Born on the 25th of July 1882, Robert L. was the second son and eighth child of Robert and Jane. As their final child he was 18 years younger than his eldest sibling, James. He grew up largely at Craigston House, Lugar and attended primary school here before attending Fettes College, Edinburgh. He studied Chemistry and Geology at Edinburgh University, the same subjects as his elder brother, James. In 1902 the family relocated to Ladykirk and he likely followed as he was only about 20 years old. He travelled much in his lifetime: with his father on business in Spain, holidaying around Europe and doing his own business in South Africa. After the deaths of his brother, James, and nephew, Robert Edward he went on to inherit the estate. A story I’ve been told was that Robert had invited his nephew, John Turner (a son of his sister, Mabel’s) to a party at Ladykirk to which he brought his plus one, Kathleen Penelope Sheppard (both Kathleen and John came from Hertfordshire), not long after this Robert and Kathleen were engaged. They had 4 children together: Robin, Penelope, Prudence and Nigel. He died in 1949 aged 66. I think this is my favourite page on the site. It has a whole lifetime of photographs: from just a few years old to his mid 50’s.
Verification of this member: Some of the teenage photographs are labelled as RL. Also verified by his granddaughter, Alice, as his wedding photo. His name also labelled in football team photos.