John Robertson

(8 August 1831 - 8 September 1919)
     John Robertson was born on 8 August 1831 in Cardross, Port of Menteith, Perthshire, Scotland. He was the son of John Robertson and Elisabeth MacIntosh.
     John Robertson appeared on the 1841 census in the household of John Robertson and Elisabeth MacIntosh in Colleymun Moss settlers, Port of Menteith.
     John Robertson married Helen MacGregor on 19 November 1853 in Kippen, Stirlingshire, Scotland. However their children's birth records consistently state the 23 November at Glasgow, but there is no sign of this entry.
     John Robertson and Helen MacGregor appeared on the 1861 census in Kilmadock, Perthshire. The 1861 census index lists John Robertson aged 29, born Port of Monteath, Helen 25 born St Ninians, John 7 born Glasgow, Charles 5 born Glasgow & Isabella 2 born Port of Monteath.
     John Robertson and Helen MacGregor appeared on 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 Robertson and Helen MacGregor appeared on the 1891 census in Collymoon, Port of Menteith, Perthshire, Scotland. In a croft with 5 windowed rooms on the night of the census were John Robertson, head, married, aged 60 crofter, employer, born at Pt of Menteith, his wife Helen aged 55, born St Ninians; Annie Ramsay their married daughter & visitor, 22, born Kippen, their son William Roberton, aged 13 plus three boarders who were lunatics..
     John died of senile decay on 8 September 1919 in Port of Menteith, Perthshire, aged 88. His obituary in the Stirling Observer stated: The late Mr John Robertson. The death of Mr John Robertson, farmer, Collymoon, which took place on Monday last week, removes one of the oldest residenters from the district. Mr Robertson, who had reached the age of 90 years was a native of the Port, and succeeded his father on the farm of which the deceased and his forebears were tenants on the Cardross Estate for a long period. Collymoon farm is adjacent to the Moss, and Mr Robertson did a good deal in the casting of peats which he supplied in the district & also forwarded to the distilleries where they were largely used. Deceased was an industrious, hard working man & highly esteemed. He was predeceased by his wife some years ago, and is survived by a grown up family. He was buried after 8 September 1919 in Port of Menteith. There is a monumental inscription Port of Menteith churchyard overlooking the lake. In Loving Memory of John Robertson who died at Collymoon 8 Sep 1919 aged 90 years and Helen McGregor his wife died 30 July 1916 aged 84 years. Also their children James 1 year, Helen 5 years. Also their grandson Pte. David McKay 16th Royal Warwickshires, killed in action 27 Sep 1918 aged 19 years.
     His will was proved on 28 October 1919 at Perth. John Robertson, Collymoon, Port of Monteith, Perthshire, died 8 Sep 1919 at same place, testate. Confirmation granted at Dunblane, 20 Oct to Maryann Robertson or Ramsay, wife of John Ramsay, joiner, Bridge of Allan, and Elizabeth Robertson or Mackay, wife of Hector McKay, Collymoon afsd, executrices nominated in will or deed, dated 3 May 1912, and recorded in Court books of Commissariot of Perth 9 Oct 1919. Value of Estate £523/4/6. [Calendar of confirmations and inventories of the several commissariots of Scotland, 1919].
     At Dunblane 9 Oct 1919.... John Robertson and spouse along with an inventory of the personal estate of the said John R were presented by James C Muirhead, solicitor Stirling. We, Jon Robertosn, Collymoon Port-of-Mentieth & Mrs Helen MacGregor or Robertson his wife for the love, favour and affection which we bear towards each other and for the settlement of the succession to our respective means and estate in order to prevent all disputes after our deaths have agreed to grant these present in manner underwritten : that is to say :- I the said John Robertson do hereby give grant assign and dispone to and in favour of the said Mrs Helen MacGregor or Robertson in case she shall survive me whom failing to Charles Robertson presently residing at East Woodburn, Northumberland, Alexander Robertson, blacksmith, 103 Brighton St, Govan, William Robertson joiner, Cosy Cottage, Bridge-of-Allan, Mrs Isabella Robertson or Bowden, wife of David Bowden, 12 Mill Street, Dunfermline, Mrs Elizabeth Robertson or MacKay, wife of Hector MacKay, Collymoon, Port of Menteith, Mrs Mary Ann Robertson or Ramsay wife of John Robertson, joiner, Bridge-of-Allan, Mrs Jeanie Robertson or Ramsay, wife of Andrew Ramsay, linesman, Buchlyvie, Mrs Sarah or Ramsay, wife of James R, engine driver, Fort William, equally between them share and share alike ... and the heirs executors and assignees whomsoever all and sundry ... I the said Mrs Helen MacGregor or Robertson do hereby give grant etc. to John Robertson in case he shall survive whom failing to above ... on the death of the survivor of us we nominate Mrs Mary Ann Robertson or Ramsay & Mrs Eliz Robertson or MacKay ... dated 3 May 1912 ... Inventory : Mary Ann Ramsay of the moveable or personal estate or effects ... of the late John Robertson ... Credit Stirling Savings Bank 200/0/0, interest 3/15/0, on deposit Clydesdale Bank, Stirling 319/0/0, interest 2/-, 1 week old age pension 7/6, total 523/4/6. 13 Sep 1919. ... Helen MacGregor or Robertson his wife who predeceased testator dated 3 May 1912 ...

