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Elizabeth De Burgh was only 13 when she married Robert De Bruce. He declared his kingship and the coronation took place when she was only 17. For that era, those ages were not unusual because people usually didn’t live past 40 or 50. /* Font Definitions */ @font-face {font-family:”Arial Unicode MS”; panose-1:2 11 6 4 2 2 2 2 2 4; mso-font-charset:128; mso-generic-font-family:swiss; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:-1 -369098753 63 0 4129279 0;} @font-face {font-family:”\@Arial Unicode MS”; panose-1:2 11 6 4 2 2 2 2 2 4; mso-font-charset:128; mso-generic-font-family:swiss; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:-1 -369098753 63 0 4129279 0;} /* Style Definitions */ p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal {mso-style-parent:””; margin:0in; margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:”Times New Roman”; mso-fareast-font-family:”Times New Roman”;} h3 {margin-right:0in; mso-margin-top-alt:auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto; margin-left:0in; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; mso-outline-level:3; font-size:13.5pt; font-family:”Arial Unicode MS”; font-weight:bold;} a:link, span.MsoHyperlink {color:blue; text-decoration:underline; text-underline:single;} a:visited, span.MsoHyperlinkFollowed {color:purple; text-decoration:underline; text-underline:single;} p {margin-right:0in; mso-margin-top-alt:auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto; margin-left:0in; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:”Arial Unicode MS”;} pre {margin:0in; margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; tab-stops:45.8pt 91.6pt 137.4pt 183.2pt 229.0pt 274.8pt 320.6pt 366.4pt 412.2pt 458.0pt 503.8pt 549.6pt 595.4pt 641.2pt 687.0pt 732.8pt; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:”Arial Unicode MS”;} span.preview {mso-style-name:preview;} p.catlinks, li.catlinks, div.catlinks {mso-style-name:catlinks; margin-right:0in; mso-margin-top-alt:auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto; margin-left:0in; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:”Arial Unicode MS”;} @page Section1 {size:8.5in 11.0in; margin:1.0in 1.25in 1.0in 1.25in; mso-header-margin:.5in; mso-footer-margin:.5in; mso-paper-source:0;} div.Section1 {page:Section1;} –>

Robert the Bruce and Elizabeth d Burgh,

Elizabeth d Burgh (circa 1289October 27, 1327) was the second wife of Robert I of Scotland (Robert the Bruce).

Image File history File links Download high resolution version (759×1199, 72 KB)From the Seton Armorial in the Nation Library of Scotland (MS Acc. …
Image File history File links Download high resolution version (759×1199, 72 KB)From the Seton Armorial in the Nation Library of Scotland (MS Acc. … Jump to: navigation, search For broader historical context, see 1280s and 13th century. … Jump to: navigation, search October 27 is the 300th day of the year (301st in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 65 days remaining. … Jump to: navigation, search Events January 25 – Edward III becomes King of England. … Robert I, (Robert de Brus in Norman French and Roibert a Briuis in medieval Gaelic), usually known in modern English today as Robert the Bruce (July 11, 1274–June 7, 1329), was King of Scotland (1306–1329). …


She was born in Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland as the daughter of the powerful Richard Og de Burgh, 2nd Earl of Ulster and his wife Margarite de Burgh (d. 1304). Her father was a close friend of Edward I of England. Jump to: navigation, search Dunfermline (in Gaelic, Dùn Phà rlain), is a town and royal burgh in Fife, Scotland that sits on high ground 3 miles from the shore of the Firth of Forth, northwest of Edinburgh. … Fife (Fìobh in Gaelic) is a unitary council region of Scotland situated between the Firth of Tay and the Firth of Forth. … Royal motto: Nemo me impune lacessit (Latin: No one provokes me with impunity) (Scots: Wha daur meddle wi me) Scotlands location within the UK Languages with Official Status1 English Gaelic Capital Edinburgh Largest city Glasgow First Minister Jack McConnell Area – Total – % water Ranked 2nd UK 78,782 km² 1. … Richard Og de Burgh, also known as Richard de Burgh, was the 2nd Earl of Ulster, 3rd Lord of Connacht. … Events 20 July – Fall of Stirling Castle: Edward I of England takes the last rebel stronghold in the Wars of Scottish Independence. … King Edward I of England (June 17, 1239 – July 7, 1307), popularly known as Longshanks because of his 6 foot 2 inch frame and the Hammer of the Scots (his tombstone, in Latin, read, Hic est Edwardvs Primus Scottorum Malleus, Here lies Edward I, Hammer of the Scots), achieved fame…


