In 1740, Alexander Robb of Mains of Badenscoth had a son, Peter. He had another son of the same name baptised two years later, in 1742, which suggests either a duplication of the records, or that the first child died and the second was given his name (this appears to have been quite common in an age of high infant mortality). Unfortunately, we don’t have names of witnesses to these baptisms, so we can’t be absolutely sure that this is the Alexander Robb who would marry Mary Raeburn in 1743, or indeed whether Mary was the mother. 

The next mention of a Peter Robb in the records is on 1st January 1766, when someone of that name married a Barbara Morison. Alexander’s son Peter would have been 24 by this time, so it’s probably the same person. It’s also likely that this is the Peter Robb at Bankhead (north of Badenscoth) who had a son John baptised in 1771: John Robb in Newbigging (his uncle?) and Alexander Robb in Newton (his father? or his brother?) were witnesses. In 1772 he had a daughter Barbara (named after her mother?), with John Robb in Gordonstown a witness (another uncle, or his cousin? – see last post on John Robb of Newbigging). A daughter Jean was born in 1774 and another, Elspet, in 1777. Peter was also a witness in 1773 at the baptism of the son of John Robb of Gordonstown.

 The Old Parish Registers also include two mentions of a Patrick Robb at Bankshead. This person had a son Alexander baptised in 1768 and a daughter Margaret in 1770 (John Robb was a witness at the latter event). Since these are the only references to a Patrick Robb in the Auchterless records, and the dates fill in the ‘missing years’ following Peter’s marriage to Barbara, I’ve begun to wonder if Peter and Patrick were the same person. Were the names interchangeable? Did the clerk make a mistake in two of the records?

 If contemporary naming conventions were followed, it would be logical that Peter / Patrick would name his first-born son after his father, Alexander. Second sons were usually named after their mother’s father – this would mean that Barbara’s father was a John Morison – and eldest daughters after their mother’s mother – making Barbara’s mother Margaret, perhaps. (There’s a John Morison in Logie Oldtown mentioned in the OPRs, but I’ve yet to find a record of him having a daughter called Barbara. If this is the correct Morison family, it makes sense that Barbara and Peter would have met, since the latter’s family were living close by at Logie Newton by the 1760s.)


Looking towards Bankhead.

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