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Alexander Robb D.D. (bef. 1824 - 1901)

Alexander Robb D.D.
Born before in Fintray, Aberdeenshire, Scotlandmap
Husband of — married 8 Aug 1853 in Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, United Kingdommap
Descendants descendants
Died at about age 76 in Cowes, Phillip Island, Victoria, Australiamap
Profile last modified | Created 31 Dec 2020
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Baptised in Fintray on the date above, eldest child of William Robb and Jean Bruce[1].

In the 1841 Census, aged about 16, he might have been an Ag Lab in Inverurie, an apprentice shoemaker in Auchterless, or an apprentice haberdasher in Aberdeen, but he was not at home.

In the 1851 Census, living in the school of Alexander Anderson, at 6 Channonry St, Old Machar,

ROBB Alexander Tutor U M 26 Theolog. Student/teacher A.M ABD Fintry[2].

Alexander married Catherine Jamieson in Peterhead, Aberdeenshire on 8 August 1853[3].

From the birth places of their children we can trace their travels. Catherine and Alexander were married in Peterhead, Aberdeenshire in 1853. They were in Nigeria (Old Calabar) when Jane was born in 1860, back in Dumfries, Scotland when daughter Margaret was born about 1863, back to Nigeria where son Alexander was born about 1865, and then back to Edinburgh where John was born about 1868, then to Perth, Scotland 2 years later where Catherine was born, and back to Edinburgh where David was born around 1877. In 1888 Alexander left Jamaica and followed his family to Australia.

In the 1881 Census, living in Edinburgh at 3 South Gray St

Catherine ROBB Head M 42 F (British Subject), Jamaica
Jane ROBB Daughter U 21 F Governess (British Subject), Africa
Margaret ROBB Daughter U 18 F No Occupation Annan, Dumfries, Scotland
Alexander ROBB Son U 16 M Scholar British Subject, Africa
John ROBB Son U 13 M Scholar Eskbank, Edinburgh, Scotland
Catherine ROBB Daughter U 11 F Scholar Perth, Perth, Scotland
David ROBB Son U 4 M Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland
Helen SIMPSON Boarder U 47 F No Occupation Annan, Dumfries, Scotland
Jessie GLEN Servant U 17 F General Servant Domestic Glasgow, Lanark, Scotland[4].

Notes from Missions of the United Presbyterian Church in Jamaica and Old Calabar (Nigeria).

1853, March. Settlement of Rev. Alexander Robb, M.A., at Goshen, (Jamaica).

And in 1857 that distinguished scholar, the Rev. Alexander Robb, after two years’ labour at Goshen, left Jamaica for work in Old Calabar (Nigeria).

At length, in 1876, the Rev. Dr. Alexander Robb, who had returned to Scotland from Old Calabar, was sent out as theological professor, the hall being located in premises in Kingston, purchased and adapted for the purpose; and the Rev. John Simpson, who had now retired from the charge of Port Maria, being associated with Professor Robb in the work. The supply of students, however, did not prove equal to the hopes which prompted these arrangements, nor to the cost involved in them; and at length, in 1888, at a point when the hall became literally empty, Dr. Robb resigned his office, and went to join his family in Australia.[5].

"ERSKINE Church, Carlton.— Sabbath School Anniversary. — Rev. Alexander Robb, D.D., Missionary, Jamaica, Preaches morning and evening." (The Age, Melbourne, Saturday 23 November 1889.)

Grave site information of Rev Alexander Robb (1925 - 19 Jan 1901) at Cowes in Phillip Island, Victoria, Australia from BillionGraves[6]

In memory of
Rev. Alexander Robb D.D.
of Aberdeen, Scotland
who died 19 January 1901
aged 76 years.
Also of his sons
John W. Robb
Who died at LangLang
8th February 1898
Alexander M. Robb
Also his daughter
Jane J. Robb
And his wife
Catherine D. Robb
Also their daughter
died 15th September 1938
aged 76 years

The death is recorded at Cowes, Phillip Island, on Saturday last, of the Rev. Alexander Robb, D.D., late of the United Presbyterian Church, Jamaica and Old Calabar.[7].

"The Rev. Alexander Robb, D.D., of Cowes, died suddenly on Saturday afternoon. His health has been gradually failing of late, but he was in his usual health at 4 o’clock in the afternoon, and his death was due to heat apoplexy." The Ballarat Star, 24 January 1901.

NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration of fourteen days from the publication hereof application will be made to the Supreme Court of Victoria in its Probate jurisdiction, that PRO BATE of the WILL of ALEXANDER ROBB, late of Cowes, Phillip Island In the state of Victoria doctor of divinity deceased may be granted to Alexander Moncrieff Robb and David Henry Robb, two of the executors named therein, John Wilson Robb, the third executor named therein having predeceased the testator Dated this 29th day of January, 1901 DAVIES and CAMPBELL, 267 Collins-street, Melbourne, proctors for the executors. (The Argus, Melbourne, 30 January, 1901.)

Profile created by Doug Laidlaw through the import of Robb.ged on Dec 15, 2020.

Arrived 18 Oct 1848 at Melb as assisted immigrant on ship "Tasman."

Research Note

Many of the details on are examples of "The name's the same." (cf. "Cinna the Poet" in Shakespeare's Julius Caesar: the incident really took place.) The Alexander on the "Tasman." was an agricultural laborer and his wife's name was Elspeth.

"Carntyne, White Star ship, 940 tons, Amos Robertson, from Liverpool 9th February. Passengers - cabin : Rev. Alexander Robb and Mrs. Robb ; and 13 in the steerage. Swire Brothers and Co., agents." The Argus, Melbourne, Monday 11 June 1860. There was another Rev Alex Robb (from Aberdalgie, Perthshire, Scotland), who lived in Geelong. He died in 1896 aged 69.


  1. Fintray Parish Baptisms
  2. 1851 Census
  3. Peterhead Parish Marriages
  4. 1881 Scottish Census
  5. Missions of the United Presbyterian Church in Jamaica and Old Calabar
  6. BillionGraves Website
  7. The Leader (Melbourne) Saturday 2 February 1901
  • Victoria, Probate Index.

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A Rev. Alex Robb D.D. arrived in Victoria on 23 Oct 1889 on the ship "Ormuz." apparently alone. Age given as 47, YOB 1842. On headstone, died 1901, aged 76
posted by Doug Laidlaw
Hi Doug, This looks very like him in the 1851 Scottish Census, so unlikely he emigrated in 1848.
posted by Bruce Laidlaw
Thanks Bruce. He isn't on the Tasman's passenger list. A D.D. should be easy to trace.
posted by Doug Laidlaw
edited by Doug Laidlaw
There is one Alexander Robb on the Tasman, but he was a baker. His wife's name was Margaret. Not the one.
posted by Doug Laidlaw

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