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Papers of Professor John Bruce

Identifier: Coll-161

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of volumes of lectures on moral philosophy, 1770, and a copy ofFirst principles of philosophy, for the use of students, 1781.


  • Creation: 1770-1781

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Conditions Governing Access

Generally open for consultation to bona fide researchers, but please contact repository for details in advance.

Biographical / Historical

John Bruce was born into the Bruce family of Earlshall in 1745. From his father, he inherited Grangehill, near Kinghorn, Fife. Bruce was educated at Edinburgh University and went on to become Professor of Logic there. He also held the posts of Keeper of the State Paper Office, secretary for the Latin language to the Privy Council, and historiographer to the East India Company. Bruce was also MP for a division of Cornwall from 1809 until 1814, and for a short time he was Secretary to the Board of Control. Professor John Bruce died at Nutshill, Fife, on 16 April 1826.


4 Volumes

Physical Location

Dc.10.3-5; Dc.3.44

Other Finding Aids

Important finding aids generally are: the alphabetical Index to Manuscripts held at Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections and Archives, consisting of typed slips in sheaf binders and to which additions were made until 1987; and the Index to Accessions Since 1987.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Lectures received from Mrs. Hamilton Bruce, 1926.

Related Materials

The local Indexes show various references to Bruce related material (check the Indexes for more details) in the Laing Collection: letter, 1781, at La.II.82; letters, 1796, at La.II.453/2 (Kemp); and, letter, 1786, at La.II.222. There are also lectures of Professor Hugh Blair, taken down by Bruce, 1765, at Dc.10.6.

Papers of Professor John Bruce (1745-1826)
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

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