Elizabeth probably met Robert the Bruce at the English court, and they married in 1302 at Writtle, near Chelmsford, Essex, England. Robert and Elizabeth were crowned as King and Queen of Scots at Scone on March 27, 1306. This coronation took place in defiance of the English claims of suzerainty over Scotland, and the new King sent Elizabeth, with other family members, to Kildrummy Castle for safety under the protection of his brother Nigel. Events July 11 – Battle of the Golden Spurs (Guldensporenslag in Dutch), major victory of Flanders over the French occupier. … The village of Writtle lies in Essex, England, just to the west of Chelmsford. … Chelmsford is a town in the county of Essex, in the United Kingdom. … Essex is a county in the East of England. … Jump to: navigation, search Royal motto (French): Dieu et mon droit (Translated: God and my right) Englands location within the UK Official language English de facto Capital London de facto Largest city London Area – Total Ranked 1st UK 130,395 km² Population – Total (mid-2004) – Density Ranked 1st UK… Jump to: navigation, search Scone is a large village, a mile north of Perth, Scotland. … March 27 is the 86th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (87th in Leap years). … Events March 25 – Robert the Bruce becomes King of Scotland June 19 – Forces of Earl of Pembroke defeat Bruces Scottish rebels at the Battle of Methven Philip IV of France exiles all the Jews from France and confiscates their property In London, a city ordinance degrees that heating with… Kildrummy Castle is a ruined castle near Kildrummy the traditional Scottish county of Aberdeenshire. …


After the defeat of the Scots at the Battle of Methven on 19 June 1306, the English laid siege to the castle containing the royal party. The siege finally succeeded when the English bribed a blacksmith with “all the gold he could carry” to set fire to the corn store. The victors hanged and beheaded Bruce’s brother, along with all the men from the castle. They imprisoned Bruce’s sister Mary and Isabel, Countess of Buchan in wooden cages erected on the walls of Berwick and Roxburgh castles, and they sent Bruce’s 12-year-old daughter Marjorie Bruce to a nunnery. Due to Edward’s unwillingness to anger the Earl of Ulster, Elizabeth went into house arrest in England. The Battle of Methven took place at Methven in Scotland in 1306, during the Wars of Scottish Independence. … June 19 is the 170th day of the year (171st in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 195 days remaining. … Events March 25 – Robert the Bruce becomes King of Scotland June 19 – Forces of Earl of Pembroke defeat Bruces Scottish rebels at the Battle of Methven Philip IV of France exiles all the Jews from France and confiscates their property In London, a city ordinance degrees that heating with… In the Peerage of Scotland the Kings of Scots have thrice created the title Earl of Buchan. … Map sources for Berwick-upon-Tweed at grid reference NT9952 Berwick-upon-Tweed from across the river Berwick-upon-Tweed, (pronounced Berrick) situated in the county of Northumberland, is the northernmost town in England, situated on the east coast on the mouth of the river Tweed. … Historically, Roxburgh was an important Scottish town. … Margaret de Bruce or Marjorie Bruce (December, 1296 – March 2, 1316) was the only daughter of Robert I of Scotland and his first wife Isabella of Mar. …


Eight years later, after the Bruce had defeated the English at Bannockburn (June 1314), Elizabeth finally walked free in exchange for captured English nobles. The Battle of Bannockburn (June 23, 1314 – June 24, 1314) was a significant Scottish victory in the Wars of Scottish Independence. …


Elizabeth gave birth to two sons and two daughters: John, Matilda, Margaret, and David (the future king David II of Scotland). Elizabeth Bruce died on October 27, 1327 at Cullen Castle, Banffshire and is buried in Dunfermline. Her husband died eight months later. Jump to: navigation, search David II (March 5, 1324 – February 22, 1371) king of Scotland, son of King Robert the Bruce by his second wife, Elizabeth de Burgh (d. … Jump to: navigation, search October 27 is the 300th day of the year (301st in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 65 days remaining. … Jump to: navigation, search Events January 25 – Edward III becomes King of England. … Banffshire (Siorrachd Bhanbh in Gaelic) is a small traditional county in the north of Scotland. …

