Edward Bruce, 1st Lord Kinloss

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Lord Kinloss.
Kinloss's tomb at the then Rolls Chapel, now part of King's College London's Maughan Library.

Edward Bruce, 1st Lord Kinloss PC (1548 – 14 January 1611) was a Scottish lawyer and judge.[1]

Arms of Bruce, Lord Kinloss, from the Pont Manuscript[1]

He was the second son of Edward Bruce of Blairhall and Alison Reid. Edward served as a Lord of Session from 1597 to 1603 and was created Lord Kinloss in 1602, with remainder to his heirs and assigns whatsoever. He played an important role in King James VI's succession to the throne of England, and accompanied the King to England on his accession in 1603. The same year, Edward became an English subject, was admitted to the Privy Council,and appointed Master of the Rolls for life. He also received Whorlton Castle and its manor in 1603, which would remained in the Bruce family until the late 19th century.[1]

In 1604, he was made Lord Bruce of Kinloss, with remainder to his heirs male. Lord Bruce married Magdalene Clerk, daughter of Alexander Clerk. He died in London in January 1611 and was succeeded in his titles by his eldest son, also named, Edward Bruce.[1]

Children of Edward Bruce and Magdalene Clerk were:

  1. Edward Bruce, 2nd Lord Kinloss (1594–1613)
  2. Christian Bruce (died 1675), who married William Cavendish, 2nd Earl of Devonshire.
  3. Thomas Bruce, 1st Earl of Elgin (1599–1663)
  4. Robert Bruce, Baron of Skelton[2]
  5. Janet Bruce (who may have been born illegitimately to another mother),[1] who married Thomas Dalyell of the Binns, and was the mother of General Tam Dalyell of the Binns.

After his death, his widow married secondly Sir James Fullerton, MP and courtier, in 1616.[1] William Gouge dedicated his book A Guide to Goe to God to her and Sir James.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Balfour Paul, James (1904). The Scots Peerage. Edinburgh : D. Douglas. pp. 474–476. Retrieved 14 October 2018.
  2. ^ Weeks, Lyman Horace (1907). Book of Bruce; ancestors and descendants of King Robert of Scotland. New York: The Americana Society.
  3. ^ Smuts, R. Malcolm (2016). The Oxford Handbook of the Age of Shakespeare. Oxford University Press. p. 773. ISBN 9780191074172. Retrieved 14 October 2018.
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Preceded by
Sir Thomas Egerton
Master of the Rolls
Succeeded by
Sir Edward Phelips
Peerage of Scotland
New creation Lord Kinloss Succeeded by
Edward Bruce
New creation Lord Bruce of Kinloss Succeeded by
Edward Bruce