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James Bruce
Son of: David Bruce
and: Helen Bruce daughter of Alexander Bruce of Kinnaird who on his death left her and her descendants his name and estate.
born: December 1730
died: 27/4/1794. Buried Larbert Churchyard, Stirling
occupation: Abyssinian Traveller
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If Bruce's extraordinary journey to the source of the Blue Nile was fraught, his route home was equally dangerous.

After leaving Abyssinia, he crossed a country even more barbarous. At Teawa, the principal village of Atbara, the most outrageous demands were placed on him by the Sheke. Then in Sennaar he was delayed for four miserable months and his money was exhausted, forcing him to pay his debts by parting with a massive gold chain that had been a gift from the King of Abyssinia.

Bruce then had to cross the Great Desert of Nubia. In the sweltering heat, camels and baggage had to be abandoned. When he finally reached the safety of Assouan, he pleaded with the Aga for camels to go back to the desert to recover his valuable papers. This achieved, he sailed the Nile to Cairo and then on to Alexandria where he boarded a ship for Marseilles, landing in France in March 1773.

When he recovered his strength, Bruce set off for Paris. His reception in the French capital was `flattering' and he was in great demand to tell his hosts of his travels.

His health still being delicate, Bruce headed for Italy to continue his recovery, and it was not until June 1774 that he sailed for England where an equally impressive welcome awaited him.

  marriage
  x 1776 Mary Dundas
  the following children were born of this union:
 
    2 sons,1 daughter

Josephine Dundas Bruce
Daughter of: Thomas Bruce
and: Henrietta Dorin
born: 1844
died:  

Thomas Bruce
Son of: Thomas Bruce
and: Clementina Dundas
born: 29/8/1808 Edinburgh
died:  
  marriage
  x 1828 Henrietta Dorin
  the following children were born of this union:
1. Thomas Bruce born 1835.  Died 1863 at sea from sun apoplexy when sailing from Barbados.  Captain 21st Royal North British Fusiliers
2. Charles Bruce
3. Charlotte Clementina Bruce
4. Henrietta Eleanor Bruce
5. Josephine Bruce 

Alexander Carmichael


Son of: Sir Thomas Gibson Carmichael
and: Janet Maitland Dundas
born:  
died: 1850
  marriage
  Margaret Bruce Dundas x 1770
  the following children were born of this union:
1. John Gibson Carmichael, 6th Bart (b 24.04.1773, d 05.11.1803)
2. Thomas Gibson Carmichael, 7th Bart (b 21.12.1774, d 13.10.1849)
3. Margaret Gibson born 06/10/1771 died 8/3/1779

Eleanor Carmichael
Daughter of: Sir Thomas Gibson Carmichael
and: Janet Maitland Dundas
born:  
died: 1849
  marriage
  Sir David Kinloch
  the following children were born of this union:
1. Alexander Kinloch
2. Isabel Kinloch
3. Harriet Kinloch
4. Eleanor Kinloch 

Sir Thomas Gibson Carmichael
Son of: Alexander Gibson
and: Margaret Bruce Dundas
born: 1774
died: 1849
  marriage
  x Friday 7 February 1806 Janet Maitland Dundas the daughter of Thomas Dundas and Lady Eleanor Elizabeth Home
  the following children were born of this union:
  Alexander Gibson Carmichael born 6/6/1812 died 1850
  Thomas Gibson Carmichael died 1855
  William Henry Gibson Carmichael born 1827
  Margaret Carmichael 
  Eleanor Carmichael 
Details on the birth of Lady Janet Maitland Dundas copied from Waldie's Select Circulating Library, Part 1 -"Not far from Craigforth, there resided an old companion in arms, Colonel Dundas, of Carron Hall. He had been sent as a Commissioner by the Government to settle the limits of the British frontier in America ; in this mission he was accompanied by Lady Eleanor Dundas, and in the course of the long period which was occupied in discussing the numerous questions which were agitated by the Commissioners on either side, it was necessary that Colonel Dundas and his family should repeatedly change their position from one point of the line to another.

After they had been some time in the Back Settlements of America, Lady Eleanor gave birth to a daughter. Her Ladyship's health was far from being robust, so that she was induced to employ a squaw of one of the aboriginal tribes as the infant's nurse. The little stranger being much too young to travel, was left with the squaw, under the charge of a favourite domestic, and such was the attachment which the whole tribe had formed for their little pale-faced guest, that it was not without the greatest difficulty they were afterwards persuaded to part with her. At length, when the period arrived for the return of the family to England, a serious application was made for the restoration of the child ; but she was not given up until after a negotiation had been entered into, with all the formalities required by the laws of the tribe. Certain casks of brandy, which were employed to accelerate the negotiation, were found to have considerable weight with the Indian plenipotentiaries ; and on the part of the tribe, the child was presented with a quantity of furs so very valuable, that I have seen a muff, worn by Lady
Eleanor, and formed out of part of the present, which was said to be worth at least a hundred guineas. Such was the warmth of the feelings manifested by these untutored savages, that a considerable body of them, accompanied by the nurse, insisted on carrying the child to the shores of the Atlantic, a distance of five hundred miles, to the place where Colonel Dundas and his family were to embark for England".


Jane Carnegie
Daughter of: David Carnegie of Colluthie
and: Eupham Wemyss
born:  
died:  
  marriage
  Archibald Dundas
  the following children were born of this union:
1. Sir John Dundas circa 1595 
2. Nichola Dundas
3. Margaret Dundas
4. Jean Dundas 
5. Catherine Dundas