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Robertson Family History & Ancestry

Family Crest Motto: VIRTUTIS GLORIA MERCES (Glory is the reward of valor)

Let me share with you the remarkable tapestry of your family, the Robertsons. Your lineage descends from Crinan, Lord of Atholl, a branch intertwined with the royal legacy of Duncan I and the Earls of Atholl. Your true title is Clan Donnachaidh, tracing its roots back to Duncan, the fifth in the line from Conan of Glenerochie, a son of Henry, Earl of Atholl. Through the annals of time, your clan has stood united, rallying under the banner of Robert the Bruce, their valor resounding on the field of Bannockburn in 1314. Duncan, a steadfast supporter, faced the adversities of war and was captured by the English, a testament to his unwavering loyalty. His legacy echoed through the ages, his name immortalized in his successor Robert, the progenitor of the general surname borne by your clan.

In the tumultuous wake of history, your family’s fortunes took a defining turn in 1437. The murder of James I at Perth marked a pivotal moment. Robert, known as Riach, displayed courage beyond measure, capturing the king’s assassin, Sir Robert Graham, and ensuring justice prevailed. In recognition of his valor, the lands of Struan were raised into a free barony, solidifying your clan’s place in the annals of Scotland. Yet, the journey was not without challenges, as feuds with neighboring Stewarts of Atholl arose, testing the resilience of your lineage.

As the pages of history turned, your family’s guardianship shifted. The chiefship passed to an infant, Alexander, in 1636, with his uncle, Donald, the Tutor of Struan, standing as guardian. During the Civil Wars, Donald emerged as a steadfast defender of the royalist cause, upholding the ideals he held dear. Alexander, renowned as ‘the Poet Chief,’ ventured into exile in France in the wake of tumultuous events, standing by James VII. The year 1715 witnessed your clan’s valor once more, as they rallied to the call of the ‘Old Pretender’s’ standard. Through trials and triumphs, the spirit of your family endured.

The chiefship flowed through generations, surviving challenges with resilience. Duncan Robertson of Drumachuine assumed the mantle, although he faced forfeiture due to his involvement in the rising of 1745. Your family’s legacy found its way back to the land as the barony of Struan was restored to Alexander, the fifteenth chief, in 1784. The journey carried on, marked by changing landscapes and distant shores. Struan was eventually sold, and the family found a home in Jamaica, only to return to their English roots.

Your family’s story is an epic tale, woven with threads of bravery, loyalty, and the indomitable spirit that has endured through the ages. As you stand in the present, know that you carry forward a legacy that spans generations, filled with moments of valor and unity. Embrace your heritage with pride, for it is a story that continues to unfold, a testament to the enduring spirit of your remarkable family, the Robertsons.

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