Facts and Events
Robert Spring was born in 1771 in Udny, outside Aberdeen, the youngest of five children. His father was a gardener. In 1795, at age 24, he married Margaret Gordon, who was five years his senior. They had four children between 1796 and 1801, although two died in infancy. Only two daughters, Christian Farquharson and Margaret, lived to adulthood. Various documents identify Robert as a baker, a merchant, and in one instance, a ship owner (or perhaps that was "shop owner"). He is also identified as a Trade Burgess in Aberdeen. His marriage, baptisms of his children, and his burial were all in St. Nicholas in Aberdeen. His residence, at least at the end of his life, was given as Springbank Cottage, Banchory-Devenick. He died in 1860, at age 88, having survived his wife by 22 years, and his sister Christian by 11 years.