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Biography of Robert Stobo

Robert Stobo matriculated at the University of Glasgow in 1740.

He was born at Glasgow in 1727, son of William, a Glasgow merchant. Stobo emigrated to Virginia to beccome a merchant, where he knew Governor Robert Dinwiddie as a distant relative. In 1754 Stobo was appointed Captain in a Regiment raised by the Province to oppose the French. On surrender by Washington of Fort Necessity, Stobo was one of two hostages given to secure performance of the articles of capitulation. He was detected drawing plans of Fort Du Quesne, and imprisoned at Quebec, to escape in 1756. Stobo was again captured and condemned to death as a spy, but the sentence was not approved by the King. He escaped again in 1757, and was recaptured. Once more he escaped in 1758 in a birch-bark canoe, and, after 38 days' adventures, reached the British Army before Louisburg. Stobo was then made Major during captivity, and, after returning to Virginia, sailed in 1760 for England, where, in 1761, he was commissioned Captain in the 15th Foot. Stobo went on to serve in the West Indies from 1762-67, before returning to England. He resigned in 1770, and died some little time thereafter.


Other Online Resources

Archival Materials

  • Addison, W. Innes, The Matriculation Albums of the University of Glasgow, 1728-1858


Robert Stobo
Born 7 October 1726.
Died 19 June 1770.
GU Degree: Arts, 1740;
University Link: Student
Occupation categories: military
Record last updated: 24th Jul 2014

Country Associations

Scotland Scotland, Glasgow
Place of Birth

England England, Chatham
Place of Death

Canada Canada, Quebec

United States United States, Virginia

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University Roles

  • Student