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Tracing the ancestry of Pamela Murdoch Bryans and Maurice Alan Johnson

Edward Brice

High Sheriff of Antrim
Male Abt 1721 - 1808  (~ 87 years)


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  • Name Edward Brice 
    Born Abt [J] 1721  [1
    Gender Male 
    Occupation 1748  County Antrim, Northern Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    High Sheriff of Antrim 
    Buried May 1808  St Swithins, Walcot, Bath, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • The memorial inscription in St Swithin's church, Walcot, reads:
      In a Vault in the Burying ground is deposited the Remains of EDWARD BRICE (or Bruce,)
      of Kilroot in the County of Antrim, Esquire; representatives of the Bruces of Arith in Scotland;
      who departed this life the 8 th day of May 1808 in the 83rd Year of his Age.
      Who e’er thou art that approacheth this sacred spot, consider the uncertainty of life, and if thou sleekest a
      model for thy imitation, in the character of husband, father, friend, or neighbour, think it no diminution of
      thy fame to be thought like him whose memory this tablet is meant to perpetuate. His life was one
      continued scene of Christianity. They who knew him best, lament him most, and truly deserving was he
      of the sublime tribute of praise. “An honest man’s the noblest work of God.”
      Also of JANE relict of the above, who departed this life February 5 th 1825, aged 86 Years.
    Died 8 May 1808  Bath, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Probate 21 May 1808  London, Greater London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Person ID I0811  Johnson Tree
    Last Modified 14 May 2020 

    Father Edward Brice
              b. Abt 1659
              d. 11 Aug 1742, County Antrim, Northern Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 83 years) 
    Mother Jane Dobbs
              b. Between 1678 and 1697
              d. Between 1724 and 1778  (Age ~ 46 years) 
    Married 1718  [5
    Siblings 2  
    Family ID F0311  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Wife 1 Rose Stewart
              b. Between 1720 and 1735
              d. Between 1754 and 1758  (Age ~ 34 years) 
    Married 1752  [1
    Children 
     1. Edward Brice
              b. 1753
              d. 9 Jul 1815  (Age 62 years)
    Last Modified 6 Oct 2018 
    Family ID F0299  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Wife 2 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  [6
    Count of Children
    Children 
     1. Maria Isabella Brice
              b. Abt 1760
              d. Jun 1833  (Age ~ 73 years)
     2. William Adair Brice
              b. Abt 1762
              d. 12 Apr 1782  (Age ~ 20 years)
     3. Arthur Brice
              b. Abt 1768
              d. 16 Mar 1801  (Age ~ 33 years)
     4. Archibald Adair Brice
              b. 10 Nov 1769, Kilroot House, Kilroot, County Antrim, Northern Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 1828, 61 High Street, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 58 years)
     5. Robert Brice
              b. 11 Apr 1771, Dublin, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 25 Sep 1812  (Age 41 years)
     6. Margaret Brice
              b. Between 1753 and 1809
     7. John Rider Brice
              b. Between 1753 and 1809
    Last Modified 13 Jun 2019 
    Family ID F0275  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Early Life
      Edward was born in ~1720/1721 (per Burke's), mostly likely in County Antrim, to Lieutenant Colonel Edward Brice and Jane Dobbs, who had married in 1718.

      Legal issues
      There are various records of legal disputes between Edward and various relatives and other people. For instance, an entry in the London Courier & Evening Gazette (7th June 1831) notes:
      Pursuant to a Decree of the High Court of Chancery, made in a cause "Brice against Shepherd," the Creditors of JANE BRICE, late of the city of Bath, Widow, deceased (who died on the 5th day of February 1825) are, by their Solicitors, on or before the 23d day of June, 1831, to come in and prove their Debts before James William Farrer, Esq., one of the Masters of the said Court, at his Chambers in Southampton-buildings, Chancery-lane, London; or, in default thereof, they will be peremptorily excluded the benefit of the said Decree. Hall and Brownley, New Boswell-court, Plaintiff's Solicitors.

