Papers of Robertson Family of Blairbeth, Rutherglen, Scotland

Scope and Content

Photographs of the Robertson family from Rutherglen. Some of the photographs were taken by Joseph Currie Robertson who appears in others as a youngster; most of them are framed.

Administrative / Biographical History

Joseph Currie Robertson appears in some of the photographs as a youngster. Later in life he either started or inherited a cotton spinning (or weaving) business in Bridgeton. He was born about 1855, married in 1874 and died in October 1918  . The business bore the Robertson name. Joseph Robertson was also prominent in Glasgow affairs and was councillor for a number of year. The business did not survive his death in 1918. He had four children of whom only one had issue - a son killed in 1904 and two daughters - one of whom (Margaret) is the wife of Sir Robin MacLellan, the donor of the collection.


The arrangement of this material reflects the original order in which it was received.

Access Information


Acquisition Information

Deposit : Sir Robin MacLellan, Bearsden, Glasgow : 08 September 1989

Other Finding Aids

Digital file level list available in searchroom.

Alternative Form Available

No known copies

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

A few of the photographs and their frames are either damaged or in a fragile state - please consult a member of staff prior to consultation.

Conditions Governing Use

Applications for permission to quote should be sent to the Archivist.

Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use and condition of documents.

Appraisal Information

This material has been appraised in line with standard GB 248 procedures

Custodial History

Collection formerly in the custody of the creators


None expected

Related Material

No related material

Location of Originals

This material is original


No known publications using this material

Additional Information

Collection catalogued by Andrew Thomson, Hub Project Archivist, 11 November 2004, and members of Glasgow University Archive Staff. Catalogue converted to Encoded Archival Description by Andrew Thomson, Hub Project Archivist, 11 November 2004. Catalogue edited by Andrew Thomson, Hub Project Archivist, 15 August 2005, and Emma Anthony, Business Archives Cataloguer, 10 July 2012.