Robert Robertson of Auchleeks

7th Feb 1777 - 23rd Mar 1859


Robert Robertson was involved in the hire of enslaved people to the British Army in Jamaica with his partner Edward Hamlin Adams, connected by their involvement with the Earl of Balcarres, with James Hozier and with the family of George Atkinson (q.v.). Listed as the absentee trustee of Hungerford Spooner for Charlottenburg estate 1817-1823.

  1. Given that Robert Robertson of Auchleeks married in 1816 the daughter of George Atkinson of Temple Sowerby, it has been inferred by LBS that Robert Robertson of Auchleeks was the same man as the contractor of enslaved people in Jamaica, and the legacy strands associated with this entry are for Robert Robertson of Auchleeks. Robert Robertson of Auchleeks reportedly bought the Auchleeks estate in Scotland from his cousin Duncan Robertson, and purchased the Membland estate in Devon in 1827, acting as High Sheriff of Devon in 1837.

  2. Died at 26 Royal Crescent, Bath, 23 March 1859.

  3. Will of Robert Robertson late of Memblands [now of] Royal Crescent Bath and of Auchleeks, who died 23/03/1859 at Bath, was proved 27/06/1859, effects under £12,000.


  1. Electric Scotland: The Scottish Nation: Robertson [accessed 28/03/2018, revised 13 May 2024]

  2. The Bath Chronicle, 31 March 1859.

  3. National Probate Calendar 1859.

Further Information

Bridget Atkinson
6 daughters and 5 sons
Wealth at death

Associated Estates (9)

The dates listed below have different categories as denoted by the letters in the brackets following each date. Here is a key to explain those letter codes:

  • SD - Association Start Date
  • SY - Association Start Year
  • EA - Earliest Known Association
  • ED - Association End Date
  • EY - Association End Year
  • LA - Latest Known Association
1817 [EA] - 1823 [LA] → Trustee
20/02/1818 [SD] - → Mortgage Holder
20/02/1818 [SD] - → Mortgage Holder
1823 [EA] - → Joint owner
1817 [EA] - 1829 [LA] → Joint owner
1817 [EA] - → Owner

Presumed owner, possibly lessee

1829 [EA] - → Owner

Or possibly lessee

1817 [EA] - 1826 [LA] → Other

Adams Robertson and Co. were contracted to provide enslaved people to work in military camps.

1817 [EA] - 1829 [LA] → Joint owner

Legacies Summary

Commercial (1)

Atkinson, Hozier & Co.
Contracting of enslaved labour  
notes →
Partner in the predecessor firm of Atkinson...

Cultural (1)

A portrait of Robert Robertson, 9th Laird of Auchleeks (1777-1859) by Frederick Richard Say was sold at Christie's 22/11/2006 for £33,500, when it as described as: 'Portrait of Robert Robertson,... 
notes →

Physical (1)

Country house
Auchleeks House [Built] 
description →
Late Georgian country house, built for Robert Robertson c. 1821. The house was advertised for sale in...
notes →

Political (1)

Local Government
office →
High Sheriff
1836 - 1836

Relationships (2)

Son-in-law → Father-in-law
Notes →
Robert Robertson married Bridget, the daughter of his former partner George Atkinson of Temple Sowerby, in 1816. Robert Robertson was presumably a generation older than his...
Business partners

Addresses (3)

Membland, Devon, Devon & Cornwall, England
Auchleeks, Perthshire, North-east Scotland, Scotland
Royal Crescent, Bath, Somerset, South-west England, England