James Bruce Lt-Governor of Dominica

???? - 1808


Early purchaser of land in Dominica, where he was shown as the original purchaser of St David Lots nos. 45-48 and then as co-owner of the same land with Sir Law. Dundas and Simon Frazer.

  1. Will of James Bruce Lieutenant-Governor of Dominica but now residing at Sloane Street proved 20/05/1808. Under the will he left annuities of £100 p.a. each to his sisters Ann Bruce and Jane Bruce spinsters of Edinburgh, secured on the Castle Bruce estate, and an annuity of £50 p.a. to Jane Strachan wife of Francis Strachan of India, and a further annuity of £50 p.a. to his natural daughter Ann then at Preston Pans. He left his residuary estate in trust for his wife Margaret. He commented that his property was not so valuable as might have been expected' One of his executors was his brother-in-law William Thomson of Sloane Street, who had extended care to James Bruce during the latter's illness: presumably the testator was living at William Thomson's house when he made his will.


John Byres, References to a plan of the island of Dominica as surveyed from the year 1765 and 1773 (London, 1777).

  1. PROB 11/1478/256.

Further Information

Margaret Thomson

Associated Estates (2)

The dates listed below have different categories as denoted by the letters in the brackets following each date. Here is a key to explain those letter codes:

  • SD - Association Start Date
  • SY - Association Start Year
  • EA - Earliest Known Association
  • ED - Association End Date
  • EY - Association End Year
  • LA - Latest Known Association
1773 [EA] - 1808 [EY] → Joint owner

The will of James Bruce proved in 1808 left his share in Castle Bruce in trust for his wife Margaret.

1765 [EA] - → Owner

Relationships (1)

Deceased Husband → Widow

Addresses (1)

Sloane Street, Chelsea, London, Middlesex, London, England