Bruce, Robert Tyndall Hamilton (1847 -1899)

Robert Tyndall Hamilton Bruce, was an Edinburgh business man. His wealth came from a chain of Glasgow bakeries, and the design of his book stamp plays on this association. He was a keen fisherman, book collector and a friend of W. E. Henley. In 1888, with R. Fitzroy Bell, the printer Walter Blaikie, and Charles Baxter, W.S., Robert Louis Stevenson's boyhood friend, he put up the money for a weekly review, The Scots Observer, to be published from Edinburgh. Fitzroy Bell put up most of the money. Bruce's stake was smaller, but he took a great deal of interest in the day to day running of the paper. The nominal editor of the paper was James Nichol Dunn, but the paper was so dull that after the sixth number the friends invited Henley, whom they had known when he was in Edinburgh receiving treatment for his tuberculous leg by Lister, to take over the editorship. This he did until 1894, making a great editorial success of it, drawing contributions from among others, Barrie, Kipling, Kenneth Grahame, and others, but never managing to make it economically stable, even after it was transferred to London as The National Observer. Bruce was a member of the Civil Service Commission, and moved from a house in George Square, to a country home which he set up in Dornoch, where he concentrated his large collection of paintings, sculpture and books. The larger part of his library was sold in Dowell's rooms in Edinburgh in December 1900.

Seat / Residence(s): Dornoch, Highlands
Library Auction Details: Dowell's (Edinburgh)
Stamp(s) Stamp Information
Bruce, Robert Tyndall Hamilton (1847 - 1899) (Stamp 1) Title: Bruce, Robert Tyndall Hamilton (1847 - 1899) (Stamp 1)
Badge: horses heads (4)
Motto: By it we live
, Motto: Ride thro
, Motto: Be trew
Dimensions (height x width): 193mm x 100mm
Device: Between four horses heads bridled erased two sacks in cross, thereon two monograms RTH and BRUCE within a motto BY IT WE LIVE, round the whole a square frame with the mottoes RIDE THRO and BE TREW (twice) in the corners R T H B. Above and below the frame
Heraldic Charges: horses heads (4), Heraldic Charges: sacks (2)
Bruce, Robert Tyndall Hamilton (1847 - 1899) (Stamp 2) Title: Bruce, Robert Tyndall Hamilton (1847 - 1899) (Stamp 2)
Badge: horses heads (4)
Motto: By it we live
, Motto: Ride thro
, Motto: Be trew
Dimensions (height x width): 160mm x 82mm
Device: Between four horses heads bridled erased two sacks in cross, thereon two monograms RTH and BRUCE within a motto BY IT WE LIVE, round the whole a square frame with the mottoes RIDE THRO and BE TREW (twice) in the corners R T H B. Above and below the frame
Heraldic Charges: horses heads (4), Heraldic Charges: sacks (2)
Bruce, Robert Tyndall Hamilton (1847 - 1899) (Stamp 3) Title: Bruce, Robert Tyndall Hamilton (1847 - 1899) (Stamp 3)
Badge: horses heads (4)
Motto: By it we live
, Motto: Ride thro
, Motto: Be trew
Dimensions (height x width): 122mm x 64mm
Device: Between four horses heads bridled erased two sacks in cross, thereon two monograms RTH and BRUCE within a motto BY IT WE LIVE, round the whole a square frame with the mottoes RIDE THRO and BE TREW (twice) in the corners R T H B. Above and below the frame
Heraldic Charges: horses heads (4), Heraldic Charges: sacks (2)
Title: Bruce, Robert Tyndall Hamilton (1847 - 1899) (Stamp 4)
Badge: horses heads (4)
