Robert Bruce 1626-1685
Robert BRUCE, 1st Earl of Ailesbury 1626-1685
Born at St Bartholomew-the-Less, London, son of Thomas Bruce. Lord lieutenant of Huntingdonshire in 1681; of Cambridgeshire 1685. Appointed Lord Chamberlain of the household in 1685.
Noted as a collector of manuscripts and antiquities. Library auctioned in London, 19.5.1690 (1275 lots). His will has no explicit mention of books; they would have been part of the residue of his estate, goods and chattels left to his wife, to dispose of amongst their children as she thought fit.
- Will of Robert Bruce, The National Archives PROB 11/380/596.
- Alston, R. C. Inventory of sale catalogues 1676-1800. St Philip, 2010.
- Bibliotheca curiosa. Sive catalogus librorum in plurimis facultatibus, [London, 1690], ESTC r175346.
- Henderson, T. F., and Victor Stater. "Bruce, Robert, second earl of Elgin and first earl of Ailesbury (bap. 1626, d. 1685), nobleman." Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.