[DE BRUS FAMILY IN NORTH EAST ENGLAND - Before 1350
This is a brief account of a visit to Guisborough written in his diary at the end of the 18th Century by the Honourable James Bruce, the great, great uncle of the present Lord Elgin, chief of the Clan Bruce.
"At Guisbro' I saw the beautiful but falling ruin of the old abbey, founded by our ancestors, the Bruces. There is a particularly beautiful arch here, still perfect, which at a very considerable distance forms a grand object.
Fortunately I found a very civil gentleman, a clergyman of the new church, coming out of it, He showed me the only remnants of the monuments of the Bruces. They consist of, I believe, about 10 small images in black marble, about two feet high each; they represent the Chiefs of our family at the day. These images are ranged in order at the two sides of the entrance of the church. The clergyman could offer me no further traces of my ancestors. At Pickering there are several mementos but I had no time to go there. I then proceeded to Upleatham, the seat of Lord Dundas. Lady Dundas was unwell; her son was not at home so I proceeded to Skelton Castle, then went coastways to Mulgrave Castle and arrived there before dinner."
Perhaps these are just a few clues in this fascinating insight into the 18th Century to the state of the de Brus Cenotaph at the time. The missing end piece continues to remain a mystery.
When sending the above letter, Lord Elgin, chief of the Clan Bruce, was kind enough to refer to the de Brus Symposium held in March 2016 in Guisborough. He promises to send a copy of the programme to the editor of the Bruce Family Journal, "The Blue Lion", which is published quarterly for the members of the Family of Bruce Society in the USA. Other branches of The Bruce Family Society in Canada, Australia and New Zealand are being kept in touch.
Thanks go to Ian Alexander for passing on this information.