The above is from NationMaster.com and I believe the information is reliable because it jives with other such history I have studied. DonWhite
See also: Wars of Scottish Independence The Wars of Scottish Independence were a series of military campaigns fought between Scotland and England in the late 13th and early 14th centuries. …


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 I first list two family history centers in Scotland but see my list of many more than that below. The first, on Julian Avenue in Glasgow, is probably owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and is free to the public, both members and non-members. The Church’s archives are the most complete in the world. The second, in Hawick, is connected to the Hawick Museum and you should call ahead to see if there is a charge 
 
Julian Avenue
Kelvinside
Glasgow,   G74 2ED
Scotland
Phone: 0141-357 1024
Hours open: Tues 10am-9pm; Thur 2pm-9pm; Fri 6pm-9pm
Notes: By appointment only. Phone before visiting.
(Last updated: November 25, 1997)
 
 
Hawick Museum & Scott Gallery
Wilton Lodge park,
Hawick.  Roxburghshire. Scottish Borders,   TD9 7JL
Scotland
Phone: 01450 373457
Hours open:  Phone for appointment is best otherwise Mon-fri 1-4pm  Sat closed  Sun 2-4pm
Notes: Information on Border family names, monumental/grave transcription books, family network files
(Last updated: October 31, 2000)

The following 16 Family History Centers in Scotland are owned by the Mormon Church and are free to the public.


Aberdeen Scotland
North Anderson Drive
Aberdeen, Grampian, Scotland
Phone: 44 (0) 122-469 2206
Hours: Wed, Fri and Sat 10:30-3:30; Tues, Thurs 6:30-8:30


Alloa Scotland
Grange Road
Westend Park
Alloa, Clackmannanshire, Scotland
Phone: 44 (0) 125-921 1148
Hours: M 10am-12pm; Tu 6.30pm-8.30pm. Other times by arrangment.
Attention: Contact Mandy Watson on 01259 211986 for an appointment


Ayr Scotland
Corner of Orchard Ave &
Mossgiel Road
Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland
Hours: T 10am-1pm, 7pm-9pm; Th 10am-1pm except 1st Th of month


Dumfries Scotland
36 Edinburgh Road
Albanybank, Dumfrieshire, Scotland
Phone: 44 (0) 138-725 4865
Hours: T 9am-3pm, 7pm-9pm


Dundee Scotland
Bingham Terrace
Dundee, Tayside, Scotland
Phone: 44 (0) 138-245 1247
Hours: T-Th 9am-3pm; W, Th 6pm-9pm; also alternate M mornings & Tu evenings.


Edinburgh Scotland
30A Colinton Road
Edinburgh, Lothian, Scotland
Phone: 44 (0)131-313 2762
Hours: T 10am-2pm, T 7pm-9pm.
Attention: Use entrance Spylaw Road


Elgin Scotland
Pansport Road
Elgin, Morayshire, Scotland
Phone: 44 (0) 134-354 6429
Hours: W 7pm-9pm; Th 1.30pm-4pm; Sat 9.30am-12pm


Glasgow Scotland
35 Julian Avenue
Kelvinside
Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland
Phone: 44 (0) 141-357 1024
Hours: M 11am-2pm, T 10am-9pm, W 2pm-6pm
Closed: From thurs. 18 Dec. 2008 until sun. 11 Jan. 2009 inclusive
Attention: Please book by telephone before coming


Invergordon Scotland
Kilmonivaig Seafield
Portmahomack
Tain, Ross-shire, Scotland
Phone: 44 (0) 186-287 1631
Hours: T, Th 10am-12pm, 7pm-9pm


Inverness Scotland
13 Ness Walk
Inverness, Inverness-shire, Scotland
Phone: 44 (0) 146-323 1220
Hours: Mondays: 10am-4pm; (Thurs evenings 6pm-8pm by appointment only)
Attention: please ring for an appointment before calling.


Kirkcaldy Scotland
Winifred Crescent
Forth Park
Kirkcaldy, Fifeshire, Scotland
Phone: 44 (0) 159-264 0041
Hours: T, Th 10am-4pm; T-W 7pm-9pm; Th 6pm-9pm.


