Johnson / Bryans Families

Tracing the ancestry of Pamela Murdoch Bryans and Maurice Alan Johnson

Archibald Adair Brice

Priest (Rector of South Elmham St James)
Male 1769 - 1828  (58 years)


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  • Name Archibald Adair Brice 
    Born 10 Nov 1769  Kilroot House, Kilroot, County Antrim, Northern Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Gender Male 
    Education 26 Jul 1787  [4
    Lincoln's Inn clerkship 
    Education 27 Jan 1792  Pembroke College, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Education 11 Feb 1792  Clare College, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
  • The CCED states that he was at Clare Hall, not Clare.
  • Ordained 22 Dec 1793  Norwich, Norfolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Occupation Between 1795 and 1828  South Elmham St James, Suffolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Priest (Rector of South Elmham St James) 
    Education 10 Jun 1795  Emmanuel College, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Name Archibald Adair Bruce 
    Ordained 28 Jun 1795  Windsor Castle Chapel, Windsor, Berkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Died 1828  61 High Street, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Buried 7 Oct 1828  St Swithins, Walcot, Bath, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Person ID I0668  Johnson Tree
    Last Modified 14 May 2020 

    Father Edward Brice
              b. Abt [J] 1721
              d. 8 May 1808, Bath, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 87 years) 
    Mother Jane Smith Adair
              b. 20 Dec 1737, London, Greater London, England Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 5 Feb 1825, Bath, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years) 
    Married 4 Dec 1758  Belfast, Northern Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Count of Children
    Siblings 6  
    Family ID F0275  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Wife Martha Porter
              b. 19 Dec 1770, Shepperton, Greater London, England Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 16 Dec 1834, Walcot, Bath, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years)  [8
    Married 11 Mar 1800  St Martin-in-the-Fields Church, Westminster, London, Greater London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [9, 10
    Children 
     1. Courtenay Boyle Brice
              b. 7 Nov 1800, Broome, Norfolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 6 Dec 1854  (Age 54 years)
     2. Maria Isabella Brice
              b. 13 Jan 1802
              d. Dec 1804  (Age 2 years)
     3. William Adair Brice
              b. 3 Jul 1803, Bungay, Suffolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. Oct 1893, Bath, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years)
    Last Modified 1 Oct 2018 
    Family ID F0226  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
  • Early Life
    Archibald was the fourth and youngest son of Edward Brice and Jane Adair, of Kilroot, Northern Ireland. Archibald was born on the 10th of November 1769, most likely at Kilroot House in Kilroot, which was the family home.

    Career
    At the age of 18, Archibald was signed up by his father for a five-year clerkship (in preparation to becoming a lawyer) with Oliver Farrer of Bedford Square and James Farrer of Chancery Lane. This life clearly didn't appeal to him as, four and a half years later he was admitted to Pembroke College in Cambridge. He swapped colleges a few times, transferring to Clare (or perhaps Clare Hall, there are records for both). In the interim, he was ordained Deacon in December 1793, aged 24. Finally ending up at Emmanuel College, Archibald graduated on the 10th of June 1795 and was ordained priest 18 days later, apparently at Windsor Castle chapel. The same year, Archibald was appointed Rector of South Elmham St James in Suffolk, a position which he held for the rest of his life.

    It is worth pointing out that Archibald's grandfather William Adair owned the Flixton estate in Bungay - a few miles from South Elmham. Almost certainly this was no coincidence - perhaps William (or rather his heir, Alexander Adair 1743-1834, given that William died in 1783) pulled some strings to find Archibald a suitable curacy.

    Family Life
    Archibald married Martha Porter, daughter of William and Mary (née Haultain) on the 11th of March 1800 at St Martin-in-the-Fields in London when he was 30. Evidently this union was very much not approved by Martha's father, who in his will (dated 1795) had indicated that he would disinherit her if she married Archibald (beyond the will itself, this friction between William Porter and Archibald is revealed in a court case taken by Martha and Archibald against the executors of her father's will, one of whom was Francis Haultain, her uncle).

