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This distinguished surname, with more than forty entries in the "Dictionary of National Biography" and having no less than twenty-five Coats of Arms, is today regarded as Scottish in origin, but is probably English. It is a patronymic form of the male given name Rodbert or Robert, from the pre 7th century German name "Hrodebert". This was a compound of the elements "hrod", meaning renown and "berht", bright or famous. As Robert it was introduced by the Norman-French to both England and Scotland, prior to the famous Conquest of 1066, and replaced the pre-existing Anglo-Saxon name "Hreodbeorht", which had the literal translation, but probably not the meaning of 'bright rod'...

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Great great grandmother Mary Burke (Robertson) daughter of Thomas John Robertson MD, granddaughter of Captain John Robertson adjutant in the Roscommon Militia, niece to Captain Caleb Robertson, agent to Rockingham House. We have family portraits and photos of early to late 19C, possibly late 18C, which we would like to compare to others' examples to be certain of who they are, and named photos of next generation (first cousins to my greats) who I have failed to trace. Looking for Robertsons who would have sometime come from particularly Boyle area, Roscommon, Ireland.

Anthony Barrett

The Robertson name has a long history throughout the British Isles, but now DNA and some recorded history says their origin is from the Emerald Island. The Robertson story [dominated by DNA tribal marker R1b-L513, Subgroup B2] can trace their origins to the Finn Valley in Donegal, Ireland from 50 BCE. Perhaps the journey begins with the Clanna Dedad; Deda, son of Sen or Deda Mac Sin. The Robertson surname origin is from Clan Domnaill [DNA Tribe R1b-L513, Subgroup B1] and relations who remain in Ireland take the modern surname (O’)Donnelly, McDonald and Donohue in Ireland. The Domnaill name is also found in Brittany, France according to research from the Centre de Recherche Bretonne et Celtique. It is a very old name which appears in t


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