Archibald Eneas Robertson Scotland

Biography of Archibald Eneas Robertson

Reverend Archibald Eneas Robertson graduated MA from the University of Glasgow in 1892 and later BD in 1896. He was born in Helenburgh on the 3rd July 1870, son of John Wallace. An enthusiastic hill walker, Robertson is down on record as one of the first to complete all the Munros.

Educated at the Glasgow Academy, Robertson first matriculated at the University of Glasgow in 1888 aged 18 to study for an Arts degree. He enrolled in classes such as Logic, Latin and Greek. Robertson was awarded a prize in his final year for Natural Philosophy which was taught by Sir William Thompson, later to become Lord Kelvin. During this time Thompson employed an instrument maker named James Pitkin, whom Robertson would later purchase an aneroid barometer from. Many years on, Robertson’s widow presented this to the Scottish Mountaineering Club, where it is held by the current President of that club during their stay in office.

After finishing his MA, Robertson continued his studies graduated BD from the University in 1896. He then entered the ministry of the Church of Scotland and assisted with churches in Musselburgh and Edinburgh before being ordained to Rannoch in 1907. He remained a passionate hill walker, climbing 75 of the Munros in 1898 and a further 72 in 1899. There is some conjecture as to whether Robertson climbed the Inaccessible Pinnacle before 1901, as at this time it was considered a subsidiary peak of Sgurr Dearg. However Robertson completed all of his Munros in September 1901, finishing with Meall Dearg in Glen Coe. He was accompanied by his wife Kate and friend Sandy Moncrieff.

In addition to hill walking, Robertson also was active in the Scottish Rights of Way Society, becoming its first President in 1946. He became President of the Scottish Mountaineering Club in 1930-32 and was later made an Honorary Member. He died at his home in Edinburgh on the 22nd June 1958.


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Archival Materials

  • 1885-1890 Class Catalogues R9/1/7-8
  • 1888-1892 Matriculation Album R4/1/1
  • 1892-1893 University Calendar SEN10/34
  • 1895-1930 Bachelor of Divinity R5/4/1
  • 1911 General Council Register DC183/11/38


Archibald Eneas Robertson
Born 3 July 1870.
GU Degrees: MA, 1892; BD, 1896;
University Link: Graduate
Occupation categories: ministers
Record last updated: 25th Aug 2016

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