ROBERTSON

Chiefs of Clann Donachaidh

From Irish Pedigrees; or the Origin and Stem of the Irish Nation by John O'Hart

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Arms: Gu. three wolves' heads erased ar. Crest: A dexter hand erect, holding an imperial crown all ppr. Motto: Virtutis gloria merces.

ACCORDING to Skene (the author of "Celtic Scotland"), King Duncan, the eldest son of Malcolm III., was the ancestor of Robertson; and the Robertsons are called Clann Donnachaidh, which means "the descendants of Duncan." (See, in p. 565, Note under "MacUais" pedigree.) As Malcolm III. of Scotland is (see p. 38) No. 109 on "The Lineal Desccent of the Royal Family of England," his son Duncan must be No. 110.

110. Duncan: eldest son of Malcolm III. of Scotland.

111. Robert: son of Duncan.

112. Duncan (2): his son.

113. Duncan (3): his son.

114. Robert: his son.

115. John: the son of Robert. Assumed the sirname Robertson; living in 1448.

116. Laurence: his son; had a brother named William. John Robertson, son of Laurence, having died without issue, was succeeded by his uncle William.

117. John, son of William; second son of John No. 115; was a man of great strength and courage, and was therefore called "Stalwart John." He married, first, a dau. of Hugh Rose, of Kilravock, by whom he had an heir and successor. He married, secondly, a dau. of Fearn, of Pitcullen, by whom he had three sons and one daughter.

118. William: one of those three sons, by the second marriage; became first of the Robertsons of Kindeace. He married Elspeth, dau. of the Rev. Thomas Howison, minister of Inverness, by whom he had six sons and three daughters. The first two, William and George, d. unmarried, before their father.

119. Gilbert, of Kindeace: third and eldest surviving son of William, No. 118. He mar. Margaret, eldest dau. of Colin Mackenzie of Redcastle, by whom he had two sons and several daughters. The eldest son William, died before his father, unmarried.

120. Colin, of Kindeace, the second son of Gilbert; married a daughter of Sir Robert Munro, Bart., of Fowlis, by whom he had two sons, William and George.

121. William, of Kindeace: eldest son of Colin. He was twice married—first, to Catherine, daughter of Robertson of Shipland, by whom he had two sons and several daughters; secondly, to Anne, daughter of Sir John Munro, Bart., of Fowlis, by whom he had no issue.

122. George: second son of William, of Kindeace; was Sheriff-Depute and Commissary of Ross. He married Agnes, daughter of John Balfour, of Aldourie, by whom he had four sons.

123. Andrew Robertson: eldest son of George; was Provost and Sheriff-Substitute of Dingwall. He married Anne, daughter of Colin Mackenzie, a Bailie of Dingwall, by whom he had, among others, a daughter Anne who married, as his second wife, the late Sir John Gladstone, Baronet, of Fasque, Kincardineshire, by whom she had issue, amongst other children, the Right Hon. William Ewart Gladstone,[1] of Hawarden, in Flintshire, M.P., and First Lord of the Treasury in 1884.

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NOTES

[1] William Ewart Gladstone: This venerable gentleman (living in 1887) is descended on the mother's side from the ancient Mackenzies of Kintail, through whom is introduced the blood of The Bruce, of the ancient Kings of Man, and of the Lords of the Isles, and Earls of Ross; also from the Munros of Fowlis, and the Robertsons of Strowan and Athole. His descent on the father's side is from the ancient Scottish family of Gledstaine ("gleadh:" Irish, tricks, humour; "stain," tin or latten). Mr. Gladstone is thus eminently Celtic in origin and descent both on the father's, and mother's side.


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