Ref NoMS101
TitleRichardson of Pitfour
HistoryRichardson, Robert b. 29 April 1762 d.1801 Robert Richardson, son of James Richardson [son of William Richardson of Forgandenny c1701-1788], married Elizabeth Hepburn in 1797 and they had four children. Elizabeth Hepburn's family had estates in Nassau in the Bahamas. Robert spent much of his adult life away from Scotland, travelling first to London in connection with his business as a merchant, then to Europe for the benefit of his health (he appeared to be consumptive). His sister, Janet or Jessie Richardson, married a timber merchant, John Mackenzie. They lived in Memel where he ran his business. Robert's other sister, Beatrix or Betty Richardson, married a naval surgeon, Thomas Huggan. Huggan served on HMS Bounty under Captain Bligh (1754-1817) but died in 1788 before the mutiny took place. Robert Richardson died in Falmouth. Richardson family of Pitfour 1781-1870 John Richardson [son of Thomas Richardson, Deacon of Bakers, Perth] of Richardson & Co bought the estate of Pitfour, in St Madoes parish, now in Perth and Kinross Council area, in 1781. He erected the present castle which was added to by his son, James. His grandson John Stewart-Richardson (1797-1881) took the additional surname of Stewart from his mother, Elizabeth Stewart, the co-heir of James Stewart of Urrard. He was served heir to the baronetcy of Richardson of Pitfour in 1837 and assumed the title of 13 Baronet, of Pitfour, as heir of the baronetcy which had become dormant on the death of John Charles Richardson in 1821. The first baronetcy had been granted to Sir Robert Richardson (d 1639) of Pencaitland in 1630. The estate of Pitfour remained in the hands of the family until the 1970s when it was sold and broken up. Richardson, James d.1763 James Richardson [son of William Richardson of Forgandenny c1701-1788] was a writer or solicitor in Perth. He married Beatrix Richardson, his cousin and sister of John Richardson of Pitfour. He had three children, Janet, Beatrix and Robert. He died around 1763. Richardson & Co. c.1755- The firm of Richardson & Co, merchants and salmon fishers, Perth and Kinross, was started by John Richardson at some point before 1760. The main business was the fishing, curing and shipping of salmon from the Tay and other rivers in Scotland and the merchant business included dealings in lint seed, wine, oil and barrel staves. Richardson, acting on a suggestion of the local MP George Dempster of Dunnichen (1732-1818), was instrumental in developing the ice pickle as a means of preservation when shipping salmon.
DescriptionBusiness accounts and legal documents of James Richardson, 1740-1763; Correspondence and related material concerning Richardson & Co., 1761-c 1821; Papers relating to Pitfour Estate and the family of Richardson of Pitfour, including correspondence, rentals and leases, 1781-1925; Papers relating to Robert Richardson including letters from Jessie Richardson and Betty Huggan, and letters from Robert Richardson to his wife relating to family concerns, his travels and health, c 1780-1810.
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