John Robertson

(circa 1802 - 23 March 1884)
     John Robertson was born circa 1802 in Perth, Perthshire. If aged 82 at death in March 1884 he would have been born before March 1802. He was the son of John Robertson.
     John Robertson married Elisabeth MacIntosh, daughter of John MacIntosh and Elisabeth Anderson, on 18 March 1829 in Port of Menteith, Perthshire, Scotland.
     John Robertson and Elisabeth MacIntosh appeared on the 1841 census in Colleymun Moss settlers, Port of Menteith. John Robertson, aged 35, Elizabeth aged 40, John 10, James 8, Peter 5, Duncan 2, all born in the county. In the next household in the same dwelling were Elizabeth McIntosh aged 12, female servant [presumably their pre-nuptial daughter], and David McIntosh aged 40, ag. labourer, aged 40, both also born in the county. In addition there was Duncan McDonald, aged 50, ag. labourer, not born in the county.
     In the Porth of Menteith Kirk Sessions accounts for 15 Sep 1851: Bed for John Robertson 5/6; Oct 13 for John Robertson 2/6. He has not been found in the 1861 census.
     John Robertson and Elisabeth MacIntosh were recorded on the 1851 census in Culnamon of Cardross, Port of Menteith, Perthshire. John Robertson, a farmer of 6 acres, was aged 47, born Perth, his wife Elisabeth 52, born Kenmore, and children Elisabeth 21, Peter 14, Duncan 12 and Jane, a grandchild aged 4 months. Their son James was at nearby farm as 17 year old farm servant. John Robertson was the informant at the death of Elisabeth MacIntosh, on 13 November 1859.
     John Robertson appeared on the 1871 census in Calziemoon Moss cottries, Port of Menteith, Perthshire, Scotland. Cardross Port ... Calziemoon moss cottries for mare families, Hilton Farm ... Cottrie #15: John Robertson, head, widower aged 67, farmer of 4.5 acres arable, born at Perth, Perthshire, with Mary Stewart, unmarried servant, aged 45, housekeeper, born at Callender. He was listed as John Robertson's father in the 1881 census in Collymoon, Port of Menteith. John Robertson, head, married, aged 49, general labourer, born Pt of Menteith (the house had 4 rooms with one or more windows), Hellen his wife, 49, born Kippen, Stirling; Mary A daughter 12, born Kippen, Sarah daughter 7, born Pt of Menteith; sons Alexander 5 & William 3 both born Pt of Menteith; John his father, widower aged 78, formerly general labourer, born Perth, Perthshire.
     John died on 23 March 1884 in Collymoon, Port of Menteith, Perthshire. He was desccribed as a crofter aged 82, son of John Robertson, shepherd.

Children of John Robertson and Elisabeth MacIntosh

Elisabeth MacIntosh

(circa 1797 - 13 November 1859)
     Elisabeth MacIntosh was born circa 1797. Her age at death was given as 63.. She was the daughter of John MacIntosh and Elisabeth Anderson.
     Elisabeth MacIntosh married John Robertson, son of John Robertson, on 18 March 1829 in Port of Menteith, Perthshire, Scotland.
     Elisabeth MacIntosh and John Robertson appeared on the 1841 census in Colleymun Moss settlers, Port of Menteith. John Robertson, aged 35, Elizabeth aged 40, John 10, James 8, Peter 5, Duncan 2, all born in the county. In the next household in the same dwelling were Elizabeth McIntosh aged 12, female servant [presumably their pre-nuptial daughter], and David McIntosh aged 40, ag. labourer, aged 40, both also born in the county. In addition there was Duncan McDonald, aged 50, ag. labourer, not born in the county.
     Elisabeth MacIntosh and John Robertson were recorded on the 1851 census in Culnamon of Cardross, Port of Menteith, Perthshire. John Robertson, a farmer of 6 acres, was aged 47, born Perth, his wife Elisabeth 52, born Kenmore, and children Elisabeth 21, Peter 14, Duncan 12 and Jane, a grandchild aged 4 months. Their son James was at nearby farm as 17 year old farm servant.
     Elisabeth died of pleurisy on 13 November 1859 in Cubsiemoon, Port of Menteith, Perthshire, Scotland. She was described as the wife of a crofter, dying 30 November 1859 at 10 p.m. at Cubsiemoon, Port, aged 63. Her parents were listed as John MacIntosh, game keeper, deceased & Elisabeth MacIntosh, maiden name Anderson, deceased. She was buried in Port of Menteith.

