Papers of Alexander Hugh Bruce, 6th Baron Balfour of Burleigh (1849-1921)

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 237 Coll-777
  • Dates of Creation
  • Name of Creator
  • Language of Material
  • Physical Description
      circa 75 letters, circa 20 volumes, and miscellaneous notes and newspaper cuttings and envelopes. Access to records in a fragile condition may be restricted.
  • Location
      MSS BAL. 1.1-92

Scope and Content

The collection is composed of reports, memoranda, addresses, and speeches, including those from or to: the Church of Scotland, the United Free Church of Scotland, and the Christian Unity Association of Scotland, and on various subjects: annual reports, proposed pension fund for Ministers, report of church committees, spiritual calling, parish church interests, and church union. There are also letters between Bruce and various correspondents, such as: Rev. James Montgomery Campbell, 1912, Rev. Prof. James Cooper, 1912, Rev. Dr. Archibald Fleming, 1905 and 1912, Rev. Dr. Archibald Henderson, 1913, Christopher N. Johnston K.C., 1912, and the Rev. A. W. Wotherspoon, 1912. There are letters attached to a report of the Church of Scotland Committee on Church interests, 1912, and a letter from Scots churchmen, 1913. The collection also includes letters to Bruce from The Scotsman office, 1912, and a letter from Rev. James S. Stewart, 1905, with material relating to North United Free Church, Aberdeen. Finally there are drafts of speeches and miscellaneous notes, 1912-1913.

Administrative / Biographical History

British statesman Alexander Hugh Bruce, 6th Baron Balfour of Burleigh, was born in Kennet, Alloa, central Scotland, on 13 January 1849. He was educated at Loretto School, Musselburgh, and at Eton College, then studied at Oriel College, Oxford. He was a member of the Factory Commission, 1874-1875, and chaired many other commissions too. Bruce was a Lord-in-Waiting to the Queen, 1888-1889, Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Trade, 1889-1892, Secretary of State for Scotland, 1895-1903, and a representative peer for Scotland in the House of Lords, 1876-1921. He was Lord Rector of Edinburgh University, 1896-1899, and Chancellor of St. Andrews University, 1900. Bruce became a Privy Councillor in1892, and was knighted in 1901, and awarded the GCMG in 1911. Alexander Hugh Bruce, 6th Baron Balfour of Burleigh, died on 6 July 1921.

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The biographical/administrative history was compiled using the following material: (1) The dictionary of national biography. The concise dictionary. Part 2. 1901-1970. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1982. (2) Who was who 1916-1928. 3rd edition. London: Adam and Charles Black, 1962.

Compiled by Graeme D Eddie, Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections Division.

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Related Material

The UK National Register of Archives (NRA), updated by the Historical Manuscripts Commission, notes several locations of Alexander Hugh Bruce related material.