James Bruce (Chief Justice)
James Bruce (
1691- 1749) was the Chief Justiceof Barbadosand the son of Alexander Bruceof Gartlet. Through the paternal line James Bruce was a direct descendant of Thomas Bruce 1st Baron of Clackmannan. Sir James Bruce was the ancestor of two black Bruce families in the British Gold Coastand Barbados.
Background and ancestry
Sir James Bruce was born in
1691in Clackmannanto Alexander and Margaret Bruce Earlof Gartlet. Sir James's grandfather, Robert Bruce, was the esquireof Kennet. James Bruce was also an indirect descendant of Robert the Brucethrough his paternal great grandfather, Archibald Bruce Lord Balfour of Burleigh and husband to Margaret Bruce. Margaret Bruce was the only daughter of Robert Bruce of Wester Kennet, and she continued his lineage through Archibald. Sir James was a descendant of De Brus through an illegitimate daughter of Robert II.
Patriarch of Black Bruce families
Trough James Bruce's first son was
Robert Bruce (Merchant Adventurer)and his descendants are the Bruces of Jamestown, Ghana. Sir James Bruce was the ancestor of the BarbadianBruce family through his wife in Barbados, Keturah, who was the daughter of Joseph French. Sir James' son, Joseph Bruce, was also a governor of Barbados.
James Bruce died on
19 September 1749and was buried at All Hallows Stainingin London, England; [http://www.rangeweb.net/~hmscook/ances/ances-p/p3.htm Cook family] ] his wife Keturah, who died in 1775, was also buried at All Hallows.
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