Bruce of Abden & Falkland

BRUCE

of Abden, Grangehill

& Falkland

 

Alexander Bruce of Wester Abden, is styled brother to Andrew Bruce of Earlshall when both witnessed a charter by David Kinnear of that Ilk granting a liferent of his lands to his wife, Jean, daughter of Mr. Thomas Douglas of Staneypath, dated 22 September 1622.[1] He m. by 16 May 1631, to Janet, daughter and heir of John Kirkcaldy of Abden, when he was included with her and her parents, John Kirkcaldy of Abden and Janet Cunningham, in a charter for the lands of Cullello,[2] and d. on 15 August 1645. He was father of :

  1. John Bruce of Wester Abden, succeeded his father and became one of the bailies of Kinghorn. He m. Christian Brown and d. in November of 1690. He had issue,

1a} Margaret Bruce, bap. at Kinghorn, on 7 February 1658 and m. Captain George Boswell, third son of David Boswell of Balmutto, who, jure uxoris, succeeded to the lands of Wester Abden. They had issue.

1a} Jean Bruce, bap. at Kinghorn, on 11 December 1659.

1a} Christian Bruce, bap. at Kinghorn, on 2 August 1661.

1a} Janet Bruce, bap. at Kinghorn, on 15 May 1664.

1a} Agnes Bruce, bap. at Kinghorn, on 4 August 1667.

1a} Catherine Bruce, bap. at Kinghorn, on 4 October 1668.

  1. Robert Bruce, (see below).
  2. William Bruce, b. on 19 October 1640.
  3. Alexander Bruce, b. on 3 October 1642.
  4. Andrew Bruce, was apprenticed to Thomas Thomson, Merchant in Edinburgh on 23 May 1649[3] and became a successful Merchant in that city. He m. firstly, Agnes, daughter of Rev. George Calendar, Minister of Clenarnie, Co. Antrim, (c/m 2 February 1655.[4] She was buried at Greyfriars, Edinburgh, on 9 January, 1670[5]), and had issue ; and secondly, to Agnes, daughter of William Scott of Mangerston, (c/m 25 May 1670.[6] She survived him and m. secondly on 12 August 1705, to Sir John Foulis, 3rd of Ravelston, who was then widow of (1) Margaret, daughter of Sir Archibald Primrose of Carrington (2) Anna, daughter of Walter Dundas of that Ilk, and also of (3) Mary, daughter of John Murray of Polmaise). He was father of,

5a} Alexander Bruce, bap. at Edinburgh, on 3 October 1658.

5a} James Bruce, bap. at Edinburgh, on 7 March, 1661 and was buried in the Greyfriars, Edinburgh, on 10 August 1676.[7]

5a} Andrew Bruce, bap. at Edinburgh, on 2 January 1682.

5a} Jean Bruce, bap. at Edinburgh, on 20 July 1656 and dsp.

5a} Margaret Bruce, bap. at Edinburgh, on 7 December 1662 and dsp.

5a} Helen Bruce, bap. at Edinburgh, on 11 June 1664 and was buried in the Greyfriars, Edinburgh, on 12 November 1668.[8]

5a} Anna Bruce, m. John Hamilton, 3rd Lord Belhaven, (c/m 5 February 1697. He d. on 17 November 1721), and was served heir general to her father on 8 August 1704.[9] She d. on 17 August 1707 and had issue.

  1. Jean Bruce, bap. at Kinghorn, on 8 April 1644.

Robert Bruce, b. on 1 December 1639 and was apprenticed to John Boyd, Merchant in Edinburgh, on 24 August 1653.[10] He became a Merchant and Bailie in Kinghorn and is styled brother to the deceased John Bruce, Bailie of Kinghorn, when acounting for the crops belonging to Sir William Bruce of Kinross in the 1690s.[11] He m. Elizabeth, daughter of James Wemyss, in St. Andrews, and d. in 1702 having had issue;

  1. Robert Bruce, of Grangemuir, (see below).
  2. Elizabeth Bruce, bap. at Kinghorn, on 3 December 1665.
  3. Jean Bruce, bap. at Kinghorn, on 20 June 1669.
  4. Margaret Bruce, bap. at Kinghorn, on 20 October 1670 and d. young.
  5. Agnes Bruce, bap. at Kinghorn, on 2 June 1672.
  6. Margaret Bruce, bap. at Kinghorn, on 18 March 1677.
  7. Judith Bruce, bap. at Kinghorn, on 26 September 1682 and m. on 24 August 1711, to James Alexander,[12] (c/m 24 August 1711[13]).

