Elgin, Thomas Bruce, 7th earl of, 1766–1841, British diplomat. He served on diplomatic missions to Vienna, Brussels, Berlin, and Constantinople. While in Constantinople (1799–1803), he arranged for the so-called Elgin Marbles to be brought to England. He was succeeded by his son James Bruce, who became the 8th earl.
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