In this post about the Logie Newton connection, I mentioned that Alexander Robb’s neighbour in the 1840s and 1850s was Alexander Cruickshank, a farmer of some means. By 1861, however, Alex Cruickshank’s son, James, appears to have taken over, following his father’s death, and he and his wife Mary are still living at the property at the time of the 1891 and 1901 census.

Another of Alex Cruickshank’s sons, Robert, can be found boarding at the Kenmay Academy at the time of the 1851 census, while in 1861 he is said to be living (if it is the same Robert) with his brother John, also a farmer of some means, at Glenmellan. (It was at Glenmellan that Amelia Cruickshank, who married an earlier Alexander Robb in Logie Newton, was born.)

By 1891, when he was about 59, Robert was living at Lambslack Cottage, just along the road from Logie Newton, and is described as a farm overseer (perhaps on his brother James’ nearby farm?). He is married to Ann, 57, originally from Fyvie.

It looks as though the Cruickshanks continued to farm at Logie Newton into the 20th century, while the Robb link with the village died out with Alexander Robb, who appears to have been unmarried and childless.


I’ve just found what appears to be the record of Alexander Robb’s death. It records the death on 8th August 1864, age 67, of Alexander Robb, a single farmer, in Auchterless. He is said to be the son of William Robb, farmer, deceased, and Agnes Robb, whose maiden name was Cruickshank: thus confirming my speculation in an earlier post. The writing on the certificate is very difficult to read, and I can’t quite make out the cause of death. However, I was intrigued to read that the informant of Alexander’s death was ‘John (?) Robb, minister of Longside’ who is said to be cousin (?) or brother (? I’m not sure) of the deceased.