George Robb (b. 1720?)

There is some evidence that Charles Edward Stuart Robb was the son of George Robb, who may have been born in 1720. We have no information about George’s place of birth, but it seems likely that it was in Fisherford, in the parish of Auchterless, Aberdeenshire, as his sons would later inherit a property there. According to his grandson William, George was ‘engaged….in the affair of Prince Charles’ attempt to gain the crown 1745/6’. His support for Bonnie Prince Charlie is reflected in the naming of his youngest son.

In the summer of 1762, George married Jean Syme (or Sim) in Auchterless. Jean may have been born in nearby Methlick Haddo in 1738. George and Jean had four sons: William (born 1763), George (born 1769), James (born 1771 or 1772) and Charles Edward Stuart (born 1779). 

William became an Episcopal clergyman in St. Andrews and was chaplain to the Right Honourable Lord Elibank. [This was probably Alexander Murray, the 7th Baron Elibank,1747-1864, a soldier and Member of Parliament.] According to his nephew, also named  William, he was for some time Professor of Greek in the College of St. Andrews (now the University of St. Andrews). Rev. William Robb was also a poet, the author of Poems Illustrative of the Genius and Influence of Christianity, published in 1809, and the contributor of a number of verses to the conservative journal The Anti-Jacobin Review. He never married. His nephew adds: ‘The last I remember of my Uncle William is when I was 3 or 4 years of age seeing him on a visit to my Father’s at Malton in Yorkshire, when he stopped some time and used to take me on his knee and tell me to be a good boy and he would make a Gentleman of me.’  We don’t know when George Robb died, but on his death Rev. William seems to have taken possession of the property in Fisherford.

When William died in about 1838, the property was inherited by his brother James.James married Elisabeth, who was born in nearby Chapel of Garioch in 1764. They had a son James who emigrated to America and a daughter Elisabeth who was born in 1831 but had left home by 1851. The 1841 census describes James senior as a crofter, while in 1851 he is described as a farmer of 9 acres, in Fisherford. In 1851 they had a servant, Elisabeth Morrison age 22, as well as 3 year old Mary Boddie, described as a boarder, living with them. James died in 1857 at the age of 86.

George junior worked as a merchant in Glasgow, where he married Penelope Thomson, daughter of John Thomson, in 1805. The ceremony was performed by his brother, the Rev. William Robb. In 1880 his nephew William wrote that his Uncle George ‘died many years ago leaving children but I don’t know how many.’ 

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