Collection of Material relating to Alexander Robb (1752-1806)

Scope and Content

The material consists of the History of the Reformation with a watermark date of 1794, and Philosophy of religion; or, an historical inquiry concerning the origin of the religious opinions and ceremonies of savage nations. There is a portrait of Robb on the pastedown of Vol1. of this work.

Administrative / Biographical History

Alexander Robb was born in 1752 and was the brother of William Robb (d. 1797) who was Minister of the Parish of Tongland and Balnacross. Alexander Robb acted as his assistant and was presented to the Presbytery of Kirkcudbright by George III. Robb was ordained in August 1797, the year of his brother's death. He became Minister of the Parish of Tongland and Balnacross in succession to his brother. He made a long visit to the Continent, journeying in France and Italy. Robb is said to have made some improvements to the weaving loom. Alexander Robb died on 26 June 1806.

Access Information

Generally open for consultation to bona fide researchers, but please contact repository for details in advance.


The biographical/administrative history was compiled using the following material: (1) Scott, Hew. Fasti ecclesiae scoticanae. The succession of Ministers in the Church of Scotland from the Reformation. New ed. Vol.2. Synods of Merse and Teviotdale, Dumfries, and Galloway. Edinburgh: Oliver and Boyd, 1917.

Compiled by Graeme D Eddie, Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections Division.

Other Finding Aids

Important finding aids generally are: the alphabetical Index to Manuscripts held at Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections and Archives, consisting of typed slips in sheaf binders and to which additions were made until 1987; and the Index to Accessions Since 1987.


Check the local Indexes for details of any additions.