Further evidence of the Robb family’s Episcopalianism comes in the record of the marriage of Charles Robb (b.1842), youngest son of George Robb (1804-1880), to Mary Hay (1844 – 1912). 

According to the record at Scotland’s People, they were married in the parish of Culsamond on 17th January 1863. The wedding took place at St. Thomas’ Church, Tillymorgan, Culamond, ‘after banns, according to the forms of the Scottish Episcopal Church.’ Charles is described as a farm servant, age 22, from Auchterless parish, while Mary is a domestic servant, 20, from Newseat, in the parish of Culsamond. 

Charles’ father’s name is given as George Robb, innkeeper, and his mother’s as Isabella Robb (Clark), deceased. The name of Mary’s father seems to be Ferdinand Hay, an agricultural labourer, while her mother was Janet Hay (Green), also deceased.

The witnesses were James Gammock, the incumbent at Tillymorgan, together with James L. Cruickshank and William Robb. I’m intrigued to know the identities of these last two. William Robb is probably Charles’ half-brother, born in 1848 so 15 or 16 by this time. Charles and Mary would give their first child, Elizabeth, the middle name ‘Cruickshank’, and it crops up elsewhere in the Robb records: an Alexander Robb in Logie Newton married an Amelia Cruickshank, so this may be evidence of his connection with ‘our’ Robbs.

But the main question raised by this record is this: if the Robbs were a loyal Episcopalian family, why did my 3 x great uncle William Robb need to take instruction in the principles of the church (see last post)? Maybe I’m getting my William Robbs muddled up, or maybe he or his branch of the family had conformed to the Church of Scotland at some stage?

Anyway, the Tillymorgan link suggests that further research in the records of this church (presuming they still exist) might throw some more light on the matter.