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Mary Gray (Bruce)

Also Known As: "Granny Gray", "Mary Bruce Gray"
Birthdate: (98)
Birthplace: Portgower, Sutherlandshire, Scotland
Death: February 4, 1881 (98)
Foxton, Horowhenua District, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand (Decay one month)
Place of Burial: Foxton, Horowhenua District, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand
Immediate Family:

Daughter of William Bruce and Ann McKay
Wife of George Gray
Mother of William Gray; George Gray and Alexander Gray
Sister of George Bruce; Adam Bruce; Ann Bruce; Donald Bruce; Margaret Bruce and 2 others

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Immediate Family

About Mary Gray

After settling in Foxton, Alexander Gray sent for his elderly widowed mother Mary Bruce Gray, whom he had left in Aberdeen in the care of his brother William Gray. In response to Alexander’s message, a party comprising Mary Bruce Gray, William Gray, his wife and six year old son William, embarked on the ship “Simla” in late 1851. The voyage was eventful and interrupted by a mutiny which compelled the vessel to put into Hobart Town in Tasmania. It eventually arrived at New Plymouth in 1852 and the Grays disembarked there. Alexander came up from Wellington to collect his mother and took her back to his home. William remained in New Plymouth to enter the Postal Service, moving in due course to its head office at Wellington.

From that time on, Alexander kept his elderly mother with him in his various households until her death in Foxton at the age of 98 years. Mary Bruce was a true Highland Scot whose native tongue was the Gaelic which she spoke and read to the end of her long life. Her parents, William and Mary Bruce, were farmers in the North Highlands and claimed undisputed descent from the great chieftain Robert the Bruce who ruled Scotland in the early 14th century. Mary was born at Port Gower, Sutherlandshire, in 1783 - 32 years before the Battle of Waterloo!

“Grannie Gray” played an active role in the life of the community and of “Aberdeen House” until a very advanced age, and indeed survived her daughter-in-law by six years. Her great friend was the Presbyterian Minister the Reverend James Duncan, with whom she spoke the Gaelic. Her Gaelic Bible survives in her great-great-grandson’s possession, together with a few lines of lovely Georgian copperplate handwriting in Gaelic.

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Mary Gray's Timeline

Portgower, Sutherlandshire, Scotland
July 28, 1817
Age 34
Old Machar, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
March 27, 1821
Age 38
Aberdeen, UK
Age 47
Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
February 4, 1881
Age 98
Foxton, Horowhenua District, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand
February 6, 1881
Age 98
Foxton, Horowhenua District, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand