ROBB

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The furthest back I have gone with the Robb element of our family tree is to a Thomas Robb born circa 1715. He is identified as the father of John Robb (grandfather of our Susannah Robb) in a book named "Portrait and Biographical Album of Sanilac County" of 1884 which includes a brief genealogy of one of John Robb and Mary Thomson's grandsons who had emigrated to Lexington, Sanilac County, Michigan. It states that "father of the first John Robb was named Thomas, and died in 1810, aged 95 years. No corresponding record of the birth of John Robb to a Thomas Robb has yet been found.

His son, the aforementioned John Robb, a blacksmith, married Mary Thomson on 7 June 1786 in Lesmahagow parish. (For further details of Mary Thomson - See Appendix A.).

John Robb and Mary Thomson had the following children recorded in the Lesmahagow Parish Register. (For further details of the known children of John Robb and Mary Thomson - See Appendix B.)

John's seventh son, James Robb baptised on 9 December 1799, in Lesmahagow, became a farmer and married Mary Donald on 10 December 1824, in Lesmahagow. (For further details of Mary Donald - See Appendix C.).

The records of the baptisms of eight children to James Robb and Mary Donald are recorded in the Carnwath parish register: - Mary on 24 October 1825, John on 7 September 1827, Andrew on 14 June 1829, Margaret on 3 November 1831, James on 13 December 1834, our Susanna and Mary on 15 January 1836, Janet on 28 June 1839, Robert on 23 June 1842, and Thomas on 14 July 1845. It is assumed the first Mary born in 1825 died in infancy, as did Thomas born 1845. (For further details of James Robb and Mary Donald's children - See Appendix D.)

For the census of 7th June 1841 the Robb family were living in Carluke parish at Easterseat farm, The Jean Donald recorded in the household aged 25, would seem likely to be Jean, the younger sister of Mary Donald, baptised 15 May 1814 in Lesmahagow, although as relationships are not recorded, one cannot be certain.

1841 Census (1st. June) Carluke (629) Folio 6 Book 6 Page 13

Easterseat Farm, Carluke

Name Age Occupation Where Born
James Robb 40 Farmer Yes
Mary Robb 38   Yes
John Robb 13   Yes
Andrew Robb 11   Yes
Margaret Robb 9   Yes
James Robb 6   Yes
Mary Robb 4   Yes
Susan Robb 4   Yes
Janet Robb 2   Yes
Jean Donald 25   Yes

For the census of 31st March 1851, the family have moved and are recorded as living at Haywoodhead, Carnwath parish, a farm of 133 acres.

1851 Census (31st March) Carnwath (667) Book 9. Page 17.

Haywoodhead, Carnwath.

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
James Robb Head 51 Farmer (133 Acres) Lesmahagow, Lanarkshire
Mary Robb Wife 49   Lesmahagow, Lanarkshire
Margaret Robb Daughter 19   Carnwath, Lanarkshire
James Robb Son 16   Carnwath, Lanarkshire
Mary Robb Daughter 14   Carnwath, Lanarkshire
Susanna Robb Daughter 14   Carnwath, Lanarkshire
Janet Robb Daughter 11 Scholar Carnwath, Lanarkshire
Robert Robb Son 9   Carnwath, Lanarkshire

James and Mary's sixth child, Susanna, married Hugh Law, a farm labourer on 9 July 1858 at Guildhouse farm, Carnwath. (SEE ONLINE LAW FAMILY HISTORY). The marriage certificate gives Susanna's place of residence as "Upper Haywood", but this would seem to be one and the same place as the "Haywoodhead" of the 1851 census. I would assume the Jane Donald recorded in the household aged 49, was Jean, the younger sister of Mary Donald, baptised 15 May 1814 in Lesmahagow.  The fact that she is recorded as unmarried would suggest that she never married.

1861 Census (8 April) Carnwath (632) Book 8. Page 4. 

Upper Haywood, Carnwath

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
James Robb Head 61 Farmer of 140 Acres employing 1 man & 1 boy Lesmahagow, Lanarkshire
Mary Robb Wife 59   Lesmahagow, Lanarkshire
Mary Robb Daughter 24   Carnwath, Lanarkshire
Robert Robb Son 18   Carnwath, Lanarkshire
James Wood Servant 17 Domestic servant Carnwath, Lanarkshire
Mary Coats Servant 16 Byre maid Carluke, Lanarkshire
Margaret Shaw Servant 13 Byre maid Edinburghshire
Jane Donald Sister-in-law 49 Retired Lesmahagow, Lanarkshire

Over the next twenty years, James Robb and Mary Donald continued farming at Upper Haywood.

