In earlier posts I’ve tried to establish the identity of the Alexander Robb of Logie Newton, who was a witness at the baptisms of a number of the children of George Robb, my (likely) 4 x great grandfather. It would seem that George himself lived in Logie Newton before moving to nearby Fisherford, and it’s possible that Alexander was his brother.
Unfortunately, there are no census records to show us which Robbs were living in Logie Newton in the 18th century, so it’s proving difficult to determine the connections between them. However, I’ve managed to find evidence that there was a continuing Robb presence in the village into the 19th century, and that it continued to be intertwined with the neighbouring Cruickshank family (who I understand still own property in the area).
The 1841 census shows an Alexander Robb, age 40 (so born in about 1801) and a farmer, living in Logie Newton. There are no other direct family members living at the same address: of the other seven people listed, at least three are agricultural labourers, one is listed as ‘army P’ (?) and the other two (women) are described as family servants. This would seem to indicate that this Alexander Robb was childless, possibly unmarried.
The 1851 census features an Alexander Robb in ‘Newton’ whose details differ slightly from those in the previous census. Age 53, which would mean he was born around 1798, he’s described as a farmer of 12 acres employing one labourer. The latter is James Boandy, age 23. A clue suggesting that this is the same Alexander as in the 1841 record comes in the name of one of his two house servants, Mary Cruickshank, who is said to be 44, another age that is at variance with the earlier census record and suggests inaccuracy on the part of the clerk.
Further confirmation that this is the same Alexander Robb, in the same property, is provided by the fact that his neighbour is the same person in both cases. In 1841, the property next to Alexander’s is owned by Alex Cruickshank, 35, a farmer, living with his wife Isabella and 6 children. In 1851, Alexander Cruickshank is described as a farmer of 6 acres, as well as meadow pasture, whose household includes a considerable number of farm workers and servants, as well as his wife and expanding family.
By the time of the 1861 census, Alexander Robb, 63, still a farmer of 12 acres, is living with only one other person: Theresa Hardy, 24, a domestic servant.
At first I thought that Alexander might be the son of the Alexander Robb who married Amelia Cruickshank in 1779, and might himself have been the son of yet another Alexander. But searching at Scotland’s People, I found the following record that seems to match:
Dec 12th 1797
William Robb in Logie Newtown in uxore Agnes Crookshank had a son baptised before witnesses named Alexander.
As often happens with family history, new information raises new questions. This introduces yet another unknown Robb. Who was William, and how was he related to ‘our’ Robbs? It also introduces another Cruickshank connection. Back to the records!
I wonder whether this was the William Robb, born to James Robb in Bruckhills, in May 1757? That would make him 40 when his son Alexander was born. I’ve yet to find any record of the marriage of William and Agnes – but that could be, once again, due to the absence of Episcopalian records from the Old Parish Registers (always assuming that all the Robbs kept up the Episcopal faith).