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Dr. William Bruce,
born 1787 or 1791, East Indies.
He was educ Edinburgh, MD.
He mar 1stly in 1820 to ----.
His wife died 1821.
He is described as "late of Madras" at 2nd mar in 1830.

He mar 2ndly, 1830, to Letitia Blennerhassett [possibly born post-1809].
Letitia fl 1838. She may have died 1839.
(todo) Try death of Letitia Bruce, [GRO.UK], 4th qr 1839, Islington, vol 3 p 137.

William is listed (and p.2) in 1841 census at Inver Villa, New Road (now Goldhawk Rd), Stamford Brook, Hammersmith, London. See image from 1866 map. See modern map.
There is a "Lucy Bruce", age 20, listed with William and dau in 1841 census, but it is hard to see how this could be Letitia. Letitia may be dead.
(todo) Try death of Letitia Maria Bruce, [GRO.UK], 2nd qr 1848, St. George Southwark, London, vol 4 p 331.
Letitia definitely died pre-1851.

William lived 15 Kensington Crescent, Kensington Rd, London, in 1851-59.
He is listed in 1851 census at "15 The Crescent", Kensington. He is widower, "MD Edinburgh, not practicing". He has 2 servants.
He fl 1859. Can't find him in 1861 UK census.
William and Letitia had issue:


  1. Letitia Bruce,
    born 1838, France,
    age 3 in 1841 census,
    age 13 in 1851 census.

    She must be the following person:

    Letitia Bruce,
    Letitia Margaret Bruce,
    born 1837 or 1838 [census],
    1881 census says born "Kensington",
    1891 and 1901 and 1911 census say born in France, in "St.Germain" or "St.Germains".
    She suffered from mental illness. 1911 census says from the age of 18. But [Manor House Asylum record] says from birth.
    Never married.
    Admitted in Feb 1867 to Manor House Asylum (later Chiswick Asylum), Chiswick, London. This was a large private lunatic asylum in Manor House (later demolished), Manor House Lane (also called Chiswick Lane), Chiswick new town. See extract from 1873 map. The asylum later moved to Chiswick House in 1892.
    Letitia is listed in 1881 census as a "lunatic" patient at Manor House Asylum, Chiswick.
    She is listed in 1891 census as an "imbecile" and "Ward In Lunacy" boarding with the Huntly family at 8 Matson Villas, Marshgate Road, Richmond, London.
    She is listed in 1901 census as an "imbecile", boarding with the Huntly family at 56 Sheen Road, Richmond, London.
    She is listed in 1911 census as a "lunatic", boarding with the Wood (or Hood) family at 56 Sheen Road, Richmond, London.
    (todo) See death of Letitia M. Bruce, [GRO.UK] 3rd qr 1927, age 90 (born 1837), Richmond S., vol 2A p 485.


  


William Bruce listed at 15 Kensington Crescent, Kensington Rd, London, in [Post Office Directory, 1856].



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