Robertson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The sea-swept Hebrides islands and the west coast of Scotland, made up the ancient Dalriadan kingdom, the ancestral home of the Robertson family. 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 Robertson family

The surname Robertson 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.

Important Dates for the Robertson family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Robertson research. Another 403 words (29 lines of text) covering the years 1745, 1587, 1703, 1715, 1723, 1727, 1745, 1749, 1784, 1746, 1668 and 1689 are included under the topic Early Robertson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Robertson Spelling Variations

Many spelling variations of Robertson have been recorded over the years, including These are the result of the medieval practice of spelling according to sound and repeated translation between Gaelic and English. Robertson, MacConachie, Maconachie, MacConaghy, MacConchie, MacConckey, MacConkey, MacDonnachie, MacDonachie, MacDunnachie, MacInroy, MacLagan, Mac Raibeirt (Gaelic) and many more.

Early Notables of the Robertson family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Robertson family to Ireland

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

Many who arrived from Scotland settled along the east coast of North America in communities that would go on to become the backbones of the young nations of the United States and Canada. In the American War of Independence, many settlers who remained loyal to England went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Their descendants later began to recover the lost Scottish heritage through events such as the highland games that dot North America in the summer months. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Robertson family emigrate to North America:

Robertson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Francis Robertson, who landed in Maryland in 1664 [1]
  • Anders Robertson, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1693 [1]
Robertson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Daniel Robertson, who settled in Virginia in 1716 along with Francis, Isabella, James, John, and Donald
  • Daniel Robertson, who landed in Virginia in 1716 [1]
  • Archibald Robertson, who arrived in Virginia in 1746 [1]
  • Henry Robertson, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1774 [1]
  • Helen Robertson, aged 16, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1775 [1]
Robertson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Andrew Robertson, who arrived in North Carolina in 1808 [1]
  • Gilbert Robertson, aged 50, who landed in New York in 1812 [1]
  • Eleanor Robertson, who landed in New York, NY in 1816 [1]
  • Catharine Robertson, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816 [1]
  • Duncan Robertson, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1820 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Robertson Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Harriet L Robertson, who landed in Arkansas in 1903 [1]

Robertson migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Robertson Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Christopher Robertson U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 [2]
  • Mr. Daniel Robertson U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 [2]
  • Sgt. David Robertson U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [2]
  • Mr. Duncan Robertson U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [2]
  • Mr. William Robertson U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Robertson Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Christian Robertson, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1801
  • Donald Robertson, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1801
  • Duncan Robertson, aged 42, a farmer, who arrived in Pictou, Nova Scotia aboard the ship "Commerce" in 1803
  • Isabella Robertson, aged 31, who arrived in Pictou, Nova Scotia aboard the ship "Commerce" in 1803
  • Alexander Robertson, aged 6 1/4, who arrived in Pictou, Nova Scotia aboard the ship "Commerce" in 1803
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Robertson migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Robertson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • James Robertson, Scottish convict from Edinburgh, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on July 29th, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [3]
  • Henry Robertson, a carpenter, who arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • William Robertson, a tailor, who arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Andrew Robertson, a blacksmith, who arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • David Robertson, Scottish convict from Edinburgh, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on September 21, 1826, settling in New South Wales, Australia [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Robertson migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Robertson Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Robertson, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Tory" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 20th September 1839 [5]
  • Alexander Robertson, aged 23, a shoemaker, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Catherine Stewart Forbes" in 1841
  • Margaret Robertson, aged 20, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Catherine Stewart Forbes" in 1841
  • Alfred Robertson, aged 23, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Lady Nugent" in 1841
  • Emma Robertson, aged 20, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Lady Nugent" in 1841
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Robertson (post 1700)

