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Onesiphorous Tyndall-Bruce


1790 - 1855

English barrister who became, through marriage, a noted figure in the history of Falkland. Born Onesiphorous Tyndall in Bristol, his family had been merchants and slave-traders who had opened Bristol's first bank in 1750. Tyndall-Bruce was educated at Eton and Christ Church, Oxford. After marrying heiress Margaret Stuart Hamilton Bruce in 1828, he became Hereditary Keeper of Falkland Palace. He was also permitted, by Royal licence, to add the name 'Bruce' after his own. Tyndall-Bruce was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 1831.

He died at his home, the House of Falkland, and lies buried beside the parish church, which he built. He also constructed the Bruce Fountain in Falkland is commemorated by a large statue in the village.


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