John Annan Bryce

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John Annan Bryce
The grave of James Bryce, geologist, Grange Cemetery, Edinburgh

John Annan Bryce (1841 – 25 June 1923)[1] was a Scottish businessman and Liberal politician.

Background and family

He was the son of the politician and geologist James Bryce and his wife Margaret Young, daughter of James Young.[2] His elder brother was the 1st Viscount Bryce.[3] Bryce was educated at Balliol College, Oxford and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, winning the Brackenbury Scholarship.[4] He studied first at the University of Edinburgh, then made his Master of Arts at the University of Glasgow.[4] On 2 August 1888, he married Violet L'Estrange, daughter of Captain Champagne L'Estrange.[3] They had two sons and two daughters.[2]


Bryce worked as merchant in India[5] and was chairman of the Rangoon Chamber of Commerce.[2] He served in the Legislative Council of Burma and made several expeditions into unknown regions of Siam.[4] After his return to England, Bryce became a director of the London and County Bank.[5] He was the director of Naval Construction & Armament Co in 1907 and became then the director of Bombay, Baroda, and Central India Railway until 1914.[5] During the same time he was also director of British Westinghouse , Atlas Assurance Company and of Burma Railways.[5] He was twice a council member of the Royal Geographical Society.[4]

In 1906, Bryce entered the British House of Commons, sitting as a Member of Parliament (MP) for Inverness Burghs until 1918.[1] Following his first election, he was appointed to the Royal Commission on Congestion in Ireland, in which he stayed for two years.[4]


In 1910, Bryce bought from the British War Office Garnish (Garinish) Island, also known as Ilnacullin, close to Glengarriff in County Cork.[6] Assisted by landscape architect and horticulturist Harold Peto, he created, 1911 to 1914, the sub-tropical gardens which to this day (now maintained by the Irish government) remain a notable attraction.[6]


He is buried with his parents in the south-west section of Grange Cemetery in Edinburgh at the west end of the central east-west avenue, facing south.


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  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Debrett, John (1918). Debrett's House of Commons and Judicial Bench. London: Dean & Son. p. 23.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. 3.0 3.1 "ThePeerage - John Annan Bryce". Retrieved 16 March 2007.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Who is Who 1914. London: Adam & Charles Black Ltd. 1914. p. 278.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Cassis, Youssef (1994). City Bankers 1890-1914. Cambridge University Press. p. 275.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Irelandseye, Official Website - Ilnacullin Gardens". Retrieved 31 March 2009.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Robert Bannatyne Finlay
Member of Parliament for Inverness Burghs
Constituency abolished