'Bruce10'Index links to: Lead / Letter
Families covered: Bruce of Auchenbowie, Bruce of Earlshall, Bruce of Pitlethie
Most of the upper section of this page was previously within the old version of Bruce02. It was redone in June 2007 as part of a review of various Bruce families. See here for more details.

Sir Alexander Bruce, 1st of Earlshall (d 1504)
Whilst Sir Alexander's ancestry as we show it is given by some sources as if it was certain, we have seen different claims for that ancestry. For example, both Douglas and 'Fife (P&H)' identify his father as Sir William Bruce of Escariot who lived in France for some years. GMcG identifies his wife as Janet, dau of John Stewart of Craigiehall, but both Douglas and 'Fife' identify her as ...
m. Janet Stewart (dau of Sir David Stewart of Rosyth)
1. Sir William Bruce, 2nd of Earlshall (b 1486, d 28.01.1584)
  m. Margaret Meldrum (dau of Alexander Meldrum of Seggie)
  A. Peter Bruce (dvp by 02.1579)
  Some (including Douglas) suggest that Peter's wife was Elizabeth but she is normally called ...
m. (by 11.02.1537) Agnes Scrymgeour (dau of James Scrymgeour of Dudhope, Constable of Dundee)
  i. Alexander Bruce, 3rd of Earlshall (d by 1588)
  m1. Euphame Leslie (d 04.03.1588, dau of John Leslie of Parkhill)
  a. Sir William Bruce, 4th of Earlshall (d 1636)
  m1. (mcrt 22.05.1594) Elizabeth Wood (dau of Sir Andrew Wood of Largo)
  (1) Sir Andrew Bruce, 5th of Earlshall
  m. (mcrt 1622) Helen Gray (dau of Patrick Gray, 6th Lord)
  (A) Andrew Bruce, 6th of Earlshall (b c1630, d 08.1695)
m1. (30.01.1655) Helen Read (dau of James Read of Pitlaithe, relict of Sir Charles Arnot) @@ below
  (i) Andrew Bruce, 7th of Earlshall (dsp before 02.1704)
  (ii) Robert Bruce, 8th of Earlshall (b 1667, d 02.1708)
  m. (02.1701) Margaret Hamilton of Monkland (widow of Mungo Lockhart of Harwood)
  Because of one or both of the marriages of his daughters, Earlshall passed to a Henderson of Fordell.
(a) Helen Bruce of Earlshall (dsps 1775)
  m1. (02.04.1722) David Baillie (d 04.1724, son of James by Anne, dau of George Livingston of Saltcoats)
  m2. James Henderson (son of Sir William of Fordell)
  m3. Walter Wemys of Lathocker
  (b) Elizabeth Bruce (d unm 1752)
  (c) Margaret Bruce (dsp)
  m. William Henderson (dsp, captain, son of Sir William, 2nd Bart of Fordell, he m2. Margaret, dau of Thomas Graham of Greigston)
  (iii) Margaret Bruce (d 16.12.1719) presumed of this marriage
  m. Samuel Nairne (d 28.12.1720, minister)
  (iv)+ other issue - William (bpt 07.01.1669), Anne, Helen, Elizabeth presumed of this marriage
  m2. Anna Bruce (dau of Rev. Robert Bruce of Ballingry, cousin)
  (viii) Alexander Bruce (bpt 11.10.1673, dsps 08.1729)
  m. (24.04.1698) Janet Home (dau of William Home of Edinburgh)
(ix) David Bruce
  (B) Alexander Bruce (d after 1654 in Ireland, 3rd son)
  m. Margaret or Mary Brooks (dau of Capt. _ Brooks)
  (i) Saul Bruce, Provost of Bandon
  m. Mary Ryce of Bandon
(a) Jonathan Bruce (Dean of Kilfenora, 2nd son)
  m. Mary Pryhetrick (dau of Lewis Pryhetrick)
  ((1)) George Bruce in Cork had issue
  m. (1753) Mary Evans (d 02.1799, niece of Lord Carbery)
  ((2))+ other issue - Lewis (vicar of Rainham), Saul, Charles, David (dsp)
  (b)+ other issue - Saul (d unm), Charles, David
  (C) Elizabeth Bruce shown by some sources as a generation earlier
  m. (c1654) William Bruce, 2nd of Pitairthie
  (D) Helen Bruce --
  m. (c1650) John Meldrum --
  (E)+ other issue - George (bpt 22.02.1640), Jean (bpt 08.03.1639)
  (2) Alexander Bruce of Wester Abden had issue
(3) John Bruce of Straburne (dsp)
  m. (20.12.1644) Euphemia Aytoun (dau of John Aytoun of Kinnaldie)
  (4) Robert Bruce (d 12.1668, minister of Ballingry) had issue
  m. (09.06.1642) Anna Seaton (dau of Michael Seaton of Burntisland, widow of Patrick Bonar)
  m2. (21.06.1614, sp) Agnes Lindsay (b c1567, d 1635)
  b. Janet Bruce
  m. (mcrt 07.05.1602) David Ramsay of Brackmonth
  m2. Janet Elphinstone (b 10.03.1535, dau of Alexander, Lord Elphinstone, widow of Robert Leslie, 1st of Findressie)
ii. Agnes Bruce
  m. David Narne of Sandfurd (a 1625)
  B. Robert Bruce of Pitlethie (d c1603)
  m. Janet Dundas (dau of Archibald Dundas, 4th of Fingask)
  i. Robert Bruce, 2nd of Pitlethie (d by 20.03.1623)
  m. Helen Sharp (dau of Sir William Sharp of Ballindosch)
  a. Margaret Bruce
  m. James Reid of Pitlethie
  (1) Helen Reid (d 04.1671)
  m1. Charles Arnot, younger of Arnot (dvp before 1652, Colonel)
  m2. (30.06.1655) Andrew Bruce, 6th of Earlshall (b c1630, d c1700) @@ above
b. Janet Bruce
  m. Sir Thomas Gourlay, 13th of Kincraig (d after 1669)
  BLG1886 (Murray-Gourlay of Kincraig) identifies Sir Thomas's wife Janet Bruce as a daughter of Sir Andrew Bruce of Earlshall.
  c. Helen Bruce
  ii. William Bruce
  iii. Euphame Bruce
  m. (by 08.06.1607) George Ker, fiar of Cavers
iv. Anna Bruce
  m. (mcrt 03.03.1581) David Nairn of Sandford (widow of Agnes, dau of Peter Bruce of Earlshall)
  v. Elizabeth Bruce
  m. (by 11.07.1600) PatrickBruce of Fingask (d by 05.08.1633)
  C. Helen Bruce
  m. (before 12.09.1540) Alexander Maxwell, younger of Tealing (son of Hugh of Tealing)
D. Janet Bruce
  m. Robert Arnot of that ilk
  E. Margaret Bruce
  m. Alexander Forsyth of Nydie
  F. Agnes Bruce (d 1590)
  m. James (or John) Scrymgeour of Kirkton (d 1580)
2. Margaret Bruce
  m. Patrick Kinninmonth of Callinch
3. Ellen (Helen) Bruce
  m. (by 28.05.1529) William Ramsay of Blackmont (Brackmonth) (d Pinkie 09.1547)
4. Agnes Bruce (b c1504) --
  m. (c1525) John Traill of Blebo (b 1502, d 04.06.1580) --
5. Janet Bruce --
  m. (by 03.09.1530) Andrew Balfour, 2nd of Munquhanny (d by 1592) --



