Andrew Bruce, 11th Earl of Elgin
The Right Honourable
The Earl of Elgin
|Born||Andrew Douglas Alexander Thomas Bruce|
17 February 1924
|Title||11th Earl of Elgin|
|Other titles||Lord Bruce (1924–1968)|
|Residence||Broomhall House, nr. Dunfermline, Scotland|
|Offices||Chief of Clan Bruce|
Lord Lieutenant of Fife
Lord High Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland
|Years of service||1943–46, 1951–65, 1976–86|
|Battles/wars||Second World War|
|Awards||Order of the Thistle|
Canadian Forces Decoration
Order of St. Olav
Background and education
The eldest son of Edward Bruce, 10th Earl of Elgin and the Honourable Katherine Elizabeth Cochrane, daughter of the Baron Cochrane of Cults, he was educated at Eton and at Balliol College, Oxford. On 12 September 1943, Bruce was commissioned as Second Lieutenant in the 3rd (Armoured) Bn Scots Guards and was wounded during Operation Bluecoat, the break out from Normandy in August 1944. He was invalided out of the army on 24 October 1946, with the honorary rank of lieutenant. On 4 April 1951, he was appointed an instructor in the Army Cadet Force, with the rank of Lieutenant. In July 1963, by then the County Cadet Commandant for Fife, he was awarded the Cadet Forces Medal. He resigned his commission on 19 April 1965, retaining the honorary rank of Lieutenant-Colonel. Since 1970, he has been Colonel-in-Chief of the 31 Combat Engineer Regiment (The Elgins), and was Honorary Colonel of the 153 (Highland) Transport Regiment from 1976 to 1986.
Lord Elgin is also the Honorary Colonel of No 7 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps, which is affiliated with the Elgin Regiment, but is not part of it. No 7 is the second oldest extant Corps in the Royal Canadian Army Cadets of Canada and one of only two that have colours. The Corps wears distinctive shoulder flashes backed with the Bruce tartan. (Not even the Elgin Regiment wears them.)
Elgin has held a number of business appointments, including as President of the Scottish Amicable Life Assurance Society (1975–1994), and Chairman of the National Savings Committee for Scotland. He was President of the Royal Scottish Automobile Club, and the Scottish motor racing team, Ecurie Ecosse.
He was appointed a Justice of the Peace in 1951, was Deputy Lieutenant of Fife 1955–1987, and Lord Lieutenant 1987–1999. In 1980 he was appointed by Queen Elizabeth II as her Lord High Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland and reappointed in 1981. In 1982 HM The Queen installed him as a Knight of the Thistle. He was awarded the Canadian Forces Decoration in 1981, and the Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav in 1994. He is a former Captain of the Royal Company of Archers and a former convenor of the Standing Council of Scottish Chiefs.
He is a Freeman of Bridgetown, Regina, Saskatchewan, Port Elgin, Winnipeg, Manitoba, St. Thomas, Ontario, and Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. Lord Elgin is a Past President of the Royal Caledonian Curling Club, and is the Life President of the Broomhall Curling Club. He skippered the Scottish curling teams that defeated the Governor-General of Canada's teams in a series of matches in Ottawa in 1982.
|Order of the Thistle (KT)||
|France and Germany Star|
|Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Medal||
|Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal||
|Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal||
|Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal||
|Cadet Forces Medal||
|Canadian Forces Decoration (CD)||
|Order of St. Olav||
In 1959 he married Victoria Mary Usher and they have five children:
- Charles Edward Bruce, styled Lord Bruce, married 1990 Amanda Grimes née Movius (divorced 1996)
- The Hon. Alexander Bruce
- The Hon. Adam Bruce
- The Lady Georgina Bruce
- The Lady Antonia Bruce.
- Dewar, Peter Beauclerk (2001). Burke's Landed Gentry of Great Britain: together with members of the titled and non-titled contemporary establishment Edition 19, Burke's Peerage, ISBN 0-9711966-0-5. p. 104
- "No. 36206". The London Gazette (Supplement). 8 October 1943. p. 4499.
- "No. 37767". The London Gazette (Supplement). 22 October 1946. p. 5256.
- "No. 39274". The London Gazette (Supplement). 29 June 1951. p. 3613.
- "No. 43051". The London Gazette (Supplement). 9 July 1963. p. 5882.
- "No. 43652". The London Gazette (Supplement). 14 May 1965. p. 4854.
- "No. 43712". The London Gazette (Supplement). 13 July 1965. p. 6726.
- Video on YouTube
- Lord High Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland
- List of Knights and Ladies of the Thistle
- "Conservatives at the heart of Freemasonry". The Independent.
- Video on YouTube
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- "Infamous fraudster Lady Bruce vows to return to Scotland". Deadline News.
- "www.cracroftspeerage.co.uk". Archived from the original on 12 October 2012. Retrieved 10 August 2019.
- "Patronesses". Royal Caledonian Ball. Archived from the original on 14 October 2013. Retrieved 11 May 2013.
- Kidd, Charles, Williamson, David (editors). Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage (1990 edition). New York: St Martin's Press, 1990,[page needed]
- "Who's Who" (2011 edition). A & C Black Publishers Ltd; 163rd Revised edition (6 Dec 2010)
- Leigh Rayment's Peerage Pages [self-published source][better source needed]
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by the Earl of Elgin
- Andrew Bruce, 11th Earl of Elgin
The Earl of Eglinton
| Grand Master Mason of the
Grand Lodge of Scotland
1961 – 1965
Sir Ronald Orr-Ewing
Sir John Gilmour
| Lord Lieutenant of Fife
1987 – 1999
|Peerage of Scotland|
| Earl of Elgin
Earl of Kincardine
1968 – present
|Orders of precedence in the United Kingdom|
The Rt. Hon. The Earl of Kinnoull
The Rt. Hon. The Earl of Elgin & Kincardine
The Rt. Hon. The Earl of Wemyss & March