Children of John Robertson and Helen MacGregor

Peter Robertson

(14 October 1836 - )
     Peter Robertson was born on 14 October 1836 in Port of Menteith, Perthshire, Scotland. He was the son of John Robertson and Elisabeth MacIntosh.
     Peter Robertson appeared on the 1841 census in the household of John Robertson and Elisabeth MacIntosh in Colleymun Moss settlers, Port of Menteith. Elisabeth, Peter and Duncan were listed as the children of John Robertson in the 1851 census in Culnamon of Cardross, Port of Menteith, Perthshire.

Duncan Robertson

(14 March 1839 - 29 January 1912)
     Duncan Robertson was born on 14 March 1839 in Port of Menteith, Perthshire, Scotland. He was the son of John Robertson and Elisabeth MacIntosh. Duncan Robertson was christened on 28 March 1839 in Port of Menteith.
     There was a contemporary Duncan Robertson in Port, son of John, the coachman of Cardross & Mary McArthur, born 24 March and baptised 28 April 1838. He has not been traced in the 1861 census.
     Duncan Robertson appeared on the 1841 census in the household of John Robertson and Elisabeth MacIntosh in Colleymun Moss settlers, Port of Menteith. Elisabeth, Peter and Duncan were listed as the children of John Robertson in the 1851 census in Culnamon of Cardross, Port of Menteith, Perthshire.
     Duncan Robertson married Isabella Sinclair on 20 January 1860 in Partick, Govan, Lanarkshire, Scotland. They were both of 52 Stewart St, she being a servant and he was a farm labourer.
     Duncan Robertson and Isabella Sinclair arrived per "Omeo" in March 1861 at Victoria, Australia, from Otago. Duncan Robertson witnessed Robert Allan's burial on 22 September 1874 in Maryborough.
     Duncan was a defendant in a court case between 1890 and 1891 in Maryborough. He was listed in the index to convictions, Maryborough Court of Petty Sessions: #2023 10 June 1890: Removing timber under size. 17 June 1890 #2185: Neglecting to send child to school, paid 24/6/90, ditto 16 December 1890 pd 17 March 1891. 18 January 1891 #2718: Taking loan? without a licence.. He was admitted to the hospital, Maryborough, Victoria, on 4 March 1907. He was aged 70 miner of Maryborough, Port of embarkation: Edinburgh, 45 years in colony, married, Presbyterian, native of Scotland.
     Duncan Robertson made a will dated 5 March 1907 in Victoria. Last will & testament of me Duncan Robertson of Derby Road, Maryborough, carter. I give and bequeath to my son Peter my watch and chain I give and bequeath to my wife all my real and personal property during her life... to my son William my cottage in Mariners Reef Road, Maryborough ... to my son Peter the cottage adjoining ... occupied by him ... to my son Duncan the sum of £25 and to divide the remainder equally between my children Duncan, Robert, Gilbert, David, Jennie, Isabella and Elizabeth ....
     Duncan and Isabella were registered as Duncan Robertson, miner, at Talbot Rd, Maryborough, on the 1908 electoral roll. Laanecoorie: Robertson, James, Tullaroop Rd, Maryborough, pensioner; but there was also Robinson, James & Mary Ann, Tullaroop Rd Maryborough, labourer & h.d.
     Duncan died on 29 January 1912 in Talbot Rd, Maryborough, Victoria, aged 72. He died "from injury to the spinal cord caused by a broken neck through accidently falling on his head from his buggy" - verdict of enquiry held 30 January. 50 years in Vic. He was a carter and old age pensioner. He was buried on 31 January 1912 in the Presbyterian section, Maryborough.
     His will was proved on 4 March 1912 at Victoria. His estate was valued at £354/3/7.

Children of Duncan Robertson and Isabella Sinclair