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John Bruce (1775-1834) of the Bruce Academy, Percy Street, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
1793 Moved to Newcastle and set up as a teacher
1802 Leased the property at Percy Street
1805 September 15th. Birth of son John Collingwood Bruce who ran the academy from 1834 to 1860
1821 Birth of son George Barclay Bruce
1827 Death of Sarah Davidson Bruce the youngest daughter of John Bruce of Percy Street, in her 3rd year.
1834 October 31st. Died
1834 Obituary 
At his house, in Percy Street, on Friday last, in the 60th year of his age, John Bruce, who for years filled the arduous situation of a teacher of youth of that town, without a week's secession of labour, except at the usual vacations, with the most distinguished ability and success, and the close of his career he had, in conjunction with his son, the Rev. J. C. Bruce, the direction of one of the most extensive and flourishing seminaries the north England. To Bruce the public are indebted for the most popular works in the language on Geography and Astronomy. He is also known as the author of an Historical and Biographical Atlas, and the friend and biographer of the illustrious Dr Hutton. But the character of Mr Bruce must not be contemplated in a bare professional point of view. In him was verified the declaration of the Royal Preacher, "Through desire a man having separated himself, and interimeddleth with all wisdom"; and in him the various religious, benevolent, and literary institutions the age found valuable friend and efficient supporter.