Friday, 15 January 2016

The Bruce Baronets

THE BRUCE BARONETS, OF DOWNHILL, WERE THE LARGEST LANDOWNERS IN COUNTY LONDONDERRY, WITH 20,801 ACRES

This is a branch of the Bruces of Stenhouse, a suburb of Edinburgh, springing from,

SIR ROBERT BRUCE, of Airth, who wedded Janet, daughter of Alexander, 5th Lord Livingstone, and had issue,
John (Sir), male line extinct;
WILLIAM, ancestor of the baronets of Stenhouse; and
THE REV ROBERT BRUCE (1554-1631), a distinguished person in the reign of JAMES VI, who had the honour of crowning that monarch's Queen.

A younger son of that eminent clergyman,

THE REV MICHAEL BRUCE,
This clergyman settled at Killinchy, in County Down, but was driven, with other ministers, thence into Scotland, in 1651, by Colonel Venables, and the parliamentarians, for his fidelity to the King.
In 1668 he was sent prisoner to Westminster, for officiating in private as a minister of the Gospel. He returned to Killinchy, however, in 1669, after undergoing great hardships, and a long imprisonment in England and Scotland.
Mr Bruce died about 1692, leaving a son,

THE REV JAMES BRUCE, minister of Killyleagh, who married Margaret, daughter of  Lieutenant-Colonel James Trail, and was father of

THE REV PATRICK BRUCE, minister of Drumbo, County Down, who removed for a time to Scotland, and afterwards succeeded his father as minister of Killyleagh.

He wedded, in 1718, Margaret, daughter of James Hamilton, of Ladyland, in Galloway, and had several children, of who the eldest son,

JAMES BRUCE, of Killyleagh, born in 1720, married Henrietta, youngest daughter of the Hon and Rev Henry Hervey Aston Bruce DD (fourth son of 1st Earl of Bristol, by Catherine, sister and heiress of Sir Thomas Aston Bt), and had issue, 
THE REV HENRY HERVEY ASTON, his successor;
Stewart, cr baronet, 1812;
Frideswide, m, 1781, to D Mussenden, of Larchfield, Co Down.
Mr Bruce was succeeded by his elder son,

THE REV HENRY HERVEY ASTON BRUCE, of Downhill, County Londonderry, who was created a baronet in 1804.

Sir Henry espoused, in 1786, Letitia, daughter of the Rev Dr Henry Barnard, and had surviving issue,
Frederick Hervey, b 1787, died unmarried;
JAMES ROBERTSON, of whom presently;
Henry William (Sir), KCB, Admiral;
Stewart Crawford.
Sir Henry died in 1822 and was succeeded by his elder son,

SIR JAMES ROBERTSON BRUCE (1788-1836), 2nd Baronet, who married, in 1819, Ellen, youngest daughter of Robert Bamford Hesketh, and had issue,
HENRY HERVEY, of whom presently;
Robert;
Lloyd Stewart;
Louisa Elizabeth Margaret.
Sir James's eldest son,

THE RT HON SIR HENRY HERVEY BRUCE (1820-1909), 3rd Baronet, espoused, in 1842, Marianne Margaret, daughter of Sir Juckes Granville Juckes Clifton Bt, and had issue,
HERVEY JUCKES LLOYD, his heir;
James Andrew Thomas (Sir), KCMG.
Sir Henry was succeeded by his eldest son,

SIR HERVEY JUCKES LLOYD BRUCE JP DL (1843-1919), 4th Baronet, who married, in 1872, Ellen Maud, daughter of Percy Ricardo.
DL, County Londonderry; JP, County Londonderry; Lieutenant-Colonel in the Coldstream Guards; Honorary Colonel in the Londonderry Royal Field Artillery (Reserves); JP, Nottinghamshire; High Sheriff of County Londonderry, 1903.
By his wife he had issue,
HERVEY RONALD, his heir;
Percy Robert, Lieutenant-Colonel;
William;
Henry James.
Sir Hervey was succeeded by his eldest son,

SIR HERVEY RONALD BRUCE JP DL (1872-1924), 5th Baronet, Captain, Irish Guards, who wedded firstly, in 1903, Ruth Isabel, daughter of Haughton Charles Okeover; and secondly, in 1916, Margaret Florence, daughter of the Rev Robert Jackson.

By his second wife he had issue,
HERVEY JOHN WILLIAM, his heir;
Ronald Cecil Juckes;
Beryl Margaret Gwladys.
Sir Hervey was succeeded by his eldest son,

SIR HERVEY JOHN WILLIAM BRUCE (1919-71), 6th Baronet, who wedded, in 1949, Crista Irene Valentine, daughter of Chandos de Paravicini, and had issue,
HERVEY JAMES HUGH, his heir;
Lauretta Chinty.
Sir Hervey died in 1971 as the result of a motor accident, and was succeeded by his son,

SIR HERVEY JAMES HUGH BRUCE-CLIFTON (1952-2010), 7th Baronet, Major, Grenadier Guards, who married firstly, in 1979, Charlotte Sara Jane, daughter of John Temple Gore, by whom he had issue,
HERVEY HAMISH PETER, his heir;
Laura Crista.
He wedded secondly, in 1992, Joanna, daughter of Frank Pope, and had issue, two sons.

In 1997, Sir Hervey added the surname of CLIFTON, by Royal Licence.

He was succeeded by his son,

SIR HERVEY HAMISH PETER BRUCE-CLIFTON (b 1986), 8th Baronet, who succeeded to the title in 2010.

He is believed to live in South Africa.


DOWNHILL HOUSE, near Coleraine, County Londonderry, was built by the Rt Rev Frederick Hervey, 4th Earl of Bristol and Lord Bishop of Derry.


After the Earl-Bishop's death in 1803, the estate passed to his cousin, the Rev Henry Bruce, who had acted as steward of the estate during his lordship's absences.


The Rev Henry Bruce's sister was Frideswide Mussenden, for whom Mussenden Temple was built, and which became a memorial after her death.


A centaur greeted visitors to the episcopal palace.

First published in December, 2010.

2 comments :

Anonymous said...

It is sad that the name Frideswide has fallen out of favour. If I had a daughter, that is what I would call her.

Doug Sumner said...

I only just heard over 48hrs ago of the passing of the Maj Sir Hervey Bruce, BT, GGG...he was my Company Commander at the Guards Depot in the early 80's....a great Officer. I even "bumped" into him at Horse Guards prior to leaving to NZ, and he remembered me as "that chap from Malaysia!". He even had a drink with me, even though he was on duty at the time.....he will be missed...a great Officer in my book.
Please do pass on my condolences to his family.

Doug Sumner