Motto: By it we live
, Motto: Ride thro
, Motto: Be trew
Dimensions (height x width): 110mm x 51mm
Device: Between four horses heads bridled erased two sacks in cross, thereon two monograms RTH and BRUCE within a motto BY IT WE LIVE, round the whole a square frame with the mottoes RIDE THRO and BE TREW (twice) in the corners R T H B. Above and below the frame
Heraldic Charges: horses heads (4), Heraldic Charges: sacks (2)
Bruce, Robert Tyndall Hamilton (1847 - 1899) (Stamp 5) Title: Bruce, Robert Tyndall Hamilton (1847 - 1899) (Stamp 5)
Dimensions (height x width): 36mm x 36mm
Monogram: R R H B B
Bruce, Robert Tyndall Hamilton (1847 - 1899) (Stamp 7) Title: Bruce, Robert Tyndall Hamilton (1847 - 1899) (Stamp 7)
Crest: A horse's head erased bridled
Dimensions (height x width): 19mm x 16mm
Heraldic Charges: horse's head
Title: Bruce, Robert Tyndall Hamilton (1847 - 1899) (Stamp 8)
Dimensions (height x width): 14mm x 14mm
Monogram: R T B
Heraldic Charges: horse's head
Bruce, Robert Tyndall Hamilton (1847 - 1899) (Stamp 9) Title: Bruce, Robert Tyndall Hamilton (1847 - 1899) (Stamp 9)
Crest: A lion rampant
Motto: Fuimus
Dimensions (height x width): 17mm x 14mm
Heraldic Charges: lion rampant
Bruce, Robert Tyndall Hamilton (1847 - 1899) (Stamp 10) Title: Bruce, Robert Tyndall Hamilton (1847 - 1899) (Stamp 10)
Dimensions (height x width): 16mm x 17mm
Monogram: R T H B
Bruce, Robert Tyndall Hamilton (1847 - 1899) (Stamp 11) Title: Bruce, Robert Tyndall Hamilton (1847 - 1899) (Stamp 11)
Crest: A lion rampant
Dimensions (height x width): 24mm x 11mm
Heraldic Charges: lion rampant
Bruce, Robert Tyndall Hamilton (1847 - 1899) (Stamp 12) Title: Bruce, Robert Tyndall Hamilton (1847 - 1899) (Stamp 12)
Badge: A thistle
Dimensions (height x width): 31mm x 31mm
Heraldic Charges: thistle
Bruce, Robert Tyndall Hamilton (1847 - 1899) (Stamp 13) Title: Bruce, Robert Tyndall Hamilton (1847 - 1899) (Stamp 13)
Badge: A thistle
Dimensions (height x width): 24mm x 21mm
Heraldic Charges: thistle
Bruce, Robert Tyndall Hamilton (1847 - 1899) (Stamp 14) Title: Bruce, Robert Tyndall Hamilton (1847 - 1899) (Stamp 14)
Badge: A thistle
Dimensions (height x width): 20mm x 23mm
Heraldic Charges: thistle
Bruce, Robert Tyndall Hamilton (1847 - 1899) (Stamp 15) Title: Bruce, Robert Tyndall Hamilton (1847 - 1899) (Stamp 15)
Badge: A thistle
Dimensions (height x width): 19mm x 19mm
Heraldic Charges: thistle
Bruce, Robert Tyndall Hamilton (1847 - 1899) (Stamp 16) Title: Bruce, Robert Tyndall Hamilton (1847 - 1899) (Stamp 16)
Badge: A thistle
Dimensions (height x width): 14mm x 14mm
Heraldic Charges: thistle
Title: Bruce, Robert Tyndall Hamilton (1847 - 1899) (Stamp 17)
Crest: A horse's head erased bridled
Dimensions (height x width): 12mm x 10mm
Heraldic Charges: horse's head
Title: Bruce, Robert Tyndall Hamilton (1847 - 1899) (Stamp 18)
Crest: A horse's head erased bridled sinister
Dimensions (height x width): 12mm x 10mm
Heraldic Charges: horse's head
Title: Bruce, Robert Tyndall Hamilton (1847 - 1899) (Stamp 19)
Dimensions (height x width): 11mm x 11mm
Monogram: R T H B
Title: Bruce, Robert Tyndall Hamilton (1847 - 1899) (Stamp 20)
Crest: A lion rampant
Dimensions (height x width): 50mm x 41mm
Heraldic Charges: lions rampant (2)
Title: Bruce, Robert Tyndall Hamilton (1847 - 1899) (Stamp 21)
Crest: A lion rampant
Dimensions (height x width): 33mm x 26mm
Heraldic Charges: lion rampant