James Bruce

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James Bruce
Birthday
BirthplaceKinnaird, Stirlingshire
Died
NationalityScottish
Occupation
traveller, travel writer
Known for Traced the origins of the Blue Nile.

Bruce, James,

1730–94, Scottish explorer in Africa. He explored Roman ruins in N Africa (1755) from Tunis to Tripoli and visited Crete, Rhodes, and Asia Minor. In 1768 he traveled down the Red Sea as far as the straits of Bab el Mandeb. From Massawa he struck inland for Gondar, then the capital of Ethiopia. He rediscovered (1770) the source of the Blue Nile, which he followed (1771) to its confluence with the White Nile. He wrote Travels to Discover the Source of the Nile, 1768–73 (3d ed. 1813). For his travels in Barbary, see R. L. Playfair, Travels in the Footsteps of Bruce (1877).

Bibliography

See biography by J. M. Reid (1968).