Date: 31 Dec 1997 - 1 Jan 1998
From: Angus Robinson
ROBERTSON LINEAGE - SCOTLAND - Parts 1 through 4, combined
Reference Source: Robertson Family Records
by J. Montgomery Seaver
Published 1928 by American Historical-
Genealogical Society, Philadephia, PA
ANCIENT ROBERTSON FAMILIES
lOl MALCOLM II (Cannors): Born A.D. l006; died 1034. His son was:
102 KING DUNCAN I, of Scotland: He was the "Gracious Duncan" who
was slain by McBeth ("1034"), in Shakespeare's story, "MacBeth."
Duncan married Sybilla, daughter of Siward, Earl of Northumberland.
His son was
103 BETHOC: Slain, 1045; "married Crinan; Abbot of Dunkeld, Athlam of
Dulla Senechalof Isles.
104 MALCOLM IV: He ascended the throne 1058; killed 1093. He married
(1), 1064, Ingebiorge, daughter of J. Anison of Thorfin; mar. (2)
1070, Margaret, daughter of Edgar Atheling, granddaughter of Edmund
Ironsides, seventh from ALFRED THE GREAT.
His children were
(1) Malcolm (105, below). (4) Edgar.
(2) David I (136, following pages). (5) Duncan II.
(3) Summerleid (148, following pages).
105 MALCOLM : He and his half brother Edward signed a charter, 1094, by
his brother Duncan. (Unless otherwise shown, the consecutive numbers
represent generations, from father to son, etc.)
106 MALCOLM: 2nd Earl of Atholl; signed a charter between 1165 an 1180;
mar. his second cousin, Hextilde, grand-daughter of Donald Bens, and
widow of Rich Comyn.
107 HENRY: 3rd Earl of Atholl; mar. Countess Margaret (Royal Line). He
had with other issue, Constantine, who predeceased him, leaving him
two daus. He d. 1222.
108 CONNAN (or COMINGOS), "2nd son of the foregoing." granted charter to
Abbey of Cunfar, 1216.
109 EWAN FITZ CONAN: of Glenochy; mar. dau. of Duncan, son of Convact,
Lord of Lullibardyn, in Stratherne.
110 ANGUS: Obtained charter of several lands in Perthshire. The earlist
seat of the Clan was at Strowan (also spelled STRUAN), meaning Stream
on the shores of Loch RANNOCH, in the midst of the Grampian Mountains,
and lands adjacent thereto, in County Perth, Scotland.
"Behold the kinloch Rannoch lounging place,
That bridge of Robertsonian sighs of old,
Whose forfieted estate supplied the gold
That built it 'mid the groanings of that race."
Rev. John Sinclair.
Members of the Clan also resided at Dun Alastair (Mount Alexander),
and at Dall. The burial place of many Clan chieftains is still well
preserved at Don Alastair House on the North Bank of the Tummel,
four miles East of Kinloch-Rannoch. The Stewarts held lands
adjoining the lands of the Robertsons and several marriages between
the two families resultes, as shown in this pedigree.
111 ANDREW, DESIGNATED DE ATHOLIA:
112 DUNCAN DE ATHOLIA: Called DONNCHAIDH (Gaelic for DUNCAN) REMHAIR
(i.e. "Duncan the fat); born about 1275. He inherited from his
father a portion of the estates of the ancient Earls of Atholl,
and was the FIRST LORD OF STRUAN (STROWAN, hereinafter spelled
thus). From him the Clan takes its name )Clan Donnachaidh"
(Clandonachy, etc.), i.e. sons of Duncan. He was born 1275 and
d. 1355. Marries (1) dau. of Malcolm, 5th Earl of Lenox; mar.
(2) dau. of Ewen de Ensalis (or Agnus Meer). In the struggle with
Comyn for the crown of Scotland, he espoused the side of Robert
Bruce, and became his strong supporter. Donnachaidh was present at
the Battle of Bannockburn at the head of his Clansmen, under Bruce,
from which he received much recognition as well as large grants of
land. See Chapter (C). Some of the Robertsons of Lund - See 115 (3),
below--, Thomas and Gibbon. No. 113, below, was his son.
113 ROBERT DE ATHOLIA, SECOND LORD OF STROWAN: Living in 1392; mar.
(1) dau. of John de Striviling, of Grenesk, Jean; mar. (2) co-heiress
of Findall in Stermont, through whom he obtained the lands so called.
