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Memoirs of my Grandfather Ian Kerr Bruce

My grandpa, Ian Bruce was born on the estate of Newtown Anner House, just outside the town of Clonmel, County Tipperary, Ireland. He wrote this memoir of his childhood in Ireland before he came to the U.S. at the age of 12 with his family.


My Grandfather Ian Kerr Bruce at a soccer match in Pasadena, California circa 1935

I was born at home in a two story house on the Duchess of St. Alban’s estate on January 6th, 1911, one of the few days in Irish history when the temperature was well below freezing and there was a foot of snow on the ground.

I was the third son of Scottish parents who seemed to agree they they wanted children but spaced their births at three-year intervals. Their last child was a girl so apparently they felt that this made their family…

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