Henry Hervey Bruce, 3rd Bt, was the son of Sir James Robertson Bruce, 2nd Bt and Ellen Hesketh and he succeeded to the title in 1836. He married, in 1842, Marianne Margaret Clifton, daughter of Sir Juckes Granville Juckes-Clifton, 8th Bt. A portrait miniature of her by William Egley was sold Christie's, London, 6 July 2005, lot 244. Henry Bruce held the office of High Sheriff of Co. Londonderry in 1846 and held the office of MP for Coleraine from 1862 to 1874 and 1880 to 1885. He was also Lord-Lieutenant of Co. Londonderry. He was succeeded by his eldest son, Sir Hervey Juckes Lloyd Bruce, 4th Bt.