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Publication: Lord Elgin Collection add link
Issue: 1819-1908
Title: James Bruce, Earl of Elgin and Kincardine, and family fonds
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Lady Elizabeth Mary (Elma) Bruce was born in 19 June 1842 in Jamaica, the eldest daughter of James Bruce, 8th Earl of Elgin, and Lady Elizabeth Mary Cumming-Bruce (1821-1843), his first wife. Elma returned to Britain with her father in 1846, and accompanied her step-mother Lady Mary Louisa Lambton Bruce to Montreal in May 1847. She travelled in the Province of Canada with her parents, returning to Britain in September 1853. In 1864, she married Thomas John Hovell-Thurlow-Cumming Bruce, 5th Baron Thurlow (d. 12 March 1916), who had been Secretary to her father at the time of his death. Their two sons died in 1899 during the South African War. She died 27 November 1923.