Bruce, Jacob

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Bruce, Jacob Gender: M
born on 1 May 1670 Jul.Cal. (11 May 1670 greg.)
Place Pskov, Russian Federation, 57n50, 28e20
Timezone LMT m28e20 (is local mean time)
Data source
Date w/o time
Rodden Rating X
Collector: Rodden
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Russian astrologer, the first astrologer in Russia to publish a book of astrological predictions.

He was a descendent of Robert de Brus (of Norman ancestry) who became King Robert of Scotland (1306-1329). His father, William, left Scotland for Russia where he served in the army and artillery. Jacob Bruce became an outstanding military commander in the Czar's army, resulting in one of the highest honours -- Order of St. Andrew's.

He was sent by Czar Peter to study mathematics and astronomy in Britain where he met Newton, and later wrote "Theory of Planetary Motions," the manuscript now in Library of the British Museum. He organized schools for math and navigation in Russia. He helped save the Czar's son, Alexei, from execution, a youth whom the Czar disliked, and tutored both Alexei and his daughter in mathematics. Made an earl in 1721, Bruce retired from government in 1726, moving to Glinki, near Moscow, where he devoted himself to studies of chemistry, alchemy and astronomy. He frightened the villagers who thought him a black magician, giving rise to much local lore and legend.

Bruce died 30 April 1735 NS and was buried at the small German church of St. Michael. The church was destroyed during Stalin's reconstruction of Moscow in the 1930s when Bruce's skeleton was sent to an anthropology lab for experiments - and was lost. His former mansion is now a sanatorium in a wooded park where his ghost appears amongst the trees from time to time.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • Death, Cause unspecified 19 April 1735 Jul.Cal. (30 Apr 1735 greg.) (Age 64)
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Source Notes

Andrew Smith quotes Dilanian and Brois Boiko for a time rectified to 00:18 AM

Biography: Karine Dilanian, "Jacob Bruce: The Russian Faust."

birthdate should be in OS


  • Vocation : Education : Teacher (Tutor to Czar's children)
  • Vocation : Military : Honors (Order of St. Andrew's)
  • Vocation : Occult Fields : Astrologer
  • Vocation : Writers : Astrology (First to publish book of astrological predictions)
  • Notable : Famous : Historic figure
  • Notable : Famous : Founder/ originator (Organized math and navigation schools in Russia)