Stephen de Robertoun swears fealty to Longshanks

“Earnock and it’s early proprietors” tells the sorry tale of Stephen Roberton pledging his allegiance to Edward the Longshanks. The POMS database, at shows the extract of the Ragman Roll containing the signature of our ancestor, signed at Berwick upon Tweed on the 28th of August 1296.  Continue reading

Roberton related charters

Searches of the Paradox of Medieval Scotland (POMS) Database yielded the following results for  ‘Robert the Fleming’ and ‘Robert brother of Lambin Asa’- both confirmed names of Robert of Roberton, the progenitor of the Roberton families of Earnock, Bedlay, Lauchope, Kennedies and Roberton of that Ilk. For each charter extract there is a charter reference, date and permalink to the POMS website. All copyright and intellectual property reside with them and are gratefully acknowledged by us.

SEA, i, no. 90,  1181 X 4 July 1195

Jocelin, bishop of Glasgow, for Kelso Abbey; he has granted all the churches it has in the diocese of Glasgow from the concessions of his predecessors and himself: the churches and schools of the king’s burgh of Roxburgh; and also the church of Maxwell (ROX) and the chapel of Harlaw (ROX); the churches of Sprouston (ROX), Mow (ROX), Bowden (ROX), Selkirk (SLK), the other Selkirk, Dumfries (DMF), Lesmahagow (LAN), Kilmaurs (AYR), West Linton (PEB), Innerleithan (PEB), Wiston (LAN) with the chapels of the villas of Robert, brother of Lambin [i.e. Roberton, LAN] and of John, stepson of Baldwin [i.e. Crawfordjohn, LAN], Thankerton called Woodkirk (LAN), Symington (LAN), Cambusnethan (LAN), Dunsyre (LAN), Campsie (STL), Antermony (STL), Staplegordon (DMF), Dumgree (DMF), Trailflat (DMF), and Morton (DMF).

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New Primary Sources come to light

A chance google result hit upon a brand new resource available to those searching medieval Scotland. The Paradox of Medieval Scotland covers charters between 1093-1286. It’s a searchable data base that organises content by subject, witnesses and general facts. I highly recommend it. I found the following charters with some extremely early mentions of both the Barony of Roberton and ‘Robert of Roberton’ and ‘Robert brother of Lambin’. You can find the Paradox of Medieval Scotland at

Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and combining 6,000 contemporary charters from the collections of the Universities of Glasgow, Edinburgh and King’s College London. There is no cost to search their database.

We congratulate the initiative of the institutions involved for opening up the primary sources in one the most intruiging periods of Scottish history which includes the ascension of the Canmore Kings and the settlement of the Flemish in the Scottish Lowlands post-1066.

Family Trees

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Earnock and its early proprietors

Earnock and its Early Propriertors is perhaps a seminal work on the Roberton family. Unsigned and undated, its publication history is vague. The only clue to its authorship are the initials A.H.

The Robertouns

This family was one of the oldest untitled families of Lanarkshire. The first of the name met with in the records is Robertus de Robertoun, or Robertus de Villa Roberti. He is said to have been of Flemish extraction, and obtained the lands of Robertoun, in the Upper Ward of Lanarkshire, and those of Earnock, in the parish of Hamilton, from Continue reading

Meikle Dripps Farm

Meikle Drips was the family farm of the descendants of Robert Roberton, the son of Bartholomew of Crafthead. Continue reading

Bedlay Castle

James Roberton, eldest son of Archibald Roberton,( who was in turnthird son of John Roberton, the 6th Laird of Earnock,) bought Bedlay from James, 8th Lord Boyd in 1642. A highly regarded individual, he was raised to the Scottish Bar as Lord Bedlay. His descendents bear arms differenced from the Earnock Robertons. Continue reading

Lauchope House

As late as 1956, the Robertons held the seat of Lauchope Main. I am unsure how they acquired the property. The Robertons of Lauchope are an extensive family. Ernest Roberton speculated that they were descended from John Roberton, 11th Laird of Earnock, making them the most senior cadet of the family. Continue reading


Roberton of that Ilk, and Earnock.

The Robertons of that Ilk originally held the estates of Roberton and Earnock. These lands were granted by William III. Continue reading


Clan, Sept or Family?

The Robertons are not a clan. They are not the sept or cadet of another family. The Roberton family bears arms but is not a clan. The correct term of reference for the The Robertons is armigerous.

Correspondence with the Court of the Lord Lyon King of Arms, Clan Hamilton, The Biggar Museum Trust and the Scottish Tartain museum have confirmed long a association with the Hamiltons. Continue reading