From the Book of Eminent Burgesses of Dundee 1513 to 1885.

David Bruce of Kennet, - 3rd January 1671.

 

AT DUNDEE, QUHILK DAY SIR HENRY BRUCE OF CLACKMANNAN AND DAVID BRUCE OF KENNET WERE ADMITTED BURGESSES OF THE SAID BURGH, GRATIS.

Sir. HENRY BRUCE of Clackmannan was the son of ROBERT BRUCE of Clackmanan, and of MARGARET, daughter of SIR JAMES HALIBURTON of Pitcur. He was knighted by CHARLES II, and obtained a charter under the Great Seal, dated 26th March, 1669, of the lands and barony of Clackmannan. By his first wife, MARY, daughter of SIR ALEXANDER SCHAW of Sauchie, he had three sons who were successively lairds of Clackmannan. No account of his second marriage is given by DOUGLAS, but the following passage in LAMONT'S Diary not only proves that it took place, but also shows an additional link betwixt SIR HENRY BRUCE and the Burgh of Dundee:

"1670, Oct. 13 Old Clackmannan Bruce maried the deceasset Earl of Dundie his Lady, Dalhowsie's dawghter, surnamed Ramsay, to his second lady; the mariage feast was att Ender Kethen, at hir dwelling howse ther."

SIR HENRY was Sheriff of Clackmannanshire, and represented that county in the Parliaments of 1661 3, 1667, and 1669 74. His name appears thus in the Dundee Register of Baptisms:

"1671, Sep. 13th. Hendrie, son of Francis Guthrie, Bapt Witnesses: Hendrie, Bischop of Dunkeld, Sir Harie Guthrie of Collestoun, Sir Hendrie Bruce of Clackmannan, Hendrie Scrimseor, Parson of Dundie, Hendrie Crawford of Seatoun, and 0rs"

He died before 1678, and was succeeded by his eldest son, DAVID BRUCE. The male line of SIR HENRY BRUCE is now extinct, his present representative being the EARL OF ELGIN and KINCARDINE.

DAVID BRUCE of Kennet was the eldest son of ROBERT BRUCE of Kennet and of AGNES MURRAY, daughter of the LAIRD OF PERDOWY. He was married to MARJORY, daughter of DAVID YOUNG of Kirkton, county Fife, and left a numerous family. His present representative is ALEXANDER HUGH BRUCE, sixth LORD BALFOUR OF BURLEIGH.