Robert Anderson

Robert Anderson (1723 - 1796)

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Robert Anderson
Born in Cottam, Yorkshire, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married in Weaverthorpe, Yorkshire, Englandmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Kilham, Yorkshire, Englandmap
Profile last modified | Created 8 Jun 2015
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Categories: Kilham, Yorkshire | Broachdale, Kilham | Weaverthorpe, Yorkshire | Cottam, Yorkshire | All Saints Churchyard, Kilham, East Riding of Yorkshire, Yorkshire.


Robert was born at Cottam, son of Thomas Anderson and his second wife, Hannah Twiddall and was baptised at Langtoft on 14 November 1723. [1] Sometime between the birth of his brother, Edward, in 1733 and the death of his father in 1744 the family was forced to leave Cottam and settled eventually in Weaverthorpe. On 2 December 1760 he married Elizabeth Robson, twenty years his junior. [2] Five sons were baptised at Weaverthorpe and then, in a pattern that was becoming very familiar, Robert and Elizabeth had to move on. They settled themselves on land just outside the bustling market town of Kilham, where five more children were born. At first he was unable to rent the farm he really wanted, Broachdale, but eventually he obtained it. According to his son, Edward Anderson, the living they won from this land was a considerable improvement.

Robert died on 18 November 1796 and was buried at All Saints. [3] Note that there is a conflict between the Parish Register and the headstone. Presumably the register has the correct information.

"In memory of Robert Anderson who died 22nd November 1796 aged 73 years. He left a widow by whom he had eight sons and two daughters who all survived him. Also of Elizabeth his widow who died 13th May 1806 aged 63 years. Also of Robert Anderson a midshipman youngest son of the above. He had the misfortune to break a blood vessel which brought on a consumption when serving on board HM Ship the Inflexible. Came home on the 11th and died on the 19th January 1806 in the 26th year of his age. He was a young man of much courage and promising abilities in his profession." [4]

"For seventy-three revolving tedious years, My father sojourn'd in this vale of tears, His toil and care to farming was apply'd In which simplicity he liv'd and dy'd" [5]


  1. Baptismal records, Langtoft, Yorkshire, England (14 September 1723 Robert Anderson son of Thomas Anderson)
  2. Marriage record, Weaverthorpe (2 December 1760 Robert Anderson married Elizabeth Robson)
  3. Burial record, Kilham All Saints (20 November 1796 Robert Anderson, farmer, died the 18th buried the 20th)
  4. Memorial Inscriptions Kilham All Saints
  5. The Sailor, Edward Anderson
  • The Andersons: The History of a Kilham Family 1772-1880. Valerie Tonks 1985
  • "England Expects", biography of Richard Anderson. Val Tonks
  • Family notes in the back of The Diary of Richard Anderson 1805, Greenwich Museum (The diary is kept at Greenwich Museum and may be viewed there. It has also been photographed and a DVD is available by post)


575: 4 February, 1796, letter to Joshua Wilson Esq, Pontefract, from John Milner. Much information in report re Anderson and Lamplough Inside, note, ending "after these facts are proved will Arthur Milner say that dividing the farms was for improvement or settled according to Justice. Perhaps he will say it means nothing to your Farms what is done to the Tenants or how the land is cropp'd so you get your rent. But it certainly means something to Rbt. Anderson who has suffered all this loss by John Milner's unfair dealings" C# Anderson. (?Christopher) J 576: 15 February, 1796. Instructions to Mr. Trueman. "To go to Kilham and take a witness with you to George Lamplough and demand him to give up possession of the farm according to his notice to quit".....further instructions.

1786. Value of two farms at Kilham made by John Milner. Robert Anderson and Widow Lamplough's farms.

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Robert and Elizabeth Anderson grave
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