Death in Taboga, Panama
James Bruce born in Errol, Perthshire, Scotland, an engineer, died in Taboga 24 Jan 1868. Information taken from family headstone in Errol. How can I find some information about his death and where was he buried ?
You could see if there is anything on the pay website Ancestry
- UK, Civil Engineer Records, 1820-1930 source UK: Institution of Civil Engineers.
- UK, Civil Engineer Photographs, 1829-1923 source UK: Institution of Civil Engineers.
- UK, Mechanical Engineer Records, 1870-1930 source UK: Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Update: date range is now 1847-1938
Other possible sources
- ICE Library Institution of Civil Engineers, London. Includes an Archive service. Guide to the ICE Archives 2010. Previously the ICE Virtual Library could be searched for an obituary of an ICE member, which often gives details of a person's work history, but it is unclear if this facility is now only available to ICE members.
The publication Biographical Dictionary of Civil Engineers in Great Britain and Ireland is held by the British Library, UIN: BLL01009537566 . Published by ICE Publishing 2002-2014, currently (August 2020) in three volumes: Volume 1: 1500-1830. Volume 2: 1830–1890. Volume 3: 1890–1920.
(copied from the FIBIS Fibiwiki page Public Works Department with the focus on India) https://wiki.fibis.org/w/Public_Works_Department)
You could also look at Scottish online newspapers. There is a collection on the pay site Findmypast, but you would need to check relevant dates.
Also check out UK Consular Returns
British Armed Forces and Overseas Deaths and Burials Findmypast. Index records
Ancestry database UK, Registers of Births, Marriages and Deaths From British Consulates, 1810-1968 consisting of various Foreign Office records. This database includes images and consists of a selection of specified Consular returns, not all Consular Returns. You could look at the database details to see whether the death in question is likely to be included looking at country/time period.0
Thank you Maureen. I have checked most of these sources already. I believe he was a Scottish Marine Engineer, possibly working for a trans Atlantic shipping company. I have contacted various addresses in Taboga by email but had no replies. He died of a fever.
It might be worthwhile checking ScotlandsPeople https://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/guides/statutory-register-deaths
- "Register of births, deaths and marriages in foreign counties (1860-1965) - deaths of Scots with entries made on the basis of information supplied and after consideration of the evidence of each event"
- Marine register (from 1855) - deaths in any part of the world on British-registered merchant vessels at sea where it appears that the deceased person was usually resident in Scotland