Henry Bruce, 2nd Baron Aberdare

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Henry Bruce
2nd Baron Aberdare
The 2nd Baron Aberdare in 1917.jpg
Born (1851-06-19)19 June 1851
Died 20 February 1929(1929-02-20) (aged 77)
Title Baron Aberdare
Tenure 25 February 1895 – 20 February 1929
Successor Clarence Bruce, 3rd Baron
Spouse(s) Constance Mary Beckett
Issue Henry Lyndhurst Bruce
Margaret Cecilia Bruce
Clarence Napier Bruce
Violet Bruce
John Hamilton Bruce
Eva Isabel Marion Bruce
Constance Pamela Alice Bruce
Victor Austin Bruce
Robert Bruce
Parents Henry Bruce, 1st Baron Aberdare
Annabella Beadon

Henry Campbell Bruce, 2nd Baron Aberdare VD, DL, JP (19 June 1851 – 20 February 1929), styled The Honourable from 1873 to 1895, was a British soldier and peer.


Bruce was the eldest son of Henry Bruce, 1st Baron Aberdare, who had served as Home Secretary.[1] His mother Annabella was his father's first wife and the daughter of Richard Beadon.[1] He was educated at Rugby School and at the Friedrich Wilhelm University in Berlin. In 1895, he succeeded his father as baron.


His military career, by virtue of his status in the nobility, was started early: he served in the Welch Regiment and became a major of the 3rd Battalion in 1899. A year later he was appointed its honorary lieutenant-colonel and in 1910 honorary colonel of the 5th Battalion. Later Bruce was promoted to lieutenant colonel of the 3rd Battalion. He was decorated with the Volunteer Decoration.

Bruce was president of University College as well as of the National Museum Wales. He was a Justice of the Peace, assigned to Glamorgan and represented the county first as Deputy Lieutenant from December 1901,[2] later as Vice Lord Lieutenant.


Henry Campbell Bruce's memorial at Aberffrwd cemetery in Mountain Ash, Wales

He married Constance Mary, daughter of Hamilton Beckett in 1880.[1] The couple eventually had nine children together, five sons and four daughters. His oldest son and heir apparent Henry was commissioned a captain in the 3rd Battalion, Royal Scots, but was killed in action soon after the First World War broke out.[3] Bruce died himself in 1929 and was succeeded in the barony by his second son Clarence. His Granddaughter Hon. Pamela Digby became American Ambassador to France.


  1. ^ a b c Dod (1915), p. 41
  2. ^ "no. 27383". The London Gazette. 6 December 1901. p. 8648. 
  3. ^ CWGC entry


  • Charles Roger Dod and Robert Phipps Dod (1915). Dod's Peerage, Baronetage and Knightage of Great Britain and Ireland for 1915. London: Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent and Co. Ltd. 

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Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Henry Bruce
Baron Aberdare
Succeeded by
Clarence Bruce