John Bruce Born March 24th 1795
James Bruce Born May 14th 1796 and Died March 20th 1800
Cathrine(sic) Bruce Born March 24th 1798
William Bruce Born Feb 27th 1800 and Died Jan 17th 1802
Margeret(sic) Bruce Born Jan 2nd 1802 and Died Jan 4th 1803
Jean Bruce Born June 9th 1804
So the mystery was - what was the connection between the Bible and Waygateshaw House? Consultation of records in Dr Rankin’s book showed nothing. A search of the old graveyard DVD had no suitable Bruces. However, entering a search for the children in Scotland’s People website gave a match for Dundee. This seemed unlikely but as each child was checked, the results showed each one baptised in Dundee. Unusually, the OPR gave additional information on the family.
The parents are listed as Charles Bruce, tobacconist and Isabell Spence. The last column says “Name- Fathers and Mothers” and seems to give the person after whom the child is named. For example William, baptised on 2nd March, was called after his grandfather, William Spence.
John Baptised 29th March 1795
James Baptised 16th May 1796
Catharine(sic) Baptised 1st April 1798
Margaret Baptised 10 Jan 1802
Jean Baptised 11th June 1804
Two other children have been found.
Charles Bruce Born/baptised on 15th June 1806
Colin Bruce Born/baptised on 9th January 1814
A Dundee Street Directory reveals that Charles Bruce Senior was still alive in 1829 and that he owned the tobacconist’s shop in the Overgate, Dundee. There is a strong possibility that his wife Isabella was still alive in 1841. Their youngest son, Colin, became a confectioner and ran his business from the Overgate until his death.