114 DUNCAN (Crosda) DE ATHOLIA, THIRD LORD OF STROWAN: Mentioned in the
Retrier Scotiae, 1432, as Dunc de Atholia, Dominue de Ronagh. He
granted Charter to Dean of Dunkeld, 1438, in which he is styled
Dominus de Strowan. He was a hostage in England for James I. He is
said to have married a Miss Graham.
115 ROBERT (ROCH) DE ATHOLIA: d. 1460. Married Lady Margaret Stewart.
He was one of the most noted Chiefs of his day. Upon the execrable
murder of King James I, when the nation was like to be involved in
Civil War, Robert was the main instrument in crushing the designs
of the parrisides in the bud, by attacking them with such vigor and
expedition (with his Clan). He was, indeed the only man of power in
the locality of Walter, Earl of Athole, by whom the regicides
naturally turned for shelter. But Robert not only apprehended the
Earl himself ("with great courage and intrepidity"), but also Robert
Graham, another of the chief actors in that most horrid tradegy. As
soon as King James II came to age he offered to reward Robert suitably
for the great service he had done, but all he desired or accepted was
to have all the lands he was already possessed of confirmed to him
and his heirs. Accordingly he got a charter under the great seal,
erecting all his land into the barony of Strowan (free barony), "as
fully and freely as the same had been possessed and enjoyed by his
predecessors." This curious charter was confirmed by James II, Aug.
(1) Alexander (116)
(2) Robert: Of Dalcaban, progenitor ofm the Early of Portmoor.
(3) Patrick: "Who had a charter of some lands and houses from
the friars of Perth, wherein he was designated "Frater
Germanus, Alexandri Robertson de Strowan," etc. He d. at the
end of the reign of James II and was succeeded by his son,"
The compiler understands this is the Patrick who "went to
the low-lands and became the head of Robertsons of Lude."
He "catered to the English and, as a result, was head of the
British Exchequer." He inherited some lands from his father.
Compare with the Robert Patrick in paragraph 112.
116 ALEXANDER, "SON OF ROBERT": He adopted the name "ROBERTSON" (son
of Robert), which name has been enjoyed by this family ever since.
He mar. (1) Elizabeth Stewart, dau. of John, Earl of Atholl, Uterine
brother of James II; mar. (2) Elizabeth Lyon (No. 147 of this pedegree;
d. 1506 or 1507.
(1) DUNCAN: d. before his father, without issue.
(2) ROBERT: See Entry 117.
(3) ANDREW: Progentitor of the Robertsons of Elllechangy, Ladykirk, etc.
(4) JAMES: Ancestor of the Robertsons of Calvine, etc.
(5) ALEXANDER: Progenitor of the Robertsons of Fascalrie, etc.
(6) JOHN: First Laird of Muirton, Elgin; married Lady Isabel Stewart
(a descendant of EDWARD I, of England, and JAMES I, of Scotland).
(A) Gilbert, of Muirton; mar. Janet, dau. of John Reid, of
(a) DAVID; mar. Innes.
1. William; married Isabel Petrie.
A. William, of Gladney; mar. Mitchell.
a. Rev. William; of Edinburgh: mar. Pitcairn of
I William: Royal Historiographer.
II Jean: mar. Alexander Henry, of Aberdeen.
i. Col. John Henry: Removed to Virginia,
1739 and was seated at "Studley" and
the "Retreat," Hanover Co.; mar. Sarah.
Their son was Patrick Henry, American
patriot and first Governor of VA. Patrick
Henry mar. (2)Dorothea Dandridge (of Royal
descent), and had Martha, Ann, Elizabeth,
John, and William.
117 ROBERT: mar. Isabell Stewart (Compare with his brother John), dau.
of John, Earl of Athol; predeceased his father.
118 WILLIAM: Lord heir to his grandfather, 1508; killed in a feud with
the Earl of Athol, 1530-32.
119 ROBERT (OF STROWAN): same implied with preceeding names): mar.
Mariata, dau. and heiress of John McIan, of Seanamvichan, descendant
of John de Insules, son of Agnus (Mor), etc.
120 DONALD, OF STROWAN: mar. (1) Janet, dau. of Stewart, of Foss; mar.
(2) Beatrix Farquharson.
121 ROBERT: OF STROWAN: Tenth Baron: d. before 1630: got a charter under
the great seal, dated Jan. 14, 1630; mar. Agnus MacRonald (MacDonald:
See No. 160 of this pedigree). Alienated and sold a considerable part
of his estate.
(1) Alexander (122).
(2) Donald: "Tutor of Strowan."
(3) Duncan (125).
(4) James; mar. Margaret Robertson.
