Robertson’s Moray Scotland

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Hi all. I’ve looked through the Scottish registers trying to find details relating to James Robertson’s lineage. I have his wife as Jean Phin. I have it mostly forward but not his parents or any juicy bits. A name like Robertson in Scotland seems like finding a needle in a haystack. I have a day job and find myself up until 2 or 3 am sometimes looking and by then getting very brave in making assumptions lol.

Mum is 80 and I’d love to find something great about her family that she can have in her heart. She was raised by her grandparents so the family history is a bit sketchy to say the least ‍♀️

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WikiTree profile: James Robertson
in Genealogy Help by Tanya Byham G2G3 (3.7k points)

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There is a James Robertson born 1797, living in Lhanbryde in 1861, it looks as if he is a widower.  Lhanbryde is just a hop skip and jump from Urquhart.

Ah - here he is with Agnes!  so I think it's the right family.

Jean is with him in 1841. She wasn't born in Moray unfortunately.

I haven't found a death for Jean yet, but I'll come back to it later today.  If you can PM me your email I'll send you a copy of the 1841 census.

by Christine Searle G2G6 Mach 2 (28.2k points)
edited by Christine Searle
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Hi Tanya,

James Robertson died 1874, age 76 at St Andrews Llanbryd (Moray) Ref: 142/9

Source: Scotland's People.

Question for you: There is a 14 year old Alexander Robertson living with Jean's parents Charles and Jane Phyn at St Andrews Llanbryd (Moray), Haddingtonshire (East Lothian) on the 1841 Census, have you come across Alexander before?

"Scotland Census, 1841," database, FamilySearch ( : 10 July 2019), Charles Phyn, St Andrews Llanbryd (Moray), Haddingtonshire (East Lothian), Scotland; from "1841 England, Scotland & Wales census," database, findmypast ( : 2012); citing p. 7, PRO HO 107, New Register House, Edinburgh; FHL microfilm 1,042,645.

On the 1871 Census James Robertson is living with his daughter Jane Ross and family at Walkers Crescent, 10, St Andrews Thanbryde, St Andrews Lhanbryd, Moray. On census night of 1871 Jane's husband Alexander Ross, a 38 year old Farm Servant born at Knockando, was at Stone Cross Hill, St Andrews Thanbryde, St Andrews Lhanbryd.  

Alexander Ross married Jane Robertson on 27 Aug 1853 at St Andrews, Lhanbryd, Moray. 

In Scotland, and elsewhere many names are interchangeable often in ways which may and do confuse, - Jessie, Janet, Jane and Jean are a good example of interchangeable names.

Source: Find My Past.

I shall continue to look for more information tomorrow......

James Robertson and Jean Phyn's daughter Margaret:

Margaret Robertson married John Peterkin on 11 April 1846 at St Andrews-Lhanbryd,Moray.
Margaret Peterkin died 24 June 1894, age 72 at St Andrews Llanbryd (Moray) Ref: 142/ 6 (Scotlands People)

1851 Census: The Peterkin family were at Llanbryde, St Andrews Lhanbryde, Lhanbryde Village, Moray.
A Jane Robertson, age 17, born about 1834 at Urquhart was a House Servant at the Peterkin residence.

John Peterkin:

Margaret Robertson Peterkin:

More to follow...........

Jean Phyn Robertson's Parents:

Charles Phyn/Finn (c. 1762 to 02 MAR 1845)

Jean Todd Phyn/Finn (06 OCT 1773 to 15 FEB 1859)

by Erin Ryan G2G6 Mach 1 (18.8k points)
edited by Erin Ryan
You are fantastic thank you
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I've gone back a few generations on the Finns/Phins but have got no further with the Robertson side apart from James' father being John.
by Christine Searle G2G6 Mach 2 (28.2k points)

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