Courtly Lives - Clan Robertson

The Clan Robertson



The Robertsons descend from Crinan, Lord of Atholl and hereditary lay Abbot of Dunkeld. From Crinan sprang the royal house of Duncan I, King of Scots, whoxse third son, Helmare, was the ancestor of the Earls of Atholl. The Robertsons are the Clan Donnachaidh, from Duncan, 5th in descent from Conan of Glenrochie, the younger son of Henry, Earl of Atholl. Duncan (Donnchadt Reamhar) supported Robert the Bruce, and his clan fought at Bannockburn.

Duncan fell into the hands of the English and he died in 1355. His son, Robert, gave the Robertson line their name.

Robert was the grandson of Donnchadh Reambar (Duncan the Stout). 1509 the barony of Robertson was those of Struan. There was a large network of landed Robertsons. The first recorded Robertson was in 1371. This surname meant "the line of Duncan."

For More Information About Clan Donnachaidh Society (Robertson):

Jim Taylor, Secretary
Clan Donnachaldh Society
Bruar, Pitlochry
Perthshire PH18 5TW
Website for USA chapters: Robertson

Robinson Clan Chief:

Gilbert Robertson of Struan
Breach Farm, Goudhurst Road
Cranbrook, Kent

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