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Bruce, Thomas, 7th Earl of Elgin, 1766 - 1841



  • Existence: 20 July 1766 - 14 November 1841


Thomas Bruce, 7th Earl of Elgin and 11th Earl of Kincardine FSA Scot was a member of the royal house of Bruce, born 20 July 1766 in Fife.

He was a soldier, politician and diplomat, known primarily for the controversial procurement of the Parthenon marbles also known as the Elgin Marbles.

Elgin started his military career in 1785 and by 1814 he was promoted to Lieutenant General. He was elected as a Scottish Representative Peer in 1790, position that he retained until 1840.

From 1790 he as sent as a temporary envoy-extraordinary to Austria, Brussels and Prussia and in 1798 he was appointed as ambassador to The Porte in the Ottoman Empire, position he held until 1803.

Elgin died on 14 November 1841.

Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:

Bill Barnes Collection

Reference code: NFA0172
Scope and Contents

Programmes, posters and photographs mainly related to the Poole family's travelling Myriorama show.

Dates: 1881 - 2017

City Hall Poster, c1890

Reference code: 178R53.53
Scope and Contents

Perth. Grand Illiminated Day Exhibitions, Gompertz New Magnificent Panorama Illustrating Lord Elgin's Japan and China and the Crypt of the Holy Sepulchre at Jerusalem, accompanied by appropriate Music and Descriptive Lecture. Black type on white background.

Dates: c1890

Posters, c1880 - 1899

Reference code: 178R53
Scope and Contents

Poster related to the Poole family film shows, Gompertz's diorama and other early cinema travelling shows and venues.

Dates: c1880 - 1899

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Collection 1
Acrobats 1
Aerialists 2
Anglo-Afghan Wars 2
Anglo-Burmese War, 3rd, 1885 2
Anglo-Egyptian War, 1882 2