, London, 2002) ISBN   0-907383-92-0
  6. 1 2 Peter Linehan, St John's College, Cambridge: A History (Boydell Press, 2011), pp. 553–555
  7. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 “Bruce Lockhart, Logie”, in Who's Who 2006 (A & C Black, London, 2006) ISBN   978-0-7136-7164-3
  8. Logie Bruce Lockhart Archived 6 November 2005 at the Wayback Machine at scrum.com
  9. 1 2 1949 XV REUNION Archived 6 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine at Oldtonbridgians.org
  10. Logie Bruce Lockhart, “Why Oxbridge must look to its students” in The Times (London), 4 October 1977, p. 18
  11. 'Gresham's School' in The Times (London), 28 July 1981, p. 18
  12. The Pleasures of Fishing at amazon.com
  13. Stuff and Nonsense at booksatlarkspress.co.uk
  14. Charles Mosley, ed., Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage, 107th edition, (Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd, 2003), volume 1, page 556
  15. Josephine Bruce-Lockhart in the England and Wales, Death Index, 1989-2019, ancestry.co.uk, accessed 21 March 2021 (subscription required)
  16. “LOCKHART Kirsten A / AGNEW", Births for Tonbridge RD, vol. 5b (1953), p. 1,221; "LOCKHART Kirsty A B, aged 7" in Death for Norwich Outer RD, vol. 4b (1960), p. 579
  17. Anderson, Stuart. "'A great all-rounder': tributes to former headmaster, soldier and rugby international". Eastern Daily Press. Retrieved 10 September 2020.
  18. Logie Bruce Lockhart, findagrave.com, accessed 21 March 2021