122 ALEXANDER OF STROWAN, 11th Baron: mar. Margaret, dau. of Graham of
Inchbrakie; got a charter under the great seal, dated Feb. 6, 1630.
123 ALEXANDER OF STROWAN, 12th Baron: was an infant when his father died;
was a minor at the time of the wars of Montrose, and the Clan was
lead by his uncle Donald, who acquitted himself with fidelity and
honor. When Alexander became of age he enbraced the first opportunity
of showing that he was not inferior to any of his brave ancestors, in
loyalty and courage. He joined the insurrection of Earl of Glencain,
1653-4. "Served heir to all his predecessors," Feb. 22, 1681. Mar:
(Katherine, dau. of Sir James Drummond, progenitor of Viscount
Strathallan; mar. (2) Mariatta.
(1) Robert. (3) Alexander, (124).
(2) Anne. (4) Duncan: d. 1781.
124 ALEXANDER OF STROWAN, 13th BARON.: b. 1670; d. 1759; became heir to
his father, 1688. Took service for the King under Viscount Dundee.
He participated in the insurrection of 1689, 1715, and 1745, and is
said to have been the only Clan Chieftain who participated in all
these events in Scottish History. He twice sought refuge in France,
had considerable service in the French Army, and was alluded to as
Col. Alexander Robertson of the Scotch Brigade. He was the author of
a volume of poems and was the last of the direct male line of
Donnachaidh Remhair. He never married and died at an advanced age at
his house at Carie on the south side of Struan, one of the earlier
seats of the Chieftains, some 16 miles north of Loch Rannock. The
representation devolved upon his kinsman, No. 134. He has been
referred to as the "celebrated Jacobite Chief." Her Majesty Queen
Anne was pleased to grant him remission and to restore his estates,
125 DUNCAN (MOR: son of 121), OF DRUMACHUNE: So called from his great
stature and strength. With his brother Donald, he accompanied Montrose
throughout his careet; mar. Dorothy, dau. of Neil Stewart, of Joss;
(1) Donald (126). (3) Duncan.
(2) John (132). (4) James.
126 DONALD: mar. dau. of Robertson of Anchluks; d. subsequent to 1713.
127 ROBERT (Baun, or Bane) OF INVENACK.: mar. dau. of Neil Stewart,
a cadet of Jose.
(1) Anulia. (2) Donald; Captain in the French service.
(3) Duncan (127b) (4) Alexander: killed at Cullenden.
(5) Charles: d. from wounds received at Cullenden.
127b DUNCAN (MOR): Carried on the Line of the Family; d. 1751.
128 ALEXANDER ROBERTSON OF STROWAN: succeeded Col. Alexander Robertson
(No. 135) as male heir, 1822; d. 1830; "infeft by crown charter into
the Barony of Strowan, June 23, 1824." mar. (1) Mary Best, of Mansfield,
Co. York; mar. (2) Jean Stewart).
(1) George (129).
(2) Francis: Lost at Sea.
(3) Alexander Gilbert OF STROWAN (STRUAN ROBERTSON): b. Mar. 6, 1805;
mar. Jan. 1863, Charlotte Hoffman; d. Oct. 6, 1884.
(A) Alasdan Stewart: LATE OF STROWAN; d. May 20, 1910.
(B) Duncan: b. Sept. 11, 1867; d. 1869.
(C) Jean Rosme: Born Sept. 7, 1865; succeeded her brother, 1910;
residence, Barracks, Rannoch, N. Brunswich.
(4) ROBERT JOHN: d. Jamaica.
129 GEORGE DUNCAN OF STRWAN: Major General; C.B., K.L.; b. April 29, 1866;
mar. May 31, 1799, Anne Cuthwaite, of Co. York; d. July 1, 1842; spent
30 years in active service. Succeeded by his
uncle, No. 128-(3). I
130 GEORGE DUNCAN OF STROWAN: (Styled Struan Robertson): J.P.; b. July 26,
1816; mar. Apr. 3, 1839, Succeeded by his uncle, No. 128-(3).
Ignore missing "131."
132 JOHN OF DRUMACHINE (son of 125): mar. 1677, Cecelia, dau. of Robert
133 ALEXANDER OF DRUMACHINE: Joined Earl of Mar, 1715; mar. dau. of
Patrick Robertson of Blairfetty (Fascalzie), 1703
(1) Duncan of Strowan (134) (2) Lt. Col. Alexander.
(3) Emilia: mar. Capt. Donald Robertson (No. 127-(2).
