in the company of Lord Bruce
Join us for an exclusive private tour of Broomhall House, in the company of Lord Bruce, heir to the Earl of Elgin and Kincardine, Chief of the Name of Bruce and a lineal descendant of King Robert the Bruce.
Situated on the north bank of the Firth of Forth near Dunfermline, this 310-year-old mansion is home to an historical collection directly connected to the descendants of Scotland’s greatest hero, King Robert the Bruce. The Bruce family arrived in Scotland in the 12th century and acquired the lands of Broomhall in the 1580s. The present house was built in 1702 and has been occupied by the same family for 13 generations.
By special invitation, we will be joined by Lord Bruce himself for a very personal tour of the house and its historical contents. These include Robert the Bruce’s sword, several unopened letters from Queen Victoria to the Emperor of China and an estate ledger showing an outstanding debt dating from 1826 incurred by the family of Andrew Carnegie, who later became the world’s richest man.
Lord Bruce’s friendly and entertaining conversation is filled with anecdotes about his illustrious ancestors and the roles many have played through time. His knowledge of history is matched only by his infectious enthusiasm at sharing it with visitors, and he can go off ‘off-piste’ and be rather cheeky about his ancestors in a way that a regular guide perhaps couldn’t. Watching Lord Bruce in full flow while holding an important historical artefact is a truly unique experience.
Following our tour, we will enjoy lunch and a glass or two of wine in the elegant surroundings of Broomhall House before departing for nearby Culross, which has close connections with the Bruce family. Here we will explore the Palace, a late 16th – early 17th century merchant’s house, and the Abbey, which was founded in1217 and contains the tomb of George Bruce of Carnock along with some rather spooky effigies of him, his wife and their eight children.
Our day concludes at Dunfermline Abbey, the last resting place of several members of the Bruce family, including Robert the Bruce, whose bones are interred here while his heart rests at Melrose Abbey.
We will be joined by archaeologist Peter Yeoman who will give us his own insights into the Bruce dynasty.