Charles Bruce, 5th Earl of Elgin

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The 5th Earl of Elgin.

Charles Bruce, 5th Earl of Elgin and 9th Earl of Kincardine (6 July 1732 – 14 May 1771) was the son of William Bruce, 8th Earl of Kincardine. His mother was Janet Roberton, daughter of James Roberton (principal Lord of Session)[1] and great-granddaughter of advocate and judge Lord Bedlay[2][3]

On 1 June 1759, he married Martha Whyte (1739-1810, who later became governess to HRH Princess Charlotte of Wales. They had eight children:[1]

Elgin was Grand Master of Scottish Freemasons from 1761 to 1763 and a founding member of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews.[1] He built the planned industrial village of Charlestown, Fife.[4]


  1. ^ a b c Elgin, 1633 at (Cracroft's Peerage online). Retrieved 23 October 2012
  2. ^ John Birnie; William Barclay Turnbull (1838). Families of Broomhill. Edinburgh Printing Co. pp. 36–37. Retrieved 31 December 2010. 
  3. ^ "Archibald Roberton". Retrieved 1 January 2011. 
  4. ^ Chesher, Susan; Foster, Linda; Hogben, Laurence (1979). A Short History of the Villages: Charlestown, Limekilns and Pattiesmuir. Charlestown, Limekilns and Pattiesmuir Community Council. 
Masonic offices
Preceded by
The Earl of Leven
Grand Master of the
Grand Lodge of Scotland

1761 – 1763
Succeeded by
The Earl of Kellie
Peerage of Scotland
Preceded by
William Bruce
Earl of Kincardine
Succeeded by
William Bruce
Preceded by
Charles Bruce
Earl of Elgin