NO2507 : Onesiphorus Tyndall Bruce

taken 9 years ago, near to Falkland, Fife, Great Britain

Onesiphorus Tyndall Bruce
Onesiphorus Tyndall Bruce
Onesiphorus Tyndall (1790-1855) was born in Bristol, where his family had been merchants, slave traders and bankers. Educated at Eton and Oxford, he became an impecunious barrister, with debts amounting to 50,000. In 1828 he married Margaret Steuart Hamilton Bruce (1788-1869), the illegitimate daughter of Lt Col Sir Robert Hamilton Bruce by an Indian lady. Her father had died when she was 8 years old, and she was adopted by her uncle, John Hamilton Bruce, Professor of Logic at the University of Edinburgh and proprietor of Falkland. On her uncle's death in 1826, Margaret inherited, becoming proprietor of Falkland, Nuthill and Myres, very wealthy, and Hereditary Keeper of Falkland Palace. Her uncle had disapproved of Onesiphorus because of his large debts, but when Margaret married him two years after her uncle's death she paid off his debts and made him an allowance. Onesiphorus took her surname in addition to his own, and in 1839 they commissioned William Burn to build the new NO2407 : House of Falkland, replacing Nuthill House where they had lived until then. They also managed their estates well, improving and extending the farms, and earning the approval of the people. They paid for the building of the present Falkland Parish church, and Onesiphorus was commemorated by a prominent monument on the Lomond Hills NO2207 : Tyndall Bruce Monument, as well as by this statue next to the church. Both Onesiphorus and Margaret are buried in the parish kirkyard.
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Sunday, 24 July, 2011   (more nearby)
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Wednesday, 3 August, 2011
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Village, Rural settlement 
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OSGB36: geotagged! NO 2525 0743 [10m precision]
WGS84: 56:15.2085N 3:12.4819W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NO 2526 0743
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