Robert Preston Bruce

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search

Robert Preston Bruce DL (4 December 1851 – 8 December 1893)[1] was a British Liberal Party politician.

Bruce was the second son of James Bruce, 8th Earl of Elgin and his wife Lady Mary Louisa Lambton. He was educated at Eton College and Balliol College, Oxford. He was a captain in the Fifeshire Artillery Militia from 1877 to 1881 and was a J.P. and Deputy Lieutenant for Fifeshire.[2]

Bruce was elected at the 1880 general election as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Fife.[3] When the seat was divided under the Redistribution of Seats Act 1885 he stood and was elected unopposed for the new Western division of Fife.[4] He was re-elected unopposed in 1886,[4] and resigned his seat on 21 June 1889 by becoming Steward of the Manor of Northstead.[5]


  1. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "F"
  2. ^ Debretts Guide to the House of Commons 1886
  3. ^ Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1977]. British parliamentary election results 1832–1885 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 585. ISBN 0-900178-26-4. 
  4. ^ a b Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1974]. British parliamentary election results 1885–1918 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 540. ISBN 0-900178-27-2. 
  5. ^ Department of Information Services (9 June 2009). "Appointments to the Chiltern Hundreds and Manor of Northstead Stewardships since 1850" (PDF). House of Commons Library. Retrieved 30 November 2009. 

External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir Robert Anstruther, Bt
Member of Parliament for Fife
Constituency divided
(see East Fife and West Fife)
New constituency Member of Parliament for West Fife
Succeeded by
Augustine Birrell