134 DUNCAN OF STROWAN: Succeeded Alexander-124; 1749. Not having been
included by name in the last Act of Indemity, he was dispossed and
the estate annexed to the crown, 1752, but later restored to the
family; mar. May, dau. of Lord Wm. Murray, descendant of the 7th
Countess of Derby; d. in exile, 1780.
135 COL. ALEXANDER OF STROWAN: estates restored to him as male heir,
1784, but he died unmarried, 1822, and the succession devolved upon
Numbers from 136 to 147 represent descendants (consecutive
generations) of the KING DAVID I, second son of MALCOLM IV. Numbers
from 148 to 160 represent descendants of SUMMERLEID, third son of
MALCOLM IV. the ROBERTSONs are descendants of MALCOLM's eldest
son. It will be noted that the descendants of the three sons have
been intermarried. No. 136 was a son of 104.
136 KING DAVID I of SCOTLAND: mar. Maude, only dau. of Waithe, Earle of
Huntington, by Judith, niece of WILLIAM THE CONQUEROR: d. 1153.
137 PRINCE HENRY: mar. 1127, Ada de Warrine.; d. 1152.
138 DAVID EARL OF HUNTINGTON: Knighted at Windsor, 1170; mar. 1190,
Maud, dau. of Earl of Chester; d. abt. 1214.
139 ISOBEL: mar. ROBERT BRUCE, 4th Lord of Annandale, who d. 1245;
140 ROBERT BRUCE: 5th Lord of ANNANDALE: competitor for the crown in
his mother's right; d. 1295.
141 ROBERT BRUCE: 6th Lord of Annandale, 1st Earl of Carrick; mar.
Margaret, dau. of Niger Earl of Carrick; d. 1304.
142 ROBERT I: mar. Isabelle, dau. of Donald, Earl of Marr; d. 1392.
143 PRINCESS MARJORY: mar. 1315, Walter the High Steward; d. 1316.
144 ROBERT II; killed, 1412; mar. (1) Ladyu Jean Stewart; mar. (2) Lady
145 JOHN LYON: hostage for James I, 1414.
146 PATRICK LYON 3RD LORD OF GLAMIS: hostage for James I, released 1427;
147 ELIZABETH LYON: married ALEXANDER ROBERTSON (No. 116, of this
148 SUMMERLEID (son of No. 104): mar. 1140, dau. of Olaf, the Red King
of Marwerthe Isles, grand-daughter of Harold Harfuger, KING OF
DENMARK; killed at Renfrew, 1164.
149 REGINALD DE INSULIS: "REX INSULARUM;" d. before 1228.
150 DONALD DE INSULIS.
151 ANGUS (MOR) DE INSULIS: d. soon after 1292.
152 ALEXANDER DE INSULIS: d. 1303.
153 ANGUS DE INSULIS: The friend of Bruce, for whom he fought at
Bannockburn; d. early 14th century.
154 JOHN OF ISLA: Lord of the Isles; d. abt. 1386; buried at sea.
155 CARRACH (Master); 3rd son of foregoing; 1st Chief of Kippock;
received from his father the lands of Kippoch, from Cowen Ferry
to Loch Laggan; designated Lord of Lohaber, 1402; forfieted, 1434,
for participation in the insurrection under Donald Rattoch.
Following is his brother.
156 AGNUS ALLESTER MacAGNUE: Chosen Chief on deposition of his elder
158 DONALD ("Donheel Glas"): mar. dau. of Stewart Happin; beheaded
1547 for participation in rebellion of Earl of Lennox. Bro.:
150 ALESTER MacDONALD: succeeded his brother Ronald. He assisted Sir
James MacDonald to escape Edinburgh Castle, 1615; defeated Camerons
of Bholine, but died of his wounds.
160 AGNUS: Married Robert Robertson (No. 121) of this Pedigree).
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THE CLAN DONNACHAIDH SOCIETY
An organization known as "THE CLAN DONNACHAIDH," consisting of
descendants of the foregoing ancesters, and in which American Robertsons
are eligible for membership (many of the latter are members), has
headquarters at Glendevon, by Dollar, Perthshire, Scotland. Mrs. Robertson
Matheson is the Honorary Clan Secretary. There are several local chapters
of the Clan (Society) in various parts of Scotland. Struan Robertson is
the present Chief and Miss Robertson of Struan is the President. Mr. Charles
Gutherie, W.S., 1 N. Charlotte St., Edinburgh, is Honorary Secretary of the
(Submitters NOTE: The location of this group was correct as of the year of
publication of this book'1928' but is not true today '1998')