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  • ID: I9051
  • Name: Alexander ROBERTSON
  • Given Name: Alexander
  • Surname: Robertson
  • Prefix: Rev
  • Suffix: DD
  • Title: DD
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 30 NOV 1846 in Edinburgh,Scotland
  • Christening: 3 JAN 1847 Edinburgh
  • Death: MAR 1933 in Venice
  • Burial: Venice,Italy
  • Event: Free Church Normal School, High School and University of Edinburgh.~~D.D M'Gill College, Montreal. EDUC
  • Note:
    "Unaffected, simple, and very human" -Rev Albert Mackinnon DD, Rome

    :::::::::::DR. ALEXANDER ROBERTSON:::::::::Death of Notable Scots Minister::::::::::FORTY-FIVE YEARS IN ITALY:::::::::::
    WE regret to announce the death in Venice of the Rev. Cavaliere Alexander Robertson, D.D., who, since 1888, had been Church of Scotland Minister there. Dr Robertson, who was 86 years of age, was for many years a valued contributor to The Scotsman.
    His home on the Ponte della Salute was for many years a social centre, and there, at the weekly receptions, held during her lifetime by Mrs Robertson, travellers from all parts of the globe met and were given guidance in connection with their stay in Italy. Dr Robertson was well fitted to give that advice, for he hadspent over half his life in that country, and as long ago as 1887 his ministration in Italy came to the notice of the authorities; for in that year, accompanied by his wife, he visited the scene of the great earthquake which damaged and destroyed many villages on the Riviera. He had already built and established a Protestant church at San Remo in Liguria, having obtained from the late King Humbert a royal decree to do so. With San Remo for centre, Dr Robertson supplied those who had taken to the open fields with clothing, blankets, and other needs. He was then in his forty-first year, having been born in Edinburgh in November 1845, the second son of the late Mr J. Robertson.
    Educated at the Free Church Normal School, at the Royal High School, and at the University of Edinburgh, where he became a Prizeman in Literature. Dr Robertson was given his first charge at South Ronaldshay United Presbyterian Church in Orkney, in December 1875. This church was demolished [-sic, but should read 'charge was demitted'-] in October 1881 , and in the following year Dr Robertson went to San Remo. In 1888 he transferred to the charge at Venice, though it was not until 1900 that, following his petition to the General Assembly, the station there was recognised as belonging to the Church of Scotland, and Dr Robertson regarded as its minister.

    Robertson (as a friend of the family) helped EZRA POUND print his first volume of poems, in Venice in 1908.
    Pound later wrote about him in Canto LXXVI when in military detention, Pisa, at the end of the second world war:

    Unkle George observing Ct./Volpe's neck at the Lido
    and deducing his energy. Unkle G. stood like a statue
    'Rutherford Hayes on a monument'
    as the princess approached him
    'You from New England?' barked the 10th District.

    and it came to me as he talked:
    this is Dafne's Sandro--
    How? after 30 years,

    Trovaso, Gregorio, Vio

    'Dawn't let 'em git you' burred the bearded Dottore
    when was the Scottch Kirrrk in Venice
    to warn one against Babylonian intrigue
    and there have been since then
    very high episcopal vagaries

    well my window
    looked out on the Squero where Ogni Santi
    meets San Trovaso
    things have ends and beginnings

    Robertson is also referred to in the semi-autobiographical Venice novel "The Desire & Pursuit of the Whole" by Frederic Rolfe "Baron Corvo"

    04/19/1881 Government & the Vatican
    01/04/1882 Italy and the Vatican
    01/25/1882 papal aggression in Scotland
    05/02/1882 the pope & mr. Parnell
    01/04/1883 The Vatican Hoax
    01/11/1883 The Vatican & England
    05/16/1883 the pope & the bishops of Italy
    05/17/1883 the pope's circular: excitement of parnellites
    05/19/1883 boycotting the pope
    05/22/1883 pope's circular
    09/01/1883 The Vatican & History
    08/30/1886 earthquake in Mediterranean
    07/04/1888 work & wages in Venice
    09/27/1888 literary & met. Cong. At Venice
    07/26/1892 Venice the fiesta of el residatae (spl)
    08/03/1892 prison life in the Vatican
    04/19/1894 Venice in earthquake
    04/19/1896 meeting of royalties at Venice
    11/23/1896 Venice in flood
    09/07/1897 the fatal fire in Venice