    Martha's maternal family were the Haultains, and this marriage was not the only intersection between the Brice and Haultain families: her first cousin Arthur married Maria Isabella Anstruther Brice, who was Archibald's niece through his brother Robert.

    Also of note is that the marriage didn't happen in the traditional way, with banns being read out over 3 weeks. Instead they submitted a Marriage Bond. Archibald's witness in the Bond was "John Doe", clearly a made-up person.

    Archbald and Martha had three children:

    1. Courtenay Boyle, born 7th November 1800, who married Margaret Augusta Kelso
    2. Maria Isabella, born 13th Jan 1802 (died aged 2)
    3. William Adair, born 3rd July 1803, who married first Elizabeth Merceron and secondly Henrietta Mount

    Archibald obtained a Royal grant to change his name from Brice to Bruce on 1st October 1825, something his cousin Edward (b. 1753) had also done 14 years earlier. Thus the descent from the "noble house of Bruce, of Airth in Scotland" was re-established, albeit I've still to find any actual evidence of the link.

    Legal Disputes
    As mentioned above, Archibald helped his wife Martha in a claim against the executors of her father's will, including Francis Haultain (her uncle). In turn, Francis counter-sued (see here).

    Death
    Archibald died in 1828 in Cheltenham (was he visiting someone?) aged 59, and was buried at Walcot St Swithin near Bath in Somerset. Both his father and mother were buried at the same church.

    Footnotes
    [1] See https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/Marriage_Allegations_Bonds_and_Licences_in_England_and_Wales

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 10 Nov 1769 - Kilroot House, Kilroot, County Antrim, Northern Ireland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEducation - 27 Jan 1792 - Pembroke College, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEducation - 11 Feb 1792 - Clare College, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOrdained - 22 Dec 1793 - Norwich, Norfolk, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Priest (Rector of South Elmham St James) - Between 1795 and 1828 - South Elmham St James, Suffolk, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEducation - 10 Jun 1795 - Emmanuel College, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOrdained - 28 Jun 1795 - Windsor Castle Chapel, Windsor, Berkshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 11 Mar 1800 - St Martin-in-the-Fields Church, Westminster, London, Greater London, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 1828 - 61 High Street, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 7 Oct 1828 - St Swithins, Walcot, Bath, Somerset, England Link to Google Earth
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  • Documents
    Articles of Clerkship - Archibald Adair Brice
    Articles of Clerkship - Archibald Adair Brice
    Details the 5-year clerkship at Lincoln's Inn

  • Sources 
    1. [S0117] CCED, Various, (db.theclergydatabase.org.uk), Ordination Record.

    2. [S0095] Cambridge University Alumni, 1261-1900, Ancestry, (ancestry.co.uk).

    3. [S0112] Somerset, England, Church of England Burials, 1813-1914, Ancestry, (ancestry.co.uk), Burial - Archibald Brice, 2016.

    4. [S0114] UK, Articles of Clerkship, 1756-1874, Ancestry, (Ancestry.com), Archibald Adair Brice.

    5. [S0095] Cambridge University Alumni, 1261-1900, Ancestry, (ancestry.co.uk), Archibald Brice.

    6. [S0117] CCED, Various, (db.theclergydatabase.org.uk), Archibald Brice - Appointment.

    7. [S0339] Ancestry Message Boards, Various, https://www.ancestry.com.au/boards/surnames.adair/1374.2.1.3.1.1.1.1.2.3/mb.ashx.

    8. [S0255] London and Surrey, England, Marriage Bonds and Allegations, 1597-1921, Ancestry, (ancestry.co.uk), Marriage - Archibald Adair Brice.

    9. [S0305] Westminster Marriages, FindMyPast, (findmypast.co.uk), Porter/Brice;, 11 Mar 1800.

    10. [S0170] England, Select Marriages, 1538-1973, Ancestry, (ancestry.co.uk), Brice / Porter; FHL Film Number 561159, 561160, 561161, 561162, 11 Mar 1800.