The Cruickshanks of Logie Newton

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.

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3 Responses to The Cruickshanks of Logie Newton

  1. Pingback: New information on Robbs of Auchterless in 18th century « Martin Robb’s Family History Blog

  2. Graeme Walker says:

    Hi there
    I notice your interest in the Cruickshanks (who still farm at Logie Newton to this day.) My connection is via Mary Walker(1842-1924) the sister of my Great grandfather, Gideon Walker. Mary Walker married James Cruickshank of Logie Newton(1839-1903). I have been digging around and I believe that the met through their involvement with the Episcopal church at Tillymorgan, just south of Logie Newton. Mary’s Uncle was the Rev Robert Walker. He was sent as a newly qualified minister to build and establish a church at Tillymorgan in 1851. When he went to Tillymorgan, his Sister Anne and his nieces Ann and Mary also went with him to help with the mission. Mary was recorded as the schoolmistress in the 1861 census.
    During this time JS Cruickshank was the parish secretary and undoubtedly they met through their mutual involvement with the church.
    I hope you find this interesting.

  3. Pingback: New information about St Thomas’ Episcopal Church, Tillymorgan « Martin Robb’s Family History Blog

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