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Robert Irvine
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Birth: 1655
County Antrim, Northern Ireland
Death: 1729
Pennsylvania, USA

Robert was the son of David Irvine (1640, Ireland) and Sophia Gault. Irvine family can be traced to King Alpin and Queen Fergusia of Scotland.

Dr. Christopher Irvine, historian to King Charles II in 1687, stated that the Irvines, made their first appearance on the Scottish border during the reign of King Malcolm II (1002-1034), having been sent there as a bulwark against the Saxons of Cumberland. For hundreds of years, the Irvines have lived on the lands bordering the Solway between Nith and Esk, in Annandale, Dumfriesshire, Scotland, where they were once a powerful clan. From Annandale, younger sons migrated to other parts of Scotland and the north of Ireland and England. The most important branches of the clan are those of Bonshaw, Hoddom, and Drum, in Scotland, and the Castle Irvine in Ireland. Other Irvine families have their seats in Perthshire, Ayrshire in Galloway, home of the MacDowells, and the Orkneys.

There is no district in all of Ireland so rich in armorial bearings as the neighborhood of Lame. The churchyards of Carncastle, Glynn, and Raloo abound with them. The churchyard of Raloo is over-grown with long grass and weeds, so as to be almost inaccessible. But one may pull aside obstructions and remove lichens from the tall gray tombstones; trace the arms carved upon them, and read the names of the Craigs, McDowells, Crawfords, Boyds, and others.

Alexander, 10th Laird of Drum, his brother Robert Irvine of Fedderet, and as well as his two oldest sons, Alexander and Robert, were imprisoned at Edinburgh Castle several times. Robert died in the dungeons. He had escaped the Covenanters in Scotland by going to County Antrim in Ulster, and while there married Elizabeth Wylie. A few months later he returned to Scotland to join the forces being raised in support of the King by Alexander, his older brother. Robert was soon captured by the Covenanters, however, he died on 4 Feb 1645 in Tolbooth Prison in Edinburgh (torn down in 1817). David, his son, was born while he was in prison, but he never saw him.

The Laird's eldest son Alexander, near death, was set free after Montrose's victory over the Covenanters at the Battle of Kilsyth in August 1645. Tradition has it that after he recovered he joined Montrose's army and continued the fight against the Covenanters. He survived the war and married Lady Mary Gordon in 1643. Alexander succeeded his father as the 11th Laird of Drum when the elders died in 1657.

Robert's son David married Sophia Gault and had a son named Robert who married Margaret Wylie. Robert and Margaret had 10 children; Margaret who married Ephraim McDowell; Thomas who married and settled in Cushendal, Ireland; and Alexander, George, David, William, Robert, James, and Samuel. The last seven came to America on the ship GEORGE & ANNE. It sailed from Londonderry 9 May 1729 and landed at Philadelphia.

Irish descendants of Robert Irvine operated linen mills near Larne, County Antrim, Ulster, Ireland. On 9 May 1729, the seven Irvine brothers, Alexander, George, David, William, Robert, James, and Samuel, departed Londonderry on the ship "George and Anne" to emigrate to America.

His parents were David Irvine and Sophie Gault of Scotland.

From "The Irvines and their kin: revised by the author in Scotland, Ireland and England; a history of the Irvine family and their descendants. Also short sketches of their kindred, the Carlisles, McDowells, Johnstons, Maxwells, Gaults, McElroys, etc., from A.D. 373 down to the present time" R.R. Donnelley & Sons company, 1908, pg 146, 147


The American Irvines, many of them, are of Scotch descent, being descended in a direct and unbroken line from the ancient houses of Bonshaw Drum, and Castle Irvine, Ireland.

Robert Irvine fled from Dumfriesshire, Scotland, to Glencoe, Ireland, in 1584. He married Elizabeth Wylie, and they had one son, David, who married Sophia Gault, whose family were of the nobility of Scotland, and descended from the Shaws, who built Ballygally Castle on the shore of Larne in 1625. Above the entrance door of this castle is this inscription: "God's Providence is my inheritance." Previous to the time of their building Ballygally Castle on the shore of Larne, they had been Lairds of Greenock in Scotland. The Shaws intermarried with the Bissets...

...Robert Irvine married Margaret Wylie, and had ten children born to him, viz.: Margaret, who married her cousin, Ephraim McDowell; Mary, who married her cousin, John Wylie (both Mary and Margaret died in Ireland, and lie buried in the old churchyard of Raloo); Thomas, who married and settled in Cushendal, Ireland, where he lived and died, and where his descendants now reside; Alexander, who married a kinswoman, a Miss Gault; George, David, William, Robert, James and Samuel. John and Robert Irvine were the sons of James, who was the son of Christopher, who fell at Flodden Field, 1513, and who was born after his death.

The seven last named Irvine's all came to America between the years of 1725 and 1731. Alexander Irvine lived in Scotland, and he and his brother, Robert, were at a hunt in Argyleshire, where Alexander got into a difficulty with a man and gave him wounds from which he died. He and Robert fled from Scotland, in hunting dress, and came, by night, to Glencoe. Alexander was afterwards pardoned for his offense and returned to Scotland, and came from there to America; landed at Philadelphia, and went from there to Bedford county, Virginia.
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  Margaret Wylie Irvine (1660 - ____)
  Margaret Irvine McDowell (1674 - 1728)*
  Mary Irvine McDowell (1684 - 1782)*
  William Irvine (1691 - 1767)*
  Robert Irvine (1698 - ____)*
  John Irvine (1700 - 1788)*
  James Irwin (1705 - 1778)*
*Calculated relationship
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