Papers of Edward James Bruce, 1881-1968, 10th Earl of Elgin and 14th Earl of Kincardine, army and airforce officer, public servant and businessman

Scope and Content

Major, the Hon Robert Bruce's papers re Highlands and Islands, 1895-1957; personal papers,c1930s-1950s.

Lord Elgin's speeches, 1933-1938.

Scottish Council of Social Service minutes and papers, 1939-1948.

Scottish Council on Development and Industry.

  • AGM minutes, 1930-1955;
  • annual reports, 1930-1955;
  • Rating Committee papers, 1933;
  • Executive Committee papers, 1934-1955;
  • Finance Committee papers, 1934-1945;
  • Scottish Economic Committee papers, 1936-1938;
  • Aviation Committee papers, 1935-1945;
  • Highland and Islands Committee papers, 1936-1958;
  • Scottish Mineral Owners Committee papers, 1937;
  • Women Committee papers, 1937-1938;
  • Empire Exhibition Committee papers, 1938-1951;
  • Journals Committee papers, 1938-1939;
  • Administration Committee papers, 1938;
  • Building materials Committee papers, 1940;
  • Light Engineering Committee papers, 1943;
  • Tourist Committee papers, 1944-1949;
  • Transport Committee papers 1944-1954;
  • Chairman Committee papers, 1946-1948;
  • Canalization Committee papers, 1945;
  • Food Preservation Committee papers, 1945;
  • Mid-Scotland Ship Canal Committee papers, 1945;
  • Plastics Committee papers, 1945;
  • White Fishing and Shellfish Committee papers, 1945;
  • British Industrial House papers, 1933-1938;
  • Scottish Industrial Estate Ltd papers, 1937-1939;
  • London Information Bureau papers, 1937-1938;
  • Building Centre papers, 1937-1939;
  • Scottish Development Financial Trust Ltd papers, 1939-1942;
  • Amalgamation papers SDC & SCE into SC(D & I), 1946-1950;
  • general publications;
  • general correspondence, 1930-1960;

Fairfield Shipbuilding and Engineering Co Ltd.

  • Memorandum and articles of Association, 1921;
  • Directors' and AGM meeting minutes and papers, 1938-1955;
  • correspondence, 1940-1955;
  • papers on ships' launches, 1940-1955.

Administrative / Biographical History

Lord Elgin was the deputy Chairman of the Fairfield Shipbuilding and Engineering Co. Ltd., Director of the Royal Bank of Scotland, Scottish Amicable Life Assurance Society, Scottish Insurance Corporation, Scottish building Centre, Further Education and Training Scheme, Ministry of Labour, Member of Forth Conservancy Board, and Chairman of Education Endowments Commission (1926-1936). He was also vice President of the Scottish Council on (Development and Industry), President of Empire Exhibition (Scotland) 1938, vice-President of National Trust for Scotland, Chairman of Carnagie Trust (1923-1946), Chairman of Fife County Council (1929-38) and honorary president of Scottish Council of Social Service.


Arranged into 4 sub-fonds

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Acquisition Information

Deposit: Centre for Business History in Scotland, University of Glasgow : 2002 : ACCN 2270

Other Finding Aids

Box list available in searchroom. Catalogue of this collection is in progress and will be catalogued as GB 0248 UGC 131.

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Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

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Archivist's Note

Partially catalogued by Caroline Troup and Jessica Womack, IMP student placements, November 2005. Fonds level description by Alma Topen, Assistant Archivist (Cataloguing), 31/01/2013

Conditions Governing Use

Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use and condition of documents.

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Appraisal Information

Appraised in line with standard GB 0248 procedures

Custodial History

With the family at Broomhall, Dunfermline, then deposited in Centre for Business History in Scotland, University of Glasgow.


None expected

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