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Henry Campbell Bruce, 2nd Baron Aberdare of Duffryn

Birthdate: (77)
Birthplace: Duffryn, St. Melons, Glamorgan, Wales
Death: February 20, 1929 (77)
83 Eaton Square, Belgravia, Westminster, London, England
Place of Burial: Mountain Ash, Glamorgan, Wales
Immediate Family:

Son of Henry Austin Bruce, 1st Baron Aberdare GCB, PC, FRS and Annabella Bruce
Husband of Constance Mary Bruce, Baroness Aberdare of Duffryn
Father of Capt. Hon. Henry Lyndhurst Bruce; Clarence Napier Bruce, 3rd Baron Aberdare; Hon. John Hamilton Bruce; Eva Isabel Marion Primrose, Countess of Rosebery; Margaret Cecilia Bridgeman (Bruce), Countess of Bradford and 4 others
Brother of Rachel Mary Bruce
Half brother of Brigadier-General The Honourable Charles Granville Bruce, CB, MVO and Sarah Napier Bruce

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About Henry Bruce, 2nd Baron Aberdare

"Henry Campbell Bruce, 2nd Baron Aberdare VD, DL, JP (19 June 1851 – 20 February 1929), styled The Honourable from 1873 to 1895, was a British soldier and peer."









1. [S6] G.E. Cokayne; with Vicary Gibbs, H.A. Doubleday, Geoffrey H. White, Duncan Warrand and Lord Howard de Walden, editors, The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct or Dormant, new ed., 13 volumes in 14 (1910-1959; reprint in 6 volumes, Gloucester, U.K.: Alan Sutton Publishing, 2000), volume I, page 14. Hereinafter cited as The Complete Peerage.

2. [S8] Charles Mosley, editor, Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 106th edition, 2 volumes (Crans, Switzerland: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd, 1999), volume 1, page 8. Hereinafter cited as Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 106th edition.

3. [S2] Peter W. Hammond, editor, The Complete Peerage or a History of the House of Lords and All its Members From the Earliest Times, Volume XIV: Addenda & Corrigenda (Stroud, Gloucestershire, U.K.: Sutton Publishing, 1998), page 2. Hereinafter cited as The Complete Peerage, Volume XIV.

4. [S8] Charles Mosley, Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 106th edition, volume 1, page 9.

Bruce was the eldest son of Henry Bruce, 1st Baron Aberdare, who had served as Home Secretary.[1] His mother Annabella was his father's first wife and the daughter of Richard Beadon. He was educated at Rugby School and at the Friedrich Wilhelm University in Berlin. In 1895, he succeeded his father as baron.

Career His military career, by virtue of his status in the nobility, was started early: he served in the Welch Regiment and became a major of the 3rd Battalion in 1899. A year later he was appointed its honorary lieutenant-colonel and in 1910 honorary colonel of the 5th Battalion. Later Bruce was promoted to lieutenant colonel of the 3rd Battalion. He was decorated with the Volunteer Decoration.

Bruce was president of University College as well as of the National Museum Wales. He was a Justice of the Peace, assigned to Glamorgan and represented the county first as Deputy Lieutenant from December 1901, later as Vice Lord Lieutenant.


Henry Campbell Bruce's memorial at Aberffrwd cemetery in Mountain Ash, Wales He married Constance Mary, daughter of Hamilton Beckett in 1880. The couple eventually had nine children together, five sons and four daughters. His oldest son and heir apparent Henry was commissioned a captain in the 3rd Battalion, Royal Scots, but was killed in action soon after the First World War broke out. Bruce died himself in 1929 and was succeeded in the barony by his second son Clarence. His Granddaughter Hon. Pamela Digby became American Ambassador to France.

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Henry Bruce, 2nd Baron Aberdare's Timeline

June 19, 1851
Duffryn, St. Melons, Glamorgan, Wales
May 25, 1881
Age 29
October 28, 1882
Age 31
Age 33
June 14, 1889
Age 37
June 17, 1892
Age 40
June 14, 1895
Age 43
February 20, 1929
Age 77
83 Eaton Square, Belgravia, Westminster, London, England
February 23, 1929
Age 77
Mountain Ash, Glamorgan, Wales