Person:Robert Sherrat (1)

Robert Sherrat
b.abt 1770
Facts and Events
Name Robert Sherrat
Gender Male
Birth? abt 1770
Marriage 8 Dec 1796 Old Machar, Scotlandto Isobel Spring
Death? Jun 1818 Birse, Aberdeenshire, Scotlandprobably at Tillyfruskie
Burial[1][2] 14 Jun 1818 Birse, Aberdeenshire, Scotland(probable loc)

Facts about Robert Sherrat prior to his marriage have not been determined. (See Disambiguation below.) In 1796, Robert Sherrat married Isobel Spring. He was at that time a gardener in Nigg. About this same time, his new wife's sister Christian, who had married an aging laird, became a widow with a very young child. The newly married Robert and Isobel joined Christian on the Finzean estate in Birse, where Robert became the overseer. They had four children while living at Finzean. Sometime between 1808 and 1812, the family moved to nearby Tillyfruskie where they remained until Robert died in 1818.


An online search of Church of Scotland records (which are comprehensively extracted in the IGI) shows several Robert Sherrats in Aberdeenshire and Kincardineshire born at approximately the right time. Any one of these may be this Robert Sherrat:

  • 2 Jun 1771 Alexander Sherat christened a son Robert in Fetteresso, Kincardineshire
  • 17 Jan 1765 James Sheeret christened a son Robert in St. Cyrus, Kincardineshire
  • 23 Oct 1761 Robert Sherret christened a son Robert in Arbuthnott, Kincardineshire
  • 6 Feb 1763 Alexander Sherret christened a son Robert in Arbuthnott, Kincardineshire
  • 8 Apr 1767 Robert Shirret and Margaret Tweedale christened a son Robert in Montrose, Angus

The one in Fetteresso is closest to Nigg (while Arbuthnott and St. Cyrus are toward the southern end of Kincardineshire). But there are also a few scattered records of Sherrats in Banchory-Ternan that appear to be incomplete.

  1. Birse Kirk Session, 14 Jun 1818.

    "Paid for the use of the mortcloth to Mr Sherrat late in Tillyfruskie 5/-"

  2. It is presumed that Robert Sherrat would have been buried in the Birse Kirk, but there is no stone in evidence there.