Thomas Bruce (British Army officer)

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General Thomas Bruce (1738 – 12 December 1797), was a British soldier and politician, the third son of William Bruce, 8th Earl of Kincardine.

He was educated at Rugby School and joined the Army, serving in India during the War of American Independence and rising to the rank of Lieut-General in 1796. He commanded the British forces in the West Indies, leading the unsuccessful attack against Martinique in June 1793.[1] He was made Colonel of the 16th (Buckinghamshire) Regiment of Foot in 1788, a position he held until his death.

He was the Member of Parliament for Marlborough, 22 June 1790 – 30 May 1796,[2] and Great Bedwyn, 28 May 1796 – 12 December 1797.[3]

He died unmarried in 1797 .

References[edit]

  1. ^ "BRUCE, Hon. Thomas (1738-97)". History of Parliament Online. Retrieved 30 March 2016. 
  2. ^ "THE HOUSE OF COMMONS CONSTITUENCIES BEGINNING WITH "M"". Retrieved 2013-01-02. 
  3. ^ "THE HOUSE OF COMMONS CONSTITUENCIES BEGINNING WITH "G"". Retrieved 2013-01-02. 
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
The Earl of Courtown
Sir Philip Hales
Member of Parliament for Marlborough
1790–1796
With: The Earl of Courtown 1790–1793
Earl of Dalkeith 1793–1796
Succeeded by
Hon. James Bruce
Lord Bruce
Preceded by
Viscount Stopford
Edward Hyde East
Member of Parliament for Great Bedwyn
1796–1797
With: Hon. John Wodehouse
Succeeded by
Hon. John Wodehouse
Sir Robert Buxton