Broomhall House, lit as it hosts a VIP reception and dinner ahead of COP26

By leaves we live. Broomhall House under the canopy of Kings and Queens.

The Bruce family were honoured to be asked to host a private reception and dinner at Broomhall on the eve of COP 26 for His Excellency, Mr Pham Minh Chinh, Prime Minister of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam and his delegation of 16 ministers.  The evening ended with the ceremonial handover of a Liquidambar Styraciflua tree which will be …

Broomhall House welcomes the Best Car in The World and friends

Now in its 115th year of continual promotional use, the world’s most celebrated motor car arrived at Broomhall for Sunday lunch hosted by the Bruce family. Following a route planned by the 20-Ghost Club – the world’s oldest Rolls-Royce owners’ organisation – the original Silver Ghost is touring Scotland in the company of a further 21 Rolls-Royce motor cars, all …

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Tales of a Grandfather: the Bruce family and Sir Walter Scott. Commemorating the 250th anniversary of the birth of Sir Walter Scott, 15th August 1771.

Among the collection of nineteenth century novels in the library at Broomhall House are three shelves of early editions of works by Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832). As a writer of historical fiction Scott became the foremost literary figure of his era. Publishing 27 novels over a span of 30 years, he became the first author to enjoy a truly international …

Broomhall House features in Scotland Magazine

It was our pleasure to welcome Roddy Martine of Scotland Magazine to Broomhall House, ahead of a special feature on the ancestral home of the Bruce family. The article, appearing in the latest edition of Scotland Magazine, delves into the extraordinary history of our home, exploring what makes it such a sought after experience for international travelers to Scotland. One …

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Notable women of the Bruce Family

Martha Whyte, Countess of Elgin and Kincardine (1741-1818) Married in 1759 at the age of 18 to Charles, 5th Earl of Elgin and 9th Earl of Kincardine, Martha Whyte brought up a family of eight children in 12 years, though only four survived into adulthood. Martha was born in London and orphaned by the age of five. Her father Thomas …

Lord Bruce’s Address to the Haggis

Celebrating the birthday of Scotland’s acclaimed national poet, Robert Burns, Lord Bruce performed the time honoured Address to the Haggis, virtually, by video link for an audience of Canadian international travel buyers. Watch the Address to the Haggis, delivered by him, here.

The Bruce family and the foundation of Canadian identity.

Canada Day has been held as a national holiday on 1st July since 1867 when the country became a federal self-governing dominion within the British empire. In 1965 Canada adopted a new red and white flag with the maple leaf as the iconic symbol of its nationhood.  But the story behind this most recognisable of international flags is closely connected …

VE Day 75th anniversary: The Bruce family and world war (Part 3)

Section Officer Constance Babington-Smith MBE (WAAF/RAF): discovering the Nazis’ weapons of mass destruction Constance Babington-Smith (1912-2000), a grand-daughter of Victor Bruce 9th Earl of Elgin, joined the WAAF in 1939 as an Assistant Section Officer. In 1941 she was posted to the Photographic Reconnaissance Unit (PRU) at RAF Medmenham, where she was later joined by her brother Bernard. The unit …