Fendall / Robinson Family
James Sorbie was born in Stonehouse on 10th
May 1800, the second of Thomas Sorbie and Janet (Ann) Thomson's 10 children.
James turned his hand to a variety of jobs including coal miner and silk
weaver. In April 1835 he married Agnes Welsh and they had five
children, born in various places in Lanarkshire including Bothwell, Hamilton,
Dalziel and Stonehouse. Their last child Robert was born in 1852 and James and
Agnes both died 10 years later in 1862 in Glassford Parish.
Robert Sorbie 1852-1883
Robert married Isabella Jack, a cotton
weaver on 20th March 1874 at 31, Argyle Street, Glasgow. Isabella came
from that area and her father, Robert was a master brush and watchmaker.
née Jack b.1856 with eldest child, John
Donaldson Sorbie born 1875
Robert and Isabella had five
between 1875 and 1882. Robert was also a watchmaker and was forced to travel the
country in search of work, including journeys south of the border. His eldest child
John Donaldson Sorbie was born in Hutchesontown, Glasgow; Mary in Blantyre in 1877;
James in West Derby, Liverpool, England in 1880 and twins Margaret and Isabella
in Holywell, North Wales in 1882. At the time of Robert's premature death
at the age of 30 in 1883, the family were still living in North
Wales, a fair distance away from his brothers and sisters back in Scotland.
Photo taken circa 1890
Isabella Sorbie née Jack with L-R: John Donaldson Sorbie,
Mary (Polly) Jack Sorbie , Margaret
(Maggie) Sorbie ; Front, James
After Robert's death, Isabella took the
family back north to Glasgow and in December 1892 married James Reid, a platelayer by
profession in Tillicoutry, just north of Stirling. Isabella and James
had no further children.
The family continued to move backwards and forwards
across the border and on 23rd November 1910, youngest daughter Maggie Sorbie
married Albert Edwin Barron Fendall at St.Mary's Church, Kirkdale, Liverpool.
Albert, born in 1885 was from Islington, London and had run away to the army at
the age of 14. He was a veteran of the African and Boer Wars and had various
adventures, including a friendship with William Cody (Buffalo Bill). Cody
made a number of successful tours of the U.K. and Europe in the early part of
the century with his 'Wild West Show'.
had five children, the eldest daughter being Margaret Lilian (Lily) Fendall, born in
Henrietta Street, Scotstoun, Glasgow on 23rd February 1914. The family had inherited their travelling
spirit and Margaret's brothers and sisters were born in Scotland, England and Wales.
and Margaret's family finally settled in North Wales where daughter Margaret
went into nursing. She met Hugh Francis Robinson at the Alexandra Hospital in
Rhyl, a seaside resort. Hugh's father Hugh Robertson was born in Auchterarder in
Perthshire and spent his youth in Glasgow. He then moved to Manchester, England
in 1905 to take up a management job at a rubber company. At this point he
changed his surname to 'Robinson'. Hugh Francis was
born in Old Trafford, Manchester in June 1914 and became a public health officer.
He was later to be awarded the 'M.B.E.' medal by the Queen in 1970 in recognition of his
work on clean air and urban smoke control.
Francis and Margaret were married in St.George's Church, Hulme, Manchester on 5th
September 1936. They were both very sporting and became 100 mile tandem cycling
champions in 1936. They were also keen golfers; Lily gaining honours as an
Marriage of Hugh Francis Robinson and
Margaret Lilian (Lily) Fendall
following year Hugh Edwin was born, then two more boys, Peter and Stuart and
finally, a girl, Frances Lilian in June 1946; all were born in Manchester.
Four Generations - Photo taken in 1937
Top L-R: Lily Robinson née Fendall, Margaret Fendall née
Bottom, Isabella Sorbie née Jack holding Hugh Edwin
Sorbie née Jack lived to the grand old age of 96. She died in Johncellor
Street, Glasgow on 13th April 1952. Her daughter Margaret (Maggie) Fendall née
Sorbie only outlived her by four years, passing away in April 1956 in Old
Trafford, Manchester. Her husband Albert Fendall died in November 1969 at the
age of 84.
and Maggie's daughter Lily is still going strong at the age of 87 and lives in
Manchester, close to her son, Hugh Edwin.
Taken in 1946.
The Robinson brothers.
L-R: Hugh, Peter and Stewart
Taken in 1965
Hugh and Peter.
qualified as an industrial chemist and became the U.K. head of an international
computer company. It was at this point that he attended theological college and
decided to become a Minister of the Church of England. He has now
retired after 28 years in the church and resides in the County of Somerset with
his wife Audrey.
is a constructional steel designer and lives in South Africa with his wife
Madeline and family.
became a civil servant and married Ivy Robinson, a school administrator on 29th August 1960 in Old
Trafford, Manchester and they still live in the area. Their daughter Philippa
was born in 1967 and she now works for an insurance company.
has been interested in Genealogy for 30 years and was a founding member of the
'Anglo-Scots' Family History Society in Manchester (the only one in England)
which is affiliated to the Scottish Federation of Family History Societies. In
1996 he began a detailed investigation of the history of the Sorbie family along
with Andy Potts and has had great success in connecting descendants all over the
Hugh's 60th Birthday party with Ivy and Philippa