Gainsford Bruce

Sir Gainsford Bruce.

Sir Gainsford Bruce (1834 – 24 February 1912) was a British politician and judge.


Bruce was born in 1835 in Newcastle upon Tyne, the son of the Reverend Dr. Collingwood Bruce, a proprietor of a private school, and his wife Charlotte (née Gainsford).

Bruce was educated at Glasgow University, and in 1859 he was called to the bar at Middle Temple. In 1883 he was appointed a Queen's Counsel.

Bruce first stood for the Conservative Party at Gateshead in 1880 but was defeated; he failed again in 1883 at Newcastle, 1885 at Tyneside and 1886 at Barrow. He was finally returned to Parliament for Finsbury (Holborn Division) in 1888. In the 1892 election he was again returned for the Holborn division, but before Parliament sat he was appointed a Judge and had to resign his seat. He sat as a Judge until he retired in 1904. He was knighted in 1892 and in 1904 was appointed a Privy Councillor.

He specialised in shipping law. He was co-author with R G Williams of the textbook Admiralty Practice.

Bruce died at his home near Bromley, Kent on 24 February 1912, aged 77.

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Preceded by
Joseph Kay
Solicitor-General of Durham
Succeeded by
John Forbes
Preceded by
John Aspinall
Attorney-General of Durham
Preceded by
James Fleming
Chancellor of Durham
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Thomas Milvain
Parliament of the United Kingdom
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Francis Duncan
Member of Parliament for Holborn
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Sir Charles Hall
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