Robert Randolph Bruce Scotland Canada

Biography of Robert Randolph Bruce

Robert Randolph Bruce graduated BSc from the University in 1886 and was conferred an honorary LLD degree in 1927. An engineer and mining proprietor, Bruce became the 13th Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia from 1926 to 1931.

Bruce was born in St Andrews on 16 July 1863.

While studying at the University, Bruce received several class prizes, among them, the Walker Prize for written examination and The George Harvey Prize in session 1885-86.

After graduation on 30 April 1886, Bruce worked as a civil engineer, emigrating to Canada in 1887 to work as a surveyor on the Canadian Pacific Railway. He gained a degree in mineralogy from McGill University, and became a prospector in 1897 based at Lake Windermere, British Columbia. Among his business deals in mining and agricultural lands, Bruce bought and developed the Paradise Mine, a silver-lead mine near the town of Invermere, which he had also founded.

From 1926 to 1931 Bruce was Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, and from 1936 to 1938 he was Canada's Minister to Tokyo.

Bruce died on 21 February 1942 in Montreal.


Other Online Resources

Archival Materials

  • R3/1/1 (vol 1) Register of dates of birth of graduates Vols.I-III 1881-1915
  • R3/2/2 Roll of Graduates 1918-1927
  • R4/5/1 Schedules of Graduates in Science (BSc) 1880-1897 Under regulations previous to 1892
  • SEN10/22 University Calendar 1880-1881
  • SEN10/23 University Calendar 1881-1882
  • SEN10/28 University Calendar 1886-1887


Robert Randolph Bruce
Born 16 July 1863.
Died 21 February 1942.
GU Degrees: BSc, 1886; Science and Engineering, LLD, 1927;
University Link: Graduate, Honorary Graduate
Occupation categories: civil servants; engineers; engineers, mining
Additional Information: R3/1/1 (vol 1)
English snippet: Engineering graduate of the University of Glasgow in 1886, 13th Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia (1926 to 1931)
Record last updated: 18th Mar 2014

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Scotland Scotland, St Andrews
Place of Birth

Canada Canada, Montreal
Place of Death

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