Charles Bruce, 5th Earl of Elgin

Charles Bruce, 5th Earl of Elgin and 9th Earl of Kincardine (6 July 1732 – 14 May 1771) was the son of William Bruce, 8th Earl of Kincardine. His mother was Janet Roberton, daughter of James Roberton (principal Lord of Session)[1] and great-granddaughter of advocate and judge Lord Bedlay[2][3]

The 5th Earl of Elgin.
The grave of Sir Charles Bruce, 5th Earl of Elgin, Dunfermline Abbey
Coats of arms of the Earl of Elgin

On 1 June 1759, he married Martha Whyte (1739-1810, who later became governess to Princess Charlotte of Wales. They had eight children:[1]

Elgin was Grand Master of Scottish Freemasons from 1761 to 1763 and a founding member of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews.[1] He built the planned industrial village of Charlestown, Fife.[4]

He is buried in the southern transept of Dunfermline Abbey close to the grave of Robert the Bruce.


  1. ^ a b c Elgin, 1633 Archived 12 October 2012 at the Wayback Machine at (Cracroft's Peerage online). Retrieved 23 October 2012
  2. ^ John Birnie; William Barclay Turnbull (1838). Families of Broomhill. Edinburgh Printing Co. pp. 36–37. Retrieved 31 December 2010.
  3. ^ "Archibald Roberton". Retrieved 1 January 2011.
  4. ^ Chesher, Susan; Foster, Linda; Hogben, Laurence (1979). A Short History of the Villages: Charlestown, Limekilns and Pattiesmuir. Charlestown, Limekilns and Pattiesmuir Community Council.
Masonic offices
Preceded by
The Earl of Leven
Grand Master of the
Grand Lodge of Scotland

1761 – 1763
Succeeded by
The Earl of Kellie
Peerage of Scotland
Preceded by
William Bruce
Earl of Kincardine
Succeeded by
William Bruce
Preceded by
Charles Bruce
Earl of Elgin