Rachel Bruce

1 February 1625–1663
Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland

The Life of Rachel

When Rachel Bruce was christened on 1 February 1625, in Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland, her father, William Bruce, was 39 and her mother, Rachael Johnston, was 37. She married David Cunningham in 1651, in Diocese of Dublin, Leinster, Ireland. They were the parents of at least 4 sons. She died in 1663, in Diocese of Dublin, Leinster, Ireland, at the age of 38, and was buried in Ireland.

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Family Time Line

David Cunningham
Rachel Bruce
Marriage: 1651
Alexander Cunningham I
James Cunningham
James Cunningham
Alexander O. Cunningham

Spouse and Children

Diocese of Dublin, Leinster, Ireland


    Alexander Cunningham I


    James Cunningham


    James Cunningham



Parents and Siblings



+3 More Children

World Events (2)


Great Catholic-Gaelic rebellion for return of lands, later joined by Old English Catholics in Ireland. Under leadership of Irish chieftain, Rory O'More, conspiracy was formed to seize Dublin and expel the English. English settlers were driven out of Ulster. Catholics hold 59% of land in Ireland.

The Protestant Lord Protector of England, Oliver Cromwell, landed at Dublin. His troops killed 2,000 men. A great part of lands in Munster, Leinster and Ulster (Drogheda and Wexford) was confiscated and divided among the English soldiers.

Name Meaning

Scottish and English (of Norman origin): habitational name from a place in Normandy which has not been certainly identified. Traditionally, it is believed to be derived from Brix near Cherbourg, but Le Brus in Calvados and Briouze in Orne have also been proposed as candidates.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

Sources (3)

  • Rachel Bruce, "Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950"
  • Rachel Bruce, "Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950"
  • geni.com

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