Manuscripts and Special Collections

Biography of Sir Hervey Juckes Lloyd Bruce (1843-1919)

Hervey was the elder son of the Rt Hon. Sir Henry Hervey Bruce, 3rd Baronet (d 1907), of Downhill, co. Londonderry, and his wife Marianne Margaret, daughter of Sir Juckes Granville Juckes-Clifton, 8th Baronet, of Clifton.

He entered the army at the age of 19, attaining the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel in the Coldstream Guards by the time of his retirement in around 1878.

He lived mainly in London and Downhill until he succeeded his cousin Henry Robert Clifton to the Clifton estates in Nottinghamshire in 1896. Clifton Hall then became the family's principal residence, although large periods were also spent at Downhill.

Sir Hervey was an Honorary Colonel of the county Londonderry Royal Field Reserve Artillery, and was High Sheriff of the county in 1903. He succeeded his father as 4th Baronet in 1907. In Nottinghamshire, he served as a Justice of the Peace and Deputy Lieutenant. He died at Tangiers in 1919.

His wife, Lady Bruce, organized the West Bridgford Auxiliary Hospital during the First World War and was made an O.B.E. in 1918.


He married in 1872 Ellen Maud (d 1924), daughter of Percy Ricardo of Bramley Park, Guildford, and had:

  • Sir Hervey Ronald Bruce, 5th Baronet (1872-1924), of Downhill, co. Londonderry, m. Margaret Florence Jackson and had issue
  • Percy Robert Bruce (1872-1844), inherited Clifton Hall and estate
  • William
  • Henry James, diplomat

Archive Collections

  • Title deeds, settlements, estate and legal papers relating to Sir Hervey Bruce's ownership of his estates are part of the Clifton collection held in Manuscripts and Special Collections at the University of Nottingham

Published Sources

  • H.J. Bruce, Silken Dalliance (London: Constable and Co. Ltd, 1947) - written by Sir Hervey Bruce's son. Includes a chapter on the author's childhood at Clifton



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