Thanks to an online discovery by John Brechin, I’ve made contact with fellow family historian Marina Alexander, who lives close to Fisherford and has found Robb inscriptions in Tillymorgan Episcopal churchyard. I’m waiting with bated breath to find out if these will shed new light on our family origins.
Marina mentioned that one of her ancestors, Thomas Adam, married an Isabella Robb, who was born at Fisherford in 1862, at Tillymorgan chapel. This turns out to be the daughter of George Robb (1804 – 1880) and Elizabeth Mackenzie (1814 – 1894). Isabella was born on 22nd April 1862 in Fisherford, and her father George is described as a ‘vintner and farmer’. Interestingly, Isabella was given the middle name ‘Cruickshank’ at her birth (I haven’t yet worked out why). However, in the record of her marriage to Thomas, on 8th May 1880, her name is given as Isabella Clark Robb – Clark being the maiden name, not of her own mother, but of her father George’s first wife (again, I wonder why?)
On the subject of middle names: Isabella’s younger sister, Jane, born in 1864, was given the middle name ‘Gammack’. I hadn’t noticed before, but this is the surname of the parish priest at Tillymorgan at the time – Rev. James Gammack. The Robbs must have been quite regular parishioners, and close to their priest, to have acknowledged him in this way.
Marina informs me that Thomas was an agricultural labourer from Sauchenloan, Culsalmond. Also that Isabella died on 4th January 1943, aged 80, at Myreton Cottages, Insch, of cardiac vascular disease and pneumonia. Thomas had died in 1939 aged 81, at Tillymorgan Cottages, Culsalmond. Marina also sends information about Isabella’s and Thomas’ children, which I will include in a future post.