'Bruce11'Index links to: Lead / Letter
Families covered: Bruce of Braewick, Bruce of Burravoe, Bruce of Pittarthie, Bruce of Sumburgh, Bruce of Symbister

William Bruce, 1st of Symbister & Sumburgh, Shetland (d 1624)
m1. Marjorie or Margaret Stewart (dau of John Stewart, Prior of Coldingham, widow of William Sinclair (son of Olave of Brue))
1. Robert Bruce of Sumburgh & Symbister (d 03.1636)
m1. Margaret Cheyne (dau of Patrick Cheyne of Esslemont)
  m2. (18.07.1625) Marjory Bruce (dau of Andrew Bruce of Moness)
  Uncertain which wife was mother of which of the children, though Margaret Cheyne was probably mother of ...
  A. William Bruce of Sumburgh (d 1675)
  m1. (1646) Elizabeth Sinclair (dsp, dau of James Sinclair of Scalloway)
  m2. (1656) Margaret Sinclair (dau of John Sinclair of Quendale)
  i. Robert Bruce of Sumburgh (d 1687)
  m. (1679) Barbara Stewart (dau of Laurence Stewart of Bigtoun)
  a. Robert Bruce (dvp)
b. William Bruce of Sumburgh (dsp 1690)
  c. Laurence Bruce of Sumburgh (d 1737)
  m1. (1714) Elizabeth Crichton (dau of George Crichton)
  (1) Robert Bruce of Sumburgh (d 1764)
m. (1733) Alicia Dalmahoy (dau of Sir John Dalmahoy of that ilk, Bart)
  (A) John Bruce of Sumburgh (bpt 30.11.1735, d 17.10.1788, 2nd son)
  m. (22.12.1765) Helen Hunter (dau of Robert Hunter of Lunna)
  (i) John Bruce of Sumburgh (b 15.12.1767, d 04.05.1831, Commander RN)
  m. (07.06.1795) Elizabeth Hunter (dau of Robert Hunter of Lunna)
  (a) John Bruce of Sumburgh (b 17.02.1798, d 21.01.1885, Convener of Shetland) had issue
  m. (13.06.1832) Mary Nelson (b 321.12.1805, d 24.01.1891, dau of John William Nelson)
  (b)+ other issue - Robert (b 12.05.1801, d 23.01.1808), Elizabeth (b 21.04.1796, d 19.04.1877), Helen (b 23.04.1799, d 1811)
  (ii) Helen Bruce (b 24.10.1766, d 09.07.1839)
  m. (06.04.1788) Alexander Fraser (Admiral)
  (a)+ issue - Alexander (b 08.12.1788, Colonel), John, Thomas (Admiral RN), Helen, Mary
  (iii) Ursilla Katherine Bruce (b 26.04.1770)
m. (18.12.1794) Robert Bruce of Symbister @1@ below
  (iv) Elizabeth Bruce (b 232.11.1771)
  m. (21.08.1794) John Menzies (b 1753-4, d 17.05.1827, minister of Bressay then Lerwick)
  (v)+ other issue - Robert (b 08.06.1769, d c06.1769), Robert (b 07.09.1779, dsp), Alicia (b 20.05.1774), Grizel (b 25.11.1777, d unm 1811)
  (B)+ other issue (d young) - Laurence (bpt 05.11.1734), 2 daughters (twins)
  m2. Anne Catanach (dau of John Catanach, widow of John Bruce)
  d. Grizel Bruce
  m1. (1699) John Bruce of Muness (d 1703)
  m2. (17.06.1707) Thomas Hunter of Lunna
m3. (1720) Simon Fraser (son of _ of Broadland)
  e. Catherine Bruce
  m1. Charles Sinclair of Scalloway (d 1710)
  m2. James Ross (Captain, son of the Bishop of Edinburgh)
  f. Janet Bruce
  m. John Neven of Luning
  ii. Dorothea Bruce
  m. John Ross of Lund
  iii. Margaret Bruce
m. Gilbert Bruce of Muness
  iv. Barbara Bruce
  m. James Kay (d 15.09.1716, minister of \Dunrossness)
  v.+ other issue - Laurence, Andrew
  B. Laurence Bruce of Symbister (d 1689)
  m. (1643) Margaret Stewart (dau of John Stewart of Bigtoun)
i. John Bruce of Symbister (b 1645, d 09.02.1724)
  m. (28.05.1688) Grizel Stewart (dau of Laurence Stewart of Bigtoun)
  a. Robert Bruce of Symbister (b 1690, d 14.07.1742)
  m. (1720) Margaret Bruce (dau of Robert Bruce of Chalester) @2@ below
  (1) John Bruce of Symbister, later Stewart of Bigtoun (b 1722, d 09.11.1796?)
