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Rev William Robertson

  • Birth 27 May 1624 West Wemyss, Fife, Scotland
  • Death 23 Jan 1708 Jamestown, James City County, Virginia, USA
  • Burial Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Memorial ID 104852832

William Robertson was born in 1624 in Kindeace Ross and Cromarty Scotland. He was the son of William II Robertson (1571-1629) and Anna Marie Mitchell Robertson (1575-1624).

William married Eleanor Dreghorn Pitcairn (1634-1708) in 1652 in Aryshire, Scotland. Eleanor was the daughter of David Pitcairn (1610-1709) and Mary Ann Anderson Pitcairn (1613-).

Rev. William and Eleanor Pitcairn Robertson were the parents of the following 14 known children: John Rev. Robertson 1653 – 1691; Jeffrey Robertson 1654; James Robertson 1655 – 1705; Thomas Robertson 1658 – 1692; Rev. George Robertson 1662 – 1739; Nicholas Robertson 1665 – 1718; William "Royal Historiographer" Robertson 1675 – 1793; Jean Robertson 1684 – 1735; Nathaniel Robertson 1688; Anne, Catherine, Elizabeth, Isabella and Mary.

In the book "The history of the Fife Pitcairns : with transcripts from old charters" (page 473, 474 and 475a), we learn that the Robertson family lived at Borthwick, in the county of Mid-Lothian where William was a minister. The family later moved to Edinburgh, Scotland where he was the minister of the Old Greyfriars Church at the city of Edinburgh, Scotland. Rev. William Robertson and his wife, Eleanor Robertson died a few hours of each other from a fever, leaving a family of 6 daughters and one younger son. Their older son, Dr./Rev. William Robertson took the younger children to live with him in the Parish of Gladsmuir, East Lothian, Scotland.

Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s about William Robertson: - Name: William Robertson - Year: 1680 - Place: Virginia - Source Publication Code: 6221 - Primary Immigrant: Robertson, William - Annotation: Date and place where land was patented and record was created listing those transported/imported. Only the names of those to be transported were indexed. Abstracted from Patent books 6 through 8, from the Land Office records located at the Virginia State. - Source Bibliography: NUGENT, NELL MARION. Cavaliers and Pioneers: Abstracts of Virginia Land Patents and Grants. Vol. 2: 1666-1695. Indexed by Claudia B. Grundman. Richmond, VA: Virginia State Library, 1977. 609p. - Page: 215. Not sure if this is a record of this same William Robertson or if he just went to visit the USA or moved to the United States, then back to Scotland where he and his wife died from a fever within hours of each other.

Rev. Robertson is mentioned in the book, "Fasti Ecclesiae Scoticanae. The succession of ministers in the parish churches of Scotland" on page 28.

In the book "Selden and kindred of Virginia" on page 75 and in the book: "Some prominent Virginia families" page 2_403, we learn that Rev William Robertson was related to Patrick Henry.

Ancestry.com has a list of 35 Famous People related to William Robertson (BETA). I don't see Patrick Henry on this list, but here are some famous people related to Rev. William Robertson: Booker Taliaferro Washington(1856-1915), American educator, political leader, author, Relationship: 5th Great Grandson; George Wythe(1726-1806), Virginia Representative & signed the Declaration and also became the Mayor of Williamsburg Virginia. 6th Cousin 2 times removed; Benjamin Harrison(1833-1901), 23rd President of the United States of America, 6th Cousin 3 times removed; John F. Kennedy(1917-1963), 35th President of the United States, 6th Cousin 6 times removed; Woodrow Wilson(1856-1924), 28th President of the United States of America, 6th Cousin 6 times removed, etc.

Many on ancestry say that he died in Sep 1708 in James City, VA, USA. Some say he deid in 1709 at Charles City Co., VA (now Prince George Co., VA). He did come to the state of Virginia at least one time, but he had sons who lived and died in Virginia. We learn through a book that he and his wife died of a fever a few hours apart while he was a minister at the Old Greyfriars Church in the city of Edinburgh, Scotland. They left small children behind as well as grown children (some had already died before they did), so he and his wife both died in Sep 1708 in the City of Edinburgh, Scotland.



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These dates don't make sense. The info at top says born in 1686 (which is after the birth of the children). And then the text says born in 1620. Clearly, there is a mixup of generations.


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  • Created by: Stella
  • Added: 8 Feb 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 104852832
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Rev William Robertson (27 May 1624–23 Jan 1708), Find A Grave Memorial no. 104852832, citing Greyfriars Kirkyard, Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh, Scotland ; Maintained by Stella (contributor 47848948) .