Janet Bruce1

F, #286151, b. 1845
Last Edited=24 Sep 2000
     Janet Bruce was born in 1845 at Olrig, Caithness, ScotlandG.1 She was the daughter of William Bruce and Elizabeth Kennedy.
     Janet and Murdoch Bruce immigrated to Lyttelton, Canterbury, New ZealandG on the ship Canterbury, arriving on 10 January 1864. "The 'Canterbury', 1296 tons, sailed from London on 21 September 1863, and arrived after a journey taking 111 days. Captain Clare's log of the voyage out stated that lttle sickness existed, and the number of deaths were unusually small - two infants and one adult. Eight births occurred, increasing the 'number of souls on board at starting by five'.
The passengers expressed their satisfaction for the arrangements carried out during the voyage, to promote their comfort and health, and also that the cooking arrangements were a decided improvement over many immigrnat ships of former days.
The patent distilling appartus produced over 300 gallons of pure fresh water per day, and the surplus steam from the condensers were used to cook the food in the coppers. The 'Canterbury' carried a large cargo of general goods, including 150 cases of brandy and 2500 fire bricks. Passengers listed were 'four cabin, 45 in the second and equal to 373 Government Immigrants in the steerage'. These passengers were from all part of the British Isles, and it was noted that many were from coastal Scotland and also from the industrial cities of Britain.".2

Citations

  1. [S2848] Letter from Bruce McPhail (9 Osborn Grove, Ashburton) to Darryl Lundy, 4 August 1990; Bruce002 Darryl Roger Lundy (128 Heke Street, Ngaio, Wellington, New Zealand).
  2. [S161] Bruce McPhail, The Bruces of Seafield (Ashburton, NZ: Higgins Print, 1983), page 7. Hereinafter cited as The Bruces of Seafield.

David Bruce1

M, #286152, b. 1848
Last Edited=3 Jun 2008
     David Bruce was born in 1848 at Olrig, Caithness, ScotlandG.1 He was the son of William Bruce and Elizabeth Kennedy.
     He was a stationmaster wit the North British Railway Company at Dunbar, East Lothian, ScotlandG, In a newspaper cutting headed "Honour to a Caithnessman - presentation to Mr D Bruce, stationmaster, Dunbar", he received much praise, and was presented with a solid silver salver and a purse of 60 soverigns in recognition of valuable services rendered by him during a "recent railway strike". The article outlines his valuable and arduous exertions and also states that he had been working for this railway company for 25 years."2.3

Citations

  1. [S2848] Letter from Bruce McPhail (9 Osborn Grove, Ashburton) to Darryl Lundy, 4 August 1990; Bruce002 Darryl Roger Lundy (128 Heke Street, Ngaio, Wellington, New Zealand).
  2. Bruce McPhail, Bruces of Seafield, page 6
  3. [S161] Bruce McPhail, The Bruces of Seafield (Ashburton, NZ: Higgins Print, 1983), page 6. Hereinafter cited as The Bruces of Seafield.

William Bruce1

M, #286153, b. 1853
Last Edited=2 Sep 2000
     William Bruce was born in 1853 at Olrig, Caithness, ScotlandG.1 He was the son of William Bruce and Elizabeth Kennedy.

Citations

  1. [S2848] Letter from Bruce McPhail (9 Osborn Grove, Ashburton) to Darryl Lundy, 4 August 1990; Bruce002 Darryl Roger Lundy (128 Heke Street, Ngaio, Wellington, New Zealand).

Catherine Polson1

F, #286154, b. June 1841, d. 20 March 1922
Last Edited=13 Mar 2010
     Catherine Polson was born in June 1841 at ScotlandG.2 She was the daughter of James Polson and Flora McKenzie. She was baptized at ScotlandG, on 3 July 1841.2 She married Murdoch Bruce, son of William Bruce and Elizabeth Kennedy, on 9 July 1868 at the house of Reverend George Grant, Christchurch, New ZealandG, in a Presbyterian marriage.1 She died on 20 March 1922 at age 80.3,4 She was buried at Ashburton Public Cemetery, Old Section, Ashburton, New ZealandG.4
     Catherine and Murdoch Bruce immigrated to Lyttelton, Canterbury, New ZealandG on the ship Canterbury, arriving on 10 January 1864. "The 'Canterbury', 1296 tons, sailed from London on 21 September 1863, and arrived after a journey taking 111 days. Captain Clare's log of the voyage out stated that lttle sickness existed, and the number of deaths were unusually small - two infants and one adult. Eight births occurred, increasing the 'number of souls on board at starting by five'.
The passengers expressed their satisfaction for the arrangements carried out during the voyage, to promote their comfort and health, and also that the cooking arrangements were a decided improvement over many immigrnat ships of former days.
The patent distilling appartus produced over 300 gallons of pure fresh water per day, and the surplus steam from the condensers were used to cook the food in the coppers. The 'Canterbury' carried a large cargo of general goods, including 150 cases of brandy and 2500 fire bricks. Passengers listed were 'four cabin, 45 in the second and equal to 373 Government Immigrants in the steerage'. These passengers were from all part of the British Isles, and it was noted that many were from coastal Scotland and also from the industrial cities of Britain.".5 From 9 July 1868, her married name became Bruce.1 Catherine lived with her husband at Ocean View Farm, Buckleys Road, Seafield, Canterbury, New ZealandG, from 1877 to 1897.3 She witnessed the marriage of Henry Arthur Lloyd and Elizabeth Bruce on 25 April 1894 at Residence of Murdoch Bruce, Seafield, Canterbury, New ZealandG.6