    06/01/09 Vatican & triple alliance
    12/29/09 at the Vatican
    03/05/10 venetian murder trial
    03/30/10 at the Vatican
    03/20/11 Vatican - its suspended alliance?
    07/24/11 Venice water supply
    07/26/11 Venice water supply
    11/23/11 Vatican & Ireland a nation
    01/19/12 Vatican - 1911 at the
    01/20/12 whisperings of Irish nationality at the Vatican
    08/15/12 Vatican counterblast at Italy's jubilee
    03/24/13 Vatican - pope's illness
    06/02/13 Vatican & the press
    06/02/14 Venice and the new atilla
    04/12/15 Vatican - death of leading journalist
    08/17/15 special mission to cont de salis
    11/08/15 bombs in Venice
    08/21/16 Venice & Austrian air raids
    10/02/16 bombardment of Westminster abbey of Venice
    10/28/16 liberation of Venice
    12/02/16 inundations at Venice
    12/11/16 Venice and Francis Joseph
    01/06/17 Venice - landslide at arma di faggia
    08/13/17 Venetian patriotism
    08/30/17 air raid on Venice
    10/17/17 ciarde di monteverde, Venetian artist dead
    11/21/17 evacuation of Venice
    12/11/17 Venice under the Austrian shadow
    12/19/17 Venice, defense of - visit to lagoon
    01/12/18 Hun rule in Venetia
    01/21/18 Venetia a second Belgium
    01/28/18 Venice, a patriotic priest and an old paternoster
    03/11/18 ct primani the synore of Venice
    03/12/18 unparalleled bombardment in Venice
    10/30/18 death of luigi nono, Venetian artist
    11/15/18 Venetia, redenta - Austrian atrocities
    02/05/19 Venetia: enemy devastation.
    04/07/19 Venice again jubilant
    04/12/19 Venice in mourning
    05/19/19 Venetia reclaimed, war devestated.
    07/10/19 earthquake in remogna & tuscany
    09/11/19 an invasion of "arnicole"
    10/28/19 the fiumi raid
    11/27/19 the centenary of the "Gazetta di Venezia"
    01/03/20 Social & Political Disturbance in Italy
    01/06/20 d'Anunzio & Fiumi being abandoned.
    01/14/20 Sunday Papers in Italy
    02/02/20 Italy - Writing Letters.
    03/13/20 The Adriatic Question
    03/26/20 12th international art exhibition, Venice
    06/01/20 Memorial in St-Giles
    06/19/20 The late Professor Augusto Righi
    08/26/20 Death of Professor Giovanni Celoria
    07/22/22 heat and drought in Italy
    11/23/22 Mussolini policy
    01/29/23 Benito Mussolini
    01/30/23 Benito Mussolini
    02/07/23 geyser in Venetia
    02/15/23 Mussolini has again saved Italy
    02/27/23 fascism & freemasonry
    04/26/23 Mussolini's manifesto
    05/04/23 patriotism in Italian schools
    05/15/23 Venice: the seven communes
    06/16/23 Mussolini's new electoral system
    06/19/23 the regions and provinces of Italy
    07/03/23 eruption of mount Etna
    07/24/23 July heat wave
    08/08/23 saving Italy economically
    08/15/23 papal reception
    08/20/23 the pope hears the call of the mountains
    08/21/23 "record political" grain & fruit crop
    09/11/23 Italy
    10/29/23 Mussolini's reform
    12/11/23 glen's artificial lake
    01/12/24 Venice in the grips of winter
    01/15/24 wrecked hydroplane in Adriatic
    01/21/24 Italy's view of British socialism
    07/09/24 Venice singles
    02/28/27 Venice bridge scheme
    10/16/28 Venice season
    11/01/28 flooded canals
    05/07/29 religious freedom in Italy
    07/06/29 canella bruneri case
    07/09/29 canella bruneri case
    07/20/29 the Venetian year
    08/12/29 canella bruneri case
    09/02/29 canella bruneri case
    09/13/29 the Mediterranean fleet at Venice
    11/23/29 Venetian Christmas & new year
    04/09/30 Venice scheme: triple road building
    05/13/30 Italy's book reproduction
    05/24/30 may in Venice
    06/17/30 Venice burglary
    02/11/31 Venice in the bridal dress
    03/09/32 education in Italy
    03/21/33 death of dr. Alexander Robertson

    7 11 1895: Sir Henry Lunn, in a letter to the Times, takes issue with Dr Robertson of Venice's letter deploring the Grundelwald letter to the Pope (which Sir Henry carried to Rome)

    30 12 1896: Robertsons telegram to Mr Gladstone on his 87th birthday is among the many noted in the Times.

    8 2 1933 HM Gooch, General Secretary of the World's Evangelical Alliance writes to the Times with a picture of new Italian stamps showing the Bible sent him by Dr Robertson, and passing on the Doctor's view that Mussolini in many ways is helping on the cause of Christ in Italy.
  • Change Date: 21 MAY 2010 at 07:28:35

    Father: James ROBERTSON b: 18 JUN 1816 in Ecclesmachan (W.Lothian) Scotland
    Mother: Elizabeth FAIRLEY c: 14 APR 1811 in Temple (Midlothian) Scotland

    Marriage 1 Helen Mitchell STEVENSON b: 3 MAY 1850 in Falkirk,Scotland
    • Married: 11 JAN 1876 in Gibraltar Villa,St Leonard's Hill,Edinburgh
    • Note:
      Married After banns according to the forms of the Congrgational Church
      by W Lindsay Alexander, James Robertson and Isabella T Stevenson, witnesses

    Marriage 2 Julia DAWSON b: 1841/1842 in Old Fielden House,Silsoe,Bedfordshire c: JAN 1842 in Pulloxhill,Bedfordshire
    • Married: 30 SEP 1885 in Berne,Switzerland
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