|Partner||Date of Birth||Children|
|Katherine HUTCHISON||ABT 1720||John ROBERTSON |
|"The Rise and Progress of the City of Glasgow the Former and Present State of Glasgow" by James Cleland |
Ironmongery, viz nails, hoes, axes, Hinges, spades, stock-locks etc were begun to be made for export about the year 1732 by several gentlemen, who took the name the Smithfield Company; in 1738 they. Erected a slitting mill and forge, and built a large workhouse for carrying on this business; they are now able to supply and demand whatever upon better terms than can be had in England.
|Referred to in Ramsay Miller case 1795 (on file) |
The Paisley Herald dated 3 December, 1870 ran an article regarding the history of the Plantation home of John Robertson. In this it is mentioned that the Robertson family ran the Smithfield Ironworks from 1734 for a 100 years. This is partially corroborated in George Strewart's book "Curiosities of Glasgow Citizenship" wherin he mentions that the Robertsons set up the Smithfield Iron Works in 1737. He refers to the three brothers (John, James and William) but on re-reading the entry, he does not credit them with STARTING the works he refers to them being involved. So I think that if John started the Iron works in 1734 he would be at least 20 years old or more likely 30 years old. So birth sometime between 1700 and 1710.