  m1. (08.06.1744) Clementina Stewart (d 1748, dau/heir of John Laurence Stewart of Bigtoun)
  (A)+ issue - John Laurence (d young), Margaret (bpt 29.05.1745)
m2. (20.10.1750) Christina Gifford (dau of Thomas Gifford of Busta)
  (C) Elizabeth Stewart (b 1751-2, d 14.02.1791)
  m. (28.01.1771) Sir John Mitchell, 3rd Bart of Westshore
  (2) William Bruce of Burravoe & Symbister (b 1726, d 15.09.1801)
  m. (1762) Grizel Hunter (dau of Robert Hunter of Lunna)
  (A) John Bruce (dsp)
(B) Robert Bruce of Symbister (b 13.05.1766, d 27.02.1844)
  m1. (18.12.1794) Ursilla Catherine Bruce (dau of John Bruce of Sumburgh) @1@ above
  (i) William Arthur Bruce of Symbister (b 05.01.1799, d 15.03.1865, 2nd son) had issue
  m. (25.10.1825) Agnes Macrae (dau of William Gordon Macrae of Westbrook)
  (ii) Robert Bruce of Burravoe (b 11.10.1804) had issue
  The following comes from 'Bruce of Burravoe' (p44) of the 'County Families of Zetland' (identified below).
  m1. (18.03.1825) Mary Young (dau of Rev. David Young of Foiulden)
  m2. (16.07.1847) Janet Williamson (dau of John Williamson)
  (iii) Helen Joanna Bruce (b 1804, d 06.05.1881)
  m1. (11.08.1824) Robert Hunter of Lunna (b 1768, d 09.1833)
  m2. (1845) Thomas Richmond of Craigielea
  (iv)+ other issue - John (dsp), Laurence (dsp), Margaret
  m2. (15.11.1813) Helen Wallace (dau of Robert Wallace)
  (C) Ursilla Margaret Bruce
  m. (1797) Robet Jack
  (3) Grizel Bruce (d 1767)
m. (16.01.1755) John Barclay (minister of Delting)
  (A) Patrick Barlcay (bpt 16.01.1757, d 12.061844, minister of Sandsting)
  m. (26.04.1783) Isabel Barclay (dau of James Barclay in Knockleith, cousin)
  (i) Elizabeth Bruce Barclay (b c1791, d 1885)
  m. Theodore Gordon (Dr)
  (ii) Isabella Barclay
  m. (08.10.1807) John Duncan (minister of Dunrossness)
  (B)+ other issue - Sir Robert (bpt 27.02.1759, d 1827, Lt. Colonel), John in London (MD), Margaret (bpt 06.07.1756)
  (4) Margaret Bruce (d 10.10.1812)
  m. (1765) William Jack (b c729, d 28.11.1808, minister of Northmaven)
(5)+ other issue - Laurence, Robert, Ursilla, Helen
  b. Margaret Bruce
  m. (1718) Charles Neven of Windhouse
  c.+ other issue - Laurence (d young), Jhn (dsp)
  ii. Robert Bruce of Chalester (d 29.09.1744)
  m. (1696) Grizel Nicolson (dau of Rev. James Nicolson of Tingwall)
  a. Anna Bruce
  m. (1718) Thomas Mouat of Garth
  b. Margaret Bruce
  m. (1720) Robert Bruce of Symbister @2@ above
  c. Helen Bruce (d 01.07.1761)
  m. (1720?) John Hay (d 02.02.1734, minister of Unst)
  d. Grizel Bruce
m. William Leask of Lee
  e. Ursilla Bruce
  m. (1731) Robert Hunter of Lunna
  f. Elizabeth Bruce
  m. Laurence Smith of Marrester
  (1) James Smith of Marrester
  m. Jant Hay (dau of William Hay)
