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Robson Coat of Arms / Robson Family Crest

Robson Coat of Arms / Robson Family Crest

The surname of ROBSON was a baptismal name 'the son of Robert', from Robin a diminutive of the name. Early records of the name include John Robyson of Irvine who owned a tenement there in 1426. The English Robsons formed one of the principle clans of North Tyne in the 16th Century and they were described as 'a wight good riding surname, good honest men and true, saving a little shifting for their living'. The first people in Scotland to acquire fixed surnames were the nobles and great landowners, who called themselves, or were called by others, after the lands they possessed. Surnames originating in this way are known as territorial. Formerly lords of baronies and regalities and farmers were inclined to magnify their importance and to sign letters and documents with the names of their baronies and farms instead of their Christian names and surnames. The abuse of this style of speech and writing was carried so far that an Act was passed in the Scots parliament in 1672 forbidding the practice and declaring that it was allowed only to noblemen and bishops to subscribe by their titles. A notable member of the name was the actress Dame Flora Robson born in South Shields in the year 1902. She first appeared in 1921 and gained fame mainly in historical roles in plays and films such as Queen Elizabeth in 'Fire Over England' in 1931. She consolidated her reputation with memorable stage performances in G.B. Shaw's 'Captain Brassbound's Conversion' (1948) and Ibsen's 'Ghosts' (1958). She was made a Dame in 1960. Alba, the country which became Scotland, was once shared by four races; the Picts who controlled most of the land north of the Central Belt; the Britons, who had their capital at Dumbarton and held sway over the south west, including modern Cumbria; the Angles, who were Germanic in origin and annexed much of the Eastern Borders in the seventh century, and the Scots. The latter came to Alba from the north of Ireland late in the 5th century to establish a colony in present day Argyll, which they named Dalriada, after their homeland. The Latin name SCOTTI simply means a Gaelic speaker. The associated arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884.

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