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Robert Robertson by Jeanette Lee EPG Gazette 2018 No 4

99th Regiment Lanarkshire
12th Suffolk Regiment Cap Badge
NameROBERTSON – Robert
Regiment (s)99th and 12th Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 849 (99th)
3716 (12th)
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
2nd July 1836 / 18 years 6 months / Perth Scotland
Description – Height
5 Ft 8½ in
Fresh / Grey / Fair / None
Overseas Service/DurationVan Diemen’s Land – 14 years 2 months
Length of Service21 years 115 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 15th June 1858 / Chatham Kent England
Campaign MedalsNone
Intended Residence at
Blairgowrie Perthshire Scotland
Pension Districts1858 Perth Scotland
1861 Jersey
1861 Perth Scotland
1864 Tilbury
1864-1867 Western Australia
December 1867 – March 69 Mauritius
Pension Paid10d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
1st July 1864 Portland Dorset England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
MERCHANTMAN 12th September 1864
Date/Place of Birth25th June Blairgowrie Perthshire Scotland
Date/Place of Baptism29th June 1817 Blairgowrie Perthshire Scotland
Date/Place of Birth
1783-1850 Perthshire Scotland
(A Merchant and appointed first Bank Agent for the Bank of Scotland in Blairgowrie, Perthshire 17 Aug. 1832)
Date/Place of Birth
ANDERSON Elisabeth
1789-1821 Blairgowie Perthshire Scotland
27th November 1808 Blairgowie Perthshire Scotland
SiblingsWilliam 1809-1879 Blairgowie Perthshire Scotland
James B 1811-1891 Blairgowie Perthshire Scotland
Alexander B 1813-1889 Blairgowie Perthshire Scotland
David B July 1819 Blairgowie Perthshire Scotland
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
PAGE Janet
c1820 England
Date/Place of Marriage12th December 1842 St Mary’s Chatham Kent England
Children by 1st WifeRobert B 29th September 1843 at sea
bap Windsor New South Wales Australia
M CAMPBELL Agnes April 1866 Blythswood Glasgow Scotland
Nicholas B 1845 Sydney New South Wales Australia
M DEA Eliza 7th December 1864 Glasgow Scotland
D 10th September 1885 Chester England
Alexander P B 19th May 1847 Sydney New South Wales Australia
TURNBULL Mary 2nd November 1871 Glasgow Scotland
D 27th July 1917 Scotland
Mary Elizabeth B 28th May 1849 Hobart Tasmania Australia
LUNN John 20th July 1871 Glasgow Scotland
D Not yet known
James A B 3rd February1853 Hobart Tasmania Australia
M WEIR Mary Elizabeth
D 7th December 1922 Stirling Scotland
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
PAGE Nicholas
Not yet known
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Land Grants Western
Occupation after
27th October 1864 appointed schoolmaster at Rottnest Island
Newspaper Articles
Departure from Western
Late in 1868 / early in 1869: pension paid in Mauritius from December 1868 – September 1869
Date/Place of Death/BurialBetween September1869 when his pension was paid at Mauritius and 1871 (UK Census) when his wife said she was a widow. Unknown burial location.
Date/Place of Death/Burial
Not yet known
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationBritish Army Worldwide index
1841 Robert Robertson 849 Private 99th Foot location Dublin
1851 Robert Robertson 849 Private 99th Foot location Van Diemen’s Land
Discharge due to chronic rheumatism.
1861 Census Robert is living at Mainstreet, Kinnouill, Burgh of Perth, Perthshire Scotland with his wife Janet age 41 born England. The children listed are Son Robert age 18 a brassfounder journeyman, no place of birth recorded, son Nicholas age 16 a plumber journeyman born New South Wales and son Alexander age 14 who is a message boy also born New South Wales. Daughter Mary E age 12 was a scholar as was youngest son James A age 8, there is no place of birth for the 2 youngest children.
By the time of the 1871 Census the family is living at St. John’s Glasgow and Robert is no longer with them. (His widow’s name is recorded as Mary)
Robert Robertson travelled to Western Australia on the Merchantman as a single man leaving his family in Scotland. His conduct aboard ship was rate by the Surgeon Superintendent as being ‘very good’. 

Captain FINNERTY recommended setting up a school on Rottnest for the children of Pensioners and also those of the Government Officials. Suggests Robert ROBERTSON  as a schoolmaster at the additional salary of 1 pound per month. (SROWA Cons 36 Vol 541 folio 195 CSO)

Additional information regarding the family kindly donated by Andrew Page-Robertson:

Robert Robertson, B 25 June 1817 was imprisoned 30 Aug 1838-13 Sept 1838 and reduced to Private. Confined 23 Dec 1840 and sent to prison for 160 days, 6 Jan 1841-22 June 1841. Court Martialled in Dublin 1841 for disgraceful conduct and going AWOL.

Robert Robertson Senior died in Blairgowrie in 1850, his 1850 Will states clearly that both Robert and his brother James will not receive the capital of their inheritance, only the income, until the Trustees have ascertained that the two have ended ‘their profligate ways’.

Robert Robertson and Janet “Jessie” Page, their Five children:

  • Robert  1871 Census says Brass Finisher. Marries Agnes Campbell b. 1846 on April 1866, Blythswood, Glasgow. Children Robert, b. 22 Jan 1867, Jessie Page b. 6 March 1870, James Campbell b. 7 May 1872, Alexander Page b. 1879, Agnes Campbell b 1881, Jane Robertson b. 1868.
  • Nicholas Marries Eliza Dea b. 1845. On 7 Dec. 1864. Children Elizabeth A b. 1866, Jessie Page b. 1873, Alexander b. 1875, Stanley b. 1880. He becomes a successful Mineral Water manufacturer in England.
  • Alexander  Marries Mary Turnbull b. 1849. On 2 Nov. 1871, Glasgow. Children: Charles Alexander 11 Feb 1873-7 June 1875, Alexander b. 14 Sept 1874-20 May 1938, Maude Mary b. 1878 d. 1966. Doctor Alex became a very successful Dental Physician.
  • Mary Elizabeth  Marries John Lunn b. 1847 d.1911 on 20 July 1871, Glasgow. 1881 Scottish Census has John schoolmaster, 33, Glen Friar’s, Roxborough. Mary Lunn aged 31, Mary P Lunn age 8, John Lunn age 7, Alice Page Lunn aged 5, James A Lunn aged 3, Henry A Lunn aged 1, and Mary’s mother Jessie Page Robertson aged 63.
  • James Anderson  Like his brother Alex he becomes a very successful doctor in Glasgow. With first wife Amy Harris (who dies at 33 after having 6 children), he then finds God and gives away his wealth, marries his nurse Mary Elizabeth Weir and has 3 more after becoming the Reverend Doctor James Anderson Robertson. James’ story is very well recorded as his son Eric had enough of Doctors and Reverends in the family and fled to Canada to avoid becoming one. WW1 he returned to Scotland and enlisted and survived to go back to British Columbia and found a Canadian dynasty of his own.