Hon. Duncan Robertson MD

???? - 1824

Slave-owner and antecedent of claimant or beneficiary

Biography

Uncle of Duncan Robertson (q.v.) and owner of Friendship estate in St Elizabeth until his death in 1824.

  1. Son of James Robertson, who "owned a small estate on the south bank of Loch Tay [Scotland]", apparently forced to leave his estate in the Jacobite Rebellion of 1745, moving to Callendar.

  2. Doctor of medicine. Went to Jamaica, “where he spent a useful life”: became a member of the Legislative Council (hence title of Honourable). Returned to Scotland, 1819. Purchased the estate of Broomage, and changed the name to Carronvale. Made substantial amendments to the estate and house. On his death in 1824, Carronvale left to his to his eldest son, Duncan Stewart, and Roehill (in Gaelic, Cnoc na h-Earb) to James, his younger son. Both Duncan Stewart and James became army officers, Duncan Stewart serving in India and elsewhere, James in the first Sikh War, Crimean War and in India during the Rebellion of 1857. On the death of Duncan Stewart Robertson of Carronvale, the estate was sold by his trustees, as his will provided that everything should be divided between his two children. The purchaser of the estate was John Bell Sherriff, merchant in Glasgow, who became the owner in April, 1857.

  3. Duncan Robertson, surgeon, married Ann Finlason, widow, both of St Elizabeth, 30/11/1787. She was the Ann Lattman of Westmoreland, spinster, who had married Thomas Finlayson, planter, at St Elizabeth, 23/08/1774. Duncan Robertson acquired half of Friendship estate through his marriage to Ann and apparently bought the other half from Ann's brother. His children Duncan Stewart and James were with his second wife, Susan Anne Jane Stewart, daughter of Captain (later Colonel) Robert Stewart, junior, of Fincastle, whom he married 15/11/1817 at Dull, Perthshire, Scotland.

Sources

  1. James Peter Robertson Personal Adventures and Anecdotes of an Old Officer (1906) pp. 1-3, available at https://archive.org/stream/personaladventu01robegoog#page/n23.

  2. John Charles Gibson, Lands and Lairds of Larbert and Dunipace Parishes (Glasgow, Hugh Hopkins, 1908), pp. 79-82. Text transcript available at: http://www.ebooksread.com/authors-eng/john-charles-gibson/lands-and-lairds-of-larbert-and-dunipace-parishes-sbi/page-7-lands-and-lairds-of-larbert-and-dunipace-parishes-sbi.shtml [accessed 19/02/2011].

  3. St Elizabeth, Jamaica, parish register (familysearch.org - unindexed Baptisms, marriages, burials 1705-1820); James Peter Robertson Personal Adventures and Anecdotes of an Old Officer (1906) pp. 2-3.

We are grateful to Neil Barrow and Paul Hitchings for their help with compiling this entry.


Further Information

Absentee?
Transatlantic
Spouse
(1) Ann Finlason nee Lattman (2) Susan Anne Jane Stewart
Children
With (2) Duncan Stewart; Robert (died in infancy); James
Occupation
Physician and planter

Associated Estates (4)

The dates listed below have different categories as denoted by the letters in the brackets following each date. Here is a key to explain those letter codes:

  • SD - Association Start Date
  • SY - Association Start Year
  • EA - Earliest Known Association
  • ED - Association End Date
  • EY - Association End Year
  • LA - Latest Known Association
1825 [EA] - 1839 [LA] → Previous owner
1809 [SY] - 1824 [EY] → Owner
1823 [EA] - → Owner
1823 [EA] - → Attorney

Legacies Summary

Physical (1)

Estate
Carronvale [Purchased] 
description →
notes →
Carronvale probably built early C18th; Robertson family owned the house and estate (and the estate of Roehill) between 1819 and the death of Duncan Stewart Robertson in 1857. Sold to John Bell...

Relationships (4)

Other relatives
Notes →
Thomas's widow Ann nee Lattman later married Duncan...
Uncle → Nephew
Uncle → Nephew
Uncle → Nephew

Addresses (1)

Carronvale, Larbert, Stirlingshire, Central Scotland, Scotland
Notes →

At Carronvale for the birth of his eldest son.