John Robertson of Plantation

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Glasgow merchant, cashier of the Glasgow Arms Bank, father of John Murdoch Robertson (q.v.). The estate of John Robertson banker and merchant of Glasgow was sequestered in 1792, according to an announcement to his creditors in 1816, and the will of William Robertson of Glasgow suggests that John Robertson of Glasgow died between 1804 when the will was made with John Robertson of Glasgow as executor and and 1807 when it was proved. It therefore appears certain that he was not the same man as the John Robertson awarded one half of the compensation for the Mount Pleasant estate on St Vincent with John Murdoch Robertson. The John Robertson shown as the child of John Robertson of the Glasgow Arms Bank was - remarkably - in fact the sister of John Murdoch Robertson.

  1. John Robertson bought the Craigiehall estate near Govan Road in 1783, renaming it Plantation. He sold it in 1793 to John Mair, who rebuilt the house. Robertson Street in Glasgow is named after the family.

  2. John Robertson was a partner in The Smithfield Company, an important iron-working concern in Glasgow, active for a century from c. 1734, but in the hands of trustees in 1828. The Glasgow Arms Bank closed in 1793 and appears to represent a cul-de-sac in Scottish banking.


  1. [accessed 14/09/2015]; John Guthrie Smith & John Oswald Mitchell Old country houses of the old Glasgow gentry (1878) LXXX Plantation, [accessed 14/09/2015].

  2. John Guthrie Smith & John Oswald Mitchell Old country houses of the old Glasgow gentry (1878) LXXX Plantation, [accessed 14/09/2015]; Edinburgh Gazette 3611 11/01/1828 p. 11

Further Information

Elizabeth Murdoch
John Murdoch

Associated Estates (1)

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
- 1793 [EY] → Joint owner

1793, 7 October, Indenture between William ROBERTSON, merchant, Glasgow, John ROBERTSON, Merchant, wife Elizabeth, Glasgow, Andrew ROBERTSON, merchant, wife Ramsey, Glasgow, & John BELL Carriacou. Prospect Estate of 150 acres on Carriacou, property & slaves.

Legacies Summary

Commercial (2)

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John Robertson was shown as a partner [without dates] in Smith & Mitchell, Old Country Houses of the Old Country...
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Partner and...

Physical (2)

Urban Development
Robertson Street 
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Built across the lands of the Robertson family of Glasgow merchants and manufacturers, and named after them. Plantation Square now stands where Plantation street ran: both are named after John...
Public building
Glasgow Coffee Room [Built] 
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'Coffee house, offices for brokers, and rooms for tobacco and sugar samples in the city of Glasgow', built c. 1782 and which in 1783 'became the universal resort of the whole mercantile,...
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John Robertson purchased one of the 107 shares of £50 each, on the life of his son John Murdoch Robertson (then aged c....

Relationships (3)

Father → Son
Business associates
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Possibly also brothers...
Business associates
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Probably also...