McRobbie History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient name McRobbie was first used by the Strathclyde people of the Scottish/English Borderlands. The name is derived from the personal name Robert, which is composed of the elements hrod, meaning famous, and berht, meaning bright. [1] [2]

Early Origins of the McRobbie family

The surname McRobbie was first found in Stirlingshire, but we must look to Aberdeen to find one of the more interesting entries, that of Beatriux and Issobell Robie (Robye) who were listed as witches in 1597 which was not that unusual of the religious conflicts of that time. [3]

Jok Robb was a voter in Monkland in 1519 and Nicholas Rob was a witness in Dumfriesshire in 1542. John Rob was a witness in Glasgow in 1551 and 1554. [3]

While the name is traditionally Scottish, to the south in England early records were also found. Richard Robbe, Robe was found in the Pipe Rolls for Sussex in 1177-1178 and Richard Robbe was found in Somerset in 1212. Later, Simon Robes was listed in 1319 and Adam Robbes was listed in the Subsidy Rolls for Suffolk in 1327. [4]

Early History of the McRobbie family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McRobbie research. Another 112 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1542, 1551, 1554, 1646, 1688, 1753, 1709, 1713, 1740 and are included under the topic Early McRobbie History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McRobbie Spelling Variations

Surnames that evolved in Scotland in the Middle Ages often appear under many spelling variations. These are due to the practice of spelling according to sound in the era before dictionaries had standardized the English language. McRobbie has appeared as Robb, Robbie, Roby, Robe, MacRobbie, MacRobb and others.

Early Notables of the McRobbie family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family at this time was James Robe (1688-1753), Scottish Presbyterian divine, son of Michael Robe, minister of Cumbernauld. He studied at Glasgow University, and was licensed by the presbytery of Linlithgow in 1709. In 1713...
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Ireland Migration of the McRobbie family to Ireland

Some of the McRobbie family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States McRobbie migration to the United States +

The North American colonies beckoned, with their ample land and opportunity as their freedom from the persecution suffered by so many Clan families back home. Many Scots even fought against England in the American War of Independence to gain this freedom. Recently, clan societies have allowed the ancestors of these brave Scottish settlers to rediscover their familial roots. Among them:

McRobbie Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Wm. McRobbie, aged 22, who landed in America from Aberdeen, in 1893
McRobbie Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • William McRobbie, aged 24, who landed in America from Aberdeen, Scotland, in 1907
  • Charles McRobbie, aged 21, who immigrated to the United States from Aberdeen, Scotland, in 1907
  • Francis McRobbie, aged 23, who landed in America from Aberdeen, Scotland, in 1907
  • Alexander McRobbie, aged 23, who immigrated to America from Aberdeen, Scotland, in 1910
  • James McRobbie, aged 21, who immigrated to the United States from Dumbarton, Scotland, in 1910
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name McRobbie (post 1700) +

  • Michael McRobbie (b. 1950), American educator, the eighteenth president of Indiana University
  • Peter McRobbie (b. 1943), Scottish-born, American character actor who has appeared in more than 60 movies and television series
  • David McRobbie (b. 1934), Scottish-born, Australian writer of television, radio and children's literature from Glasgow
  • Angela McRobbie (b. 1951), British cultural theorist, feminist and commentator

Ibrox disaster
  • Thomas McRobbie (1954-1971), Scottish football supporter, from Glasgow who was at the Ibrox disaster on 2nd January 1971 when a human crush among the crowd killed 66 and injured 200 people he died of his injuries [5]


  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  3. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  4. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  5. ^ Bradford City Football Club In memory (retrieved 22nd March 2021). Retrieved from https://www.bradfordcityafc.com/club/in-memoriam/


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