Thomas Charles Bruce

For other people named Thomas Bruce, see Thomas Bruce (disambiguation).
Caricature by Spy published in Vanity Fair in 1882.

Thomas Charles Bruce (15 February 1825 – 23 November 1890) was a British barrister and a Conservative politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1874 to 1885.

Bruce was the youngest son of the Thomas Bruce, 7th Earl of Elgin, and his wife Elizabeth Oswald, daughter of James Townsend Oswald MP of Dunnikeire, in Fife. He was educated at Jesus College, Cambridge and graduated B.A. and 24th Wrangler in 1850.[1] He became a Fellow of his College and was called to the Bar at the Inner Temple in 1854. In 1860 he was appointed Captain-Commandant of the 32nd Middlesex Rifle Volunteers.[2]

At the 1859 general election Bruce stood unsuccessfully for Parliament in Portsmouth.[3] He stood again at the 1874 general election,[3] and won the seat, holding it until his defeat at the 1885 general election.[4]

Bruce married Sarah Caroline Thornhill, daughter of Sir Thomas Thornhill, 1st Baronet of Riddlesworth Hall, Norfolk in 1863.[5]


  1. "Bruce, Thomas Charles (BR844TC)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  2. Debrett's House of Commons 1881
  3. 1 2 Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1977]. British parliamentary election results 1832–1885 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. pp. 246–247. ISBN 0-900178-26-4.
  4. Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1974]. British parliamentary election results 1885–1918 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 171. ISBN 0-900178-27-2.
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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
William Henry Stone
James Dalrymple-Horn-Elphinstone
Member of Parliament for Portsmouth
With: James Dalrymple-Horn-Elphinstone 1874-1880
Henry Drummond Wolff 1880-1885
Succeeded by
William Crossman
Philip Vanderbyl
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