Children of Catherine Polson and Murdoch Bruce

Citations

  1. [S2870] Murdoch Bruce - Catherine Polson, NZ Marriage Entry, NZ Registrar of Births Deaths & Marriages, High Street, Lower Hutt, New Zealand. Hereinafter cited as Bruce-Polson, NZ Marriage Entry.
  2. [S2848] Letter from Bruce McPhail (9 Osborn Grove, Ashburton) to Darryl Lundy, 4 August 1990; Bruce002 Darryl Roger Lundy (128 Heke Street, Ngaio, Wellington, New Zealand).
  3. [S161] Bruce McPhail, The Bruces of Seafield (Ashburton, NZ: Higgins Print, 1983), page 18. Hereinafter cited as The Bruces of Seafield.
  4. [S2862] NZ Society of Genealogists, Ashburton Old Cemetery (Auckland, NZ: NZ Society of Genealogists, 1979), plot 806. Hereinafter cited as Ashburton Cemetery - Old Section.
  5. [S161] Bruce McPhail, The Bruces of Seafield, page 7.
  6. [S3124] Henry Arthur Lloyd-Elizabeth Bruce, Marriage Entry, Darryl Roger Lundy, 128 Heke Street, Ngaio, Wellington, New Zealand. Hereinafter cited as Henry Arthur Lloyd-Elizabeth Bruce, Marriage Entry.

Murdoch Polson1

M, #286155, b. before 1787
Last Edited=22 Jan 2001
     Murdoch Polson was born before 1787 at ScotlandG.1 He married Catherine Sutherland.1

Children of Murdoch Polson and Catherine Sutherland

Citations

  1. [S2848] Letter from Bruce McPhail (9 Osborn Grove, Ashburton) to Darryl Lundy, 4 August 1990; Bruce002 Darryl Roger Lundy (128 Heke Street, Ngaio, Wellington, New Zealand).


Catherine Sutherland1

F, #286156
Last Edited=23 Jun 2008
     Catherine Sutherland was born at ScotlandG.1 She married Murdoch Polson.1
     Her married name became Polson.1

Children of Catherine Sutherland and Murdoch Polson

Citations

  1. [S2848] Letter from Bruce McPhail (9 Osborn Grove, Ashburton) to Darryl Lundy, 4 August 1990; Bruce002 Darryl Roger Lundy (128 Heke Street, Ngaio, Wellington, New Zealand).

James Polson1

M, #286157, b. 23 July 1803, d. 7 July 1884
Last Edited=3 Sep 2000
     James Polson was born on 23 July 1803 at ScotlandG.1 He was the son of Murdoch Polson and Catherine Sutherland. He married Flora McKenzie on 12 December 1833 at Marrel, Sutherland, ScotlandG.1 He died on 7 July 1884 at age 80.1
     He was a crofter of 2 acres at ScotlandG.2

Children of James Polson and Flora McKenzie

Citations

  1. [S2848] Letter from Bruce McPhail (9 Osborn Grove, Ashburton) to Darryl Lundy, 4 August 1990; Bruce002 Darryl Roger Lundy (128 Heke Street, Ngaio, Wellington, New Zealand).
  2. [S161] Bruce McPhail, The Bruces of Seafield (Ashburton, NZ: Higgins Print, 1983), page 6. Hereinafter cited as The Bruces of Seafield.

Flora McKenzie1

F, #286158
Last Edited=23 Jun 2008
     Flora McKenzie was born at ScotlandG.1 She married James Polson, son of Murdoch Polson and Catherine Sutherland, on 12 December 1833 at Marrel, Sutherland, ScotlandG.1
     From 12 December 1833, her married name became Polson.1

Children of Flora McKenzie and James Polson

Citations

  1. [S2848] Letter from Bruce McPhail (9 Osborn Grove, Ashburton) to Darryl Lundy, 4 August 1990; Bruce002 Darryl Roger Lundy (128 Heke Street, Ngaio, Wellington, New Zealand).

Alexander Polson1

M, #286159
Last Edited=2 Sep 2000
     Alexander Polson was born at ScotlandG.1 He was the son of Murdoch Polson and Catherine Sutherland. He was baptized at ScotlandG, on 10 October 1805.1

Citations

  1. [S2848] Letter from Bruce McPhail (9 Osborn Grove, Ashburton) to Darryl Lundy, 4 August 1990; Bruce002 Darryl Roger Lundy (128 Heke Street, Ngaio, Wellington, New Zealand).

Murdoch Polson1

M, #286160, b. 13 April 1835
Last Edited=3 Sep 2000
     Murdoch Polson was born on 13 April 1835 at Marrel, Sutherland, ScotlandG.1 He was the son of James Polson and Flora McKenzie.
     He was a tailor in 1861 at ScotlandG.2

Citations

  1. [S2848] Letter from Bruce McPhail (9 Osborn Grove, Ashburton) to Darryl Lundy, 4 August 1990; Bruce002 Darryl Roger Lundy (128 Heke Street, Ngaio, Wellington, New Zealand).
  2. [S161] Bruce McPhail, The Bruces of Seafield (Ashburton, NZ: Higgins Print, 1983), page 6. Hereinafter cited as The Bruces of Seafield.