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George Bruce (Brush, Brude, Brushe)

Birthdate: (59)
Birthplace: Clackmannan, Clackmannanshire, Scotland, Great Britain
Death: August 13, 1692 (59)
Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts
Place of Burial: Woburn, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Rot. Bruce and Elizabeth Bruce
Husband of Elizabeth Bruce
Father of William Bruce; Elizabeth 1 Bruce; Mary Hay; William Bruce; John Bruce and 7 others
Brother of Annas Bruce

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About George Bruce

Baptism info on two George Bruce's around 1634. George b. 1633 s/o Rot.(sic) Bruce and Elizabethe Halyburton of Clackmannan, Scotland This info is from the Scotland parish records at


(From an entry concerning the ancestry of Stanley Woodbury Carleton)

George Bruce 1, a Scotch prisoner of war in the battle of Dunbar, settled in Woburn about 1652 ; d. 1692 ; m. Dec. 20, 1659, Elizabeth Clarke, of Watertown. b. 1642, d. 1710. John 2, b. 1670, d. 1742, Lieutenant in King Phillip's war; m. (2) May 13, 1724, Isabel Leppingwall, b. 1698, d. 1733. George 3, b. 1732, d. 1770; m. Jan. 3, 1755, Mary Holt, of Boston, b. 1733, d. 1800. Thomas 4, h. 1757, d. 1819; m. (i) Aug. 10, 1780, Susanna Wyrrian, b. 1759, d. 1815. Nancy 5, b. 1788, d. 1855; m. Aug. 24, 1809, Ezra Rhodes, b. 1784, d. 1846. Sarah Elizabeth Rhodes 6, b. Oct. 24, 1823, d. 1905 ; m. Oct. 27, 1841, James Madison Carleton. Stanley Woodbury Carleton 7.

Bibliographic information:

  • The register of the Lynn historical society, Lynn, Massachusetts
  • by Lynn historical society, Lynn, Mass. [from old catalog]
  • Published 1898
  • Topics Lynn, Mass. -- History Societies. [from old catalog]
  • Volume 17
  • Publisher Lynn, Mass.
  • Pages 144
  • Possible copyright status NOT_IN_COPYRIGHT
  • Language English
  • Call number 7738257
  • Digitizing sponsor Sloan Foundation
  • Book contributor The Library of Congress
  • Collection library_of_congress; americana
  • Scanfactors 1
  • Full catalog record MARCXML
  • Page 29
  • Identifier-access


BRUSH: — George Brush, of Woburn, Mass., said to be a Scotchman, married Dec. 20, 1659, Elizabeth, daughter of William Clark, and had Elizabeth 1663. Mary 1665, William 1667, John 1670, Elizabeth again 1672, Joseph 1676, Samuel 1680, Margery 1684, Lydia 1687. He was admitted freeman 1690, died Aug. 13, 1692.

References: — Meade's Hist, of Greenwich, Conn., 315; Sewall's Hist, of Woburn, Mass., 595; Smith's Hist, of Dutchess County, N. Y., 125; Phenix's Whitney Family, Conn., vol. I, 274; Savage's Gen. Diet: vol. I, 281.

Bibliographic information:

  • Genealogical guide to the early settlers of America
  • by Whittemore, Henry, b. 1833
  • Published 1898
  • Volume 1
  • Publisher [New York
  • Pages 188
  • Language English
  • Digitizing sponsor MSN
  • Book contributor Cornell University Library
  • Contributor usage rights See terms
  • Collection cornell; americana
  • Full catalog record MARCXML
  • Page 65
  • Identifier-access

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- from FHL film 1040207 shows a Scotland baptism record for George Bruce, 15 Jul 1633 in

Clackmannan of Rot. Bruce (presumably Robert) and Elizabethe Halyburton.   This would make him a 

grandson of the 8th Baron of Clackmannan. Close enough to have fought for Scotland but not so close he would have been ransomed after the battle of Dunbar. The Bruces of Clackmannan were often the guardians of nearby Sterling Castle. This also makes him a cousin of King Robert the Bruce. His elite status could also explain his being settled with a prominent Woburn MA man who married his daughter. [Don Blish]


Info on the Battle of Dunbar:

"A Scotchman who changed his name to Bruce."


  • Book of the Lockes : a genealogical and historical record of the descendants of William Locke, of Woburn ; with an appendix containing a history of the Lockes in England, also of the family of John Locke, of Hampton, N. H., and kindred families and individuals, Locke, John Goodwin, (Boston and Cambridge, Massachusetts: James Monroe and Company, 1853.), pages 300-301 (Reliability: 3).
    • Savage mentions: George Brush (Bruce) of Woburn (mentioned elsewhere as being here as early as 1634–see other references) Bruce, James of Haverhill; 1677; Bruce,John of Sudbury with children by 1672; Bruce, Peter of Haverhill; 1677; Bruce, Roger of Marlboro (children listed) Bruen, John, New London, s. of Obadiah Bruen, Obadiah, Gloucester who settled Marshfield, moved across the bay, back to New London, and listed as the youngest son of John B. Esq of Bruen, Stapleford, Cheshire.
    • Other early Johns (Various genealogies) include John, son of George of Woburn, George “Brush,” later identified as “Bruce” being early there in Woburn., above; John above as father of Roger Bruce (contested, see Fahey) and both John, above and Roger, as son of Thomas Bruce of Sudbury, likely there as early as 1677 being called Thomas “Brewes”, later copied as “Brewer”.
    • " beginning to believe that George Bruce, born in Scotland about 1634 and later settled in Woburn MA was George Meline who was Christened in Montrose Scotland in 1635. His father is listed as William Meline.I found a William Meline who married Lydia Bruce February 7, 1633. They lived in Edinburgh and he was a weaver. George Bruce married Elizabeth Clark whose father was a weaver.Maybe George Meline changed is name to his mothers maiden name when he came to America. I don't know how to prove this and if anybody has some suggestion or would like to look into this further please email me."
  • Reference: Ancestry Genealogy - SmartCopy: Aug 17 2016, 20:37:51 UTC

I have found more than one birth date for George. 1634-1692. I also have a Clark with an e on the end, Clarke. George Bruce and Elizabeth Clark Bruce had 9 children.

Mary Bruce 1668-1742 John Bruce 1670-1742 George Bruce 1674-1674 Samuel Bruce 1680-unk Lydia Bruce 1687-1743 William Bruce 1667-1701 Elizabeth Bruce 1675-1748 Joseph Bruce 1676-1675 Margery Bruce 1682-Unk

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George Bruce's Timeline

July 10, 1633
Clackmannan, Clackmannanshire, Scotland, Great Britain
July 15, 1633
Clackmannan, Clackmannanshire, Scotland, United Kingdom
October 20, 1661
Age 28
January 20, 1663
Age 29
Age 31
Woburn, MA
April 28, 1667
Age 33
Woburn, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States
April 18, 1670
Age 36
Age 36
August 24, 1672
Age 39
Woburn, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States