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Digital Subscriptions > History Scotland > Jul - Aug 2019 > THE ROBERTSONS OF ALVIE: A NOTE FROM AUSTRALIA


Malcolm Robertson writes from Canberra, Australia, in response to our recent two-part article on the Robertson brothers of Alvie
William Robertson c.1870, from Malcolm Robertson’s family collection, below: William’s writing desk/box

For years I have been trying to find out what life must have been like for my great-great-great-grandfather, William Robertson, and his siblings in the Scottish highlands in the region around Loch Alvie before they emigrated to Tasmania in 1822. I can find plenty of information about the Roberson clan dating back centuries, but finding out about these particular Robertsons, where they lived, what their circumstances were in the difficult post-Culloden era, who owned their land and where (indeed if) they went to school was proving much harder to find.

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