John Argyll Robertson

1802 - 7th Jan 1855

Claimant or beneficiary


  1. Brother of Robert Robertson Glasgow (q.v.). Married twice, secondly in 1829 to Elizabeth Wightman, formerly wife of Andrew Kenney of St Croix. Kenney's sister Elizabeth was married to John Argyll's brother George Hope Robertson. Elizabeth Wightman had a long connection with the Caribbean; her mother was Elizabeth Cooper, daughter of Arthur Cooper of St Croix, whose second daughter Elizabeth was mother of Andrew Kenney. Elizabeth Wightman's father was Charles Wightman of Concordia plantation Tobago. John Argyll was awarded the compensation with a group of trustees for his wife, for 3 estates on Tobago.

  2. General surgeon with a special interest in eye surgery, serving as President of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. His son, Douglas Argyll Robertson (1837-1909), was a pioneer of ophthalmic surgery.

  3. John Argyll Robertson, physician, lived at 58 Queen Street, Edinburgh, in 1832. He lived with his wife and children at the same address in the census of 1841. He was a widower by 1851 when he was living with his sister and children at Grove Place, High Street, Duddingston. He was living at Rose Park in St Andrews, Fife, at the time of his death 07/01/1855 and was buried in St John's churchyard, Edinburgh.


  1. Fully sourced e-mail from Derek Janes [20/7/2015]; will of John Argyll Robertson, ScotlandsPeople, SC20/50/27; wills of Elizabeth Robertson nee Wightman ScotlandsPeople, SC70/4/42 and SC70/1/89; T71/ 891 Tobago nos. 24, 56 and 70.

  2. Andrzej Grzybowski and Gordon T. Plant, 'A tribute to Douglas Argyll Robertson in the centenary of his death: his achievements, the influence of his father and his "Pupil" today', Neuro-Ophthalmology, Decmeber 2009, Vol. 33 No. 6 pp. 308-12.

  3., Edinburgh, Scotland, Electoral Registers, 1832-1966 [database online]; 1841 census online; GROS Deaths 1855 453/1 3.

We are grateful to Derek Janes for his help with this entry.

Further Information

Name in compensation records
John Argyll Robertson M.D.
Elizabeth Wightman
Douglas Argyll Robertson

Associated Claims (4)

£448 6s 4d
£976 3s 7d
£62 6s 11d
Unsuccessful claimant
£1,706 10s 1d

Relationships (3)

Second Husband → Wife
Son-in-law → Mother-in-law

Addresses (3)

58 Queen Street, Edinburgh, Midlothian (Edinburgh), Central Scotland, Scotland
Grove Place, High Street, Duddingston, Edinburgh, Midlothian (Edinburgh), Central Scotland, Scotland
Rose Park, St Andrews, Fife, North-east Scotland , Scotland