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Bruce family 1871

I believe it is around 1870/1 taken in Kirkwall. My GG Grandparents and Family.
Fotheringham Rankin Bruce (b1843) Christina Drever (b1844) Fanny Armit Bruce (b 1863)John Rankin Bruce (b1865)William Balfour Bruce (b1869)
Christina Fotheringham Bruce (b1870).
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Picture added on 18 October 2011 at 21:36
Very interesting. Are these people any relation to John Armit Bruce, Sheriff Clerk, who drowned at Scapa in May 1883 aged 47? He was a son of John Bruce, cabinetmaker, and Fotheringham Bruce nee Armit. The death was registered by his brother William B. Bruce and a post mortem carried out by a Dr John Bruce - an awful lot of Bruces around then!
Added by Paul Sutherland on 30 October 2011
Yes there is a conection. John Armit Bruce was the brother of Fotheringaham Rankin (pictured) who was the Governor of Kirkwall Prison.
Added by John Adams on 08 November 2011
And the Dr. John Bruce who carried out the post mortem was conceivably Dr. John Bruce of Kirkwall, the 1st cousin of John Armit Bruce and Fotheringham Rankin Bruce.
Added by Norval Smith on 02 February 2014
I wonder if these are relatives of mine. I had 4 generations on flotta just before the late 1800’s. 2 William Bruce’s and 2 Robert Bruce’s
Added by Matthew Rivers on 21 March 2020
Hi Matthew,
I think it’s unlikely there is a direct link . Fotheringham’s father John Bruce was born in Watten, Caithness - married in Kirkwall in 1834, I haven’t found an earlier link. Though you never know.
Added by John Adams on 24 March 2020
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