Lerwick Scotland
44 Prince Alfred Street
Lerwick, Shetland, Scotland
Phone: 44 (0) 159-569 5732
Hours: Th 6pm-9pm; All other times by appointment


Montrose Scotland
Coronation Way
Montrose, Angus, Scotland
Phone: 44 (0) 167-467 5753


Motherwell Scotland
444-478 Orbiston Street
Motherwell, Lanarkshire, Scotland
Phone: 44 (0) 1698 266630
Hours: Wed 7pm-9pm.


Paisley Scotland
Glenburn Road
Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland
Phone: 44 (0) 141-884 2780
Hours: T 9.30am-3.30pm; W 10am-1pm; Th 6.30-9pm; Sat 9.30am-2.30pm.


Stornoway Scotland
Newton Street
Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, Scotland
Phone: 44 (0) 185-187 0972
Hours: W 7pm-9pm; Th 3pm-9pm.
Attention: For appointments, please ring Eric Shaw on 01851 820274

 
 
 
 
 
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>Their History and Take On My Grandfather

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The following comes via a family history done by the husband of a woman, Mrs. Glenn Gohr, whose Clarke family connects into the family tree of my twentieth grandfather, Robert D. Bruse or Bruce (changed from Broos). I do not endorse everything said in this history, but from what I have read it is substantially correct and Glenn did a great job. There are books of history in print about this great man that are much more definitive. The differences in this report and theirs are not so much in substance as in detail.

Mr. Gohr does not reveal his sources in this short bio other than an encyclopedia reference. I’m sure they have other family references as well, judging by what was said. In any historical work of an era long ago there are going to be minor differences in written and oral history. The little differences to me are not monumental. The important thing is that we share two loves: love of the man and his family and love for family history.

The one great fact is that Robert was a great leader, a man all of Scotland reveres even today in modern times as their “George Washington.” Though the tough-minded Scots probably refer to George Washington as America’s Robert D. Bruce, and rightly so.

Not many centuries after Bruce, Scotland and England would mend their differences and join together with Wales and part of Ireland to form the Great Britain nation. And that’s as it should be.

According to the CIA website, the following dates are applicable:
England has existed as a unified entity since the 10th century; the union between England and Wales, begun in 1284 with the Statute of Rhuddlan, was not formalized until 1536 with an Act of Union; in another Act of Union in 1707, England and Scotland agreed to permanently join as Great Britain; the legislative union of Great Britain and Ireland was implemented in 1801, with the adoption of the name the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland; the Anglo-Irish treaty of 1921 formalized a partition of Ireland; six northern Irish counties remained part of the United Kingdom as Northern Ireland and the current name of the country, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, was adopted in 1927

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if all peoples could join hands in bonds of freedom and friendship, irrespective of politics. And I think they do. The problem arises when political leaders try to foist on people their hubris, power struggles, conceit, vain glory, pride and lustful desires for expansion into smaller countries at a cost of life and liberty such as the recent (August 8, 2008) military intervention by Russia when Vladimir Putin’s forces invaded a soverign nation, Georgia, and appear to want to continue to expand their borders for far less than humanitarian reasons because they have missile sites in South Ossetia aimed at Btilisi, Georgia as I write.

We love Scotland and England for preserving the heritage of each country, and the records of families that stretch across the ages. Much of their doings and heritage formed the foundation for a freedom loving people on the Western Continent and the freedoms we enjoy as Americans.

Sharing ancestors from Wales, Scotland, England and Ireland as well, it brings me much joy to see that others of us have the spirit of Elijah–that is of sharing family records and history, finding our ancestors. It is a spirit that is contagious, one we must preserve by participating in the free flow of information among families. It is up to us, the succeeding generations to maintain that heritage, that peaceful feeling between races and countries that our forebearers so fortunately and rightly gave us.

England can thank William The Conquerer and others, including Robert’s ancestor who came from France’s Normandy to invade and conquer the various tribes living on English soil. This successful invasion brought these tribes together into a viable and recognizable country. William received an injury in a battle at Hastings where his ships landed, an arrow in the eye. Yet he persevered and established a country, meting out spoils and privileges of large land grants to his knights, of which Robert’s ancestor was one. From this first grant of some 750 acres of territory, a succession of Broos families were able to maintain land in both the area of Scotland and England until Robert came on the scene. In siding with the Scots, he forefeited his English title and large land holdings in England of which the ownership goes clear back to the Norman invasion.

