The Hudson's Bay Company Archives has put biographical sheets for some of their employees online. One for Robert Robertson can be found at:
Robertson, originally from Yell Island in the Shetlands, worked for the HBC in
northern BC for seven years, before settling in Whonnock, British Columbia
in 1860. According to Jason Allard, Robert Robertson, was the
boatman and assistant cooper at Fort Langley in the early 1850s, but
Robert's name does not show up in surviving lists of those employed by the
HBC at the Fort. It is probable that Robert was one of those joining
the yearly trips of the bateaux from New Caledonia. He may have
wintered over at the Fort when Jason Allard saw him, but that is not
confirmed. Robert may have assisted cooper Cromarty in his work
after he settled in Whonnock.
In 2000, Fred Braches of Whonnock dedicated a Whonnock Notes to Robert and his family, and he has graciously given permission to include it here on our website.
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Robert Robertson & Tselatsetenate by Fred Braches
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updated 21 July 2013