Lord Charles Bruce

Captain Lord Charles William Brudenell-Bruce (18 June 1834 – 16 April 1897), styled Lord Charles Bruce, was a British soldier and Liberal Party politician. He served as Vice-Chamberlain of the Household under William Ewart Gladstone between 1880 and 1885.

Lord Charles Bruce
Charles Brudenell-Bruce Vanity Fair 16 September 1882.jpg
Lord Charles Bruce, by Leslie Ward, 1882.
Vice-Chamberlain of the Household
In office
3 May 1880 – 9 June 1885
Prime MinisterWilliam Ewart Gladstone
Preceded byThe Viscount Barrington
Succeeded byViscount Lewisham
Personal details
Born18 June 1834
Died16 April 1897 (1897-04-17) (aged 62)
Political partyLiberal
Spouse(s)Augusta Seymour (d. 1901)


Bruce was the son of Charles Brudenell-Bruce, 1st Marquess of Ailesbury, by his second wife Maria Elizabeth Tollemache, daughter of the Honourable Charles Tollemache, of Harrington, Northamptonshire. George Brudenell-Bruce, 2nd Marquess of Ailesbury, and Ernest Brudenell-Bruce, 3rd Marquess of Ailesbury, were his elder half-brothers.[1]

Military careerEdit

Bruce served in the 1st Life Guards. He purchased a captaincy in the regiment on 30 August 1859, succeeding Hon. Dudley FitzGerald-deRos.[2] He was also an Honorary Major in the Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry.[1]

Political careerEdit

Bruce sat as Member of Parliament for North Wiltshire from 1865 to 1874 and for Marlborough from 1878 to 1885.[3] In 1880 he was sworn of the Privy Council[4] and appointed Vice-Chamberlain of the Household under William Ewart Gladstone,[5] a post he held until the Liberal government fell in 1885.[6]


Bruce married Augusta Georgiana Sophia Seymour, daughter of Frederick Charles William Seymour and granddaughter of Lord Hugh Seymour, on 2 February 1860. They had no children. He died in April 1897, aged 62.[1] Lady Charles Bruce died in February 1901.[7]


  1. ^ a b c thepeerage.com Rt. Hon. Lord Charles William Brudenell-Bruce
  2. ^ "No. 22302". The London Gazette. 30 August 1859. p. 3239.
  3. ^ Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1977]. British parliamentary election results 1832–1885 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. pp. 208–209, 480–481. ISBN 0-900178-26-4.
  4. ^ "No. 24841". The London Gazette. 4 May 1880. p. 2836.
  5. ^ "No. 24842". The London Gazette. 7 May 1880. p. 2915.
  6. ^ "No. 25485". The London Gazette. 30 June 1885. p. 3000.
  7. ^ "Obituary". The Times (36376). London. 12 February 1901. p. 6.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Walter Long
Thomas Sotheron-Estcourt
Member of Parliament for North Wiltshire
With: Walter Long 1865
Richard Penruddocke Long 1865–1868
Sir George Jenkinson, Bt 1868–1874
Succeeded by
Sir George Jenkinson, Bt
George Sotheron-Estcourt
Preceded by
Lord Ernest Bruce
Member of Parliament for Marlborough
Constituency abolished
Political offices
Preceded by
The Viscount Barrington
Vice-Chamberlain of the Household
Succeeded by
Viscount Lewisham