Charles Bruce, 5th Earl of Elgin

The 5th Earl of Elgin.

Charles Bruce, 5th Earl of Elgin and 9th Earl of Kincardine (6 July 1732 – 14 May 1771) was the son of William Bruce, 8th Earl of Kincardine. His mother was Janet Roberton, daughter of James Roberton (principal Lord of Session)[1] and great-granddaughter of advocate and judge Lord Bedlay[2][3]

On 1 June 1759, he married Martha Whyte (1739-1810, who later became governess to HRH Princess Charlotte of Wales. They had eight children:[1]

Elgin was Grand Master of Scottish Freemasons from 1761 to 1763 and a founding member of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews.[1] He built the planned industrial village of Charlestown, Fife.[4]


  1. 1 2 3 Elgin, 1633 at (Cracroft's Peerage online). Retrieved 23 October 2012
  2. John Birnie; William Barclay Turnbull (1838). Families of Broomhill. Edinburgh Printing Co. pp. 36–37. Retrieved 31 December 2010.
  3. "Archibald Roberton". Retrieved 1 January 2011.
  4. Chesher, Susan; Foster, Linda; Hogben, Laurence (1979). A Short History of the Villages: Charlestown, Limekilns and Pattiesmuir. Charlestown, Limekilns and Pattiesmuir Community Council.
Masonic offices
Preceded by
The Earl of Leven
Grand Master of the
Grand Lodge of Scotland

1761 1763
Succeeded by
The Earl of Kellie
Peerage of Scotland
Preceded by
William Bruce
Earl of Kincardine
Succeeded by
William Bruce
Preceded by
Charles Bruce
Earl of Elgin

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