  (A) Laurence Smith of Marrester (b c1775, d 07.10.1802)
(b)+ 15 other children
  iii. Catherine Bruce shown as daughter rather than sister of Robert but must be of this generation
  m. (1692) Arthur Sinclair of Scalloway
  iv.+ other issue - William, Laurence, Grizel shown as cildren rather than siblings of Robert but possibly of this generation
  C. Andrew Bruce of Braewick (d 1674)
  m. Helen Stewart (dau of William Stewart of Mains)
  i. Andrew Bruce of Braewick (a 1704)
  m. Margaret Sinclair (dau of James Sinclair of Hoversta)
  a. Laurence Bruce of Braewick
  m. (mcrt 04.04.1722) Anne Margareta Nicolson (dau of Arthur Nicolson of Lochend)
  (1) Arthur Bruce of Braewick (d 06.04.1760)
  (2) Robert Bruce of Braewick (a 03.1768, youngest son)
  (3) Margaret Bruce
  m. (05.01.1759) Samuel Scollay of Lerwick, later of Braewick (d 18.10.1770)
  (A) Robert Scollay of Garth (b 03.05.1763, d 07.05.1817)
  m1. (10.01.1786) Ann Innes
  (i) Barbara Scollay (b 20.05.1789, d 17.10.1856)
  m. William Jameson (d 05.1848)
  (ii)+ other issue - John (b 07.07.1790), James (b 09.08.1791), Elizabeth (b 12.05.1788, d infant), Grizel (b 27.08.1792, d infant),Ann (b 17.05.1794)
  m2. (19.09.1801) Ann Bolt (dau of James Bolt of Cruister)
  (B) Anne Margaret Scollay (bpt 26.12.1762)
  m. (26.09.1784) Patrick Innes of Lerwick (surgeon)
  (4)+ other issue - Henry (bpt 11.1733), James (bpt 26.05.1739), Laurence (bpt 13.06.1739), Janet (bpt 29.04.1736)
ii. Dorothea Bruce
  m. Simon Forbes of Tow
  iii.+ other issue - Laurence, Robert, John, James
  D.+ other issue - Patrick, James, Mary
m2. (mcrt 14.02.1595) Isabella Spence (dau of Sir James Spence of Wormiston)
2. Andrew Bruce
  Andrew is identified as ancestor of the Bruce of Pittarthie. The following comes partly from 'Fife P&H' (vol 1, Dunino Parish, p335) and partly from various web sites. We presume that this Andrew was father of ...
  A. William (or Andrew) Bruce of Pittarthie, Fife
  m. (c1654) Elizabeth Bruce (dau of ?? Bruce of Earlshall)
  i. (Sir) William Bruce of Pittarthie (d before 18.04.1700)
  ii. Alexander Bruce, last of Pittarthie (Captain)
  iii. Andrew Bruce (d before 10.03.1681/2, minister of Balmerino)
  m. (25.12.1674) Mary Leslie (dau of Sir John Leslie of Birkhill, m2. Laurence Aytoun of Drumcarrow)
  a.+ issue - Andrew, Helen, Jean

Main source(s): 'The County Families of the Zetland Islands' by Francis Grant, 1893 ('Bruce of Sumburgh' (p29+) & 'Bruce of Braewick' (p37+) & 'Bruce of Symbister' (p39+)) with some support from BLG1952 ('Bruce of Sumburgh') and with a little input as reported above
[Part of this page was originally included within Bruce04. It was moved here to facilitate expansion.]
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