About Us

Family of Bruce International, Inc. is a non-profit organization established to create and promote kinship amongst its family members and to encourage interest in the Family of Bruce and its history. Membership is open to persons who qualify by surname, by descent, or by recognized septs: Carlysle, Carruthers, Crosbie, Randolph, and Stenhouse. It is the only such organization recognized by the hereditary chief of the Name of Bruce, The Right Honorable the Earl of Elgin and Kincardine.
This organization was formed in October 2005 when the two previous Bruce organizations, Bruce International (founded 1984) and Family of Bruce Society, were dissolved to form one new one, Family of Bruce International.

Bruces in front of Castle 2017

On October 14, 2005, a general organizational meeting was conducted with members of the boards of directors of both the Family of Bruce Society in America and Bruce International, North America for the purpose of creating a single organization to represent the Family of Bruce. These talks were the culmination of diligent work by Thomas Allen Bruce, Lieutenant to the Chief of the Name of Bruce (a former President and member of the Board of Directors of Bruce International) and David V. Bruce, President of the Family of Bruce Society in America over the past couple of years. The result of this meeting was to create one new non-profit corporation, Family of Bruce International, Inc. This has allowed for a fresh start with a united focus of moving forward in our preservation and promotion of the Family of Bruce.
As an organization dedicated to preserving our heritage, we must also preserve the efforts of those in our organizations that have preceded us. Toward that end, we would like to acknowledge with heartfelt thanks the work of Ernestine Firth, President Emeritus of Family of Bruce Society of America; Rex Bruce, President Emeritus and a founder of Bruce International; Paul Bruce, a founder of Bruce International; Mrs. Evelyn Murray, past editor of the Bannockburn, and all of the other officers, directors and commissioners who have served so ably in the past. We could not have come this far without their leadership over the years. We intend to build upon that foundation as go forward into the future.
The motto of the Name and Family of Bruce is Fuimus, “We have been.” It is appropriate that an organization dedicated to preserving the heritage of this proud family should have this inward looking motto. However, as Lord Elgin, Chief of the Name and Family of Bruce, so eloquently stated in his message to the persons tasked with uniting the organizations into one:
Honour past endeavors but our Name is our most vital possession. What Bruces achieve in years to come must be our pride. Let us note the past with heartfelt and joyous emotion but relish with enthusiasm the persistent values of our Name.

Armorial Bearings of the Earl of Elgin, the Chief of the Name of Bruce. (These Arms can only be used by the Earl of Elgin)

Or, a saltire and chief gules, on a canton argent a lion rampant azure
FUIMUS – We have been



A lion statant with tail extended azure, armed and langued gules The Crest and Arms belong to the chief and can only be used by him.
Use of the Crest surrounded by a buckled belt is acceptable.

Main Retina Revised

Family Tartans

modren tartan

Bruce Modern tartan

Bruce Ancient tartan

Bruce Ancient tartan

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Bruce Weathered tartan

tratant 1

Bruce of Kinnaird tartan

Including Bruce Septs

Carlisle, Carruthers**, Crosby, Randolph, Stenhouse

(** Carruthers has been a traditional Bruce sept, but now has its own chief and is its own clan. See www.clancarrutherssociety.org)