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Saul Bruce, portioner of Lyth

Saul Bruce, portioner of Lyth.


Saul Bruce married one of the Manson family, to whom, in 1524, Lyth, then divided into three portions, belonged. He had three sons and a daughter:--
     1. David, minister of Olrig, or more probably of Halkirk. IN 1591 Saul Bruce was minister of Reay, and between 1597 and 1599 he was translated to Olrig. David Bruce is not in the list of ministers of Olrig in "Fasti Eccles. Scot.". ...portioner of Lyth, said to have been minister of Olrig and Skinnet, married Janet Sinclair, the widow of John Smart, who was minister of Wick in 1638, and who died minister of Dunnet, in 1667. The great interest taken by David Bruce in the affairs of the Stanstill family has been already noticed. He died in 1633, and, having no family, he left his property of Lyth to his brother, William, who is designed of Milburn; his moveables to his brother, Walter Bruce of Ham; a legacy to his sister, Marjorie; and another legacy to her "and William Sinclair's bairns." William Sinclair of Dun is mentioned by Father Hay as having married Marjorie, daughter of Saul Bruce of Leith (Lyth). She was, no doubt, David Bruce's sister.
     2. William.
     3. Walter of Ham.
     4. Marjorie, who married Sinclair of Dun.

Sources: Henderson, J. (1884) Caithness Family History. Edinburgh: David Douglas.

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