1871 Census (3 April) Carnwath (632) Book 9? Page 12.

Upper Haywood, Carnwath

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
James Robb Head 71 Farmer Lesmahagow, Lanarkshire
Mary Robb Wife 69   Lesmahagow, Lanarkshire
Mary Robb Granddaughter 9 Scholar Lesmahagow, Lanarkshire
Joseph Jardine Servant 17 Farm servant Lesmahagow, Lanarkshire
Jane Ross Servant 13 Domestic servant Carluke, Lanarkshire
Anne Gordon Servant 17 Domestic servant Dunsyre, Lanarkshire

For the 1881 census the farm seems to have expanded considerably growing from 140 acres in the 1861 census to 730 acres, of which 130 was arable.

1881 Census (8 April) Carnwath (632) Book 8. Page 4. 

Upper Haywood, Carnwath

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
James Robb Head 81 Farmer 130 acres arable of 730 acres Lesmahagow, Lanarkshire
Mary Robb Wife 79   Lesmahagow, Lanarkshire
Mary D. Robb Granddaughter 19   Carnwath, Lanarkshire
Mary Robertson Servant 18 Servant Carnwath, Lanarkshire


Although James Robb was still living at Upper Haywood and was recorded as the farmer, the census records his youngest surviving son Robert as living "next door" at Skylaw farm, also recorded as farming the same acreage, so I would suspect he was running the "show".

1881 Census (8 April) Carnwath (632) Book 8. Page 4. 

Skylaw Farm, (Upper Haywood?), Carnwath

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Robert Robb Head 38 Farmer 130 acres arable of 730 acres Carnwath, Lanarkshire
Margaret Robb Wife 34 Farmer's wife Edinburgh, Midlothian
James Robb Son 15 Farmer's son Carnwath, Lanarkshire
John Robb Son 13 Farmer's son Carnwath, Lanarkshire
Robert Robb Son 11 Scholar Carnwath, Lanarkshire
Mary Robb Daughter 9 Scholar Carnwath, Lanarkshire
Margaret Robb Daughter 6 Scholar Carnwath, Lanarkshire
Andrew Robb Son 4   Carnwath, Lanarkshire
Hugh L. Robb Son 2   Carnwath, Lanarkshire
Jessie Robb Daughter 3 months   Carnwath, Lanarkshire

Sometime after this census James Robb and Mary Donald moved to Netherhouses Farm, Armadale, by Bathgate, to live with their daughter Susanna and her husband, Hugh Law, and it is there that we find them for the census of 1891.

1891 Census ( April) Armadale (662-2) Book 4. Page 22.

Netherhouses Farm, Armadale, near Bathgate.

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Hugh Law Head 61 Farmer Carnwath, Lanarkshire
Susanna Law Wife 54 Farmer's wife Edinburgh, Midlothian
Mary D. Law Daughter 19 Farmer's daughter Carnwath, Lanarkshire
Andrew Law Son 15 Farmer's son Carnwath, Lanarkshire
Thomas Law Son 12 Farmer's son Carnwath, Lanarkshire
Alexander Law Son 8 Farmer's son Carnwath, Lanarkshire
James Robb Father-in-Law 92   Lesmahagow, Lanarkshire
Mary Robb Mother-in-Law 90   Lesmahagow, Lanarkshire
Jessie Tweedie Servant 14 General domestic servant Crofthead, Lanarkshire

A few weeks after this census, on 22 May 1891, Mary Donald died, aged 89, followed six months later by her husband, James Robb, who died on 18 November 1891, aged 92. Both deaths occurred at Netherhouses farm, but the couple were buried in Carnwath parish church graveyard.

Inscription on Robb headstone in Carnwath parish church graveyard - (wall mounted plaque)


 ERECTED BY JAMES ROBB FARMER UPPER HAYWOOD
IN MEMORY OF HIS SON THOMAS WHO DIED IN INFANCY 1845
AND HIS WIFE MARY DONALD WHO DIED 22nd MAY 1891 AGED 90 YEARS
ALSO THE ABOVE JAMES ROBB WHO DIED 18th NOVEMBER 1891 AGED 93 YEARS
JANET WILSON BELOVED WIFE OF JOHN ROBB WHO DIED AT OVERHILLHOUSE FARM
23RD APRIL 1906 AGED 76 YEARS
JOHN ROBB HIS SON WHO DIED 16th NOVEMBER 1911 AGED 84 YEARS