We are descended from the same James Bruce of Auchterless, Aberdeenshire, b. 1694.
I haven't been able to go any further back as yet. Our ancestry line goes through James (1694), his son James (also of Auchterless, b. 1725), his son Alexander (Gamrie, Banffshire b. 1754), his son George (Gamrie, Banff, 1783), to his daughter, Jessie Hall Bruce (Gamrie, Banff, 1812). The line then descends through the Murdocks and Dackers who were some of the early settlers (from Scotland) in the Otago region of New Zealand. I would love to be able to go further back.