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"BRUCE. This surname, so celebrated in the history of Scotland, is of territorial origin, from the Chateau d'Adam at Brix, between Cherbourg and Valognes, Normandy. The ruins of the extensive fortress built in the eleventh century by Adam de Brus and called after him Chateau d'Adam yet remain. The first Robert de Brus on record in Britain was probably the leader of the Brus contingent in the army of William the Conqueror in 1066. He appears to have died about the year 1094. A son of this Robert de Brus, known as Robert le Meschin or the cadet, was the first of his family connected with Scotland. A companion of David i at the English court, he received from the "Soir Sanct for the Crown" the grant of Annandale, here printed. This fief he seems to have renounced in favor of his second son (also Robert), just before the battle of the Standard (1138), on the failure of his attempted mediation between King David and the English Barons. He died in 1141. Owing to the fact that the Bohuns, earls of Essex, held Brace's Annandale estates for the best part of a century, many of the early Annandale deeds came to the hands of their successors, the dukes of Lancaster, and are now in the Public Records (Bain, The Edwards in Scotland, A. D. 1296-1377, p. 48). "David by the grace of God King of Scots, to all his barons and men and friends, French and English: greeting. Know that I have given and granted to Robert Bras, Estrahanent [= valley of the Annan], and all the land from the march of Dunegal of Stranit [= valley of the Nith] even to the march of Randulf Meschin. And I will and grant that he hold and have that land and its cattle, well and honourably, with all its customs; to wit, with whatever customs Randulf Meschin had in Carduill and in his land of Cumberland, on whatever day he had them best and most freely. Witnesses: Eustace son of John, and Hugh of Morville, and Alan of Perci, and William of Sumerville, and Berengar Engain, and Randulf of Sules, and William of Morville, and Herui son of Warin, and Oedmund the Chamberlain. At Scone." This charter conveying the whole of Annandale fills eleven lines of a strip of parchment measuring 6% by 3$4 inches. It was probably granted about the year 1124-1130. A facsimile of it is given in the Facsimiles of the national manuscripts of Scotland, I, no. 19. "The clergy were the only lawyers and the only conveyancers. They wrote concisely, and to the point. Bits of parchment one inch in breadth, and a very few inches in length, were enough to convey great Earldoms and Baronies in the days of David i" (Duke of Argyll, Scotland as it was and as it is, 2. ed., p. 41). Even smaller (Stf by 2J4 inches) is the strip of parchment erecting the Valley of Annandale into a free forest marching with Nithsdale on the one hand the Valley of Clyde on the other, and stretching eastward till it met the Royal Forest of Selkirk. As one of the witnesses to this charter is Walter, son of Alan, the first of the Stewards of Scotland, it was probably granted between 1147 and 1153. The grant of Annandale is as follows: "David, King of the Scots, to all good men of his whole land, French and English and Calwegians: greeting. Know that I have given and granted to Robert of Bras, in fee and heritage, to him and his heir, the Valley of Anant, in forest, on both sides of the Water of Anant, as the marches are from the forest of Seleschirche [Selkirk] as far as his land extends towards Stradnitt and towards Clud [Clyde], freely and quietly as any other forest of his is best and most freely held. Wherefore I forbid that any one hunt in the aforesaid forest unless by his authority, on pain of forfeiture of ten pounds, or that any one go through the aforesaid forest unless by a straight road marked out. Witnesses: Walter the Chancellor and Hugh of Moreuill and Walter son of Alan and Odendell of Vmfrauill and Walter of Lindesei and Richard of Moreuill. At Stap[elgo]rtune." The Swedish family of Bruce, ennobled in 1668, were probably descended from Robert Bruce of Lynmylne. The name is still pronounced in common speech with a close approach to its original pronunciation Bris, i short as in is. Brewc 1591, Brewes 1654, Brewhous 1634, Brewhouse 1530, Briews 1221, Briwes 1239, Broce 1526, Brois 1481, Broise 1456, Broiss 1490, Brose 1504, Brouss 1506, Brouyss 1558, Broyce 1390, Broys 1461, Broyse 1450, Broyss 1506, Brues 1255, Bruice 1673, Bruis 1511, Brus c. 1143, Erase 1446, Brass 1488, Bruwes and Brays 1240, Brwss 1490, Brywes 1254, Braze 1251; Brae, Brwce. "(The surnames of Scotland. George Fraser Black, 1866-1948)

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