On the Scottish west coast, the Roberston family was born among the ancient Dalriadan clans. Their name comes from the personal name Robert.
Known as the Clan
Donnachaidh, the family's origins are very distinguished, as the senior branch of the line were the hereditary abbots of Dunkeld, who traced their descent from Iona
. In addition, Abbot Duncan of Dunkeld, the Robertson progenitor, was killed in battle in 964, as he led the warriors, bearing, a reliquary of St. Columba. His grandson, Abbot Crinan of Dunkeld, married the Kings daughter and then fathered King Duncan I of Scotland
who was killed by MacBeth (of Shakespearean fame). Crinan is buried at the Isle of lona, burial place of Scotland's early Kings.
Early Origins of the Roberston family
The surname Roberston was first found in Atholl. King Duncan's younger son, Maelmore, sired Madadh, Earl of Atholl, and his grandson, Earl Henry, was father to Conan who held vast territories in this area. Conan of Glenerochie was the first Chief of the Robertsons and gave his name to the Clan
Connchaidh or Duncan. His successor, Duncan, the 5th Chief, led the Clan
in the army of King Bruce at Bannockburn in 1314 against the English. For this service, and his subsequent staunch support of the Scottish Crown, his grandson Robert of Struan was granted the lands and barony in 1451.
Early History of the Roberston family
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Roberston Spelling Variations
In various documents Roberston has been spelled Since medieval scribes still spelled according to sound, records from that era contain an enormous number of spelling variations
. Robertson, MacConachie, Maconachie, MacConaghy, MacConchie, MacConckey, MacConkey, MacDonnachie, MacDonachie, MacDunnachie, MacInroy, MacLagan, Mac Raibeirt (Gaelic) and many more.
Early Notables of the Roberston family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Roberston family to Ireland
Some of the Roberston family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Roberston family to the New World and Oceana
Significant portions of the populations of both the United States and Canada are still made up of the ancestors of Dalriadan families. Some of those in Canada originally settled the United States, but went north as United Empire Loyalists in the American War of Independence
. The late 19th and early 20th centuries saw the ancestors of many Scots on both sides of the border begin to recover their collective national heritage through Clan
societies and highland games. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:
Roberston Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- David Roberston, aged 36, who settled in America from Kilmarnock, Scotland, in 1910
- Thomas Roberston, who emigrated to the United States, in 1910
- Christopher Roberston, aged 42, who emigrated to the United States, in 1918
- Robert Bell Roberston, aged 25, who landed in America, in 1921
- D. Roberston, aged 38, who landed in America, in 1924
Contemporary Notables of the name Roberston (post 1700)
- David Donaldson Roberston (b. 1869), English Olympian who won a bronze for golf at the 1900 games
The Roberston Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Virtutis gloria merces
Motto Translation: Glory is the reward of valour.