The 1851 census mentions a James Robb, age 52, born in about 1799, living at Thornybank in Auchterless. He’s described as a farmer of 4 acres of land. His wife is Margaret, 40 (born about 1801) and they have two daughters: Margaret, 25, a house servant, and Eliza, 7.

Thorneybank is to the north of Logie Newton / Fisherford and west of Badenscoth. If you’re following the road from Logie Newton, you pass Bilbo, Lambslack, Upperthird, then Thorneybank.

In 1861 James and Margaret, now 62 and 60 respeectively, are living at Baryard (?) Cottage in the village of Turriff, with their daughter Eliza, now 17, and two journeyman shoemakers as boarders. James is now described as a ‘gardener (master)’.

I haven’t yet found them in the 1841 census.

Could this be the James Robb who married Margaret Shand in Auchterless in 1821? Going further back, might he be the James born to James Robb and Ann Maitland in Overhill (not far from Fisherford) in 1795?

At this stage, I can’t be sure, nor can I work out whether he’s connected to any of ‘our’ Auchterless Robbs. I think it’s likely, but I haven’t discovered the connection yet.

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