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Thomas Bruce, 7th Earl of Elgin (1766 - 1841)

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Soldier, politician, diplomat, collector, owner of quarries and coal-mines. While British ambassador to the Ottoman Sultan 1798-1803 he received permission to remove sculpture from the acropolis of Athens. Father of James Bruce, 8th Earl of Elgin (1811-63), and Sir Frederick W.A. Wright-Bruce (1814-67).


Born: 20 July 1766

Died: 4 November 1841

Gender: Male

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