      At the National Archive, there is a series of documents relating to these cases, including this one which notes Edward (probably Edward junior, his first and only son by Rose Stewart) as a plantiff and the defendants to include:

      • Sir Samuel Shepherd
      • Sir Coutts Trotter
      • Archibald Adair Brice (his son)
      • Dame Maria Isabella Anstruther (his daughter, who married John Anstruther Bart.)
      • Arthur Haultaine [sic], the husband of his grand-daughter Maria Isabella Anstruther Brice (daughter of his son Robert)
      • Charles Harrington Graeme, the husband of his grand-daughter Sarah Jane Anstruther Brice (other daughter of Robert)

      It is probably relevant that his wife Jane, in her will, left legacies to Samuel Shepherd, Coutts Trotter, Archibald Adair and others. My suspicion is that Edward junior sued the various trustees of Jane's estate because he felt that his inheritance from his father had bypassed him and gone to his wife Jane and she in turn had passed these assets on to her children to his exclusion.

      Family Life
      Edward married first Rose Stewart in 1752 (when Edward was aged ~30) with whom he had his heir Edward Brice (b. ~1753). Presumably Rose subsequently died in the next few years as he then remarried, to Jane Smith Adair, only daughter of William Adair of Pall Mall and Flixton House, Suffolk. The latter marriage was conducted in Belfast on the 4th December 1758 (Edward was about 37; Jane ~21).

      The Adairs were, like the Brice family, from County Antrim and would certainly have been well acquainted with each other. Jane was the daughter of William, who had moved to England but had been born in Kirkmaiden in Scotland; her grandfather was the Reverend Patrick Adair from Carrickfergus, just round the corner from Kilroot (the seat of the Brices).

      With Jane, Edward had the following children:

      1. William Adair Brice (b. 1762? unconfirmed from Ancestry) who was First Lieutenant of HMS Agammemnon and died off Martinique on 12th April 1782 with no children1
      2. Maria Jane (b. ~1763), who married (in ~1788) the Right Hon Sir John Anstruther, Bart.
      3. Arthur (b ~1768, d. 16th Mar 1801 aged 33), Lieut-Col. in Coldstream Guards and killed whilst on service in Egypt under Sir Ralph Abercrombie2. No children.
      4. Archibald Adair (b. 1769; d. 1828), who moved to Bath and worked in Suffolk as a vicar
      5. Robert (b. 1771, d. 1812) who was a Lieutenant Colonel in the Army and lived much of his life in India and spawned quite a few generations of India-based Brices/Bruces
      6. Margaret, unmarried and younger than Maria Jane
      7. John and James (mentioned in Edward's will): maybe they remained in Ireland; there's little other information on them

      At some point, no later than 1787 but after 1771 (when Edward's son Robert was born in Dublin), Edward moved to England. In 1787, Edward's son Archibald Adair signed up for a clerkship in Lincoln's Inn and Edward's address is given as Berner's St in London.

      Edward was an executor on the will of William Adair (his father-in-law)3.

      Death
      Edward died on the 8th of May 1808 in Bath; his will was proved on the 21st May 1808 in London4.

      Footnotes
      [1] https://www.ancestry.co.uk/boards/thread.aspx?mv=flat&m=1257&p=surnames.adair
      [2] http://glosters.tripod.com/egypt1801.htm, https://www.genealogy.com/forum/surnames/topics/adair/4197/, https://www.genealogy.com/forum/surnames/topics/adair/4204/
      [3] https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/4a7fc6b2-57ec-42ce-a56b-4d98b51d1038
      [4] https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/D353332

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - High Sheriff of Antrim - 1748 - County Antrim, Northern Ireland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 4 Dec 1758 - Belfast, Northern Ireland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - May 1808 - St Swithins, Walcot, Bath, Somerset, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 8 May 1808 - Bath, Somerset, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsProbate - 21 May 1808 - London, Greater London, England Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S0068] Burke's Landed Gentry, 1st Edition Reprint, John Burke and John Bernard Burke, (1849), Volume 1, Page 152.

    2. [S0144] History & Antiquities of the County of the Town of Carrickfergus, The, Samuel McSkimin, (Published Belfast in 1811), Page 332.

    3. [S0146] Gentleman's Magazine, The, Various, (books.google.com), LXXVIII, page 558, 1808.

    4. [S0143] England & Wales, Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills, 1384-1858, Ancestry, (ancestry.co.uk), Edward Brice, 21 May 1808.

    5. [S0068] Burke's Landed Gentry, 1st Edition Reprint, John Burke and John Bernard Burke, (1849), Volume 1, Page 151.

    6. [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.