  • Isiah "Butch" Robertson (1949-2018), American NFL football player who played from 1971 to 1982, NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year (1971)
  • Theodore Zanderson "Ted" Robertson (1921-2017), American jurist, Justice of the Texas Supreme Court (1982–1988)
  • Charles H. Robertson (1934-2017), American Democratic politician, 22nd Mayor of York, Pennsylvania (1994-2002)
  • John A. Robertson (1943-2017), American law scholar and bioethicist, Vinson and Elkins Chair at The University of Texas School of Law
  • Carole Robertson (1949-1963), American Baptist parishioner who was killed in the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing, posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor, the highest award that the U.S. Congress can award a civilian
  • Lawson Robertson (1883-1951), American bronze medalist for high jump at the 1904 Olympic games
  • Patricia Hilliard Robertson M.D. (1963-2001), American physician and former NASA astronaut [6]
  • David Robertson (b. 1958), American conductor [7]
  • Oscar Robertson (b. 1938), American basketball player
  • Jerry Robertson (1943-1996), American Major League Baseball pitcher
  • ... (Another 29 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Robertson family

Arrow Air Flight 1285
  • Mr. Vergil L Robertson (b. 1960), American Sergeant from Spencer, Indiana, USA who died in the crash [8]
Empress of Ireland
  • Mr. John Robertson, British 2nd Class Steward from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking [9]
Halifax Explosion
  • Miss Elizabeth  Robertson (1912-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [10]
  • Mr. Donald Robertson (1893-1917), Canadian Signaller aboard the HMCS Musquash from who died in the explosion [10]
Hillcrest Coal Mine
HMAS Sydney II
  • Mr. William James Robertson (1901-1941), Australian Leading Cook from Red Cliffs, Victoria, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II and died in the sinking [12]
  • Mr. Michael John Robertson (1916-1941), Australian Leading Seaman from Granville, New South Wales, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II and died in the sinking [12]
  • Mr. Thomas Noel Robertson (1914-1941), Australian Acting Stoker Petty Officer from Kingsgrove, New South Wales, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II and died in the sinking [12]
HMS Dorsetshire
  • Peter Anderson Robertson (d. 1945), British Wireman aboard the HMS Dorsetshire when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he died in the sinking [13]
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. T J Robertson, British Petty Officer, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [14]
  • Mr. H Robertson, British Marine, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [14]
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Alexander Robertson, British Petty Officer Telegraphist, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [15]
  • Mr. Robert Watt Robertson, British Ordinary Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died in the sinking [15]
  • Mr. Percy Edwin Robertson, British Chief Petty Officer Steward, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died in the sinking [15]
HMS Royal Oak
  • Norman Claude Robertson, British Telegraphist with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [16]
  • Morris Gordon Robertson (d. 1939), British Boy 1st Class with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [16]
  • Robert Urquhart Robertson (d. 1939), British Able Seaman with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [16]
RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. Neil Robertson, English Carpenter from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [17]
  • Mr. Andrew Robertson, American 2nd Class passenger from New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [18]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. James Milton Robertson, American Machinist's Mate First Class from Tennessee, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [19]
  • Mr. Edgar Robertson Jr., American Mess Attendant Third Class from Virginia, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [19]

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Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 151 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1823
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Albion voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1826 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1826
  5. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  6. ^ NASA Astronauts Homepage. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) Patricia Robertson. Retrieved from http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/hilliard.html
  7. ^ David Robertson. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) David Robertson. Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Robertson_(conductor)
  8. ^ American War Memorials - Flight 1285. (Retrieved 2016, August 24) . Retrieved from http://www.uswarmemorials.org/html/monument_details.php?SiteID=317&MemID=550
  9. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  10. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
  11. ^ List Of Miners - Hillcrest Mine Disaster Data. (Retrieved 2014, June 24) . Retrieved from http://www.hillcrestminedisaster.com/data/index.php?title=List_Of_Miners
  12. ^ HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from http://www.findingsydney.com/roll.asp
  13. ^ Force Z Survivors HMS Dorsetshire Crew List, (Retrieved 2018, February 13th), https://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listdorsetshirecrew.html
  14. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  15. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
  16. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
  17. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 7) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  18. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  19. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html
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