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Robert Don Esquire

Robert Don was a successful Wine & Spirit Merchant, as indicated by his employment of four domestic servants- John Hendry 17, John Ogilvy 19, Isabella Taylor 19,and Sylvia Shepherd 14. There is no evidence of involvement in trade or public affairs.

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Personal details and history

Full name

Robert Don

Date of birth


Place of birth

Camno, Meigle, Perthshire[1]



Marital status

Married 10-06-1849 at Bendochy[2] - also registered in Dundee 12-06-1849[3]

Name of spouse

Isabella Dewar[2][3]


William Dewar born 07-07-1850[4]

Home address

43 Union Street[5]


Gowrie Cottage[6][7] - purchased by Robert Don in 1862[8]
Monifieth Road
Broughty Ferry

Age at death:

85 years[9]

Place of death:

Gowrie Cottage, Broughty Ferry[9]

Date of death:



Western Cemetery Dundee (section VII lair no. 1b)

Affiliations, clubs, offices and related subscribers

Religious affiliation

Church of Scotland

Political affiliation

None found

Clubs / societies

Dundee Royal Lunatic Asylum - benefited from receiving 1/2 share of the residue of Robert Don's estate[10]

Public offices

None found

Related subscribers

Career and worklife


Grocer[5] and Wholesale Wine & Spirit Dealer[5][6][7]



Place of work

41 Nethergate, Dundee[5][6][7]

Work address

41 Nethergate, Dundee[5][6][7]

Career to date:

Robert Don set up his long standing business as a wholesale spirit, wine and tea merchant at 41 Nethergate, Dundee in 1846. His business continued to operate for many years at the same address.

More information

Robert Don made a successful career in his business as a wine and spirit merchant. His series of home addresses – 39 Albert Court(1846), 11 Thomson Street(1850), Seafield Road(1856-8), Magdalen Yard(1859-60) , 43 Union Street, culminating in Gowrie Cottage(1862-1894) were indicators of his success. He ceased to trade in 1869 although he continued to own property in the Nethergate.


  1. Old Parish Registers. Meigle. Births. 379/ 10 93. ScotlandsPeople website
  2. Old Parish Registers. Bendochy. Marriage. 1849. 332/ 30 79. ScotlandsPeople website
  3. Old Parish Registers. Dundee. Marriages. 1849. 282/ 230 284. ScotlandsPeople website
  4. Old Parish Registers. Dundee. Births. 1850. 282/ 200 17. ScotlandsPeople website
  5. Dundee Postal Directory, 1861-62. Dundee Central Library, Local Studies
  6. Dundee Postal Directory, 1864-65. Dundee Central Library, Local Studies
  7. Dundee Postal Directory, 1867-68. Dundee Central Library, Local Studies
  8. Dundee Advertiser. 02-08-1862. p.2. Findmypast website
  9. Statutory Registers. Monifieth. Deaths. 310/ 52. ScotlandsPeople website
  10. Dundee Courier. 09-01-1897. p.4. Findmypast website


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