McRobie History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Among the clans of the Scottish/English Borderlands, the Strathclyde Britons were the first to use the name McRobie. It is derived from the personal name Robert, which is composed of the elements hrod, meaning famous, and berht, meaning bright.  
Early Origins of the McRobie family
The surname McRobie 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. 
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. 
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. 
Early History of the McRobie family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McRobie 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 McRobie History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
McRobie Spelling Variations
Medieval Scottish names are rife with spelling variations. This is due to the fact that scribes in that era spelled according to the sound of words, rather than any set of rules. McRobie has been spelled Robb, Robbie, Roby, Robe, MacRobbie, MacRobb and others.
Early Notables of the McRobie 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...
Migration of the McRobie family to Ireland
Some of the McRobie family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Migration of the McRobie family
Many Scots were left with few options other than to leave their homeland for the colonies across the Atlantic. Some of these families fought to defend their newfound freedom in the American War of Independence. Others went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these families have recently been able to rediscover their roots through Clan societies and other Scottish organizations. Among them: Alexander Robb arrived in New York State in 1804; James Robb arrived in South Carolina in 1716; Thomas Robb settled in Virginia in 1635; Alexander, James, John, Michael, Thomas and William Robb all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1870.