Croupier 1895, 1900
Proposer of the Toast “The Lasses” 1893, 1899, 1909
Proposer of the Toast “The Navy & The Army” or “Imperial Forces” 1895
Proposer of the Toast “Our Hosts” or “The Landlord – Landlady” 1895, 1904
Proposer of the Toast “Kindred Clubs” 1898
Reply to the Toast “Commercial Interests of the District” 1903
Served on the Club Committee
1886, 1887, 1888, 1889, 1890, 1891, 1894, 1895, 1896, 1897, 1898, 1899, 1901, 1907
Became a member of ‘Let it Blaw’ c.1881
First mentioned in Toast List/Programme 1883
Not much is known about Robert’s early years but, by 1881 when ‘Let it Blaw’ was founded, he was working in Balerno Village as a Joiner, renting a house from our Founder James Fairbairn snr. who, by coincidence, ran his own Joinery business employing six men.
There’s nothing to prove that Robert workerd for Fairbairn, but there is other evidence to show that Fairbairn assisted his employees to find accommodation. Robert appears to have moved to Edinburgh for a short time as Club Records show he was staying at 13 West Bryson Road for a short time before, apparently, returning to Balerno where, in 1895, five years after the death of James Fairbairn snr, there is a record of Robert renting a house in the village owned by long time Secretary of ‘Let it Blaw,’ John Fairbairn
Robert was an active participant in the 1883 Supper singing “There Was a Lad” and reciting the “Address to a Haggis”; the first recorded rendition of this poem at ‘Let it Blaw.’
In view of Robert’s links to James Fairbairn snr, both as tenant and their shared occupation as Joiners, it seems possible that he was one of the 23 Gentlemen who attended the first ‘Let it Blaw’ in 1881.
Perhaps an example of the significance of Robert’s role in Club affairs in the first ten years of Let it Blaw is that when George Y. Robertson, in his role of Club Bard, presented a collection of rhymes at the 1891 annual Supper and mentioned many prominent members of the Club, Robert was one of those incuded. The presentation was printed by Club Member A. G. Moir (at his own expense) and a copy of the printed version is included in the Club Minute Book of the period. The layout has been adapted for our website and can be viewed at Ragged Rhymes .
Robert’s death in 1929 is recorded in Club Minutes.