If anyone reading this can supply me and others with names of the Broos family members that preceded this great man, please write me at
dusanotes@yahoo.com
Thanks, and good searching.
Donald M. White

I salute Mr. and Mrs. Gohr, my relatives, for their fine website and the good work they are doing. I hope we can exchange some family history and connect the links that each of us may be missing.

BRUCE GENEALOGY
Compiled by Glenn Gohr

Family tradition says that while living in England, my wife’s Clarke family intermarried with the noble family of Robert the Bruce.

ROBERT THE BRUCE

Here is a little bit of information on Robert Bruce, the gallant Scottish patriot who led his countrymen against the English. After his great victory at Bannockburn in 1314, Scotland became independent.

“Robert Bruce (1274-1329), a gallant Scottish king, spent most of his life trying to free his country from English rule. A legend it told of Bruce hiding from his enemies. He was lying on a bed in a wretched hut. On the roof above him, Bruce saw a spider swinging by one of its threads. It was trying to swing itself from one beam to another. It tried six times and failed. Bruce realized that he had fought the same number of battles in vain against the English. He decided that if the spider tried a seventh time and succeeded, he also would try again. The spider’s seventh attempt was successful. Bruce took heart, and went forth to victory.

“Early in his career, Bruce, then Earl of Carrick, swore allegiance to Edward I, King of England. He occasionally changed sides and aided the patriot, William Wallace. John de Baliol won the throne of Scotland in a famous lawsuit against Bruce and 12 other claimants. Bruce was friendly with Edward until 1306. That year Bruce was involved in the death of “Red Comyn,” who claimed the Scottish throne. Then Bruce had himself crowned king, but the English defeated him. He dismissed his troops, went to Ireland, and let his enemies think he was dead.

“The next spring he landed in Carrick, and defeated the English. Within two years he had gained control of almost all of Scotland. Then he advanced into England, destroying everything as he went, and defeated the English in a battle at Bannockburn in 1314. Under Edward III, England finally recognized Scotland’s independence and the right of Bruce to the throne, as King Robert I, in 1328. Bruce died about a year later.”
–Source: THE WORLD BOOK ENCYCLOPEDIA (1962 ed.), p. 538.

In March of 1999 I had the thrill of hearing from a 2nd cousin whom we’d never heard of. He has supplied us with many, many missing links in the Clarke family history and has taken the lineage back into England and beyond. THANK YOU! to Karl Ahlgren, our new-found cousin at Richland Hills, Texas, for all your assistance on the Clarke and Bruce families!!!!–Glenn Gohr.

I know there is a Robert the Bruce Society for all descendants of Robert the Bruce. I used to correspond with a lady who was a member of this group. It would be interesting to know if they have this Bruce-Clarke family connection in their records somewhere and be able to tie up the missing links.

Here is my wife’s BRUCE lineage as far as I’ve found out so far:

1. Mary BRUCE (reported to be a direct descendant of the famed Robert the Bruce of Scotland), d. 1826 Ripon, Yorkshire, England; md. William CLARKE, b. 1762 Ripon, Yorkshire, England, d. 1814 Ripon, Yorkshire, England (age 52)
2. George CLARKE, b. 20 Sept. 1802 Ripon, Yorkshire, England, d. 8 March 1852 Cleveland, OH; md. 2nd, in 1830 at Ripon, Yorkshire, England, Mary BARLOW, b. 17 Jan. 1804 England, d. 22 Nov. 1853 (She came to America in 1853 and died shortly after arriving)
3. Rev. George Henry CLARKE, Sr. (Baptist preacher in the Civil War), b. 7 Nov. 1844 London, England, d. 30 June 1917 Oakland, Shawnee Co., KS; md. 12 Dec. 1866 Ft. Wayne, IN to Eliza Jane CRAWFORD, b. 5 March 1844 Conshohocken, Montgomery Co., PA, d. 11 Feb. 1920 Ellsworth, KS
4. Mary Rosetta CLARKE, b. 17 Feb. 1873 Walnut Grove, IN, d. 1 June 1960 Pasadena, CA; md. 17 Oct. 1892 Fairview, KS to Robert Archie HENRY, Sr., b. 10 July 1872 Sabetha, KS, d. 26 July 1947 San Fernando Valley, CA
5. Robert Archie HENRY, Jr., b. 26 Aug. 1902 Cycles, OK, d. 10 June 1944 Los Angeles, CA; md. 22 Aug. 1928 to Bonnie Ruth CALLICO, b. 5 Aug. 1905 Drake’s Creek, Madison Co., AR, d. 1 Dec. 1968 San Bernardino, CA (both buried at Mountain View Cemetery, San Bernardino, CA) *These are my wife’s grandparents.

