Margaret Steuart Hamilton Tyndall
1788 - 1869
Margaret Steuart Hamilton Tyndall
Bruce, Her mother was Indian. Robert Bruce never married and died in India in 1797, leaving an 8 year old illegitimate daughter by a native lady. The daughter was called Margaret and Uncle Professor Bruce arranged for her to be despatched to Scotland where he acted as her guardian until his death at Nuthill House on 16th April 1826. The estates of Nuthill, Falkland and Myres then came to Margaret Bruce together with £300,000 worth of securities. As a young girl she had sat at her desk in his office, first in Edinburgh when he held the office of King's Printer and Stationer for Scotland (she was a shareholder at the time of her uncle's death), and then at Nuthill where she became very knowledgeable about running the Falkland estate. It was said that everthing Margaret Bruce touches she turns gold. Certainly Professor Bruce died a very rich man. William Burn was the architect commisioned to build the House of Falkland. She was adopted by her uncle. She was heiress to the estates and office of the Hereditary Keeper of Falkland Palace. A fine two-storey country house, in the Jacobean-style, which now houses a school for boys with special needs, the House of Falkland (or Falkland House School) is located a half-mile (1 km) west of Falkland in Fife. Built between 1838-44 by William Burn (1789 - 1870) for Onesiphorus Tyndall-Bruce (1790 - 1855) and his wife, the heiress Margaret Tyndall-Bruce (1788 - 1869) at a cost of £30,000. The couple lived at Nuthill House, but this was demolished and the stone reused for this new house. Burn's style was subdued, perhaps not wishing to eclipse the nearby Falkland Palace. The house comprises two connected sections; a main block of two storeys and a single storey service range attached to the northwest. The chimneys are copied from Winton House in East Lothian. Margaret Stuart Hamilton Tyndall-Bruce 1788 - 1869 Heiress and landowner. The daughter of Robert Hamilton Bruce, she inherited Falkland Palace from her uncle, John Hamilton Bruce, in 1826. Two years later, she married an impecunious Bristol barrister, Onesiphorous Tyndall, and repaid his debts. The couple lived for ten years at Nuthill House, before demolishing this to build the House of Falkland in 1840. She was buried next to her husband in the churchyard of Falkland Parish Church. --------- EXCERPT FROM THE 1861 PAROCHIAL DIRECTORY FOR FIFE AND KINROSS PARISH OF FALKLAND. bout a mile to the west of Falkland is the House of Falkland, the residence of Mrs O. Tyndal Bruce, a splendid Elizabethan mansion, built in 1839 44, at a cost of at least £30,000. To the west of the House of Falkland is Kilgour, where the Church once stood. Few parishes have made greater advances in agricultural improvement than Falkland has done. The great extent of drainage operations carried on by the late Mr. Bruce, and, after his decease, by his neice and her husband, have reclaimed a great extent of ground; and good grain crops are now produced far up the Lomonds, where formerly there was only pasture for sheep. ... The building that ranks next in importance to the palace is the Parish Church, which was erected in 1849, through the liberality of O. T. Bruce, Esq., at a cost it is said of £7000. It is a handsome structure surmounted by an elegant Spire. To perpetuate the memory of this gentleman for his great liberality to the Parish, not only for this, but for other acts of munificence, a monument has been erected on a spur of the Lomonds, which is .seen at a great distance. For some time previous to that gentleman's death, he contemplated erecting a public fountain at the Cross, but was prevented by illness, which ultimately proved fatal, from accomplishing his purpose. His intentions however were faithfully carried into effect by his widow, who erected a handsome fountain, which proves a great ornament to that part of the town, Edinburgh University Library Special Collections: Edinburgh University Archives http://www.lib.ed.ac.uk/speccoll/eua.shtml There are papers concerning her in this collection. At some point she lived at Nuthill, the property of her uncle Prof. John Bruce who bought the place in 1820.
|Born: India 22nd May 1788 ||Baptised: |
|Died: 7th Nov 1869||Buried: Parish Church, Falkland, , , Scotland 1869 |
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