Robert Bruce, 1st of Auchenbowie, Provost of Stirling (d before 25.02.1515)
m. Margaret Sandilands (dau of Sir James Sandilands of Calder, she m2. Laurence Oliphant, 3rd Lord)
1. John Bruce, 2nd of Auchenbowie
A. Robert Bruce, 3rd of Auchenbowie (d before 10.1575)
  m. Margaret Graham
  i. John Bruce, 4th of Auchenbowie
  m. Catherine Knox (dau of _ Knox of Ranfurdie)
a. Alexander Bruce, 5th of Auchenbowie
  m. (mcrt 01.10.1606) Isabel Boyle (dau of John Boyle of Kelburn)
  (1) Robert Bruce, 6th of Auchenbowie (d 08.1668)
  (A) Robert Bruce, 7th of Auchenbowie (d 04.1689)
  m. (1660) Margaret Crawford (dau of Captain James Crawford)
  (i) Janet Bruce of Auchenbowie (dsp 10.1708)
  m. William Bruce (Captain, son of William of Newton)
  (ii) Margaret Bruce of Auchenbowie
  m. (06.1693) George Munro
(iii)+ other issue - Robert (bpt 14.07.1668, dsp), James (bpt 30.10.1673, dsp), Alexander (bpt 28.12.1676, dsp), Andrew (bpt 30.07.1678, dsp), Catherine (bpt 05.10.1665), Agnes (bpt 24.01.1672), Jean (bpt 21.08.1680)
  (B) William Bruce had issue
  b. William Bruce
  ii. Alexander Bruce, 1st of Halls of Airth had issue
  iii. Robert Bruce of Greenside (d 22.01.1598) had issue
  m. Libra Abercromby (dau of John Abercromby of Throsk)
  B. Marjory Bruce
  m. Alexander Drummond, 4th of Carnock

Main source(s):
(1) For upper section : 'Fife (P&H, vol 1, p349+)', 'The Bruces of Airth and their Cadets' by Major William Bruce Armstrong (printed for private circulation in Edinburgh, 1892), Douglas's 'Baronage of Scotland' (1798, Bruce of Earlshall), RedBookScot (Fife, Bruce of Earlshall) by GMcG
(2) For lower section : RedBookScot (Perthshire, Bruce of Auchenbowie)
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