>Robert De Bruce

>I blogged on Amazon.com today about my 20th grandfather, Robert The Bruce, King of Scotland. Actually, I was commenting about Scott’s book: Robert The Bruce: King of Scots which is a fine history of my grandfather.

Here’s my blog which is about a review made on the book earlier:

Your initial post: Jul 28, 2008 2:35 PM PDT
Don White says:
Dennis Phillips did a good job with his review. Being a 20th grandson of Robert Bruce, I am anxious and eager to read everything printed about my grandfather. Though some is not reliable, I believe Ronald McNair Scott’s book is. I enjoyed it greatly. He is a fine writer and has the ability that few in that genre have–of tying then to now while keeping the interest high and the reader on edge. I congratulate him greatly for what I consider a blockbuster tomb of the century on one of history’s truly great men, certainly the finest warrior-politician and leader Scotland has ever produced. I’m sure I will get to see him in the Spirit World after this life and will sit at his feet with much to ask him. I hope you share the same faith I do that there, indeed, is a Spirit World, and life everlasting. Long live the epoch story of Robert D. Bruce. Thank you, Dennis, for your positive review. Someday I, too, would like to write on King Robert. Bravo to the author for a boffo book! Donald White dusanotes@yahoo.com http://PoliticalDisconnect.blogspot.com

>Robert The Bruce’s Genes

>Some time ago I did some family history work under our Murdock line and found we had a lot of Scottish ancestry–the families Stewart, Maddox (yes, Marcia, we’re probably related), Bruce, Campbell and more. Then there it was, the name of Robert De Broos, later changed to Robert De Bruce, the great Scottish warrior/diplomat/landowner/emancipator of the Scots from English rule at the Battle of Bannockburn in 1312. There are a lot of books out on his history and about this magnificent heroic figure in our family history. If you go to downtown Edenborough,Scotland (or is it Eninborgh?) there is a massive statue of Bruce in full battle armor riding his horse.

I could, but I wont’ get into his history. Though just the thought of him–that he’s my 20th grandfather–really excites me. Just to think of this intrepid man is compelling, so it may be worth your while to go to Amazon.com or the library and look him up. I have read Robert the Bruce: King of Scots: Ronald McNair Scott’s wonderful book. I have not read the others: Nigel Tranter’s Robert The Bruce:The Price of The King’s Peace. Nor have I read our cousins’ Charles Randolph Bruce’s and Carol Bruce’s books Rebel King: The Har’ships or Rebel King:Hammer of The Scots.

You can tell by this blog that we’re going to have a very good time. At one very impressionistic time in my much younger life I dreamed, of course erroneously, that if Bruce was my 20th Grandfather I must share at least a little of his genes. I quickly disabused myself of that fantasy. I worked it out mathematically. Go back 20 generations and I have more than 6,000 grandfathers and grandmothers whose DNA is sprinkled very lightly into my gene pool, and there is just as much of each one of these other grand people’s genes in me as Bruce’s. In the Church what I had felt is called pride, so banish the thought.

We are all part of these genes, those who claim his ancestry. But we can thank many others for our genetics besides the good king of Scotland. Our parents, primarily. God bless you ’till the next blog. Meanwhile, don’t ever allow yourself to get bored, and stay interested in something even if a little pride creeps in and you have to catch yourself and repent.

People who have to repent once in a while, as long as it’s not a major sin, seem to live longer than those saints who do not. I guess God is giving us a longer probation here on earth, so buck up. Life is wonderful, so live it as full and as best you can and follow President Hinckley’s advice: “Do your very best, things will work out–they always do.”
Don White