Bruce, Robert (1), Dd
Bruce, Robert (1), D.D.
an Associate minister, was born in the parish of Scone, Perth County, Scotland, in 1776. He graduated at the university of Edinburgh in 1798, and in 1801 was admitted as a student of divinity by the Associate Presbytery of Perth, and for five years prosecuted his studies under the venerable professor A. Bruce. He was licensed by the Associate Presbytery of Perth in 1806, and was immediately sent by the Scottish Synod as a missionary to the United States. After travelling some years, he became pastor of the Associate congregation in Fort Pitt, now Pittsburgh. In 1820 he was chosen president of the Western University; here he served until 1843, when he resigned. After this he had an important agency in establishing another institution (Duquesne College), of which he became provost, and held the place till the close of his life, June 14, 1846. See Sprague, Annals of the Amer. Pulpit, IX, 3:90.