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Rosslyn Bruce
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Francis Rosslyn Courtenay Bruce

(1871-08-14)14 August 1871
Died19 January 1956(1956-01-19) (aged 84)
Occupationclergyman, naturalist and writer

Francis Rosslyn Courtenay Bruce, D.D. (14 August 1871 – 19 January 1956) was an English clergyman,[1] naturalist[2] and writer.[3]

He was the grandson of Sir James Bruce, 2nd Baronet who fought at Waterloo; son of Lloyd Stuart Bruce, a Canon of York from 1873 to 1876[4] nephew of Archbishop William Thompson; brother of Kathleen Scott[5] (and brother in law of Robert Falcon Scott[6]); and father of Verily Anderson.[7] He was educated at St Edward's School, Oxford and Worcester College, Oxford. During his years at Oxford he stood for the Presidency of the Union but was beaten by Hilaire Belloc; instead becoming Secretary. He was ordained deacon in 1897,[8] and priest in 1898. After curacies in Dinting Vale and Soho he was Rector of Clifton with Glapton from 1904 to 1912; a Chaplain to the Forces;[9] the incumbent at St Augustine, Edgbaston from 1912 to 1923 and lived at the vicarage at 4 Manor Road, the next door neighbour of Sir Gilbert Barling.[10] and finally of All Saints' Herstmonceux.[11] He was also Grand Chaplain of the United Grand Lodge of England.[12] A vigorous campaigner for many causes, especially against cruelty to animals: he was himself a renowned breeder of Smooth Fox Terriers.[13]


  1. ^ Sussex Roll of Honour
  2. ^ Dr. Rosslyn Bruce. Clergyman and Naturalist The Times (London, England), Saturday, 21 Jan 1956; pg. 9; Issue 53434
  3. ^ Amongst others he wrote "Oxford Verses", 1896; "Men and Women of Soho", 1900; "The Common Hope", 1904; "The Clifton Book", 1906; "Prayers for daily use", 1913; "God and the Allies", 1925; "Sussex Sacred Song", 1927; and "Herstmonceux Church", 1951; > British Library web site accessed 15:01 GMT Thursday 6 April 2017
  4. ^ "Alumni Oxonienses: the members of the University of Oxford, 1715-1886; their parentage, birthplace and year of birth, with a record of their degrees. Being the matriculation register of the University" Foster,J (Ed) Vol I p179 Oxford, Parker & Co,1888
  5. ^ Louisa Young, A Great Task of Happiness. The Life of Kathleen Scott. Macmillan, London, 1995
  6. ^ Preston, Diana (1999). A First Rate Tragedy: Captain Scott's Antarctic Expeditions (paperback ed.). London: Constable. ISBN 978-0-09-479530-3. OCLC 59395617.
  7. ^ "Verily Anderson obituary", London Guardian, 29 July 2010.
  8. ^ Ordinations. The Derby Mercury (Derby, England), Wednesday, 22 December 1897; Issue 9546
  9. ^ London Gazette
  10. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory 1955/6 pp149/50: Oxford, OUP, 1955
  11. ^ E O'Hare
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  13. ^ SFTA