Robert Bruce of Grangemuir, b. on 27 September 1679 and acquired the lands of Grangemuir. He was served heir general to his father on 3 July 1732[14] and is styled the only son in a Disposition by himself to James Morrison dated 18 May 1753. He m. on 6 August 1702, Margaret, daughter of Mr. George Schaw, Minister of Logie,[15] d. in April of 1762[16] and was father of :

  1. Robert Bruce of Grangemuir, (see below).
  2. Andrew Bruce, b. on 1 January 1705 and d. in infancy.
  3. George Bruce, b. on 25 September 1708.
  4. Andrew Bruce, b. on 4 January 1710 and became Captain of the ship Besty. He m. at Forres, on 18 July 1740, to Jean, daughter of Rev. John Squire,[17] and d. in 1761. He was father of,

4a} John Bruce of Grangehill and Falkland, bap. at Forres, on 8 November 1744 and was served heir general to his father on 10 October 1764.[18] He became an academic of some note and was appointed Professor of Logic at Edinburgh University. He also held several state appointments including that of Keeper and Registrar of State Papers, by commission dated 15 November 1792. He extended his estates by purchasing the lands of Myres and Falkland, and on the latter he commissioned extensive restoration work on the old royal palace there with the view to preserving it for future generations. He dsp at Nuthill, on Sunday 16th April 1826, in his 82nd year.[19]

4a} Robert Bruce, bap. at Forres, on 19 August 1751 and entered the army, serving with the rank of Colonel in the 3rd Bengal Artillery. He d. at Cawnpore, East Indies, on 4 November 1796,[20] and his brother, John, had service as heir general to him on 18 October following.[21] He was father of,

4b} Margaret Stuart Bruce of Grangehill and Falkland, was a natural daughter and on 18 January 1820, she had a grant under the Privy Seal giving her authority to dispone her paternal estate.[22] She succeeded her uncle John in his estates on his death in 1826, and was served heir to him on 5 June of that year.[23] She m. at St. John’s Chapel, Edinburgh, on 13 March 1828, to Onesiphorus Tyndall, second son of Thomas Tyndall, of the Fort, Bristol, (he d. at Falkland, on Monday 19 March 1855[24]), who assumed the surname and arms of Bruce, and d. at Falkland House, on Sunday 7 November 1869.[25]

4a} Margaret Bruce, bap. at Forres, on 6 May 1741 and d. unmarried, in 1813. She made out her Will in that year by which she bequeathed all of her belongings to her niece, Margaret Stuart Bruce, and in which she is styled daughter of Andrew Bruce.[26]

  1. James Bruce, bap. at Kinghorn, on 12 August 1713 and d. in infancy.
  2. James Bruce, b. on 21 November 1714 and was appointed Minister of Dunbog, a charge he maintained for 47 years until his death. He m. on 29 August 1758, Elizabeth Inglis, (she d. on 7 November 1769), and d. on 5 July 1795.[27]
  3. Alexander Bruce, b. on 8 January 1718.
  4. John Bruce, b. on 4 February 1719.
  5. Jean Bruce, bap. at Kinghorn, on 16 July 1706.
  6. Agnes Bruce, b. on 7 July 1707 and m. at Kinghorn, on 29 December 1730, Robert Hamilton, Mariner in Kinghorn.[28] THey had issue.
  7. Elizabeth Bruce, bap. at Kinghorn, on 9 February 1711 and was executor to her father in 1762.
  8. Margaret Bruce, bap. at Kinghorn, on 18 July 1712.

Robert Bruce of Grangemuir, b. on 9 May 1703 and succeeded his father in 1762. He had issue.

 

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[1] RMS 1608-1620. No. 2221.

[2] RMS 1608-1620. No. 2095.

[3] SRS. Register of Edinburgh Apprentices.

[4] GD6/136.

[5] Greyfriars Burial Register.

[6] GD6/137.

[7] Greyfriars Burial Register.

[8] Greyfriars Burial Register.

[9] Services of Heirs.

[10] SRS. Register of Edinburgh Apprentices.

[11] GD29/330.

[12] OPR - Kinghorn

[13] B9/7/2.

[14] Services of Heirs.

[15] OPR - Kinghorn

[16] St. Andrews Tests

[17] OPR – Forres.

[18] Services of Heirs.

[19] Caledonian Mercury. 27th April 1826, edition.

[20] GD152/112. See also Scots Magazine. 1st June 1797, edition.

[21] Services of Heirs.

[22] GD152/148

[23] Services of Heirs.

[24] Fife Herald. 22nd March 1855, edition.

[25] Statutory record. See also, Edinburgh Evening Courant. 11th November 1869, edition.

[26] GD152/215/6

[27] Caledonian Mercury, 16th July 1795, edition.

[28] OPR – Kinghorn.