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The Robb-Thomson-Young family: the next generation

This post continues my account of the family of George Robb (1769 – c.1811), Glasgow merchant and brother of my great-great-great grandfather Charles. In recent posts I’ve written about Penelope Thomson’s two marriages, first to George Robb and then to … Continue reading

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George Robb and Penelope Thomson

‘I had also an Uncle George who died many years ago leaving children but I don’t know how many. I had also an Aunt called Penelope…’ So wrote my great-great-grandfather William Robb in his memorandum of 1885, a few years … Continue reading

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The Glasgow connection

Between his baptism in Auchterless, Aberdeenshire, on 16 December 1779 and his marriage to Margaret Ricketts Monteith at St. Mungo’s, Glasgow on 15 October 1802, when he was 22 years old, we have no records for my great-great-great-grandfather Charles Edward … Continue reading

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My family and the slave trade

Once again,  a simple Google search for one of my ancestors has turned up some astonishing results. As I mentioned in the last post, I’m in the process of revisiting the Glasgow branch of the Robb family. In doing so, … Continue reading

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George Robb (b. 1806) and family in the National Probate Calendar

Some time ago I wrote about George Robb, who was born in Glasgow in 1806. His mother was Penelope Thomson and his father was another George Robb (born 1769), a Glasgow merchant and the older brother of my great-great-great-grandfather Charles … Continue reading

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The bigamous (?) marriage of Elizabeth Robb and Edmund John Vineer

The story of my great-great-aunt, Elizabeth Robb, grows more intriguing with every new finding. I’ve just made a discovery which may provide the strangest twist yet in this curious saga. A brief recap: Elizabeth, born in Malton, Yorkshire, in June … Continue reading

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The final years of Charles Edward Stuart Robb

Charles Edward Stuart Robb, my great great great grandfather, spent at least the last two years of his life sharing a house with strangers in Lambeth, south London. In this post, I want to set down what I know about … Continue reading

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The death of Joseph Boden

I’ve now received a copy of the death certificate for Joseph Boden, husband of my great great aunt Elizabeth Robb – and possible bigamist (see my last post). Joseph died on 10th April 1855 at 100 Fetter Lane in the … Continue reading

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Joseph Boden: early Victorian dentist…and bigamist?

Every now and then, a routine genealogical search turns up something totally unexpected. The other evening, I was reviewing the information I have on my Robb ancestors, when I decided to have another try at filling in the gaps in … Continue reading

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Two photographs of Arthur Ernest Robb (1897 – 1979)

A couple more photographs from my Auntie Grace’s album (see last post), this time of my Grandad, Arthur Ernest Robb. He was born in Whitechapel in 1897, the youngest son of Charles Edward Robb and Louisa Bowman. At the time … Continue reading

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