Children of Elisabeth MacIntosh and John Robertson

Paul MacPherson

(before 29 March 1818 - 25 February 1898)
     Paul MacPherson was born before 29 March 1818 in Blackhaughs, Kirkmichael, Banffshire, Scotland. He was christened on 29 March 1818 in Kirkmichael. Paul, son of Alexander McPherson, Blackhaugh by his spouse Anne Grant was bapt 29 March 1818. He was the son of Alexander MacPherson and Anne Grant.
     A Paul McPherson, his wife and 5 children of Tomintoul had "removed from this mission" by 20 April 1824. In 1836 there was a single man Paul McPherson of Tomintoul listed in the Roman Catholic "Status Animarum". These references are probably to Paul the shoemaker.
     In 1841 he was not at Kirkmichael nor were his parents, but I have not found them in the 1841 census for Aberdeen..
     On 5th Dec 1839 [the Rev Charles McPherson?] wrote "In consequence of the extreme failure of the crop of 1838 owing to the severe harvest frost and the previous failure of the crops of 1836 and 1837, a very great distribution prevailed in this parish and it was found necessary to raise extraordinary supplies for the maintenance of the Poor in this and the neighbouring parish of Kirkmichael..."
He then lists the families releived and the quantity of meal in pecks which each family received during the whole period. On Cosmo McPherson's list Ellick, a George McPherson received 92 pecks, on the Braes of Avon list Jane MpPherson received 8 pecks, Wm McPherson received 45 pecks & Wm McPherson, Dalavorar received 2.5 pecks. On the Conglass side list, there were no McPhersons. Several McPhersons on the Tomintoul list.
     Paul MacPherson was recorded on 6 June 1841 census in 54 Gerrard St, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire. He (or possibly his brother Peter) is probably the P McPerson [sic], living with the George Gordon family. They are listed as P aged 23, book seller, Ann aged 17, James 14, Margt 5, Isa 11, none born in the county. The building was also shared with the McDonald family.
     Paul MacPherson married Jane Emslie, daughter of John Emslie and Jane Stephen, on 12 September 1844 in St Nicholas, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Paul McPherson, merchant in Aberdeen & Jane Emslie, daughter of John Emslie, coppersmith in Aberdeen by the Rev. John Stephen, minister in Aberdeen, in the presence of the said John Emslie and Peter McPherson, hatter in Aberdeen.
     Paul MacPherson and Jane Emslie arrived per "Waverley" on 20 December 1848 at Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, from Plymouth 3rd September 1848, carrying assisted passengers. Paul McPherson, 30, farm labourer, of Blackhause, Banffshire; son of Alexander & Anne; wife Jane McPherson, 22, dressmaker, born Aberdeen, daughter of John & Jane Hemsley, living in Aberdeen; Margaret (sister) 13, born Blackhause, no parents given; Jane 3 & Margaret 1 1/2 both born Aberdeen.
     Paul was a labourer of Menangle Rd. Picton at his daughter Mary Ann's Church of England baptism 8 March 1851. By his daughter Jannet Belgowan's Wesleyan baptism on the 19 Dec 1852, he was described as a farmer of Picton in Picton, New South Wales, between 1851 and 1852. He was licensed to sell beer on 6 February 1866 in Carisbrook. He was listed in a directory dated between 1870 and 1871 as P McPherson , farmer at Carisbrook, Victoria. There was also P McPherson of Bet Bet, which is probably his brother Peter.
     Paul MacPherson was employed by Joseph Jenkins in his "Diary of a Welsh swagman" states that he was promised more permanent work at a wage of 12s a week by Mr Paul McPherson, a decent Scotsman, at New Market Farm and Hotel, near Carisbrook. Between August and November he describes his work, etc.: he takes hay to town in a waggon drawn by six strong oxen. He erected log fencing at this fine farm of 300 acres, then ploughed a paddock as flat as a pool of water ... plants potatoes and prepares the garden for carrots. People who call here on Sunday get their drinks unlawfully at the back door. Built a calves' sheld and a pig st, walks to Maryborough for necessities. A mob of sheep stop at the farm every Wednesday night on their way to the market at Ballarat. ... I see two sides of life here because it is a public house as well as a farm, and it is common custom in the colony for hoteliers to own an adjoining farm on which swagmen are engaged for a small wage. They are expected to spend this on drinks at the hotel, and course they do this, so the hotelier gives with one hand and takes back with the other. I spent the morning picking peas for market, and hay harvesting in the afternoon. Hundreds of swagmen pass by looking for work. November ... The Master ordered me to unload from the waggon hay which I had just loaded. I was told to come down from the load. I did, and left to collect my swag in spite of appeals from the Master and his family to resume work. I was engaged to mow hay by another hotelier with a farm ... I elected to leave and the parting was amiable. as a farmer and hotelier in July 1871, Carisbrook. He was a hotel keeper in Carisbrook, Victoria, in 1875. He was the informant at the death of Jane Emslie, on 26 July 1875.
     THe Argus on 16 Feb 1876 reported: George Holton, an apple blight curer at
Carisbrook, was arraigned on a charge of indecently assaulting a little child, five years of age, the daughter of a respectable farmer at Newmarket, named Paul Macpherson. The details of the case were most horrible. The
prisoner was found guilty, and remanded.
. Paul MacPherson was listed in a directory dated between 1884 and 1889 as Paul McPherson, farmer at Carisbrook.
     Paul MacPherson made a will dated 24 September 1897 in Carisbrook, Victoria. Paul McPherson of Newmarket, near Carisbrook, farmer - ... Maryborough Benevolent Society £5, Victorian Alliance £10, unto my grandson Paul McPherson Robertson such of my deposit receipts in the London Bank of Australia Ltd, Maryborough, as may be current at the time of my decease together with such an amount out my person.... £50, unto my daughter Janet Balgowan Barr the sum of fifty pounds subject to ... by her husband Andrew Barr, Mrs Selina Earl of Maryborough, grocer..., unto my daughter Sarah Burns the sum of fifty pounds, my daughter Martha Jennings... grand-daughter Margaret McCulloch, grand-daughter Matilda McCulloch, niece Mary Harwood [Hurwood], son-in-law Henry Perryman, son Paul McPherson, son Peter McPherson, in equal proportions to my daughters Jane McCulloch and Mary Ann Robertson I devise all my real estate unto my son Peter McPherson and I hereby appoint Archibald McCrab of Deep Creek, (R McCulloch)?, my son Peter McPherson of Newmarket, farmer, executor...
     Paul died of bronchitis on 25 February 1898 in Newmarket, Carisbrook, Victoria, Australia. He was buried on 27 February 1898 in Carisbrook.
     His will was proved on 21 March 1898 at Victoria.

Children of Paul MacPherson and Jane Emslie