The BRUCE Name
The origin of the Scottish name Bruce is generally agreed to be derived from the locality Bruy or Bruys in Normandy, where the family De Bruys originated, but also includes Celtic ancestry. De Bruys was one of the followers of William the Conqueror, and fought at the battle of Hastings. From this ancestor, King Robert Bruce was descended.
Robert I, the Bruce (1274-1329)
Robert Bruce is surely the greatest of all the great Scottish heroes.
Earl of Carrick, Robert Bruce was born at Turnberry Castle, Ayrshire, in 1274. The greatness of Bruce is demonstrated in the astonishing victory at Bannockburn on Mid-Summer's Day, the 24th of June 1314 over the much larger and better-equipped forces of Edward II ensured Scottish freedom from control by the hated English.
In May 1328 a peace treaty was signed at Northampton by the English king that recognised Scotland as an independent kingdom and Robert Bruce as king. The Declaration of Independence signed at Arbroath was the culmination of Bruce's career. Scotland had become the first nation state in Europe, the first to have territorial unity under a single king.(from http://britannia.com)
Bruces have a long association with Perth including king Robert the Bruce who recaptured Perth from the English in 1313. The Royal Burgh of Perth (Peairt in Scottish Gaelic) is a large burgh in central Scotland on the banks of the River Tay.
There has been a settlement at Perth since prehistoric times, with evidence dating to around 7000 BC. The name derives from a Pictish word for wood or copse. It was known to the Romans as Bertha from the Celtic 'Aber The' meaning mouth of the Tay. Perth is often referred to as the Ancient Capital of Scotland.
To date, our earliest Bruce family member discovered is Thomas BRUCE who was born in Perth Scotland about 1833.
BRUCES in Australia
Our Thomas BRUCE emigrated from Scotland to Australia in about the early 1850s. Most probably as a crew member on the Acasta in 1854.