13th Earl of Kincardine, 9th The Earl of Elgin the Victor Alexander Bruce was a British statesman and from 1894 to 1899 he was Viceroy of India. He was a Liberal politician and served as First Commissioner of Works in 1886.When he entered politics he initially served as Treasurer of the Household. In 1894 Elgin was made Viceroy of India. His tenure as a Viceroy was not remarkable one. He was of conservative nature and did not enjoy the ceremony of his viceroyalty. Famine broke out in India, during his viceroyalty in which 4.5 million death tolls reported. In 1899, when he returned to England and got the honour of Knight of the Garter and he was chairman of the investigation commission of the Second Boer War.