'Bruce13'Index links to: Lead / Letter
Families covered: Bruce of Ham, Bruce of Hastigrow, Bruce in/of Lyth, Bruce of Seater, Bruce of Stanstill

David Bruce of Stanstill (d by 13.06.1595)
The possible connection with the Bruces of Clackmannan, which is given by RedBookScot (which identifies David as 1st of Stanstill), should probably be viewed as speculative. Henderson reports that "The Bruces (in Caithness), of whom the principal family was Bruce of Stanstill, are of old standing in the county. It is believed that ancient charters connected with this family are still extant in the charter-chest of Mr. Wemyss of Southdun; but the information at hand does not extend beyond 1559." Henderson reports that "Saul seems to have been the patronymic or clan name of the Bruces" and suggests that this was probably the "David Saul of 1562 (who) obtained a charter of Stanstill".
1. William Bruce of Stanstill & Hastigrow (a 1573, d 1622)
m1. Isabella Mowat (d 1601, dau of Patrick Mowat of Buquhollie)
  A. David Bruce of Stanstill (d 1630)
  m. Helen Ogilvie (dau of George Ogilvie of Carnoustie, sister of Sir George)
  i. William Bruce of Stanstill (dsp?)
m. _ Sinclair (dau of Sir John Sinclair of Dunbeath)
  ii.+ other issue - Janet, Jean, Elizabeth, Margaret
  B. Patrick Bruce (3rd son)
  i.+ issue including Magnus
  C. Christian Bruce
  m. Gavin Bruce in Lyth @@ below
  D.+ other issue - William (a 1617), Isabella
  m2. Janet Murray (dau of _ Murray of Pulrossie, widow of David Sinclair (apparent of Forss))
  F. Janet Bruce
  m. James Sinclair of Reaster then Rattar
2. John Bruce probably the John of Hastigrow (d by 1604) who was father of ...
  A. David Bruce of Hastigrow and Seater (a 1604, 1657)
  i. Magnus Bruce of Hastigrow and Seater
  a. John Bruce of Hastigrow
  m. Katharine Dunnet
  b. William Bruce of Seater



Donald Bruce Williamson
1. William Bruce (a 1592)
  A. Gavin Bruce in Lyth
  m. Christian Bruce (dau of William Bruce of Stanstill) @@ above
  i. ?? Bruce
  a. James Bruce (a 1682)
  B. Saul Bruce of Lyth probably brother of Gavin
  m. _ Manson (probably of the family of Lyth)
  i. David Bruce of Lyth (dsp 1633, minister of Olrik (or Halkirk) & Skinnetg)
  This David was guardian of the above William of Stanstill (son of David & Helen) and then committed William into the care of his brother/heir William.
m. Janet Sinclair (widow of Rev. John Smart of Wick)
  ii. William Bruce in/of Milburn then Lyth (a 1649)
  a. Robert Bruce of Stanstill (a 1667)
  m. Elizabeth or Elspeth Sinclair (dau of James Sinclair of Ratter) ## (married c1652? but see son) see here ##
  (1) William Bruce of Stanstill
  m. (1666) Margaret Sinclair (dau of David Sinclair of Southdun)
  b. George Bruce
c. William Bruce of Myrleand, Kirk & Myrlelandhorn
  (1) ?? Bruce
  (A) George Bruce
  iii. Walter Bruce of Ham (a 1636, 1663)
  m1. Janet Sinclair (dau of James Sinclair of Rattar)
  a. John Bruce of Ham
  m. Anne Cunningham (dau of John Cunningham of Brownhill, m2. William Sutherland)
  (1) Janet Bruce
  m. Aeneas/Angus Sutherland in Thurso
(A) William Sutherland
  (2) Elizabeth Bruce
  b. David Bruce of Ham
  c. Janet Bruce
  m2. Barbara Smithe (dau of Rev. William Smithe of Dunnet)
  d. Rose or Rosie Bruce
  m. Andrew Gunn
  e.+ other issue (dsp?) - Walter, William
  m3. Elizabeth Sinclair (dau of Alexander Sinclair of Latheron, m2. George Sinclair of Olrig)
  g. Elizabeth Bruce
  m. William Calder of Lynegar
  iv. Marjorie Bruce
  m. _ Sinclair of Dun

Main source(s): 'Caithness Family History' (John Henderson, 1884, 'The Bruces of Stanstill' (p262+) & 'The Bruces of Ham' (p267+) & 'The Bruces of Lyth' (p270+) & 'The Bruces of Hastigrow and Seater (p273+))
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