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The Bruce Family

The surname Bruce originates as "de Brix" from Normandy, from the Chateau d'Adam at Brix situated between Cherbourg and Valognes.  The de Brix family came to England with William the Conqueror, and  soon after made its way to Scotland.
 
This particular branch of the family has been traced to the parish of Kinclaven in Perthshire, Scotland. The only members of the family known so far are:
Andrew Bruice (17?? - 17??)
Jannet Bruce  (6/6/1758 approx - ????) md Peter Henderson
Isabel Bruice (10/7/1761)
William Bruice (10/10/1765)
 
ASSOCIATED NAMES:
 
Elder, Henderson, Millar
 

NB: Family history charts can be accessed at http://www.tribalpages.com/tribes/chrispaton

Andrew Bruice
17??-17??

Andrew BRUCE was Calum's, Jamie's and Pippa's seven times great grandfather.

Little is known of Andrew except that he was a farmer in Airntully in the parish of Kinclaven, Perthshire. It is believed that he married twice, first to Isobel ELDER, with whom he had at least two children, and then to Elspet MILLAR, with whom he had at least one more. Isobel's marriage is not recorded, though it is believed this may be due to the family worshipping with the Secession church in Kinclaven at that point, though the marriage to Elspet is found in the OPR for Kinclaven:

Bruice & Millar

Andrew Bruice & Elspet Millar both in this Parish were three times regularly proclaimed in order to marriage Sept 21st 1764.


The following are his issue...

CHILDREN of ANDREW BRUICE and Isobel ELDER:

Janet BRUCE
b: 6 JUN 1758  d: ????

Janet was Calum's, Jamie's and Pippa's six times great grandmother - see below
 
 
 
Isabel BRUCE
b: 10 JUL 1761  d: ????

Isabel was born on July 10th 1761 at Airntully:
Bruice

Isabel Dr. to Andrew Bruice & Isabel Elder in Airntully was born the 10th & Baptized the 13th of July - 1761


CHILDEN of ANDREW BRUICE and ELSPET MILLAR:

William Bruice
b: 10 OCT 1765 d: ????

William was born in 1765 in Airntully:

Bruice

Wil son to Andrew Bruice and Elspet Millar in Airntully was born October 10th and Baptized 12th 1765
 

Jannet Bruce
1762 (approx) - after 1841
 
Janet was Calum's, Jamie's and Pippa's six times great grandmother.
 
Little is known of Janet at present. According to the IGI, Jannet was born in "approximately 1762" in Kinclaven, Perthshire - this is the right Jannet, as she is listed as the wife of Peter Henderson. There is actually only one entry in the OPRs for the Kinclaven area at this time, which is Jannet Bruice, born on June 6th 1758, and daughter to Andrew Bruice and Isbel Elder. The following is the wording:

Bruice

Jannet Da to Andrew Bruice & Isbel Elder was born June 6th 1758


The complication here is that Kinclaven was one of the first four parishes to split from the Church of Scotland when Ebenezer Erskine established the Associate Presbytery a couple of decades earlier. However, one of the interesting things about this record is that it has been recorded retrospectively, as the other baptisms on the page are not in chronological order. There is only one surviving baptisms register for the secession church, containing baptisms from 1747-1755. This commenced in 1747 following a six year vacancy for a minister, until Alexander Blyth was ordained in 1747. Janet's future husband Peter Henderson was recorded in the secession register in November 1755, as one of the last few entries. The births of all of his subsequent siblings were recorded in the Church of Scotland register. This may imply that there was no later register for the secession church after 1755, and help explain the late nature of Janet's birth in the established kirk register - and it should be noted, not a baptism. 

Jannet married Peter Henderson at some stage prior to 1782, in the parish of Kinclaven, Perthshire, where they raised a family together.
 
By 1841, Janet was recorded in the census as living at Airdrum, Kinclaven, where she resided on her own, living on independent means. Also living with her was a Margaret Henderson, aged 20 and described as a farm servant, who may have been her granddaughter (GROS:1841/365/4/3).
 
It is not yet known when Janet died.
 

CHILDREN of JANNET BRUCE and PETER HENDERSON:

Andrew Henderson
b: 26/10/1782
 
Andrew was Calum's, Jamie's and Pippa's five times great grandfather - see Henderson page.
 
 
 
William Henderson
b: 25/1/1784  c: 26/1/1784
 
 
 
Jean Henderson
b: 14/2/1787  c: 7/3/1787
 
 
 
Isabell Henderson
b: 11/5/1789
 
 
 
James Henderson
b: 6/7/1791
 
 
 
Alexander Henderson
b: 1/5/1794
 
 
 
George Henderson
b: 4/1/1800  c: 21/1/1800
 
 
 
Agnes Henderson
c: 1/10/1804
 

Connecting to Calum and Jamie

Jannet Bruce married Peter Henderson prior to 1782

Son, Andrew Henderson, married Janet McEwan in 1809

Daughter, Janet Henderson, married James Rogers in 1836

Daughter, Janet Rodger, married William Hay Paton in 1859

Son, David Hepburn Paton, married Jessie McFarlane in 1889

Son, Charles Paton, married Jane Currie in 1934

Son, Colin Paton, married Charlotte Harper Graham in 1969

Son, Christopher Mark Paton, married Claire Patricia Giles in 2000

Sons, Calum Graham Paton and Jamie Christopher Paton

 

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