Category Archives: Thomson

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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Penelope Burns in America

Penelope Burns, born in Glasgow in 1838, was the only daughter of John Burns, merchant and manufacturer, and Elizabeth Robb, daughter of Penelope Thomson and George Robb, merchant (born in Auchterless in 1769, and brother of my 3 x great … Continue reading

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Janet Young and Jackson Walton

Janet Young, daughter of Penelope Thomson from her second marriage, to John Young, was born in 1817 and died some time before 1851. On 12th October 1835 she married Jackson Walton, who was born in England (possibly Manchester) in 1809, … Continue reading

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Archibald Graham Lang and Jean Robb

Jean Robb, born in about 1810, was the daughter of George Robb (b. 1769) and Penelope Thomson.  In 1830 she married Archibald Graham Lang, who was born in about 1800. The 1830 Post Office Directory for Glasgow has Archibald working at … Continue reading

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The Meikleham bankruptcy

I wrote in these posts about William Meikleham (1802 – 1852), who married Penelope Young, daughter of Penelope Thomson and John Young, in 1844. I mentioned that he had been declared bankrupt and died in Milwaukee, USA.  It appears that … Continue reading

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George M Robb (born 1833), artist

The oldest child of George Robb and Jane Thomson was another George Robb, born in 1833. The last record we had of George was in 1861, when the family was living at Chingford, Essex, and the younger George was a … Continue reading

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